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* :-)


Scotland 2016: Day 12 – 14, Edinburgh

Day 12 – 14: 12 -14 July, Edinburgh
After my wonderful trip through the Highlands, I’ve spent two more days in lovely Edinburgh. Without any set plans, really, as I’ve been to this city a few times by now and have visited all the “must-see” sights. It’s always busy in the summer with the Edinburgh Tattoo and the Fringe festival on the horizon. I

On the first afternoon I found myself trekking up Arthur’s Seat once more, which for a few moments while I was doing it, considered a stupid idea ;-). But of course it is always worth it. I came back down on the west side this time and used the opportunity to walk along (or rather below) Salisbury Crags for the first time as well.


View of Salisbury Crags and Edinburgh from Arthur’s Seat

This time I also went to stroll around Dean Village and along the Leith for a while. Unfortunately the river foot path was blocked for some parts due to construction work.

And then there always are the Prince Streets Garden to just hang around in on a lovely summer day.

Next time I’ll be back in Edinburgh in the winter and it’s going to be interesting to see how different the city looks during that season…  Read more

Photos from the Sculpture Park

It’s been an exhausting week. Mostly because of the heat wave that had hit Germany till Thursday (over 30 °C) and in parts also because of work stuff. I’ve spend most of my evenings and even most of today lazy at home, procrastinating. The things I’m so good at *sigh*

Last Sunday I went out to take some photos in a sculpture park in my area. Today I splurged on an upgrade for my old gallery plugin here, because the new one I had used these last few weeks didn’t feel right after all. Especially if I plan to take and share more photos in the future.

I can already see myself overhauling all my galleries and present them in a neater way. Procrastination galore!

Ten Things I Learned Today…

01. There is more than one Richard-Armitage(-in-North&South)-Fan-turned-novelist, who writes lovely books. The first one is Phillipa Ashley and in an impromptu Twitter chat with her two days ago she mentioned some of her fellows.

I’ve started Hazel Osmond’s “The Mysterious Miss Mayhew” this morning and I’m very much enjoying it. This post is a nod to this novel. Read it yourself, if you want to know why ;-)

02. There is a lovely sculpture park in a wooded area not too far away from where I live. I have no idea, why I didn’t know about that until recently. I drove over there this afternoon on a rather impromptu “I need to get out of my flat and do something” trip. And it was so worth it.

03. You can put up “Please don’t touch the sculptures” signs everywhere. People still ignore them. *sigh*

04. I’ve obviously put off scrubbing down my shower for a good reason ;-) Feeling quite sore after finishing that chore.

05. You can’t binge watch “Gilmore Girls” too many times.

06. As much as I love the phrase “Oy, with the poodles already”, it’s time to admit to myself, that I will never see myself using it.

07. Compiling a blog post with a lot of photos always takes longer than planned.

08. If there is a choice between finishing a blog post or continue reading a book, the book usually wins.

09. There can hardly ever be too much chocolate.

10. It’s difficult to come up with ten things you’ve learned on a lovely, but rather ordinary Sunday.

Ending this post with a preview of my sculpture park photos…

Three Points of View

Tony Cragg’s “Three Points of View” – probably my favourite sculpture in this collection


Thoughts on Adapting Outlander for TV: Voyager 15 – 16

After a few days thinking about what and how to write about these next few chapters (and all the rest in general) I realized I really have to focus on a few major points of interest if I don’t want to these posts get out of hand. So in this post I’ll ignore aspects like new locations / characters and focus on the few scenes I consider essential for the plot or want to see for any other reason. No idea what the next post will be like. These “Adaption Outlander” thing is a work in progress after all :-)

15: By Misadventure | 16: Willie
I have no idea how they will let Jamie find out about Geneva being pregnant, the birth of her baby, her death and everything. But I think they will (have to) show the argument Lord Dunsany is having with the Earl of Ellesmere about Geneva and the baby and of course Jamie coming to the rescue. They might in fact make that into quite a huge scene on the show. It does or at least could contain a lot of information and it’s quite a dramatic setup. There’s shouting and fighting and life and death danger and of course, hero Jamie saving his newborn son!

“He stood, eyes tight closed, shaking like a leaf, unable to either move or to think, arms wrapped tight about the shapeless, squirming, squawking bundle that contained his son.”

They can’t refuse to show that to us on TV, right?

Another scene I’d love to see is:

So, I have come to ask you – do you want to go home, MacKenzie?”

Lady Dunsany (or even the Lord, I don’t care) offering Jamie the chance of having his parole revoked and go home to Scotland and Jamie passing up on that offer, because he can’t bear to part from his newborn son yet. In general I hope we’ll see a few  scenes with Jamie and Willie, and by now I think deviating from the book’s timeline structure with the main plot in 1968 and flashes of the past, is a good idea for the TV show. The only sensible actually. Show Claire pregnant or with a newborn in Boston and then cut to scenes of Jamie in the cave at Lallybroch etc. Cut back to Claire but now with Brianna being a few years old, which is such an easy plot device to show that years have passed. Cut back to Jamie at Ardsmuir prison a few years on in his timeline and so on.

Not literally switch from scene to scene course. I guess they will have like 10-15 minutes bits or even half episodes. But for TV I really only works doing it in a chronological split-timeline-structure. And I’m fine with that. I think. Anyway, in this way they might show a few scenes of Jamie and Willie at various stages of the boy’s life. Or maybe not.

Jamie coming to realize that the boy is looking too much like him already and that it’s time to leave and then the actual good-bye scene in the stable are essential to me as well. Especially the stable scene. I already know that I’m going to cry buckets. Jamie comforting Willie and of course the whole “stinking papist” / baptism scene. The beechwood rosary.

“Dinne fret yourself,” he said. “I’ll remember ye.”

*sigh* If you’ve read the whole series, you know why they have to keep this scene, right? At least *I* think they have to keep it in ;-)

The last scenes or plot development I consider essential is Jamie and John re-building their odd friendship, once Jamie has realized that John actually did him a huge favour by bringing him to Helwater and never once trying to take advantage of Jamie in any way. I have no idea though how they will incorporate this development, which is told in just two pages in the novel, into the TV storyline. There’s a lot more of footage of that development in the Lord John novellas and it would be cool to bring some of these scenes (the one fight in the stables for instance) into the TV plot, but I honestly doubt it. I’m sure they’ll find a way though. Half-way through “Voyager” we’ll learn of another scene which is set at Helwater, where Jamie tells John about being William’s father and asks John to take care of him in the future and all. It would make scenes to include this one in these scenes now as well and not to a flashback later on. We’ll see.

So that’s that for the Helwater scenes. I repeat myself when I say, that I can’t wait to see Sam do all these emotional scenes: guilt over Geneva’s death. Shock over having a son. Enjoying time with Willie. Having to say goodbye. Sam is going to slay it, I’m sure…