Archives for the Date December 24th, 2018

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          begonia & cactus, 1917

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Bringing Secksy Back


I need the Frasers back 💕

see, you are not the only one who misses them Fi @thesketchingwitch 😟 we want our J&C back

I needed this after ep 8 😬 Give us our babies back 😩

There is no other couple worth watching in Outlander.





Finally, we come to this – the most important part of this review, if you ask me. Now, if you’ve read the books, or if you’ve been watching this show for a while, you can’t exactly be surprised that we are here. I’m not, not really. But I am supremely disappointed, not just that they decided it had to happen, but that they decided to shoot it the way they did.

This problematic storyline – the whole idea that because we are in a moment in time where sexual assault wasn’t an exception but a norm, we should be exposed to it as much as we have – is not on the show, but the books. And credit where credit is due, the show has, like last year, tried at times to dilute some of the sexual violence, with mixed results. They have also, in general, done a really good job of centering male victims of sexual assault, and even, in one particular case, of showing the repercussions of such a violation.

But just the fact that I can say this is what makes what happens to Brianna problematic. They have done this before. Not once, not twice, not three times. We know they can handle this storyline. We know they’ll do it with care. We know they’ll show that this is something that sticks with you, and not just brush off the mental health effects. We know all those things because we’ve seen the show do it before. Again and again.

And we’re only in Season 4.

So, at this point, why does it need to happen to another character? The lesson has been learned (one that, arguably, we didn’t need to learn in this way at all), and to suggest Brianna’s growth as a person depends on being assaulted is to suggest characters cannot grow without being subjected to violence, which is insulting at best, disgusting at worst. Her relationship issues with Roger, her personal issues with her parents, all of those could have been explored without this ever happening.

Rape should not be used as a tool to make characters stronger. Rape shouldn’t be used as a narrative tool to get characters, ANY CHARACTERS, to do shit. Period.

You want to hear the worst part? This isn’t even my only issue with the scene.

Now, I know the Outlander team was probably thinking shooting it the way they did, removing the actual violence and making it so we can only hear it and see other people’s reactions to it would be better. Except, it’s not. It reduces someone’s pain, depersonalizes it, makes it about someone else. When Jamie got raped, we got treated to two of the hardest episodes to watch in the history of TV, but we got to see it through his eyes, because he was the one suffering, and as horrible as that was, as much as I can never re-watch those episodes, I understood that choice.

I don’t understand this one. It reminds me, eerily, of Game of Thrones Season 5 and how they shot Sansa’s rape scene and spent the whole time focused on Theon’s reaction, as if HIS pain at seeing what was being done to Sansa was more important than the victim’s.

Fuck that.

Storylines like this are overdone. I hope Outlander realizes that, because the show, as good as it can be at times, is awfully triggering and at times, it even comes close to glorying abuse, and I’ve shied away from recommending it to people because of this very topic I just discussed. But I also hope they realize this for the sake of their characters, because I want to see them grow and evolve for other reasons than because violence was inflicted upon them.

However, if, and when you decide to tackle a storyline like this, you owe it to the victim to at least make it about them, to not hide being storytelling techniques to make what happened more palatable for your viewers. Anything other than that is disrespectful to the pain so many people have suffered through.

Either you don’t do it, or you have the balls to show it. For your sake, I hope you pick the first lane. Because I’m really, really tired of pretending this show is good enough to constantly “forgive” this shit.

drunklander: I put this in the tags on another post, but I figure I should post it as its own…


I put this in the tags on another post, but I figure I should post it as its own thing. The reason I spam the bits of reviews that are in line with my own observations after episodes I have negative opinions of isn’t that I’m trying to be an asshole debbie downer. It’s because so much of the fandom focuses on the positive stuff or tries to give things a positive spin. (Which is great! We’re all here to have a good time! Flailing is fun!) But sometimes I start to feel like I’m the only one seeing things the way I am or that somehow I’m like going out of my way to see the negative when there isn’t really much there to see. So when professional recappers write stuff that’s in line with what I’m seeing, I post them because it makes me feel slightly less like I’m alone in my Unpopular Opinions.

