501.. Oh and one last thing …

I wouldn’t normally do this, but it’s been on my mind since the weekend.

 

Like everyone else (well, a majority of us anyway) I got to watch 501 when it premiered on the weekend.

Also, like a majority of everyone else, I wrote a reaction blog.

 

If you’ve not read it, you can do so here:

 

https://ranpotjam.com/2020/02/16/my-thoughts-on-501/

 

For those that have read it already – thank you for your thoughts and feedback. If you haven’t and wish to give feedback – I’d very much appreciate it.

 

Let me start by saying that as of this morning, I have watched 501 four times. Chances are I’ll fit in another two viewings before 502 drops Sunday afternoon. I haven’t done constant re-watch of an episode since season 3. I missed doing it.

As I have already stated in my original piece, season 4 put me off doing a re-watch. In fact, it put me off watching a single episode.

 

Naturally, after 501 went to air, my social media went off the charts, text messages flew back and forth and everyone I knew was basically sobbing their hearts out and applauding everyone involved for a job well done. I haven’t seen that since season 3 and it left me feeling very confident that something special was about to happen. I really want to believe that. Truly.

After the absolute dumpster fire of season 4 ( and I can say that now I feel, without guilt because even the cast thought over all it was shit) to see season 5 come out of the gates as strongly as it did – made me happier than I felt in a long time.

 

And then it started. All aboard the hate train!

 

Facebook, of course, was the first to kick off with its “I was left disappointed. Anyone else?” bullshit. I call it bullshit because as well all know, it’s not possible to have an amicable conversation with someone without getting shut down. I should know. I tried. On one FB forum someone commented:

 

“I hated it. But then, I’m used to being left disappointed

 

I made the mistake of politely asking what they found so disappointing… Let’s just say the response I got was the verbal equivalent of the 200 lashings BJR gave Jamie. *Shivers*

 

It was at this point I began to wonder why. Why, if a show that leaves them so disappointed, why do they even watch? What’s the point of paying for a streaming service to watch something they obviously don’t like? I will never understand that.

 

Twitter on the other hand was one part THIS IS THE BEST EPISODE EVER ON TELEVISION and one part WE’RE GOING TO DRAG RR/ROGER MAC THROUGH THE MUD OF SEASON 4, FOREVER.

 

This. Shit. Is. Exhausting.

 

Look, here’s the thing. Let season 4 go. Just let it go. Let it burn in a fire. Let it rot in a hole in the ground.

 

Stop bringing up season 4. It’s done. It’s dusted. Caps locking over twitter and yelling about it will not make them go back (through the stones * Ba-boom tish! *) and fix that shit show.

With the exception of one episode, I could only tell you a hand full of things that happened from last season and that’s probably just as well.

Do you want to know a secret? I don’t actually hate Rik. I’d never heard of him till he started working on Outlander. He plays a charater on the show. That’s about as far I am prepared to go.

What I do know:

  • He has a very loyal fan base
  • He speaks his mind
  • He’s not Sam. He never will be. If people could stop with their side by side comparisons please. They are two totally different people. It drives me nuts and really isn’t necessary
  • I’m not sure what I make of him as a person – but I guess time will tell

 

That said, I will give Rik this: He has played Roger from the books to perfection. He is exactly Roger Wakefield/ Mac/ McKenzie from the book. His attitudes, his beliefs, the way he’s been taught to view the world. Everything is Roger from the books.  I personally thought he did a corker job with the character – especially seeing what he had to work with. But that’s my opinion.

So far, his character in Se 5 seems to be heading in a positive direction and I’m hopeful that he can pull it off and really show us his skills as an actor. I’m all for second chances here. (Just quietly, I really hope that some of Sam’s influence rubs off on him. I’d like that)

 

Seeing all the differences of opinion about Roger though, made me wonder… Why is Roger not considered a man of his time…? Yet, Jamie is?

Jamie is taught from an early age that he will be the man of the house. He will be the one to provide for his family and his Wife will bare him children and do what she’s told. Then he meets Claire and everything he’s ever been taught is thrown out the window and he learns. Claire teaches him and he changes his ways.

Roger, despite being 200 years in the future at this point – is also taught the same thing. He is a man. He will provide for his family and his Wife will do as she’s told. The only difference is, Rogers main influence is Reverend Wakefield and being a man of God, especially back then, the  views on how a relationship should be was even more narrower than most- having lost his parents at a young age, it’s no surprise he is truly a product of his environment. Then he meets Bree and the exact same thing occurs. Everything he’s come to know gets turned upside down.  He learns. He’s just a lot more stubborn (and stuck in his ways) than Jamie is (or ever was) and it takes him a while longer to change … but he does change his ways and I think a lot of people have forgotten that.  It’s why I refer to DOA as “For the love of God, leave Roger alone” and TFC as “Oh dear God, Roger, not again!” – because he doesn’t manage to start to sort his shit out and get a clue until midway through ABOSAA.

So, yes, for me book Roger and TV Roger are one and the same. And I suppose, if I was going to have one criticism it would be that this. Thanks to book Roger, I envisioned him with black hair instead of brown but that’s it.

 

But twitter seems hell bent on seeing him suffer in a similar way to that of his character and, after a year of that- I’m just tired of it.

So, I’ve decided I’m not on board with the “Let’s hate Rik” bandwagon this year.  (Ironically, his stans hate my guts – but that’s another story for another day) I’m going to see what he does this season with Sophie and as I said in my last blog – hope the two of them can wow me.

Oh, and twitter, you can back off with your Sophie hate. It’s uncalled for. She’s really come into her own lately and found her stride. We can thank our dream team producers for that! So, please take a seat where Sophie is concerned. She’s going to blow us away this season. I can feel it.

It’s at this point I should be getting ready to bring up some cray-cray shit that someone on Tumblr said but, seriously? I haven’t been there, and I am not going to but on a hazmat suit just to sift through the sludge to find something that pisses me off. It’s a cess pit a majority of the time and frankly, if there’s a place where the perfection of 501 can get torn to shreds, it’s Tumblr.

So, no. Hard pass. Thanks.

(Side-note: This blog also gets cross posted too Tumblr. I am well aware that there’s every possibility that this could be read and that as a consequence I will be handed a shovel to dig my own grave)

 

I also found a lot of folks coping clap back for those opinions and being told they don’t belong or are not a true fan.

Incorrect. Having a difference of opinion does not make you less of a fan than someone that does not. Constructive criticism (as I prefer to call it) is a way of opening up discussion and sharing thoughts.

Calling someone out because you don’t agree with that person’s opinion, calling them a lesser of a fan or a hater? That’s not only having a negative opinion – it also makes you an asshole.

So, there’s that.

 

That said, I’m hoping Se 5 will bring us together again. This fandom fell apart at the end of Se 4 and we’ve never really come back from it. Don’t get wrong, we’re stronger than we were, say, 6 months ago -but there’s a lot of damage that needs to be repaired and I think Se 5 is just the tonic we need to help us do that.

 

Thanks for reading,

 

Ceej

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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