Updates and Some Thoughts

I haven’t written a blog in……

 

Oh alright. Shut up. I know. But I’m back now and that’s all that matters.

Speaking of backs – at time of writing, mine is completely ruined. I’ve not seen my Chiropractor or my massage therapist for almost 8 weeks. For most of this week I have been suffering from either a pulled muscle or pinched nerve in my back.

 

Whenever I sneeze or cough it hurts. When I take a breath in, it hurts. I turn to the left it hurts. Sometimes I twitch (which happens a lot thanks to my other on-going medical conditions) and I spasm for a good 10-15 seconds and struggle to breathe. This has been my lot since last Tuesday – after I did a slow and steady pace on my rower. I stood up, after I finished and then… Hello agony. I am on a dose of fairly hefty pain killers – but if it doesn’t settle properly soon – another visit to the doctor will be on the cards.

However, the reason for this blog (after an absence of around a month and a half, I’m going to give you a brief rundown of what’s been happening in my life

 

  • I finally healed from Sciatica after dealing with it for 8 weeks
  • All of my much-needed medical appointments that keep me functioning on a regular basis – have been pushed back till further notice – with the exception of PT – which I have been able to do from home via Tele-health.
  • This week marked 14 years Married for Hubby and me. We celebrated by eating freshly made salad rolls and drinking a bottle of wine in the back yard.
  • We’ve watched a ton of stuff on Netflix and Amazon Prime. We’ve watched Snowpiercer, Lucifer, the art of lying, Back to the Future III and a whole lot of other shows. Which has been great.
  • There has been so much Outlander content!!
  • The 4-part Outlander ‘End of Summer Series’ (I got to ask Sam and Cait a question for that! So happy)
  • I did an IG live with my friend Maria from CoSH
  • All of the M.I.K and CLANLANDS goings on
  • Cait’s soon to be released Forget Me Not Gin
  • Cait’s book club
  • Sam winning a Golden Derby award for his performance in Outlander
  • Riks Photo exhibition. (With the money that was raised from it going to support his fellow actors in the industry)
  • The continuous outpouring of talent across the fandom.

 

Speaking of the Fandom…. There’s been a few instances of late that have truly rubbed me the wrong way. At first, I wasn’t going to talk about it. But recent events have left me no other choice but to talk about it.

 

 

From the top:

If you’re here, you’re part of the fandom. You’re here because you fell in love with the books or TV show (or both) known as Outlander. On the surface, we’re one of the most supportive fandoms out there – but, if you’ve been here a long time – You tend to notice subtle shifts when things change – and more often than not – It’s not a very positive experience.

 

For instance:

 

Our (not so) friendly neighbourhood troll returns

 

Our friendly Neighbourhood troll is back. That’s right. Taylor (Or Taj-meh-nope as I call her) is back and desperately trying to become the centre of Sam Heughan’s attention, by pointing out how someone she’s targeted for bullying and harassment, is somehow Sexually Objectifying him by way of making Memes.

 

(Oh, and if you wish, you can read my personal encounter with the troll queen – you can do so here:

https://ranpotjam.com/2019/12/03/a-letter-to-a-troll-taja-the-wonder-nope-the-outlander-fandoms-biggest-pain-in-the-ass-and-my-own-personal-stalker-aka-the-tony-mcgill-obsessive/)

 

I knew it wouldn’t take you long to clue in. You know exactly who I’m talking about don’t you? Anyway, Taj-Meh-Nope is, well, trying. Trying everyone’s patience mostly, but she’s still trying. Never mind the fact the person she’s trolling has met Sam in person at NOLA. Never mind the fact Sam himself approves of the memes and loves them and never mind that to this very day Sam keeps in touch with the person we’re talking about on a fairly regular basis. Taj-Meh-Nope insists she’s doing the fandom a service by being the ultimate school yard ‘tattle tale’ by telling Sam what she thinks. It’s laughable really. I mean, it’s bad enough Taj hates on Cait on a regular basis (and makes no secret of it either if you’ve read my blog) but to sink the boot into someone so nice and supportive is just despicable behaviour.

 

 

 

Speaking of which, there’s been a noticeable shift in this fandom regarding the lead actors of the show. On the surface, this is nothing new. We still love them -it’s just that, depending on the day, one of them may get more support than the other due to whatever announcement they make or project they’re working on or in conjunction with.

 

However, in the year of our lord 2020 (and in so continuing with the ongoing theme that this year sucks) there is a new breed of fan among us. Two actually.

