Hello all! It’s Jess.
April showers may bring May flowers, but the rainy month is also bringing season 2 of Outlander, the hit cable television interpretation of Diana Gabaldon’s best-selling book series.
Now, to say I “enjoy” Outlander would be an understatement. Nothing will ever beat the books, but the series provides me with ample entertainment as I patiently impatiently wait for Ms. Gabaldon to finish the latest in the series. I enjoy it so much that I bought the DVD’s (preordered the moment they became available). It’s something that I watch when my husband is gone and the children are asleep. Even if he were at home, Mr. J knows better than to interrupt my Outlander viewing time.
Or so I thought.
Recently, he had some downtime and asked to watch Outlander with me, the reason being I’ve watched a fair amount of The Walking Dead, and he felt inclined to reciprocate. I was a bit weary of allowing him into the proverbial inner sanctum of my obsession, but who was I to deter my husband from spending quality time with me?
We did make it through both parts of season one, but it wasn’t easy. The first eight episodes were like unfamiliar waters that Mr. J had trouble navigating. So, like a good, supportive wife, I took note of our interactions to use in a future blog post.
So, without further ado, I present a brief guide for men watching Outlander so that they not make some of the same mistakes my well-meaning husband did.
*Please note I do not have copyright for pictures, so these will have to do
Claire and Frank arrive in Scotland
Mr. J: “Frank’s a decent enough guy. I like his hat.”
Me: “That man’s as dry as unbuttered toast in Phoenix. He’s not good enough for Claire.”
Lesson learned: Don’t speak. Approach Outlander with humility – observe in silence so that you might speak with wisdom later.
Claire falls through the stones
Mr. J: “How is that even possible? It defies all logic, not to mention all notion of space and time.”
Me: “Whatever. I didn’t talk about the medical relevance of your stupid zombie show.”
Lesson learned: Diana Gabaldon doesn’t need to comply with any sort of accepted logic. This is fiction, and the very definition lends itself to the denial of commonly accepted rules. Besides, how do you know? Have you been to Scotland – um, no.
Claire nurses Jamie
Mr. J: “Really? It’s like they’re just looking for a reason to take his shirt off.”
Me: “How can you say that? He’s hurt. How else can she properly assess him?”
Lesson learned: If you’re not a medical professional, I think it’s best if you don’t question Claire’s methods. Even if you are a medical professional, it’s probably for the best if you just don’t talk.
Claire and Jamie kiss by the fire
Mr. J: “She just got there! What about her husband!”
Me: “She’s upset. This is how she’s coping.”
Mr. J: And seriously, where’s his shirt. Why doesn’t this guy ever wear a shirt?”
Lesson learned: Well, I got nothing.
Dougal saves Claire from Black Jack
Mr. J: “Dougal isn’t all that bad then?”
Lesson learned: Again. Watch, learn. There’s a lot more books in this series, so it’s best not to jump to conclusions this early.
Mr. J: “She gets right to it, doesn’t she?”
Mr. J: “Bow chica wow wow…”
Lesson learned: Don’t speak. This isn’t a basketball game, and you are not a commentator on Sports Center. There is no need for a play by play.
Jamie saves Claire from Black Jack
Mr. J: “Can she stay out of trouble for more than a couple episodes?”
Me: “That’s not really an accurate statement.” (silently counts how many deadly situations she finds herself in)
Mr. J: “Why doesn’t he kill him? There’s no way this guy leaves Black Jack alive after what he did to Claire.”
Me: “Because then we wouldn’t have much of a plot line in the second half of the series.”
Lesson learned: Again. Watch, learn. There’s a lot more books in this series, so it’s best not to jump to conclusions.