Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Taking a blogging break

I haven't posted anything new here in more than a week, and I thought it was time to let you all know why.

My dad was diagnosed in 2014 with multiple myeloma, which is a cancer of the blood plasma. He also has advanced Alzheimer's.  He is now in the terminal stage of the myeloma; the doctors have said they've done everything they can, and we don't expect him to live much longer.  We're hoping that he can come home sometime in the next few days, to spend whatever time he has remaining in familiar surroundings.

Under the circumstances, I have little interest these days in blogging about All Things OUTLANDER.  I would rather spend what spare time I have focused on my dad's situation and helping my mom get through this. I'm lucky that I live nearby, so I can visit whenever I want to and help with whatever my mom needs.

I will still post here if there are major announcements from Diana Gabaldon or STARZ, but I don't plan to do more than that, at least for the time being.

UPDATE 9/18/2016:  My dad passed away on September 16, 2016, at home, surrounded by his family.  Here is his obituary in the Raleigh News & Observer.  Thanks so much for all your prayers and good wishes!

Monday, September 5, 2016

OUTLANDER Season 2 DVD and Blu-ray will be out Nov. 1!

We finally have a release date for the OUTLANDER Season 2 Blu-ray and DVD: November 1, 2016!

Here are the pre-order links on Amazon:


There is also a special Collector's Edition Blu-ray available for pre-order for $75.99.

Look here for a detailed description of what it includes.

The pre-order links have been up for a while, but as far as I know, the release date had not been announced until now.

Please help spread the word to anyone you know who may be interested.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

How long have you been reading Diana Gabaldon's books?

The topic for my September poll is, "How long have you been reading Diana Gabaldon's books?"

Please take a moment to vote, and feel free to leave a comment here or on my Outlandish Observations Facebook page to explain your choice.

I discovered OUTLANDER in November 2006, so it's been almost ten years for me. (You can see the story of how I found the books here.) What about the rest of you?

August poll results

Here are the results of the August poll, which asked the question, "What is your favorite episode of OUTLANDER Season 2?"
  • 2.60% - EP201: Through a Glass, Darkly
  • 1.00% - EP202: Not in Scotland Anymore
  • 0.50% - EP203: Useful Occupations and Deceptions
  • 2.20% - EP204: La Dame Blanche
  • 1.50% - EP205: Untimely Resurrection
  • 0.20% - EP206: Best Laid Schemes...
  • 30.37% - EP207: Faith
  • 0.80% - EP208: The Fox's Lair
  • 2.80% - EP209: Je Suis Prest
  • 5.99% - EP210: Prestonpans
  • 4.80% - EP211: Vengeance is Mine
  • 0.50% - EP212: The Hail Mary
  • 45.65% - EP213: Dragonfly in Amber
  • 1.10% - Other
Here are the responses for "Other":
  • All
  • All
  • EP107
  • Can we vote for all of them????
  • 1 & 13
  • Have not seen any of season 2. Only saw Season 1 when it was free.
  • I have to have A favorite? Oh, No!
  • Canna choose,loved them all for different reasons
  • Only one? Can't! EPs 201,207,209,210,213
  • I haven't had the opportunity to see it yet.
  • I haven't watched Season 2 yet.
There were 1001 votes in this month's poll.  Thanks very much to everyone who participated! Please take a moment to vote in the September poll, which is all about how long you've been reading Diana Gabaldon's books. Thanks!

Monday, August 29, 2016

OUTLANDER Casting: David Berry as Lord John Grey!

Big news today: the first major casting announcement for OUTLANDER Season 3! The role of Lord John Grey will be played by Australian actor David Berry.  Here's the official announcement.

