Jen- Review, Episode 12: Lallybroch

I loved this episode! I was worried that it would end up feeling too much like a hodgepodge like By the Pricking of My Thumbs, because in the book this is a big break in the action. Writer Anne Kenney knocked it out of the park, as she has been doing (she wrote The Wedding).

I really got the sense through the episode that Claire is all in with Jamie. I love seeing happy married Claire and Jamie! It just warms my heart. Their airplane talk in the opening scene was fantastic. I wish we had gotten a scene of their dialogue after she comes back to him from the stones, but my impression from Ron Moore’s podcast is that dialogue ended up on the cutting room floor last episode. I really hope we get it in deleted scenes on the dvd!

So glad they left out the ball grabbing (in the book, Jenny grabs Jamie’s nether region while they argue outside Lallybroch, and it’s Super WEIRD).

How cute is Young Jamie?! These adorable little Scottish children on the show are killing me with cuteness. Laura Donnelly is perfect as Jenny! I have a weird relationship with Book Jenny because I liked her a lot in the first book, but her characterization gets weird through the series. I also always felt like she’s a bit of a Mary Sue stand-in for Gabaldon. The casting for Ian is not what I had in mind, but after watching this episode he totally works. Ian is such a warm, calm presence, I do love that character.

Ugh, Black Jack. Tobias Menzies deserves some awards for being the creepiest, most disturbing villain.

What’s with the snoopy looking maid lurking in the hallway during Claire and Jamie’s little “I’m the laird, act like a laird’s wife” argument? It seemed like she was lurking for a reason?

Drunk Jamie! That was the best! We need more drunk Jamie being all “The Laird, that’s me” and talking about elephants. It was also nice to see Jamie being kind of terrible at being a laird, but trying so hard.

Ian and Claire’s little talk was so nice. Then we got the big I love you conversation with Claire and Jamie! *squeal* That was perfect!

Last thought: where’s Murtagh?! Isn’t he supposed to be there with them?

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Drew – A Shirt I Made

So I’ve been fooling around with silkscreening and blockprinting since December. Most of my stuff involves UFOs or Lovecraftian creatures from beyond the veil of time, space, and madness. You can see that stuff here if you like.

Anyways! Since Jen has been putting up with it and we’re also doing the Scotland trip in a few weeks, I figured I’d gin up a shirt for her so she can wear the band t-shirt to the concert, as it were.

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Drew – Episode 11: The Devil’s Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch

When we last left our hero, she was thrown into a hole. Any crazy witch powers that Geillis was holding back fail to manifest in any useful way. No doubt there’s a lot of spoiled milk and lame horses occurring in Ye Olde Suspicione Towne, but since none of that is actually useful for getting out of a fixer-upper Hobbit-hole, we are left to wonder what’s the use of being a witch anyways.

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Oh, sorry, I just slipped into thinking that Geillis is the main character of this story. Must be because her backstory, as we find out, IS SO MUCH MORE INTERESTING THAN CLAIRE’S.

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Jen- Episode Eleven Review: The Devil’s Mark

I knew that this was going to be my favorite episode of the season going into it, because it encompasses my favorite chapters of the book, and I was totally right. That was an epic hour of television! These actresses and actors are so talented, I was sucked right into the show and was on the edge of my seat even knowing full well what would happen. I got goosebumps! I cried!

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