Lovely Walk On A Beautiful Indian Summer Day

I’ve been neglecting this blog recently, I know. I had hoped to find the time – or to be honest the motivation – to write at least a “what I’ve been up to in the last few weeks” post these days. I might still do that later tonight. Or maybe not… we’ll see. I’ve been busy at work and felt overwhelmed a lot these last few weeks and there is yet no end in sight for that in the next couple of weeks either.

We had unusually warm and sunny and thus lovely October day over here in Germany, so when a friend suggested to head out for a walk I jumped to that opportunity. We took a long walk along a river and reservoir in our neighbourhood and had yummy waffles with icecream later on. I’m tempted to comment in detail on the incapable serving staff at the cafe, but that would put a damper on that otherwise happy blog post. The servers were friendly at least, let’s keep it at that ;-)

Anyway, here are a few photos from today.

Thoughts on Adapting Outlander for TV: Voyager 21 – 23

I took a kind of unplanned break from re-reading / re-listening to Voyager. Even these few chapter I have listened to some time ago and now only find the time (and motivation) to write about it.

21: Q.E.D | 22 All Hallow’s Eve | 23 Craigh na Dun

These chapters brought my thoughts back my pondering over the previous few chapters and how they will bring it back to the scenes from the season 2 finale. And more important how much of the search for Jamie through history we will actually see them do on screen. I have no idea actually how the writers will bring the various strings of plot together. Some of these scenes – like the “Deed of Sasine” document – were already included in season 2, where Claire finds it instead of Roger and Bree in the book. Roger and Bree get from that document to the article in a book from 1765, which they attribute to Jamie due to the handwriting. No idea how they will make that connection in the show then.

I’m curious to see if TV Claire will have some doubts and fears about going back as book Claire had. At the end of season 2 she was very determined, but of course that could be explained by a spur-of-the-moment “Jamie didn’t die at Culloden” thought. In the book the realization that he might be able still alive 20 years after they’ve parted comes on slowly once they’ve traced him through history.

I hope they will show some of how Claire with the help of Roger and Bree get’s ready for her trip back in time. Buying the “Jessica Gutenberg” dress, getting the old coins and such.

The actual departure might take place very similar to the way it’s described in the book with Claire stealing away at night and Bree and Roger still showing up at Craigh na Dun to see her off. They might include things from the letter Claire wrote to Bree, which we only read about in the next few chapters, I think. I also like to see some of the conversations between Bree and Roger, about Bree’s fear of having no one left who knows her.

Next up…. “Chapter 24: A. Malcolm, Printer” *sigh* But I’m not sure when I’ll be in the right mood to re-visit that chapter and to also gather the million thoughts I most probably have about how I want to see THESE scenes on TV :-)

Positive Things 4 Negative People: 022 – 026

I’m in a weird funk this evening. Dreading work tomorrow because there will be so much to do and I feel in way over my head a lot of times these days. So to cheer myself up and to remind myself of the good things, here are a few recent ones:

022: Hazel Osmond novels. I finished another one this weekend (“Who’s afraid of Mr. Wolfe?”) and loved it!
023: The new Keane Song “Tear Up This Town”
024: Falling asleep again this morning after I’ve feared I wouldn’t
025: Salted Caramel icecream with chocolate sauce
026: New episode of “Lucifer” and a promising new show “This Is Us”


Farewell Game for a Great Hockey Player

Just a quick post to share some of my photos from a lovely hockey event yesterday. I have to admit that supporting my hockey team – the Cologne Sharks – has moved down a bit on my list of priorities. I still follow their news and games and such, but with a bit less enthusiasm as I used to only a couple of years ago. No idea why that is…. :-/

Anyway, when the last season ended in the spring our defense player Mirko Lüdemann retired. At the age of 42 after having played 23 years. For the same team! If you know a bit about hockey or any physical sport like it, you have an idea how amazing that career was. For the farewell game a lot of previous team mates came back to Cologne to share that moment and it was a lot of fun. There was a autograph signing before the game and my friend and I got lucky that we entered the venue very close to the tables where the two players we mostly wanted to see again were seated. So we walked by, collected our autographs, snapped some photos, chatted a bit. It was lovely.