 

Shades

 

Until recently, I thought these kinds of people only lived in the deepest, darkest corners of Tumblr. (You know the type. They make a big song and dance about how the OL fandom isn’t the place for them anymore – but they don’t really leave.)

It turns out I was wrong.

They’re on twitter as well.

Shades are those within the fandom who have become a STAN account for one of the leading actors (only) for the sole purpose of using their newfound STAN status to be mean and nasty about the other.

It’s funny, because they will disappear away from twitter for a while ( usually after a shot of fandom drama involving one of the lead actors) and suddenly there they are – Their account has had a complete overhaul and they claim to all who cares (to listen)  that they are now a stand-alone STAN account for *insert actors name here* from now on and that’s the end of it.

Meanwhile, real stans are standing around, scratching their heads in confusion and are like “Hi, listen, why are you reverse parking your clown car into our lane? Do you realise you and your ridiculous looking automobile are holding up traffic?”

 

They see you; you fool!

 

We all see you! We see you cackling like banshees in your corner. Being all spiteful and mean about the one that only a few short months ago, you would, if given the opportunity, kissed their ass.

 

Makes you worse than a troll to be honest. And that’s saying something.

 

“Praising Private lifers”

Thankfully, these fans were a flash in the pan for about 15 minutes but still worthy of a mention (albeit brief)

These guys went out of their way to sing the praises of those Sam and Cait associated with in their private lives – thinking that those in that circle were all that and a bag of chips.

 

As everyone knows, private lives are never discussed and to do so shows a severe lack of respect for their privacy. I think we can all agree on that and leave it there. Cool?

Cool.

 

And on that note. I’m out.

 

Thanks for reading

 

Ceej

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Self Preservation – Isolation Blog 7 : An Update on All The Things and Happy Outlanderversary Too Me!

Today marks 3 years since I discovered the Outlander fandom… and Oh! What a journey its been.

 

Not being on Twitter at the moment (and I’ll be discussing that in this blog as well) I don’t really have an outlet to help me celebrate this milestone – so this blog will have to do.

 

First, let me begin by saying that, overall, my experience in the Outlander fandom has been nothing short of amazing. It’s been a positive place where ideas are shared, stories are written and honest, open discourse takes place on a regular basis. We can laugh together, cry together, scream and shout together and embrace fangirling in all its facets without facing much in the way of criticism from the outside world.

 

For the people who I have met, befriended and who have let me be silly and fan right there with them – I think you from the bottom of my heart. You have made the last 3 years of my life some of the best and, should I ever get the chance to meet you in person…. Well, let’s just say you will get the biggest hug you’ve ever received in your entire life!

 

That said, these very same folk have been there for me when the shit has hit the fan. When the fandom is buried under mountains of hypocrisy, of bullshit, of shady lanes, of he said-she said-they said, of subtweets, of infighting, gaslighting and name calling. The countless number of hissy- fits and the “Oh! Everyone! Look at me! I’m deleting 11ty hundred Outlander photos off my phone! Oh! It’s sooooooo freeing! Look at me everyone! Aren’t you proud?” bullshit artists.

 

They’ve been there when I’ve ranted and raved and carried on like a two-bob watch. When I’ve lost the plot and ended up in tears of stress and frustration and had to call it a day. When my happy place is naught more than a half assed attempt at a lean to and it’s about to come crashing down around my ears -They’ve not gone anywhere and for that I am eternally grateful. It’s because of these folks I won’t leave this fandom. I love show. I love the cast and crew and I love the world Diana Gabaldon has created but my fandom friends mean the world to me and I wouldn’t swap them for all the red headed Scotsman in the Highlands!

 

So, here’s to another year of shenanigans – once I get back to Twitter that is.

 

Speaking of which, it’s been 6 days since I decided I needed a twitter break. I have to say, unlike previous years (or times) when I’ve done this – this one is proving strangely difficult… and I’m struggling to come up with as to why.

 

I began by deleting the app from both my phone and my desktop. (I haven’t worried about my iPad as I don’t use it that much anyway) and I thought I’d be fine. I have a lot to focus on. With working from home and trying to keep the “New Normal” routine I am constantly finding something to do. But, at the same time … I feel lonely. Not having the app there left me feeling cut off from the rest of the fandom. I mean, sure, Facebook has its moments – if you’re willing to overlook the sheer lunacy of it all – but it’s nothing like Twitter. Not even Tumblr – for all its meme type glory – is like twitter. So, yesterday … I caved and reinstalled the app on my phone.