No, he doesn't resemble the blond, blue-eyed, 5'6" Lord John from the books. Does it matter? The casting people have done a phenomenal job so far, and I trust that they know what they're doing.  Besides, as Diana Gabaldon pointed out on Compuserve earlier today:
Steven Cree is six inches shorter than Elder Ian, and Lotte Verbeek is red-haired, blue-eyed and very thin, not buxom, creamy blonde and green-eyed.  And Romann Berrux has curly light-brown hair and blue eyes, not wavy black hair and dark eyes.  

Haven't heard a word of complaint about any of them, once seen on screen.
As long as he can embody the character, I agree, it doesn't really matter that he doesn't resemble the description in the books. I just hope he can do a convincing upper-class British accent! <g>

Here's the official STARZ description of Lord John Grey:
He’s a steadfast and honorable British subject, torn between a finely-honed sense of familial duty and a strong moral compass of right and wrong. He is boyishly handsome with an upper class rearing — the consummate gentleman. However, a scandal from his past has relegated Lord John to an undesirable position as governor of a desolate prison in Northern Scotland.
Of course, book-readers know Lord John is much, much more than that! I'm looking forward to seeing him match wits with Jamie in Season 3.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Outlandish Observations is 8 years old!

Eight years ago today, on August 28, 2008, I started Outlandish Observations!

I had two goals in mind when I started this blog. The first was simply to learn about blogging. The second was to create a central repository for news and information for OUTLANDER fans, a place where people could go to find answers to commonly asked questions, links to other OUTLANDER-related sites, and the latest information on Diana Gabaldon's new and upcoming releases.

To say that this blog has succeeded far beyond my wildest imaginings is a severe understatement! In the beginning, I never expected anyone to visit my site except a few dozen of my friends from the Compuserve Books and Writers Community and the Ladies of Lallybroch fan-site.  I didn't talk about it on Compuserve for the first couple of years, because I was very reluctant to draw attention to it where Diana Gabaldon could see -- which seems silly in retrospect, but it's true.  Suffice it to say that I did get over that shyness, eventually. <g>

Special thanks to all of my followers on the Outlandish Observations Facebook page! Last year at this time I had 7,063 followers on Facebook. Today that number is 8,752, an increase of 23.9%! I'm amazed and delighted that so many new people have found my site in recent months. Welcome, and I hope you take some time to look around and see what else is available here.

Outlandish Observations was one of the first successful OUTLANDER-related blogs. These days there are dozens and dozens of fan-sites, Facebook groups, and so on. The more the merrier, as far as I'm concerned! <g> I'm proud to be a part of such a thriving, creative, and enthusiastic worldwide community of fans, united in our passion for these books and characters and this amazing story Diana Gabaldon has created, that is now being brought to life on TV.

I'm delighted to see so many new people discovering OUTLANDER as a result of the TV series! Here are the links to my Season 2 episode recaps, for those of you who may have missed them:

Episode 201: Through a Glass, Darkly
Episode 202: Not in Scotland Anymore
Episode 203: Useful Occupations and Deceptions
Episode 204: La Dame Blanche
Episode 205: Untimely Resurrection
Episode 206: Best Laid Plans...
Episode 207: Faith
Episode 208: The Fox's Lair
Episode 209: Je Suis Prest
Episode 210: Prestonpans
Episode 211: Vengeance is Mine
Episode 212: The Hail Mary
Episode 213: Dragonfly in Amber 

Look here for my recaps of all of the Season 1 episodes.

No question about it, this is a very exciting time for OUTLANDER fans everywhere! It's quite a challenge to keep up with everything that's going on these days, and I hope you're finding this site helpful.

Many, many thanks to all of you who've visited Outlandish Observations over the past eight years. It's been an amazing journey, and I'm so glad you've come along for the ride.


Sunday, August 21, 2016

OUTLANDER Season 3 filming begins!

Filming began today on OUTLANDER Season 3!!

Sam is a little out of practice, but it'll come back to him very quickly, I'm sure....

And a message from Cait...

Best of luck to the entire cast and crew of OUTLANDER, and let's hope Season 3 is the best one yet!