AB-Ootlander- Canadian girls like Castles too.

As I always need to mention. We, in Canada, are behind our American friends by 2 weeks when it come to viewing Outlander on our TV’s via a network.  Their network is Starz. I need to acknowledge their fantastic promotions (numerous T-Shirt, Swag, Pocket Jamie swag give aways & ummm a Trip to Scotland with a show WALK ON! ) and lets not forget numerous fan events across the US.  Our network is Showcase. They gave away a $25.00 Subway gift card during episode 4 to the person who told them how many times Jamie said Claire during the episode *cough* once *cough*.

Nice Try! Maybe next time.

Nice Try! Maybe next time.

Digression. It’s one of my issues. One.

We go onto Episode 2, What happens in Canada on Sundays when Outlander comes on? A few things. In the afternoon – our local Liquor Depot or Liquor Spot (Yup – we name our Liquor stores such things) gets an influx of fans stocking up for the #OutlanderCANDrinkingGame. Churches shut their doors. It’s true I am totally making that shit up. See?

Everything on the interwebs is true.

Everything on the interwebs is true.

One of my favourite things about our Showcase experience is our “List of Benefits”  before the show starts. Course Language. Adult Content. Violence & Nudity.  Some people call them advisories. Aye – Eh. Potato- Potahto and one of my favourites from a twitter friend…its like comparing Jo n Kezzie. Neither here nor there really.

Castle Leoch. Now every Canadian kid loves castles! We don’t have many or any here but I can promise you – there is a generation of us that pulled up a little rocking chair with Rusty, Jerome the giraffe and the Friendly Giant on the CBC. We got cozy and he read. Oh how I loved that castle.

Let's take trip down memory lane. Look Up! WAAAAAY UP!

Let’s take trip down memory lane. Look Up! WAAAAAY UP!

SQUIRREL! Back to Castle Leoch shall we?!

Claire shows up in the middle of the mud and shitdung (it was a double negative kinda sorta but Mrs. Fitz said it and I liked it). Claire stood out like a nun in hoooooor house. Mrs. Fitz came off as just a bit more than suspicious to start but warmed up nicely I think.

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We all just really wanted Claire & Jamie to be alone for a while. Claire demanded it. Again. She is good at that demanding.episode 2-04

He takes of his shirt

Hummana Hummana Hummana

Let’s just enjoy this for a moment. Absorb this goodness.  For all those people who think I am objectifying this man. I am admiring what  has been created for me to admire. Look at that beauty. For what it’s worth, I think Claire is hot too and even though I am completely heterosexual. I get why men would think she was hot and don’t begrudge them her beauty.

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You have to take the bad with the good. Jamie’s back is a part of his history. Sad Sad history. *sigh* Jaaaaaaammmiiiieeee.

We go through some lovely moments with Jamie & Claire, some not so lovely moments. You know, where he recalls his first experience w BJR. We react when Jamie speaks – don’t we?  He recites an iconic line from the book “Ye need not be scairt of me, or anyone else here, so long as I’m with you” Diana was right…it was important that they kept that in there. THANK YOU RON! iconic

I think all of us enjoyed seeing Claire climb out of bed the next day, disheveled & looking like she didn’t know what way was up.

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WAAAAAAHHHH mu broth

WAAAAAAHHHH mu broth

Getting dressed and set to meet himself was a blast to watch, loved the music, the clothing and I was just a little sad to know I had a built in bum roll. Let’s just call it evolution.

Off she goes to meet with TwistyLegs MacTwisterson. Doesn’t every blog have a name for him besides Himself? Colum? Laird? All I know is…those CGI legs are hard to look at…they look like they are going to snap at the ankles any second. They discuss hospitality, lack of & going home. Yeah right Claire. You really should read the book.

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We had plenty of commercials. Promises of leaving the castle. It was time for Claire to play her own version of a drinking game! Only she did it while sitting between the MacKenzie brothers.  Yes, would have been WAY more appropraite if it were Bob n Doug…but nope. It sooooo wasn’t.

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Yeah. That happened. Claire knew it was probably the best aka worse note to leave on.

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A good night sleep brings Claire a gooooooood idea. Time to head off to the stables for some Jamie time. Nothing like a lil Ging in the morn.

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He apparently likes a girl w spirit. Which excites me.spirit

Avoid Looking all together. GOTCHA!