 

I haven’t logged in. This much is true at least…. But I feel better seeing it there on my phone. It doesn’t matter as much on my desktop as I don’t tweet much from there as a rule… but there it is. It’s official, I think. I am suffering separation anxiety from an app. Of all the things that I should be considering important in my life right now – not seeing an app on my phone rates as one of my highest.

I may delete the app again as the month goes on. We’ll see. But man, to be so dependent on an app … When did I become that guy? 2020 what have you done?

 

In other news, I’ve had my first appointment with a Nero-Chiropractor.  It was all a series of tests involving my balance and hand/eye coordination. We discussed my various medical conditions at length, and he asked me a series of questions relating to my sleeping patterns and my diet, what other methods I’d tried in the past relating to pain relief and so forth. My appointment went for 2 whole hours and cost and arm and a leg but I’m hopeful it’ll be worth it in the end. He wanted me to invest in a small handheld, vibrating massage device to help with the stimulation of my nerve centres. I managed to find one online at The Shaver Shop for about $16.00 (I tried the apps first and discovered they were shit and did nothing) so I ordered that last night after work.

 

It’s a long weekend this weekend here in Victoria and apart from writing this blog and a few letters… my goal is to do nothing but relax

 

Thanks for reading,

 

Ceej

Isolation -Preservation Blog 4. The Time I Stopped a Nose-bleed With a Sanitary Napkin at 3am

Now that I have your undivided attention ….

 

Let’s crack on.

 

 

Welcome to blog … 4… I think…. Of this Self Preservation- Isolation series.

 

I don’t really have much to say at this point, no real point to make but I just thought it’d be nice to give you an idea of what my life has been like the last 2 months.

 

I’ll do it in a series of dot points because honestly? I cannot be arsed typing 6 pages of shit just to make a blog interesting.

 

So, without further ado, I give you

 

My Life in dot points

 

  • Because I’ve spent a large majority of this time by myself, I have become acutely aware at how bad my farts are. Every morning I open the back door in order to air the house out. I used to think I did It because the house was stuffy. Iso-life has shown me the error of my ways and I now understand it was a subconscious effort on my part to prevent self- inflicted suffocation by bum stink.

 

 

  • Sharing drinking stories with my Mother-In-Law is now a thing and I’m OK with that.

 

  • I’ve talked to my Cats more in these last 8 weeks than I’ve done in my life and you know what? They still fucking ignore me… How rude is that?

 

  • I’ve gained over 6kgs. (13lbs) The goal was to lose weight – not gain it. But I did and here we are. Now, it’s not entirely the fault of Cadbury’s Marble Chocolate or the Yumi’s Humus and crackers or the packets of 2-minute noodles with everything or… or… the several litres of box wine I have consumed during this time but… they may have played some small part in my downward spiral into comfort eating and I’m just gonna own that shit and wear it. Have I been exercising? Yes, Of course. But nowhere near enough to justify the shit diet I have become accustomed to of late.

 

  • NGL I miss people man. Not you, of course, because that’d be weird… but you know… The people I work with (Huh, never thought I’d say that) my Family (Always knew I would say that) and just … folks in general.

 

  • OUTLANDER SEASON 5 WILL BE FINISHED BY THE TIME I AM SUPPOSED TO GO BACK TO WORK!!! SOMEONE TELL ME HOW I AM SUPPOSED TO COPE WITH THE FACT THAT THERE WILL HAVE BEEN 12 EPISODES OF A SEASON DONE AND DUSTED AND WE ARE FACING A DROUGHTLANDER OF ALMOST 2 YEARS!! I AM NOT OK PEOPLE!! I AM NOT FUCKING OK!! * INSERT ALL OF MY CRIES HERE*

 

  • Catching up with/ and or revisiting other shows to watch is nice though. So, there’s that.

 

  • I can count on one hand the amount of times I’ve worn a bra. And it was all in the space of one week. At this point I promise you I can use my tits as a hair tie and ..I’m strangely OK with that.

 

 

 

I think that’s about it really. Like I said, I didn’t really have much to say – just this.

 

Thanks for reading

Ceej

 

Oh, and PS: I really did stop a nosebleed with a sanitary napkin! #Winning

 

 

 

 

 

Isolation- Preservation Blog 3 When a ( Fandom) Mindset Change is as Good as a Holiday

Originally, when I first sat down to write this blog, I was going to call it “The Time the Rose-Coloured Glasses Came Off”

 

I had it all planned out. My thoughts on everything, my arguments for and against and why I thought it was time to admit to myself that perhaps I’d wasted to much time putting certain individuals on a pedestal.

 

I sat on it for days. I knew I was going to write it. I had a plan. It was well thought out. A solid piece of writing.

