My head is reeling with all of the angst over episode 208 and the “shark jumping” of the Outlander writers! “Jumping the Shark” is a term used by Diana when referring to the changes made to her story for the TV Series, Outlander, and episode 8, in particular. It’s a common phrase for all televison shows based on books or other movies. It is a shouting match of capital letters on FB and Twitter! It looks something like this:
There must be at least 20 blog posts on WordPress alone! So, having a vested interest in Outlander for Sam, I decided to add my perspective. Obviously, with lines like these, the writers need help with shark jumping:
Leghair to Claire “Didn’t the Mackenzie tell you I was here?”
Really? Colum would automatically mention Leghair during his conversations with Jamie & Claire about the future of Scotland.
Leghair to Claire: “My grandmother sent me with the Laird so I could wash his clothes and help wherever I can.”
Ok, so, I’m sure Lord Lovat has no serving maids or laundresses in that big castle who might wash a bit of soiled underwear or a shirt for Laird MacKenzie? Don’t you think he has more that one shirt? A change of breeks? Socks? They didn’t change their clothes but once a week, anyway! P u l l e a s e, Writers, where are your collective heads? Up your collective a—s? LAME!
Claire to Leghair: “You don’t know how many times I thought of ways to torture you for what you did, ending with me lighting the pile of wood you would be standing on, so I could dance on YOUR ashes! But I don’t hate you.”
Now that is about as ridiculous a statement (paraphrased) as I have ever heard. It shook the boundaries of credulity like a fookin’ earthquake! If that isn’t hate, I’ve been reading the wrong dictionary!
I could go on and on. However, I thought it would be more helpful to the writers if I proposed a few “Jumping the Shark” ideas for upcoming episodes, so that they wouldn’t embarass themselves. No spoilers here, cause none of this happens in the book.
#1 Jamie goes through the stones back to when he first met Gellis Duncan. He likes her bewbs and red shoes. They decide to marry and have a child whose descendants become successful in the restaurant business.
#2 After Claire returns to the future, she falls deeply in love with Frank and forgets Jamie forever!
#3 After the 5 stroke session with Claire, King Louis decides to support the Jacobites, they win, and Bonnie Prince Charlie is on the throne.
#4 Leghair meets the Bonnie Prince and becomes his queen.
#5 Murtaugh and Suzette marry and have a child.
#6 Master Raymond goes to Poland and finds a natural Human Growth Hormone. After he tests it on himself, he stars in Captain America.
#7 King Louis opens a nightclub.
#8 M. Forez takes his Hanged Man Rendered Fat Cream to Chanel who turns it into a wrinkle cream that makes a fortune!
#9. Jamie starts a Gaelic babysitting service.
For the somewhat anemic attempt in 208, here are 9 good ideas for”Jumping the Shark” that are much more believable than the ridiculous story-line developed for poor Nell Hudson.
For those in the fandom who feel violated by the perceived tainting by the Outlander adaptation for TV, I have nothing to advise other than professional counseling.
For Starz, I recommend MORE NAKED JAMIE!
I firmly believe that if one presents a problem to the “Powers That Be”, one should offer a solution. Thank you for your kind attention.