My thoughts on 501:
I’ve watched 501 twice.
The first time was yesterday afternoon. I was such a mess afterwards I could hardly think straight. So, there was no way I was going to be able to string to sentences together -let alone construct a coherent blog about the episode that wasn’t watermarked of virtual tears.
Now, before I go ahead (and be warned. This will contain spoilers. The episode has been officially dropped by Starz – Which gives everyone the green light to discuss the episode), I need to say I’m sorry.
I’m sorry I misheard the line, OK? I’m sorry I thought Germain said “Grand-Pere said you have hairy tits” when, in fact, he didn’t. What he said was “Grand-Pere said you have hairy ticks!” (Which is why, I hate to say, it took me quite a bit of time to figure out that Roger said “Your Father thinks I’m a Heretic”)
Naturally, when I initially made the tweet, I didn’t realise how wrong I was.
- I misheard the line
- I spelled Germain with an E. Thus, turning Fersaili’s child from a Boy into a Girl
- And, of course, I got the spelling of Grandfather wrong, didn’t I? Because grammar and spelling mistakes… Why stop at one? … Am I right?
The Irony of this whole thing was that it’s usually me that is telling everyone else what was said. Either way, it gave everyone a good laugh and that’s all that matters.
Can we talk the opening credits for a second?
I don’t mind the orchestral arrangement if I’m being perfectly honest. It’s an interesting twist. I could really get used to it.
Seeing Sam Heughan as Jamie Fraser with his back to the camera takes my breath away. Every. Damn. Time. The broadness of his shoulders and that coat need all the awards for their efforts alone.
And just quietly, seeing my two-favourite people with the word Producer next to their name… makes my heart soar. I’m so damn proud of them and how far they’ve come.
My only criticism? That shot of Claire running in the muddied dress and all you see are her feet… from season 1? We need to be rid of that now. It’s no longer relevant. It’s been in the opening credits every season and frankly, it’s time to let it go. Truly. It doesn’t fit in anywhere anymore. I mean, what’s wrong with a quick peek at Adso? We know he’s part of the season so why not add him into the credits?
Just a thought.
First off, I’m going to preface this with the fact that I have gone into this season with no expectations whatsoever. I’m not carrying over any resentment or bitterness that was the train wreck of season 4. The writing was weak. We all know this. Thus, I believe that’s what made certain characters unlikeable and rather less than noteworthy.
Secondly, I’m also going to tell you that this Droughlander – I deliberately did not do a re- watch. Not a single episode. At all.
I know, I know. You’re all thinking I’ve lost my marbles and gone bat-shit bonkers, but I’ll have you know there’s a method to my madness. After the shit show that was last season, I’d lost all hope of the show redeeming itself for season 5. I was left angry at the choices made and I felt that overall, season 4 was lacking. So much lacking. There was no room for character development. A lot of what we’d hoped to see was pushed to the wayside and forgotten about. The only thing I will say is this. Given how little the cast had to work with last season, everyone bought their A game to the table and did a remarkable job.
The sets were great and even the costumes were amazing but nothing after season 4 made me even want to look at anything Outlander related – let alone sit through a re-watch.
Then Sam and Caitriona were announced to become producers for the new season – and I… well I began to hope.
It was at this point I decided to continue with my no re-watch policy. I wanted to approach season 5 with excitement. I wanted to feel like I did when I was waiting with bated breath for season 3 and well may I say – I’m so glad I did because I was excited, and I was happy, and I was emotional, and it was perfect.
Now we come to the nitty gritty of this blog. I’m well aware that there will be folks who will not agree with me here – and that’s OK. Different strokes for different folks as they say. I’d like an opinion if you care to have one – but please, leave your hatred and vitriol at the door.
So, without further ado – I give you my thoughts
First. What I think of Roger and Bree.
(A/N I feel I need to say this and get this off my chest before I continue. My apologies if this isn’t your thing, but I just need to get it out there)
As previously mentioned, I am not carrying over anything from the 4th season.
So, too me this season, they are completely new. I’ve never met them (so to speak.) I’m willing to give them a chance and see if they can grow on me. I’m also curious to see what Sophie and Rik can do with their characters story line moving forward. Obviously, the McKenzie’s (because we’ve all read the books, right?) they have a hard road ahead as they get used to living 200 years in the past, finding their feet as newlyweds and as new parents. (It’s at this point I wish to point out that when I say I am not carrying over anything from last season – it does not mean I have forgot it. I am simply choosing not to tarnish my personal Season 5 experience with bad writing and character development from last season) Add to this, Roger, at this point has no real trade or skill and no real way to provide for his family. His relationship with his Father -In -Law isn’t exactly off to a good start either so you know, Roger’s got his work cut out for him.
