Live Blog: Episode 2.04 -- "La Dame Blanche"

Written by: Ashley Crawley


Do you find yourselves obsessively gabbing on about Outlander  to your friends and family? Wishing your Saturday nights included a living room full of people with whom to watch, discuss, comment, cheer, jeer, and well, experience, alllllll the feels?  Dinna fash, Obsessenach -- you are not alone.

Good news -- we can get new family and friends pour ourselves a dram and, through the magic of technology, enjoy it together!  Each Saturday at 9:00 p.m. ET, we'll be LIVE blogging the episodes to bring you a two-screen experience into the world of  Outlander.  Like the Outlander Cast podcast, it will be SPOILER FREE for non-book readers.

So, get all your post 18th-Century gadgets ready and settle in, because the best things in life should be shared with a buddy.  Hi, buddy!

Now, let the show begin...

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Murtagh As Ballast

Written by: Anne K. Hawkinson




“Not in Scotland Anymore” drew me into a web of deception, plotting, and lies. Who is friend and who is foe? One slip of the tongue, one conversation with the “wrong” person and it could all be for naught. I searched for a steady thread, a ballast of sorts, and I found it in Murtagh.
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Episode 203: Outlander Comes into Its Own

Written by: Denise Stewart



Bravo! Bravo! BRAVO!!  They did it!  


Finally for me watching episode 203 of Outlander, “Useful Occupations and Deceptions,” actually FELT like a real episode of TV.   You’re probably wondering what I am talking about.  Well, up until this episode, I felt I was constantly comparing the story set before me to the book and it’s contents--at least for the first time or two I would watch an episode. Now...I’m not sure if my change of heart was due to the fact that  the first time I watched it I was completely exhausted, or if it was due to the root of my exhaustion (I had just returned from Mickey’s Magical Kingdom, and I was believing all things were possible.)  I DO believe that it was due to the creativity and growth of the writers, directors, actors, and producers of this show that we have all come to know and love.


This show is totally coming into its own.

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Outlander episode 2: THAT dress! No, not the red one! *SPOILERS*


Written By: Janet Reynolds



Everyone knew the red dress was coming. Starz based much of its promotional material on that gorgeous image of Claire in it. Vive les Frasers! And stunning it — and Caitriona Balfe — both were.

But if anyone was unclear on the fact that we weren't in Scotland anymore, that point was made patently obvious when Madame Nesle de la Tourelle walked in with King Louis XV wearing a dress that was missing most of its front, her nipples adorned instead with some jewelry and piercings.

How did costume wizard Terry Dresbach come up with this dress? Was nipple piercing even a thing in 18th century Paris? And is the person who pierced Madame de la Tourelle's nipples another time-traveling hint? Read on and find out.

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LIVE Blog: Episode 2.03 - "Useful Occupations and Deceptions"

Written by: Ashley Crawley


Do you find yourself obsessively gabbing on about Outlander to your friends and family? Wishing your Saturday nights included a living room full of people with whom to watch, discuss, comment, cheers, jeers and well, experience alllllll the feels? Dinna fash, Obsessenach - you are not alone.

Good news - we can get new family and friends pour ourselves a dram and, through the magic of technology, enjoy it together!  Each Saturday at 9:00 p.m., we'll be LIVE blogging the episodes to bring you a two-screen experience into the world of Outlander.  Like the Outlander Cast podcast, it will be SPOILER FREE for non-book readers.

So get all your post-18th Century gadgets ready and settle in, because the best things in life should be shared with a buddy.  Hi, buddy.

Now let the show begin . . .


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It's Over! NYC Tartan Week Wrap-Up

Written by: Teddie Potter



Last of a Series

2016 NYC Tartan Week, we loved you long time, and now we are tired.  Hundreds of Outlander fans making their way home echoed sentiments of how much fun was had, but hella glad that it is finally over; kind of like how you need a vacation after spending a week in Disney World.

From the premiere to the parade, the Outlander fandom presence at NYC Tartan week was multi state, multinational, and exuberant, and the competition to join in all the events, both Outlander and Tartan Week sponsored, was expectedly strong. I didn’t attend all the event offerings, but here’s my take on what I did that week...


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Are We Really Leaving Scotland Behind? But Wait! What About the Penny Whistle?