For real, though, I would much rather be flailing and singing the show’s praises. I just need it to earn those flails…

‘Outlander’ Season 4, Episode 8: Many Shades of Peril

‘Outlander’ Season 4, Episode 8: Many Shades of Peril:


There are plenty of machinations involved in warning Murtagh: Jamie precipitates Fanning’s hernia surgery, catches a ride with George Washington, and sends Fergus to Murtagh as he races back to the theater. But the chaos has character behind it. The audience knows Claire can handle the surgery and the skeptics, and we know Murtagh trusts Fergus. “Outlander” laid that groundwork for us over time; we’re happy to excuse a convenient hernia when the characters themselves make sense.

Which makes Brianna and Roger’s story all the more frustrating.

When Roger first proposed to Brianna, he proposed to his dream of her. When Brianna had her own ideas about their relationship and her plans for the future, he reacted badly. We knew his cruelty was important, because the camera lingered on how hurt Brianna was in its wake. It was clear Roger had work to do before Brianna trusted him again.

This episode doesn’t seem to remember that. Certainly Brianna doesn’t. Moments after their reunion embrace, Roger’s manhandling her in the street and repeating his demand that she marry him before he’ll bed her. And Brianna agrees, so quickly that it flattens her character and scuttles the reconciliation arc the earlier episodes set up. The hasty handfasting feels less like overwhelming feeling than a reason for a sex scene.

What it actually does is muddy the waters of the fight that cuts through their afterglow, as Brianna finds out Roger knew about the fire at Fraser’s Ridge. The rushed reunion turns into a replay of the same dynamic we’ve already seen — Roger furious that Brianna has her own will, Brianna reeling from Roger’s anger. It sucks the air out of the characters at a time when we’re meant to be investing in them.

And at first, this fight seems designed to keep us from caring about Roger. The last time they fought, heartbreak was his explanation for lashing out, and his trip through the stones to find Brianna seemed like penance. But he’s exactly as guilty as Brianna says — he withheld the truth from her so he could get what he wanted. At that point, his condescension (“ … maybe it’s time you listened to me”) and deflecting (“You’re acting like a child”) seem less like a character with human foibles than one with an emerging pattern of abuse.

And it is a pattern, right down to Brianna splitting with Roger. The only difference this time is what happens to Brianna after she goes her own way.

Last week’s episode emphasized that Brianna was unprepared for the 18th century, and nervous about the overseas journey. (Roger’s subplot was specifically about dangerous sea travel and shipboard tyranny.) Brianna and her maid Lizzie clearly managed the trip, which suggests she caught on quickly. But she ends up in the clutches of Stephen Bonnet after a chance meeting in which she sees that he has Claire’s wedding ring. When Brianna demands it back, he lures her into his quarters, and rapes her.

We know Brianna has been navigating this period, but we’ve seen so little of it that in this moment she feels like little more than a placeholder — in the service of the plot rather than driving it. She’s unable to clock that Bonnet is bad news, because she needs to be oblivious. She doesn’t remember the safety of Lizzie, because she needs to be alone. We don’t know how she’s been asking after Frasers in Wilmington, because the show didn’t think we needed to see it.

This scene serves no immediate purpose. We didn’t need the reminder Bonnet is a villain. The show did not need another sexual assault to prove the past was dangerous (Roger seems proof that men can be horrible in any era). In fact, the scene is so otherwise disconnected from the episode that it suggests a chilling, unspoken conclusion: This is Brianna’s comeuppance. She gets victimized as proof that she’s vulnerable. Bonnet’s attack is more violent than Roger’s lying, and therefore Roger looks better. Brianna gets raped, in effect, because she told Roger to leave, and “Outlander” apparently wants her to regret it.

There are a number of questions that should inform whether and how to present scenes of sexual assault What purpose does it serves? How is it framed in the narrative? Does it stay on the right side of the line between portraying trauma and reveling in it? Brianna’s rape seems ill-considered. We linger on the card game, listening to her muffled screams and cries, and learn nothing except that “Outlander” skipped over much of her recent history in order to get Brianna — and us — to this point.

This is what the show thought was the most important outcome of this episode. It makes you wonder why.

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