Recap: Outlander – America the Beautiful

I saw this episode at New York Comic-Con and by episode’s end it had left everyone at Madison Square Garden with their mouths scraping the floor. Do you know why? Well, if you read the books, it is because of one man and that man is Stephen Bonnet.

It is 1767 in North Carolina and Jamie crosses paths with Stephen at a prison, where Jamie where he was going to see a friend to tell him that they were going to create a distraction in order for him to escape before he hanged. Well, Stephen took advantage of this plan which he overheard in the prison. He escaped and they crossed paths with him again after they buried their friend under the cover of night at the local church. Stupidly, because by now all the viewers know that there is something off with this Stephen Bonnet, they help Stephen escape. Stephen is like a bad penny.

Let’s get back to the Frasers, before I tell you of the notorious Stephen Bonnet.

The Frasers have planned to go back to Scotland and the only way to do so was to sell the ruby that Jamie and Claire have. When they attend a party at the Governor’s home, Jamie is told of a plot of land that was his for the taking via a land grant. All he has to do his give his oath of loyalty to the majesty.

Claire warns Jamie that the Revolutionary War is coming and that the Brits will lose. If he agrees to take the land that the Governor has offered to him, they will lose it. But, because his daughter was born in America, he wants to stay.

Fergus and Marsali are also wanting to stay and are thrilled to do so because they are with child.

On the way to visit Jamie’s Aunt, who lives as River Run, Jamie gifts Claire a medical kit, then his family is attacked by the murderer, pirate, and smuggler, Stephen Bonnet. He steals the wedding ring that Jamie gave to Claire, kills one of their friends, and pummel Jamie to within an inch of his life. This is a traumatic beginning to a new chapter in the lives of this beloved literary couple.

Yes, we all know that in the book Stephen stole Frank’s ring. But, would that have made as an emotional punch for Claire and Jamie. Also, Brianna will come across the ring and she knows how much her mother cherished that ring, Remember to never fear that the love that Jamie and Claire will have for one another trumps whatever outside forces that might tear their dream to settle down apart.

In the next episode, Claire and Jamie visit his Aunt Jocasta at her plantation, River Run. When tragedy strikes at the plantation, Jamie and Claire find themselves caught between what’s right and the law of the land.

What You Missed…

Season 4 of Outlander will start November 4th, but Starz want the show’s fans to start tooting their bag pipes with the release of the official trailer for the new season.

How can you not love Claire and Jamie. They better get a happily ever after.

Gotham is still rounding out its cast for the final season of the show. Shane West will be playing Eduardo Dorrance, an old Army buddy of Jim Gordon’s (Ben McKenzie). Eduardo Dorrance is Bane. Where is Tom Hardy when you need him? Deadline

A site that I follow on Twitter asked what three shows made an impact on me. I listed the original runs of Twin Peaks and the X-Files as my first two because they changed my view of what TV can be. True Blood was my third and that I feel like True Blood changed TV programming and changed what people wanted to watch on the small screen. But, I could not list another show that changed how we think and how we watch TV. Not many shows can make a person question everything and still make them wanting more. Mr. Robot is one of these types of shows.

While I was on vacation, I heard that Mr. Robot was ending its run after the next season. This is one of the few shows that became a part of a bunch of noir-esque shows that did not shy away from delving into topics like mental health, political strife and the impact it has on society as a whole. We will have to wait for a bit to see Elliot’s journey’s end, I hope he gets the resolution he needs to be healthy.

~M.

Can’t Make It To New York Comic-Con, But Want To See Your Favorite Shows?

New York Comic-Con is one of the largest entertainment events in the United States. Shows, Movies, and Games, of all kinds, are shown at the Con in hopes of creating momentum by fans across the tri-state area.Like any entertainment driven event, trying to get tickets can be hard. However, if you do not have a badge to any of the days, that does not mean you can’t see some of the hottest entertainment guests.

If you love Dungeons and Dragons and know who Matt Mercer is and what Critical Role is, than you are in luck. Critical Role will be in Little DR on the 4th at the United Palace Theatre, which is located at 4140 Broadway in Manhattan. Even though the prices are a bit steep, if you love this type of gaming than how can you say no? For more details about the event, go here.

If you do have tickets to Comic-Con and want to see what the schedule is for Critical Role, than click here.

P.S. This show and this game has taken up almost every Saturday night of the last six months. Family dinner has segued into family game nights. BTW, I am a Cleric and my husband is a Ranger. Smh.

For those of you that love TV, the east coast branch of the Paley Center will be having their PaleyFest around the same time as Comic-Con. Some of the shows that might pique your interest are The Walking Dead, Outlander, Murphy Brown, The Conners, and that is just to name a few. If you love David Tennant (Doctor Who, Jessica Jones), here is your moment to profess how much you love the shows that he has worked on.

Just so you know, the venue is nice and intimate and you might get a chance to rub elbows with your favorite show’s cast before or after the event.

If you are interested in going to one of these events, please be mindful that members of The Paley Center get first stab and then the general public will get a shot to get tickets. For more information, click here.

If I hear of any new events that may coincide with The Con, I will post it on the site!

~M.

 

 

 

The Doctor is Going to a Galaxy Far, Far Away and More…

Quiet day, news-wise.

However, we did get the best news about our favorite Doctor, Eleven, and that is that Matt Smith has been cast in the last chapter of the Skywalker saga. No details, as of yet, about his character. Is he a rebel or is he part of the First Order? We shall see… Variety

Luckily, this comes as Matt Smith has taken his bow as Prince Philip in The Crown. Who is taking over for him? Outlander‘s Tobias Menzies.

Tobias

Casting News:

Luke Cage‘s Karen Pittman has been cast in a recurring role in NOS4A2 (Do you get it?). She will play Angela Brewster,  a.k.a Willa’s mother. Angela is a beautifully put together Northeast liberal. Vic’ McQueen’s, a young, working class artist who discovers she has a supernatural ability to track the seemingly immortal Charlie Manx, mother is her cleaning lady, and she is warm and welcoming to Vic. Manx feeds off the souls of children, then deposits what remains of them into Christmasland – a twisted Christmas Village of Manx’s imagination where every day is Christmas day and unhappiness is against the law. The show will air on AMC. