There is No Conspiracy. Just Real People Making A Show.

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By Jordyn

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Following post inspired by “The Making of Outlander” book by Tara Bennett. You can read a review of it here.

 

In light of appreciation for the hard work that goes into making this show, I really need to give my two cents about some other hot-button Outlander things that I won’t apologize for. Honestly, I feel qualified to say it given my professional experience so anyone else who thinks they know better (when they really don’t), suck it. The following opinions are not for every fan of the show and books. You know who I’m talking to. I don’t work on the show (yet) but I know some things about how this wheel turns.

First, don’t talk about things that you don’t know anything about. i.e. Production. It’s a process. People make mistakes including the show’s producers and writers (I’m still waiting for hot springs/cave sex from Book 1). But to be dismissive of the process and act as though you know better when you really have never placed one foot on a set or in a writer’s room makes you look like an idiot.

Terry Dresbach (Costume Designer), Maril Davis (Executive Producer), and Matt B. Roberts (Writer/Producer) all had the experience of simply being fans before the show. I bet if you got all the Outlander fans in a room, it would look a lot like the war room in Season 2: Everyone would argue with no real resolution and you’d have at least one dandy thinking he knew better when really he had no clue as he walked around in a garish tartan outfit.

It’s your decision to watch the show or not but don’t make the comment, “How hard would it have really been to shoot X at Y location?” because you have no idea. These are not arbitrary decisions.

I.E. Jamie and Claire’s “quickie” in Season 2’s finale episode: That’s in the book! Don’t say that it’s not. I didn’t even like that part! I thought it was almost out of character for Jamie. If you want to romanticize him into a hero who doesn’t do any wrong, I felt like him “taking” her was totally bizarre. Diana Gabaldon writes in the book that it “wasn’t making love” and yeah buddy, it wasn’t. So when Maril Davis says they stuck to the book, why yes they did. Why didn’t they shoot their last romantic night in the cottage that was in the book? Maril and Matt B. Roberts explained that it was logistics and the cottage was never established in Season 1. I think that makes sense. Why? I dunno, I work in Production and understand that moving crew and equipment, on time and within budget, is challenging? Because I’m sensible? Because although it was nice reading it in the book, it would’ve slowed down the pace of the last episode? They only had 13 episodes! You just can’t have everything.

The final product will never (EVER) meet every fan’s satisfaction. That is the nature of the Outlander Production Adaptation Beast and the nature of people’s imaginations.

And if the supposed “conspiracy” to hijack Diana Gabaldon’s vision really bothers you then stop watching and stick your nose in her books.

Listen, we get emotionally attached to these characters. Those passionate feelings are valid but sometimes they cloud reason. But please keep in mind that these people work really hard. Nothing is arbitrary but rather a lot of thought is put in. Sometimes mistakes are made but we gotta move on.

The credits at the end of each episode are the names of people. Real people. So continue watching and have some consideration when you voice an opinion or stop and just read the damn books.

 

For a few other “Dragonfly in Amber” book vs. Season 2 thoughts, read more here.

 

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