Before the second season of Outlander came out, I read the book. I will admit, I was really excited to read it. About a 1/4 of the way through it I became really bored. Without giving any spoilers, there were a lot of details about “other things” that didn’t really interest me as much. I was really hesitant about watching the second season, but come the first episode I was amazed. They changed a lot, but they did it in such a way that made the story telling so much better. Don’t get me wrong, I love Diana Gabaldon’s books, but the first half of book two was REALLY slow. I think that it could have been better if she had bits and pieces of both worlds to keep up engaged. That being said, that’s not ALL the screenplay writers and director changed. I was expecting certain “things” to happen later in the series, but I was hit in gut when they showed two particular scenes. I won’t mention which ones they are, but one was enough to render me shaking and going through the same emotions while the other…well, I was in shock at how they did it. I was watching the episode with my boyfriend and I wasn’t expecting it to happen in that episode, I tried so hard not to cry, but after the show ended I was balling my eyes out and curled up in a ball.
The really nice thing about the screenplay writers and the directors is that they come up with really creative ways to show us Diana’s world and characters. So far, I have liked what they have changed and I don’t disagree with anything, except one particular scene in Season 1 that they really SHOULD have included. I was pretty miffed that it wasn’t there since I had been looking forward to it. I even agree with the scene that had me crying my eyes out. I hated feeling so tense every episode because I already knew what was going to happen, I just didn’t know if it was going to be the same on screen or not. That entire episode, I was so tense that I gave myself sore muscles. Just when I thought things were going ok, BAM! I felt like I received a punch to the gut. It makes so much sense to do it the way they chose to, especially since it had quite the effect on everyone. I couldn’t get over that scene for days, even weeks later I was still upset over it. I’m not mad at how they chose to do it, I actually agree with it! Usually, when a director or screenplay writer makes changes that deviate quite a bit from the book, I hate it, but I really enjoy watching what they come up. I hope you do too!
The tension of book 2/the TV series is just as good as season one. There’s lots of drama, lots of lying, intrigue and new characters to fall in love with and despise. Season 2 is by far my favorite for costume design because there’s one scene where Claire is wearing the most stunning dress in the history of dresses. I wasn’t a fan of the length, but the dress itself was absolutely stunning. The best part: Jamie’s reaction to it was just as I had imagined it. It was SO incredible that I actually choked on my drink. All of Claire’s dresses in this season were fantastic! I was drooling over them every single episode and wishing that I could wear dresses like hers in real life. Gah! So fabulous and beautiful! You honestly have to watch the tv show or see pictures to understand what I mean! I’m a huge fan of 16-18th century dresses. If only I could have a wedding dress in that style…
If you thought season 1 had a lot of emotions, you haven’t seen anything yet. Season 2 is a roller coaster of emotion. From suspense, to anger, to heartache, all of the actors portrayed their characters to a T and deserve awards from here to the Sun. They were even more incredible than the first season, if that’s even possible. I was so hyped about season 2 that I even convinced my boyfriend to watch it with me and he pretended that he didn’t like it, but when Saturday came along he was asking me “isn’t Outlander out today?” I was really pleased that he liked it. In fact, he even asked when Season 3 would be starting! Here’s the news, in case you didn’t already know:
Season 3 is set for June 2017! I’m so excited, but at the same time I’m not looking forward to a bunch of scenes that really made me sad and angry. I know it’s going to be tough watching some of those scenes, much like the end of season 1, but it will all be worth it in the end. There’s one scene in particular that I am looking forward to the most and I know I’m going to cry hardcore. I really hope they (the screenplay writers and directors) don’t mess it up because it’s SUPER important. So much emotion involved in this scene. I know I’ll have to have my tissues ready (or to watch it before my boyfriend so that I can at least prepare myself and cry over it by myself-haha). As I stated in my previous post, I’m not one to cry in TV shows or movies unless an animal gets hurt, but Outlander has stirred something up within me…The actors really did a great job in making the viewers love and hate them and we’ve become so emotionally invested in these characters and this world that it’s really hard not to feel something.
I’m counting down the days for Outlander’s return!