Episode 1: Sassenach

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Outlander episode Sassenach aired on 8/9/14 at 9pm on Starz

Synopsis: 1945 England: Claire Randall reunites with her husband after five years of war. A second honeymoon goes awry when she falls back through time to 1740’s Scotland.


 

My Thoughts

10 Things I loved….

  1. Episode 1 - SassenachThe opening shot of the mountains of Glencoe Scotland.  This was a breathtaking view of the area.  I’ve actually been to Glencoe and it is one of the most beautiful areas.
  2. Screen Shot 2014-08-02 at 1.26.14 AMThe showing more of a backstory on Claire’s war days.  Although a bloody scene it help define what Claire had actually lived through.
  3. Screen Shot 2014-08-02 at 2.04.25 AMThe Druids dancing to raise the sun. This was beautiful filmed and I liked the lanterns and the ghostly feel of the whole scene.
  4. Jamie’s ghost scene.  Poor guy is longing for his lost love and she don’t even know she is his heart yet.
  5. Screen Shot 2014-08-02 at 2.13.02 AM 1Seeing Black Jack Randall for the first time.  Tobias Menzies who plays both Frank Randall and his 6 times great grandfather does an awesome job of bring out the best or worst of these two men.
  6. Dougal MacKenzie, he commands the scene once Claire is through back into 1743 Scotland. He lets everyone know who’s in charge.
  7. Screen Shot 2014-08-02 at 2.16.08 AMThat they opted to make Angus the comedic relief instead of a big brute that he was in the books. Everyone needs a good laugh 🙂
  8. Screen Shot 2014-08-02 at 2.23.50 AMThe Gaelic conversations they use between them and the fact that they do not translate it for the audience. I think this makes the show more authentic.  They could be speaking gibberish but I know they have a Gaelic coach.  I think it sounds cool…hehehe
  9. Screen Shot 2014-08-02 at 2.28.57 AMThis look…OMG just melts me.  This is the part where Jamie falls for Claire as she’s cursing out the bandages because they won’t stay where she puts them.

What I didn’t like…

  1. The first half of the show was sorta slow moving.  Seemed like they drag it out just a little too long.
  2. Not enough Jamie time ….hehehe
  3. Screen Shot 2014-08-02 at 2.20.22 AMThe fact that the scene where it’s raining then not raining, then raining again. Drove me nuts that this was not edited properly.  I do realize they probably had to go back and do some reshoots and Scotland’s weather can be a bit tricky but it’s all good.  I really do love the show 🙂 Some people call this being nitpicky but I kinda enjoy finding this little gems.

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