Avoid Looking all together. GOTCHA!

thigh

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I am not sure WHO I complain to…but I think it’s a legitimate complaint.

We go on to laugh w Rupert. Meet Geillis. Who THANK YOU VERY MUCH plays her perfectly.  Her voice is like a melody of batshitcrazy and I loooooove it!

We also meet loose Leery (there are so many names for her…I will stick to this one) in front of Judge Himself. If you read that all grammatically messed up, it won’t flow. Don’t try too hard. Jamie takes a beating at the hands of his buddy Rupert because Dougal told him to…and told to more…and more. Jerkface.  Murtagh shows his awesome, silently at the end…again. And yes, I know I spelled his name wrong in the tweet.

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Claire fixes Jamie up –  again. He might have done it to save loose leery the embarrassment, or he could have done it so she could fix him again.

Now we see Claire going back down to the room. You know. The room. The one she and Frank had to bang their way into in Episode 1. No pun intended…ok…well on second thought- total pun intended.

that roomYep, I was right.  No face for you!

In fact…dun dun dun. You will be Castle Leoch’s new healer Claire. If you can’t join them – BEATON.

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That’s all she wrote…for episode 2 anyway…3’s ketchup will be up soon.

SL

Heughliot at Large

AB-Ootlander- Having a Canadian jaw on the Outlander.

Here in Canada we have been subjected to the social torture of hearing about whats happening in an episode before we get to watch.  Know what that’s like?  It is like standing outside a room full of people who are enjoying something and you KNOW they are enjoying it. They are talking about what they are seeing, loud enough for you to hear it it…but you can’t see it. It’s like that.

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LET ME SEE! DAMN YOU!!!

People say “So…don’t stand outside the room.” YEAH RIGHT?! What do you think we are? Robots? Do you think we are dead inside? PAH! No….we are Canadian. So what we actually do…is stand there. With our noses pressed to the glass. And wait. Yes. Until we get it. By any means necessary.  Sunday nights on Showcase is how we get it. We patiently wait the 2 weeks from when we heard all the good stuff from our American friends.  As I mentioned earlier, we get commercials. A lot. Of. Commercials.  Someone was kind enough to point out to me. Better to have commercials than no Outlander. That is happily stating the obvious.  It’s like having an arm with a rash.  I am still glad I have the arm. Not a fan of the rash.

However, being Canadian, we try and find things to do to make the commercials bearable. Read – We drink. We developed the #OutlanderCANDrinkingGame drink but that wasn’t enough so now, we also drink every time we go to commercial, have a commercial and come back from a commercial. With a half an hour worth of commercials you can only pee SO much. Certainly not a half an hours worth of 90 minutes. Even beany bladders don’t have that in them.  I am pretty positive Canadians are also part sponge. Just sayin.

So, us northern folk are now up to Episode 4. The last one we watched on Showcase was “The Gathering”  This means we are HALF way to the HALF way mark…and if I know my math…and I really don’t because well….math. We are a quarter of our way through the entire season.  Sony has seen fit to give us a Mid- Season break at episode 8 though. You know, a couple of months to make as many Meme’s, fan edit videos, screen caps as we possibly can… and in our little teeny tiny corner of the twitterverse we do #HeughliQuotes.  Like this one…

Gee, can someone tell me why THIS one was so popular?

We have been doing this since Episode 1 premiered. Instead of using this blog for a detailed recap, I thought I would just snip some of our most popular tweets & favourite parts of the show. Sound like a plan? What? I can’t hear you…speak up eh?

Whatever, I will do it anyway. BlogChunks. Sounds like some sort of stomach ailment I am expelling – still…that’s what will happen around here.

I tweeted a few things about the opening. Of course I was mesmerized. Who wasn’t? That was rhetorical btw…if you weren’t I really don’t care. That’s not meant to be rude…I just really don’t care.

I am glad they showed Claire in the war and  proceeded to show us right from the start she was going to be a lush. We might not have known it then…but ummmm…we totally know it now. I loved this creation by our friends at OutlanderItalia – Its so awesome people rip it off all the time. Like me. At least I give them the credit they deserve for it *SMILE*outlander italy

Tobias went ahead and made me LIKE Frank. Not that I didn’t “like” him in the books. A more accurate description of how I felt about Frank in the books was bored I think.  I was disinterested in him. Frank was my ambien. Tobias however…I enjoyed him. Liked Frank. That’s weird to even type after 20 yrs.