 

And then……

 

Just like that, the wind got knocked out of my sails and everything changed.

 

There’s no need to reiterate what went on and what happened- but those in the Outlander fandom know exactly what I’m talking about.

 

I don’t want to talk about that.

 

The purpose of today’s blog is that I want to talk about me. Not in the ‘Look at me! I’m being self- indulgent’ kind of way … more the ‘Jesus Christ, I can’t believe I let it get to me and turn me into that kind of person’ kind of way.

 

I’ve always maintained I’ve sat on the fence when it comes to this fandom. I’ve tried my best to understand and appreciate everyone’s point of view – regardless whether I agree or not. I’ve always opted for respectful, honest, discourse rather than childish finger pointing and outright accusation. I’ve tried to ensure that if I don’t have all the facts – I ask. And I’ve always said that If I’m ever wrong – please correct me.

 

I’ve gone to great lengths to try and remain impartial to most of the fandom dumpster fires and been there for those who needed a shoulder to cry on or someone to vent to.

 

That said, there have been times where I’ve failed miserably at doing that and let my emotions get the better of me. In fact, I can count no less than 3 times in my time in this fandom (No, I am not going to mention them here. However, I have no doubt that some of you reading this would know what they are as well) where I have wanted nothing more than to go on 280 character rants ad-nauseum about whatever the situation happened to be and declare that “Ye verily thou art naught but a shit storm of epic proportions and I say unto thee that thou ‘st wrong and needeth to take all the damn seats!”  – OK … So maybe not exactly like that, because let’s face it my Shakespearian is not that great and way, way, way off the mark … but you get my point.

 

But none of them have affected me as much as what’s been going on these last few weeks.

 

I think I may have mentioned it a blog or so back, but Covid- 19 has simultaneously brought out both the best and the worst in people and sadly, what I’ve seen in the Outlander fandom was ultimately the worst in people.

 

Especially me.

 

I became quick to react. I became judgemental. I forgot about facts. I forgot about truth. I spiralled and got caught up in the he said-she said of every argument. I took to twitter DM’s and WhatsApp group chats to vent and rant and rave over everything.

 

“How could they do this?” I demanded to know “Why is there no apparent element of seriousness about this situation?”

 

I was hurt. I was angry. I was disappointed, let down and couldn’t believe that it would’ve even got that far, and someone let it happen. I didn’t want to be believe what was going on, I really didn’t but, when you find yourself drowning in a sea of negativity, eventually you give up and go right along with it.

 

That is until, as I said, the wind got knocked out of my sails and everything changed. I realised I was wrong. I realised I was angry and disappointed for all the wrong reasons and I came to see that everything I thought was the truth turned out to be an outright lie.

 

For those that know me, they know that Social Media is more or less my only link to the outside world. With the exception of going to work and attending various medical appointments, I don’t get out very much. Recently, Twitter has become my happy place. My place to talk with and make friends with people from all around the world. Most of the time it’s a place where I can laugh and #DankMeme to my hearts content. It’s where I can fangirl in peace without hurting or annoying anyone else that I know in real life… but when it becomes a dumpster fire that starts burning down your own lawn? It’s time to take some action!

 

So, I stepped back. I didn’t tweet for a couple of days. In fact, I didn’t do anything for a few days. I took naps. Lots of them. I took a couple of deep breaths and went and got some air. I thought about my behaviour and best how to fix it. I set about sending apologies to every single person I took to venting to or ranted at. I locked down my twitter account and began the process of unfollowing, blocking and muting people. Regardless whether I had spoken to them in the past or not. I’ve started paying close attention to the language I use- in the hope that I can lift people up and make a positive impact rather than complaining about every #FirstWorldProblem that comes my way. To not listen to the hate and the hyperbole spewed by the darker corners of this fandom. To not take every, single thing to heart and swear it is gospel truth – until the truth presents itself.

 

For the remainder of 2020 my goal is to be a better fan. A better person. Frankly, I would go so far as to say be a better Human.

 

Maybe we should all aim for that this year huh?

 

What do you say?

 

You in?

 

Ceej

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Thoughts on 501.

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.

 

Now……

 

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!

 

Ceej

 

 

This Blog Should Have Another Title But….

Would it be alright if I labelled todays blog “The Day Sam Heughan Killed the Internet?” because honestly, that’s exactly what he’s done. Unashamedly and without a single ounce of permission.

 

If you’re new here (Hi!) and have no Idea what I’m talking about – then go and look at my twitter feed or go here:

 

https://noblemanmagazine.com/product/issue-no-12sam-rockwell-sam-heughan/

 

 

It’s OK. I’ll wait. I’ll give you time to catch your breath.

