For our Outlander fans, the new season of Outlander, based on the book “Voyager” by Diana Gabaldon, begins on Sunday, September 10, 2017 on the Starz channel. Latest trailer:
While the television series does not adhere strictly to the books, I hope that this year they will attempt to stay as close as possible. What they did in the last episode of season 2 was awful, in my opinion. Seems as if the script writers went off on their own fantasy of what the story should be, rather than what it actually is. In particular:
- Daughter Briana (played by Sophie Skelton) is outright contemptuous of, and hateful to her mother, at one point telling her that she wished Claire had died instead of her “father”, Frank. This didn’t happen in the book. While Briana is angry about her mother’s disclosure about her birth, she doesn’t hate her.
- Briana drinks whiskey like a sailor (she isn’t 21 yet), and curses like one too. In the book, she hates alcohol, and never uses profanity. Overall, she is portrayed in the Starz version as whiny, hardheaded and disrespectful. Come on. The setting is 1968. Girls didn’t use the “F” word when speaking to their mothers.
- Claire and Briana arrive in Inverness, Scotland, for the funeral of Roger’s father, Reverend Wakefield, who was an old friend of Claire and Frank. Supposedly they had been visiting family in London, and drove up when they heard of his death. In the book, they travel to Inverness (not London) purposely to visit Scotland and their old friend, where they discover he has died. By the way (in the book), I don’t think that either Claire or Frank have living relatives in England.
- To compound the error in the previous point, Briana accuses her mother of maneuvering to visit Scotland. I suppose Claire arranged for the Reverend to have a heart attack?
- Sophie Skelton’s ‘American’ accent is distracting, especially since she supposedly grew up in Boston. Sounds more like Toledo. Or Indianapolis. Definitely Midwest.
An example of what I am talking about:
If you haven’t read Voyager, this is basically what happens in the book, and I hope on television as well (don’t worry, this is just an outline):
- Recap of Claire’s life in Boston in the 1950’s and 1960’s.
- Recap of Jamie’s life in Scotland and England during the 20-year period following the battle of Culloden (April 16, 1746.)
- Having discovered that Jamie lived through the Battle of Culloden, and survived a serious injury (some of this was covered at the end of Season 2) Claire decides to return to the 18th century.
- Claire and Jamie are reunited in Edinburgh at the print shop of ‘A. Malcolm’.
- Various things happen, resulting in a trip by Claire and Jamie by sea to the Caribbean.
- Various other things happen, and Claire and Jamie end up in America.
It is all quite exciting.
I have read that they filmed a large portion of this season in South Africa, using the sets from Black Sails. This is a trailer from Black Sails, just to give you an idea of the atmosphere. The program itself is pretty raw and brutal in my opinion, so I am not recommending it.
No judgment here if you like Black Sails; we are all adults. If you have been watching Outlander, or if you have read any of the books, you know that it also contains brutality and violence, as well as a large dose of fairly frank sexual activity. The sex, for the most part, takes place between a husband and wife. I personally don’t much like frank sex on television; I prefer to read about it, if anything, but that is also my opinion only. The story is still compelling, and sex is part of it.
For Outlander fans, here are some links to information on the Starz series, as well as Diana Gabaldon and the books. She is working on book nine (Go Tell The Bees That I Am Gone), and regularly publishes what she calls “daily lines”, giving you hints about its content.
Diana G, Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorDianaGabaldon/
Diana G, website: http://www.dianagabaldon.com/
Starz Outlander Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OutlanderTVSeries.starz/
To sign up for the Starz Outlander newsletter: https://www.starz.com/newsletters
On a personal note, I have read Voyager, and recently purchased the audio version. It is more than 43 hours long! This is my first audio book, and I am enjoying it, but I don’t think I would buy a book in audio that I had not already read in print. I find that I am distracted too much by my surroundings with audio, while I immerse myself in the written word.
What do you think? Have you purchased audio books, and what was your experience?