Oh...no...please tell me more about your ancestzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Oh…no…please tell me more about your ancestzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

One of the more popular & controversial moment made me chuckle- is it a coincidence that it has to do with oral gratification? Probably not…no. Claire demands that gratification.

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GET down there mister!

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As one of those people that grabs the popcorn when the Online debates start about silly things like “Frank didn’t even HAVE a tongue!” or “Only Jamie knew about the man in the boat…it was in book 2!”  I found all the talk about this scene quite HILL-HAIRY-ASS! One fella on a message board said “Did they even go down on each other in the 40’s?”  I couldn’t help myself when I put my popcorn down for a second and I told him to ask his Grandma.

I absolutely love Caitriona, I don’t care that her eyes are blue, that her body is amazing, that she is taller than than book Claire or that her hair happens to be not as curly as someone else thought it should be.  It’s plenty friggen curly. Her eyes don’t need to be anything but in her head, same thing goes for her body…as for her arse, its round.
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The scene with the druids was gorgeous and frankly I want those lanterns. Everywhere. All over my house.tweet4

Yes…after the fact, with Claire waking up from her travel through the stones… I see how many memes have been made with the following on it. Here is an interesting thought. Pop culture… it is what makes many people think the same thing in any given situation…this is what makes things like this humurous to many people. In my defense of un-originality, I followed it up with the tweet. Hey Mate…where in Pete is my auto? or some shit like that so neener neener neener.

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I sure did love when ran up on BJR in the woods. You can see the “change” in Tobias with subtleties he pulls off in the character. Beautifully played, sir.  It’s like watching Mr. Dress Up only…evil…and better…and not at all like Mr. Dress Up. Never mind.

I love our intro into meeting Murtagh. He was one of my favourite quiet characters in the book. He has become one of my favourite characters in the show as well.  He saves Claire from BJR, knocks the yappy girl out, drags her to a cottage where the gang of highlanders are gathered…funny, this is where I got engaged in the book. I was engaged in the show from the moment they said there would be one – don’t even go there with me. Canadian girls cut people too. We do it with butter knives but we do it.

This is of course where we meet *sigh* Jamie.  Just that. *sigh* Jamie.  That’s what my husband called him for years and years. He would do a dramatic *sigh* and say Jaaaaaamiiiiiiieeee in a high pitched girl voice.  I completely accept that because its how it feels in my heart.

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tweet6 I couldn’t take my eyes off the scene. Nope. Could. NOT!

SNUG as a BUG in a RUG

SNUG as a BUG in a RUG

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They said cock in this episode a lot. Referring to the rock…didn’t look anything like a cock to me *shrug*. All in the eye of the beholder I guess.

Sure...it's big n all...

Sure…it’s big n all…

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There was a battle with the English Soldiers etc. Jamie tossed Claire off their horse…she took off- felt a little put out by being thrown over board no doubt but …she was caught.win win tweet9 So after further consideration…there was no wrong answer to that question. Over his shoulder. Well of course. But no? I will have to ride in front of you with all your manliness…yeah, there is that.

You know, sometimes they aren’t speaking Gaelic but you still have a hard time understanding them.  I just have to pretend they are Newfoundlanders…then I would be fine. Just takes a second for my ear to adjust then I can understand them jes fine aye?

Slam it Back sister...Just a NIP!

Slam it Back sister…Just a NIP!

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Apparently, the part where Jamie passes out was one of the parts Sam used for his audition and the words “He’s going OVER” were some of the most used on set.  Little Alex Trebek factoid of the day.tweet92 Most of us know the importance of this scene. The director of this episode made it EVEN BETTER. #drooltweet93After being a fan of the books for 20 yrs. Having the world of Outlander come to life – on screen – right in my living room for the first time…was BEYOND everything.  It was always in my imagination…now, it’s not. It’s real. Well, as real as TV makes it, and for me…THAT’S FRIGGEN REAL!

Keep your peepers peeled for the next couple episodes all locked in to a BlogChunk.

That’s enough for now.

We will be unveiling our AB-Ootlander Mascot “Toger” soon too…pretty exciting stuff

SL

Heughliot at Large