Before the game there were the usual speeches, presents, ceremonies and I didn’t really shed that many tears. I “had something in my eyes” for a few moments though ;-) But seriously, it was a lovely and fun afternoon in Cologne.

Thoughts on Adapting Outlander for TV: Voyager 17 – 20

17: Monsters Rising 
Part Five: You can’t Go Home Again
18: Roots | 19: To Lay a Ghost | 20: Diagnosis

I have no idea how much of Claire’s, Bree and Roger’s trip down to Loch Ness they will actually have in the show, if any at all. They left out the whole monster scenes from book/season 1, so that alone makes it unlikely they will incorporate something similar in season 3.

Chapters 18 – 20 bring Claire back to Boston in 1968, where she also remembers events from her life there during the past 20 years. As I’m now convinced that doing a chronological split-timelines portrayal of these years on the TV show is the ony way to go, I’m sure we’ll see quite a lot of these memories play out in real time so to speak. Maybe not the same scenes as in the book, because some might just not work on TV.

Scenes I expect to see – besides the ones mentioned in earlier chapters – are Claire starting her medical training and definitely how she will have stood out in this group of American males, younger than her. It’s hinted at when she remembers what made her bond with Joe Abernathy, the only black man among her fellow interns. Both so different from the rest. There is potential for a few short scenes where she has to stand her ground against prejudice from fellow doctors, patients and anyone else in the hospital setting.

I’m really curious who they will cast as Joe. A young and the older one? Or just one actor who will be made look younger for his first few appearances? He will be reappear in the story later, so one 30+ years old actor might be the better choice.

I’m on the fence still, if I consider the forensic examination of the bones from the Caribbean island an essential part of the story. In the book it was a neat hint of things to come, but I’m not sure if it will work that way on TV or if it’s necessary from a story-telling point of view. There also is the issue with Claire’s kind of supernatural ability to detect something from just touching the patient or bones in this case. Nothing like that has been addressed on the show yet, so it might be a stretch to include it on the TV show. Which now makes me wonder what is left of the scene with Joe then, if you cut all that ;-)? There is Claire asking his opinion about her appearance and her confiding into him about Jamie, at least to some extent. It’s going to be interesting either way.

Then there all the scenes with Frank. They might scatter a few hints of him having affairs all through the various scenes of the almost 20 years they will include in the show. They will definitely focus a huge part of one episode on that last conversation and fight in the bedroom one night. Frank telling Claire he will be moving back to England and planning to take 17 year old Brianna with him. The huge fight this will entail. All these emotions and anger guilt those two have suppressed for years. Frank taking off in his car, the crash, Claire mourning him in the hospital. They might also include additional scenes of Bree mourning him, the funeral as well maybe. I know many book fans think the show focus too much on Frank and added too much of his side of this story to the TV show, but I don’t mind. In fact in most instances I considered it well done so far. And Frank is an essential part of this story and I think it’s important to do him justice.

Which leaves me with the question how in Claire’s part of the split timeline they will go from that event – Frank’s death – to the “present time”, i.e. when Claire and Bree come over to England and later Scotland for the reverend’s funeral in 1968. And even more important how they will then bring the story back to the moment on Craigh na Dhun at the end of season 2? In that final scene Roger and Bree had found the first traces of Jamie in history. Will we in early season 3 learn that they have already traced him further through history and have found him as A. Malcolm, printer in Edinburgh in 1766? Claire on the show is right away determined to go back. Unlike Claire in the book, who isn’t so sure, because she doesn’t know if he is actually still alive 20 years after Culloden, even if he had survived the battle itself. I get why they might have wanted to end season 2 on a hopeful note, but to me it might seems too easy, if Claire really just made up her mind in that instance already. And if they don’t have to search for Jamie a bit more in history. I have no idea how they will solve that “problem” on the show. I’m looking forward to it though.

And now up for my re-read are the remaining three chapters of Part Five and then Part Six: Edinburgh. Chapter 24: A. Malcolm, Printer. *deepsigh* :-)