As for Bree? Well…. How to put this as delicately as possible… She’s been through a lot. And I mean a lot. So, one of the things I’ll be interested to see how the writers will/ have handled that particular situation.
I want to see on screen how they struggle with that. How it affects their relationship and how, as Husband and Wife they work through it together.
On a positive note – I am very much looking forward to Brianna finally becoming ‘her Fathers Daughter’ and everyone on the Ridge showing her all the damn respect she so rightfully deserves.
So yes, I’m hopeful Rik and Sophie bring their A game this season and with, what I hear, stronger writing (I heard they hired a new writer and this one was already an avid fan of both the books and TV show) I’m hoping they can wow me. I really want them to wow me. Is it too soon to ask that they can do that? I hope not.
Second: What I liked about 501
- The Marriage of Roger and Bree. Everything about this scene was lovely.
- Jamie and Claire being so proud of their baby girl (MY HEART GUYS!)
- The flashback to Jamie and Claire’s wedding made me cry
- The looks between Ma and Da Fraser as their Daughter got Married (Do not @ me!)
- Hello Jamie at 50 with the dry witty humour. I’ve waited such a long time for you, and you did not disappoint
- Lord John sitting alone on a log while everybody else was busy getting busy – made me laugh out-loud and call him “Lord John No Friends” for the rest of the episode
- Marsali is the Queen of the tongue twisters
- FREAKY FRASER SEX GETTING INTERUPTED BY THEIR GRANDSON WITH PERFECT TIMING? YES! HOLY GOD I NEEDED THAT AND THEY DELIVERED
- The Music. Ugh! Why must Bear McCreary make leak my bodyweight in fluid out of my eyeballs like that? Huh? Why? Yet again his musical score is what makes this show and you cannot tell me otherwise
- Roger telling Aunt Jocasta where she can stick her money. I’m happy they did this actually. I liked this part of the book and I was happy to see it translated well.
- Jamie Frasers face when he hears his Daughter say “Je Suis Prest” Please give Sams eyes a standing ovation. They deserve it. Honest.
- I want Germain to be my friend. He’s the GOAT
- JAMIE FRASER IN HIS FAMILY TARTAN FOR THE FIRST TIME IN OVER 20 YEARS AND HE LOOKED MAGNIFICENT! I WILL CAPS LOCK THIS MOMENT FOREVER AND IF YOU DID NOT GET DOWN ON ONE KNEE AND RECITE YOUR VOW WORD FOR WORD – WHO EVEN ARE YOU AND WHY ARE YOU HERE? I SOBBED! DO YOU HEAR ME? SOBBED AND I DON’T EVEN CARE BECAUSE THAT SCENE WAS EVERYTHING!!
- Lizzy flirting was all kinda cute really
- Jamie just out there eating an apple while he pretending, he not be know that Lizzy is flirting.
- The final scene with Jamie and Murtagh. It tore my guts out and I lost it completely.
- (Even as I type this, I am getting emotional) Also, Sam Heughan, again, needs all the awards for this. “Go. Please… Be hard to find” … will be burnt into my brain forever.
Third: What I didn’t like about 501
- I got angry at our favourite Gov’ner. I didn’t want to, but I did.
- Sometimes Roger says stupid things like “Maybe we can do this again when we go back, and I’ll be more prepared” Roger should be banned from saying stupid things. It never bodes well
- There was not enough Fersali in my eyeballs. There needs to be more.
- The way Bree found out about Bonnet.
- It irked me a little that she didn’t tell Claire straight away
- The fact that, after having watched all the live streams and the panels and hearing their stories about all the foods and drinks being real – I ruined my own viewing experience twice by wondering things like “Is that Sassenach Whisky in those glasses? How many slices of cake did they eat? How many times did they have to roast that pig? Does any of this stuff keep? What do they do with the leftovers? Does anything get taken home after a shoot?” … *Sigh* Why am I like this?!
- Did anyone else look at the bricks and things laying about and wonder if they were just a little too modern for the time period? No, just me then? OK
Overall, there wasn’t that much to dislike about 501. For me it ticked all the right boxes and I, for one am VERRA excited for this season and what’s to come. I think the Regulators story line is a good addition and I’m curious (if a little concerned) as to what will play out. Also, Duncan Innes. He was mentioned but…. Did we actually see him? I don’t think so. So again, another story line that has me curious.
I’m looking forward to next week!
Outlander is back baby! Better, Bigger and Stronger than ever!
Bring on 502!