Written by: Denise Stewart





As we were entering into season two of Outlander, so many articles and interviews were cataloged over how the new season would be vastly different from season one.  The second season mostly takes place in Paris, and more specifically, in the presence of King Louis XV’s court.  With the inclusion of the French aristocracy, the story line is more complex as it now centers on Jamie and Claire fighting for the political, as well as nationalistic, future of Scotland.  Even the sets and costumes are more elaborate--bright silks and embroidery replace the heavy wools with muted colors and elaborate interiors/ formal gardens are now the main set pieces.


But we hadn’t heard too much about the music of this new season.  


And as I thought about it more, I began to get a little anxious. If everything else has changed tone, so must the music, right? So, what about that Scottish sound that has become so synonymous with Outlander? How can I live without the penny whistle or the bodhrán?

Enter Bear McCreary to answer all of my doubts and ease my mind.


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Embrace Change -- Why the Book vs. Show Debate Needs to End

Written by: Anne Gavin


I know very little about the business of television.  Some others associated with this Blog know a lot.  But, I consider myself more *average* when it comes to the ins and outs of television production.  I think most Outlander fans are in the same boat.  Also, I have never published a novel although I do enjoy writing which, for me, is really trying to convey all my thoughts, feelings and passions in a way that can touch reader's sensibilities or incite them (either positively or negatively) to think or feel a certain way.  Again, most of us probably fit into the category of non-novel writers.  So, here's the thing.  I REALLY hope we don't have to go through the rest of Outlander Season 2 debating ad nauseum  the differences between the Outlander series of books and the Starz television production.

Please. No. Stop. 

Read more after the jump...
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Leaving the Past Behind

Written by: Anne K. Hawkinson


How can you leave the past behind when it’s become part of your present self? Claire’s gut-wrenching grief brought me to tears 15 seconds into Through a Glass, Darkly. Her loss was palpable, the kind that makes your heart literally ache with the reality that someone you loved so deeply and completely is gone forever.
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The Scotland Diaries -- A Sassenach Abroad

Written by: Anne Gavin


27 days until the adventure begins.

I don't really know the exact time it struck me -- when I decided to take this leap.  You would think I would.  But, it was a bit of a slow burn.  Bingeing Outlander Season 1-A in an afternoon two years ago, then scouring the Internet for anything and everything Outlander and Scotland, ordering the audio books (and hard copies, too, as you have to have BOTH, right?), listening to Outlander podcasts, joining Outlander Facebook groups, heck -- even applying to be a writer for an Outlander Blog.  What?  Honestly, my family did not know what to make of me and wondered if I was experiencing an early mid-life crisis.  Maybe so, but if it was wrong, it just felt so damn RIGHT!  Where it all led me was to plan the Trip of a Lifetime.  In just 27 days, this Sassenach will head out for her very own Scottish Adventure.  I hope you will join me as I endeavor to journal my travels -- notwithstanding the wonkiness of Wi-Fi availability in the Scottish Highlands!  Click past the jump to read the first excerpt of The Scotland Diaries -- A Sassenach Abroad.

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The Outlander Season 2 Episode Diana Gabaldon wrote and other DG updates

Written By: Janet Reynolds




By now the collective hyperventilating surrounding season two of Outlander has abated a bit. The premiere has occurred and while we're all obsessing about the rest of the season, we maybe, just maybe, can focus on something else, albeit temporarily.

It is with that in mind that we are launching an occasional series here at OCB. We're calling it DG Watch because without DG — please tell me you knew that was Diana Gabaldon — none of this would be possible. Our first installment included information about book 10 in the Outlander series and a prequel in the works about Jamie's parents. This installment comes compliments of a USA Today live chat she did in the middle of season two preview week mania.

The chat was also on the eve of her novella, Virgins, becoming available as an e-book in the US, UK and Canada. (Sorry, rest of the world and sorry, people who prefer to hold a book in their hands. The physical book will be released as a collection of seven novellas later in 2016 or early 2017.) 

Gabaldon took questions from fans and revealed a little bit of what she's up to, including which episode she wrote in season two and what's coming with Master Raymond.

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LIVE Blog: Episode 2.02 - "Not in Scotland Anymore"

Written by: Ashley Crawley


Do you find yourself obsessively gabbing on about Outlander to your friends and family? Wishing your Saturday nights included a living room full of people with whom to watch, discuss, comment, cheers, jeers and well, experience alllllll the feels? Dinna fash, Obsessenach - you are not alone.

