Monday, 29 September 2014

Outlander (Season 1) Midseason Finale

Follows the story of Claire Randall, a married combat nurse from 1945 who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743, where she is immediately thrown into an unknown world where her life is threatened. When she is forced to marry Jamie Fraser, a chivalrous and romantic young Scottish warrior, a passionate relationship is ignited that tears Claire's heart between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.  

It's going to be a long wait between now and April 4 when Outlander will return from its midseason hiatus to resolve the cliffhanger left lingering at the end of episode eight. 

Newlywed Claire Fraser has once again fallen into the hands of the sadistic Black Jack Randall,  forcing her new husband Jamie to mount a rescue attempt behind enemy lines. To make matters worse, the only reason Claire end up in the Englishman's clutches was because she bolted back to standing stones at Craigh na Dun to try and return to her first husband in the 1940's. This can't end well. 

This shows been getting a very positive response it seems. I really loved the books and I was more than pleased to see how close they've stayed to it and for the most part I understand why they've made certain changes. I am very excited to see the scenes and story lines come alive. New viewers must be intrigued by the story and wondering where it's going as well. In fact this midseason finale episode titled "Both Sides Now" left the viewers confused. In that really great scene in which Claire and Frank were simultaneously standing atop Craigh na Dun, could Frank hear Claire through the stones? They left that deliberately so that it would be ambiguous in Frank's mind as well. Did he hear her voice or was it just the wind? they played it a bit mystical. Creators settled a triangle for the first time since the beginning as we get to see more of what Frank's been doing which is an out-of-the-box idea as its not in the book at all. This in order to have an investment from the viewers, we understand a little bit more her dilemma, the fact that she is torn between these two men and two periods. Otherwise we would just go like "Come on, lady! Whats' the matter with you? just stick with the redhead guy and enjoy yourself!" 
This midseason episode honor the book and keep the spirit of it but we have to keep in mind that it's an adaptation and as I've said in previous reviews: series and films have other requirements. Producers and directors have to changed things around and then get back to where the story goes. I felt from the outset of "The Wedding" episode that the midseason finale will fade to black on that moment of the book as when I read it I've gone "I have  no idea what's going to happen next, and how the hell did he get in that window?"

Outlander will return for the second half of season one next year. Obviously it will resolve the cliffhanger. Plus, pretty intense things will come along I can tell you. Jamie will have some emotionally and physically difficult scenes to deal with; But it's such an important part of what the book is and what the story is about that there's no way to shy away from it. For the remaining episodes of season 1 I'm really excited to see the whole story once we get involved with Geillis and the witch trial. i find it great to bring her back, she's such a fun character and I love to see her and Claire together. I'm really looking forward for the end of season 1.

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