 

Not going to lie. This is, hands down, the most incredible photoshoot he’s ever done. The guys that did this for Nobleman Mag did an exquisite job and it left a certain fandom in a puddle on the floor. My only hope is that they don’t run out of copies. I can’t afford one right now and I really want one. (Can you wait at least two weeks? Please?)

 

Right. Now to other news.

 

I think I’ve mentioned more than once that I am a human science experiment. And now is a good time to give you all an update on that.

 

 

For those playing at home things are actually getting better. Slowly. There was a time where I seriously began to wonder if everything, I was doing was actually going to get me anywhere. For the longest time It always felt for every step forward – there were 19 steps backwards.

That was until towards the end of last year. At the time I was seeing an Osteopath, a neurologist, a physiotherapist and a dental surgeon. There was a lot going on.  I was (and still am) working 3 days a week (part time) and not being able to make as much money as I used to – it was straining the hip pocket, so something had to be done.

At the time, my Aunt was visiting from Perth, Western Australia. She was staying with my Father for a period of 7 weeks – while they went on an over seas trip together.

 

Upon their return, my Aunts sciatica was playing up and, after some searching-  found a chiropractor just down the road from my Father’s house – so, she went to try them out. After two sessions her sciatica was all but gone.

Suffice to say, I was convinced enough. After all, I had thrown everything else at Me and it wasn’t really getting anywhere.

 

My first session left me able to move in ways I hadn’t been able to since March 2016.

 

(Interesting observation: They also claimed my jaw pulled to the right. Much like my Osteopath said it did. Most people comment and say the right-hand side of my face appears slightly droopy and my jaw pulls that way. The only person who says it doesn’t – is my Dental Surgeon. Go figure)

 

So, as a result I’ve been able to drop the Osteopath and the Neurologist. I’ve stopped taking meds (I was on Lyrica 150mg x 2 a day) and apart from a fluid retention tablet (for other reasons) I’m off all other medications moving forward.

 

I’ve been seeing these guys for a few months now and things are genuinely improving. (if you live local you can check them out here  http://www.knoxchiropractic.com.au/ ) They’ve worked wonders for me I can’t speak highly enough of them.

 

As well as this, I have a new Physiotherapist. She’s really nice. A former Olympic Swimmer.  She’s taken over from my previous PT who left Active EP just before Christmas last year. Her focus with me is core and strength. This is going really well. (Between this and MPC – I’m gaining more of my mobility and strength back every single day. I’ve written blogs about MPC before. Just scroll through my entries and see for yourself)

 

So yes, things are finally getting somewhere. I still have to find a way to shift my jaw back into its correct positioning – but something is bound to happen soon.

 

 

Thanks for reading,

 

Ceej.

 

PS These links are not in any way a promo. Simply wanted to add them here to show you what I was talking about ^_^

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Struggle is Real

Tuesday, 9:30am

 

I’m sitting here trying desperately to find something to blog about.

 

It’s the worst feeling if I’m honest. Knowing I’ve promised myself to keep to a weekly posting schedule – despite having nothing happen over the course of that week – to give me anything to write about.

 

By my side sits my iPhone 11. The Red Dressed Lady. Well, she will be once the case I ordered six days ago from China ships out.

 

That said, given the nature of what’s happening over there – with the spread of the Coronavirus – I suspect that it’ll be shipped after the quarantine has lifted or, if not, I shall simply need to look at other alternatives because I’ll never see that phone case for as long as I live.

(Which is fine btw. Really don’t want a package full of virus thank you very much!)

 

So, my letters to people is going well. Another three shall be posted this weekend – bringing the total to eight so far. I’m communicating with one person via email – which I don’t mind doing. It’s a novelty and bit of fun

 

I’m hoping that by writing letters, it’ll help with my blogging situation.  I mean, as in, keeping regular practise.

 

So far, I’m struggling to piece anything of significance together and it does frustrate me.

 

I mean, there’s always Outlander fandom stuff. There is always stuff going on there – but let’s be honest – everyone else writes about fandom stuff and they write about it better than I ever could.

And besides, the only thing I want to say there is – WE’VE GOT 2.5 WEEKS LEFT TILL SEASON 5 … WHERE IS THE SEASONS PASS ITUNES?? GOD DAMN IT!!

 

*Ahem*

 

Where was I?

 

Oh. That’s right. Here. Right here. Blogging about nothing.

 

Goodo. Excellent.

 

At least I’ve written something today… and that’s better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick.

 

Ceej