Good news - we can get new family and friends pour ourselves a dram and, through the magic of technology, enjoy it together!  Each Saturday at 9:00 p.m., we'll be LIVE blogging the episodes to bring you a two-screen experience into the world of Outlander.  Like the Outlander Cast podcast, it will be SPOILER FREE for non-book readers.

So get all your post-18th Century gadgets ready and settle in, because the best things in life should be shared with a buddy.  Hi, buddy.

Now let the show begin . . .

Episode 2.02: "Not in Scotland Anymore"

[9:00 pm] Not to go all Forrest Gump on you (but I’m totally about to go all Forrest Gump on you), but “Previously on Outlander” is like a box of chocolates – you never know what you’re going to get. And here we go! (side note: a friend is visiting this weekend and is watching with me . . . she’s never seen the show. I wish I could have recorded her visible reaction to that summary sequence.)

[9:02 pm] Title card = we’re definitely not in Scotland anymore. If we were, my beloved Mrs. Fitz would be helping these ladies. Shameless plug for my love letter to her.

[9:03 pm] I have no words. None.  What the fresh hell was that?!?

[9:04 pm] Okay, I lied. I took a breath and found some words. At first my brain was analyzing the strain turned to hope, turned to strain, that is their struggle to find intimacy again (as it should be after that brutal sexual assault) . . . but I didn’t even get a chance to process that before I got thrust into Stephen King’s Carrie with the pig blood effect raining all over BJR’s face. Overkill?

[9:05 pm] Note to self: Get a cousin with a residence in Paris. Nice digs, Frasers! Claire can’t handle the round-the-clock service. I mean, I get it . . . but after what they’ve been through, take the spa service, Claire. At least for a bit. I’m just sayin’.

Also,  this is Terry Dresbach’s favorite ensemble of the new season – Caitriona’s too! We learned that during the awesome “From Scotland to Paris” live panel they did in New York City during premiere week.

[9:06 pm] Well done, Prague!  It completely does its role as "Paris stand-in" justice. I had the good fortune of visiting this city years ago and it’s breathtaking.  Side note: the beer is cheap. Just a tip.

[9:07 pm] These set designs are incredible – so cinematic. A visual buffet for the eye. And we're just inside an apothecary.

[9:08 pm] Master Raymond!  “So much cynicism in one so young” – sir, if you only knew the half of what she’d been through, you'd get why cynicism is her first language.  Side note: again with the pigs' blood! 

[9:11 pm] I battle insomnia - pass me some, Ray.

[9:12 pm] I adore Jamie and Murtagh scenes. They bring out the best in both characters and I enjoy the good-hearted ribbing.

[9:13 pm] "This city wreaks of a chamber pot." - Murtagh, in an early lead for my favorite line of the night.

[9:17 pm] And we're headed to a brothel! Where all noble business is conducted.  Carry on.

[9:19 pm] When you have your head down in the computer for part of the episode, you look up and have a delayed reaction to dildos being pranced onto screen to cheers and merriment.  True story.

[9:21 pm] I hate to break into this super important conversation about war strategy for frivolous commentary, but I will. I'd like to make a request that Jamie keep his hair pulled back.  Much better. Thank you kindly.

[9:24 pm] Bonnie Prince Charlie's voice is like nails on a chalkboard.  That is all.

[9:25 pm] Bear's change in the score's tone during this scene is making me flash to Star Wars and how the music always markedly changed once Darth Vader got on screen.

[9:27 pm] Murtagh looks so out of place flopped on a couch. And I love it.

[9:28 pm] This waxing scene is making me giggle, but it's because I keep picturing Steve Carell getting his chest waxed for real during that scene in The 40-Year Old Virgin. Don't try and understand how my brain works. I certainly don't.

[9:32 pm]  Wait, I hadn't gotten to that waxing scene yet.  Meek Mary's reaction for the win.

[9:33 pm] Honeypot.  That is all.

[9:35 pm] As much as I wave the flag for the amazing Jamie and Claire "bidness" scenes, I am so glad the writers chose to realistically portray the long run back to good that it's going to take these two given Jamie's clear PTSD.

[9:37 pm] WOW. I've seen the pictures of the dress, but to see it here - officially - it's scrumptious. All that was missing from the guys' reaction was a record screeching sound effect.

[9:38 pm] Claire was married before Jamie. Jamie was the virgin. But by all means, let's do this hilariously catty exchange at meeting "the ex."

[9:41 pm] Dammit, I want a Murtagh.  Why does half the Outlander-loving world tote around a Pocket Jamie? Let's start a Pocket Murtagh movement on social. He's the real sidekick you want on all your adventures.

[9:42 pm] "Only in France does a king need an audience to shiiiiite." - Murtagh, again for the win.

[9:44 pm] Two minutes later, we're still on this scene watching a guy try and take a crap.  Really, Outlander? Really?

[9:45 pm] The hubs, "She found a bigger fan."  I say - by all means, flaunt it, Claire.

[9:47 pm] For those keeping score at home: dildos, waxing, public crapping and foot fetishes. And we've still got 10 minutes to go.

[9:49 pm] I spoke too soon.  That dress. You know the one.  Side note: If last week was Tobias Menzies' episode to shine, this wonky episode is saved by Duncan Lacroix.

[9:52 pm] The Duke of Sandringham is back. Criiiiiiiiiiiinge. But Simon Callow makes him completely watchable.

[9:55 pm] Black Jack's brother. Holy. But he's precious.  And Black Jack's aliiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiive.  I knew this because, ahem - book reader. But Claire reacting to it made me feel it all over again.  Some things are just better seen than read.

[9:58 pm] And just like that, we've got our first subplot. With that "wait, he's alive?!" reveal, this episode actually started to hold my interest. And now it's done.  But we're headed good places, friends! *crosses fingers*

[9:59 pm] Well folks, we definitely aren't in Scotland anymore.  And I don't know about you, but I miss it.  I'm definitely on board for following our beloved family anywhere they go, but I do miss Scotland.  Transition woes. I'll get there.

[10:00 pm] Ira Steven Behr and his purple goatee.  Love. He's like our very own Heisenberg. Breaking Bad anyone?

[10:20 pm] I've had some more wine. I reflected. I'm ready to kilt this thing . . . you know, should Mary and Blake ask: 3 kilts. An even 3.  The new sets, Terry's gorgeous work, the return of Simon Callow and, most notably, Duncan Lacroix's comedic salvaging kept this episode from completely landing in the King's public chamber pot.  Disclaimer: I reserve the right to re-grade after a few more viewings between now and next week. 

Thanks for reading! Please be sure to catch up on all live blogs from Season 2:

Episode 2.01: "Through a Glass Darkly"
Episode 2.02: "Not in Scotland Anymore
Episode 2.04: "La Dame Blanche"
Episode 2.05: "Untimely Resurrection
Episode 2.06: "Best Laid Schemes..."
Episode 2.07: "Faith"
Episode 2.08: "The Fox's Lair"
Episode 2.09: "Je Suis Prest"
Episode 2.10: "Prestonpans
Episode 2.11: "Vengeance is Mine"
Episode 2.12 "The Hail Mary"
Episode 2.13 "Dragonfly in Amber"
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The Premiere Ratings Are In - And They're Looking Pretty Good

Written by: Blake Larsen


So the early numbers for "Through A Glass, Darkly" - the season 2 premiere of Outlander - are starting to come in and they are looking pretty darn good.  In fact, I think we might have just sealed the fate for an announcement of season 3.  Hit the jump to find out how well the show performed, and what it all means for Outlander, STARZ, and to us fans.

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NYC Tartan Week Update: Fan Woman Reports on the April 4th Outlander Season 2 Premiere Event

Written by: Teddie Potter





A good fan girl comes to embrace each and every fan-girling opportunity as both a gift and a hope.  A good fan woman should know better. Let me explain . . . 

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Outlander Cast: The Clan Gathering - LIVE STREAM - Season 2 Premiere "Through A Glass Darkly" Instant Take - Episode 43


Written by: Blake Larsen


Hosts Mary and Blake discuss the Outlander Season 2 Premiere, "Through A Glass Darkly" with some of the writers from the Outlander Cast Blog in our first ever Clan Gathering.  Featuring: Kendra, Anne, and Ashley. This episode took place immediately after the premiere aired, and it's a completely raw, live, uncut, and totally visceral look into our thoughts after episode 2.01.  In this episode you'll learn all about The Scream, splitting the episode in half, why this was Tobias' time to shine again, and debating the merits between France and 1948, and much more.

