Happy 2019, everyone! And happy #Caturday. Having rescued a sweet little girl kitty this week, I have cats on the brain. Thus, I couldn’t think of a better way to get back into the swing of things … with Outlander Season 4 finale coming up and all … than to do a fun little Top 10 with Outlander and cats. Please note none of the cat photographs are my own. Before I begin, I’ll back up to say I’ve had a lot (and I mean a lot) of life changes, both good and bad. One of the biggest (and saddest) changes…
Outlander Episode 308: FIRST WIFE aired on Sunday, 5 November and the first thing I have to say is … oh, the hair. Jamie’s lustrous hair. It’s back. I know aesthetics like hair should not be important, but Jamie’s red mane is a defining element (as Diana Gabaldon writes about so much in the novels) of the man over whom we love to obsess. Both Claire and Lord John Grey make a big deal about it, so why can’t I? What follows is one of Diana’s passages describing a vivid moment on the trip from Ardsmuire Prison to Helwater.
Outlander Episode 307: CRÈME DE MENTHE aired on Sunday, 29 October and, well, the honeymoon is already over. Now that Jamie and Claire have had oodles and oodles of anticipation sex, it’s time to argue over childrearing. Twenty years ago, Jamie was very concerned about the dangers his wife and child would face without him. But he had no idea things like bikinis existed in the future. Good thing Claire doesn’t mention push-up bras. Oops. Too soon for those. But then, the 60s bullet bra was worse, in my opinion.
Outlander Episode 306: A. MALCOM aired on Sunday, 22 October after a two-week, exhaustive for some, hiatus. Alas, Lord John Grey is no where to be seen, but two new(ish) characters are introduced – both adorable, adorable, adorable. Did I already say adorable? Fergus Fraser is all growed up now. Yes, ladies. You many fantasize, but try to keep it PG-13, will ya? César Domboy seamlessly takes up where young Romann Berrux leaves off. He’s handsome. He’s kinda sorta shy – at least around Claire. And he’s sporting a fancy wooden hand. I am so looking forward to his character arc over the next few seasons,…
Outlander Episode 305: FREEDOM & WHISKY aired on Sunday, 8 October and ended with the cliffhanger of all cliffhangers. The only thing that could have made it better would have been a blue-eyed, reanimated dragon flying in over Edinburgh to set fire to the print shop while Jamie lay reposed on the floor … or something like that. As that did not happen, I’ll settle for the facial expression on the lovely Claire, wearing a stylish blue cape, kinda-sorta reanimated from Jamie’s perspective, after traveling 200 years back from the future. Whew.
Outlander Episode 304: OF LOST THINGS aired on Sunday, 1 October and introduces several new and exciting characters. David Berry returns as Lord John Grey. Yay! We can never have too much of him; I say. Here’s hoping Ron & Co. add more Lord John to fill the wide gap left behind by the unfortunate demise of Frank & the about-damn-time death of Jonathan Randall. Lord John’s character is refreshing after all the darkness in the previous two seasons – not that I’m complaining. It all serves to build upon young Jamie’s development into mature Jamie – my personal favorite of the two….
Outlander Episode 303: ALL DEBTS PAID introduces my fav … fav … favorite character – the distinguished Lord John William Grey portrayed perfectly by Australian actor David Berry. Given that, I could not resist giving LJG his very own Top 20. Lord John Grey (for those few of you who do not know) has his own side series of intriguing novellas, a few including Jamie Fraser and Lord Melton – good ol’ Hal. For a complete account of Diana Gabaldon‘s entire Outlander saga, I highly recommend checking them out – along with all her other short story goodies.
Outlander Episode 303: ALL DEBTS PAID aired on Sunday, 24 September, during which I was jet-setting to and fro and couldn’t get myself in front of a laptop long enough to give Outlander its proper attention. But, I’m here now. No more traveling for a while. Man o man. I am pooped (and sick if anyone wants to know). Episode 303 holds a special place in my literary heart
Outlander Episode 302: SURRENDER aired on Sunday, 17 September. What did y’all think of Jamie’s hair? Did it get its own screen credit? I didn’t happen to notice. Either way, I’m sure there is already a twitter account with more followers than mine by now. Ooh. Hope I didn’t just piss off Jamie’s hair. So, Jamie (and his hair) are living in a cave which happens to be the same size as a studio apartment I once had. He’s become a hunter and a brooder, nary whispering a word. How wonderful would it have been if he had only grunted throughout…
Outlander Episode 301: THE BATTLE JOINED aired on Sunday, 10 September after the Guinness Book of World Record’s longest hiatus in the history of the world dating all the way back, back, back to the Triassic Period … at least, that’s what it felt like to us. The episode opens with a poignant bang and ends with a bittersweet whimper. The entire cast and production team somehow manage to outperform themselves yet again. I have no idea how they do it, but am darn appreciative of their talent and commitment to the show.