Subscribe: iTunes|YouTube | Download: (.mp3) | Mobile Play Like Us On Facebook 

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Outlander Cast: The Clan Gathering - LIVE STREAM - Season 2 Premiere Pregame Show - Episode 42*

Written by: Blake Larsen



Hosts Mary and Blake discuss all things Outlander Season 1 and 2 with some of the Outlander Cast Blog writers for the first ever Clan Gathering.  Featuring Kendra, Denise and Holly. This was our LIVE STREAM episode right before the premiere started!    In this episode, you will learn all about the marketing of season 2, the trailer, casting decisions, what we expect for season 2, the final countdown, and what we think they need to do to improve from season 1.   It's raw, uncut, and a completely genuine podcasting experience.  *Please note that we had minor techinical difficulties with the Bloggers audio within the first 5 minutes.  But they do appear after the 5 minute mark

Subscribe: iTunes|YouTube | Download: (.mp3) | Mobile Play Like Us On Facebook 

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LIVE Blog: Episode 2.01 - "Through a Glass, Darkly"

Written by: Ashley Crawley


Do you find yourself obsessively gabbing on about Outlander to your friends and family? Wishing your Saturday nights included a living room full of people with whom to watch, discuss, comment, cheers, jeers and well, experience alllllll the feels? Dinna fash, Obsessenach - you are not alone.

Good news - we can get new family and friends pour ourselves a dram and, through the magic of technology, enjoy it together!  Each Saturday at 9:00 p.m., we'll be LIVE blogging the episodes to bring you a two-screen experience into the world of Outlander.  Like the Outlander Cast podcast, it will be SPOILER FREE for non-book readers.

So get all your post-18th Century gadgets ready and settle in, because the best things in life should be shared with a buddy.  Hi, buddy.

Now let the show begin . . .


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OUTLANDER SEASON 2 PREMIERE: LIVE STREAM EVENTS - "THE CLAN GATHERING"

Written by: Blake Larsen



We all are desperately waiting for the first notes of the newly arranged "Skye Boat Song" and Outlander season 2 to grace our small screens on April 9.  But here's something you didn't know you desperately needed too - The Outlander Cast Clan Gathering!

A select group of your favorite writers from the Outlander Cast Blog will be joining Mary and Blake on the Outlander Cast podcast the day of the premiere LIVE - both BEFORE and AFTER the airing of episode 2.01 on April 9.  

That's right, the podcast AND the blog, for the first time ever, are joining forces for not just one, but TWO, epic episodes all in the same day - LIVE, raw, and uncut. 

Click read more to find out when, who will be appearing,  how you can join us, and why we need you to play a pivotal role in making the LIVE streamed episode be totally freakin' awesome.

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LIVE Blog: From Scotland to Paris Event

Written by: Ashley Crawley


***Update*** If you missed tonight's live feed, don't fret! The link to the live feed below takes you to our post where you can watch the video replay. 

Not one of the lucky few in New York for tonight's Outlander premiere week fun?  No problem!

Stick on this page (though you can watch the live feed here) as we LIVE blog the "From Scotland to Paris: A Behind the Scenes Journey with Outlander" event!

Be sure to comment and join in the fun!  Now bring on 7:30p EST and let's get this magic started...


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LIVE Feed: From Scotland to Paris Event

Written by: Ashley Crawley


***Update*** If you missed tonight's live feed, don't fret! The embedded video below is now a replay of the live feed. Enjoy! 

Not one of the lucky few in New York for tonight's Outlander premiere week fun?  No problem!

You can watch the live feed here, but be sure to click here and join us us as we LIVE blog the "From Scotland to Paris: A Behind the Scenes Journey with Outlander" event!

Be sure to comment and join in the fun!



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Jamie's Trailer, Jamie's Season

Written by: Anne Gavin


Over the weekend, Starz released a new, remixed trailer for Outlander Season 2.  The focus was on one, James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser.  Some critics of the television adaptation of Outlander have suggested that not enough time was devoted in Season 1 to Jamie's character, or that his character was not fully explored.  So much has been said and written about Season 2 but it's my view that Season 2 will be Jamie's Season -- when we see the full measure of the man -- Gabaldon's King of Men -- reveal himself.  But, the road ahead for Jamie is not smooth and Claire plays a pivotal role.  Read more after the jump...
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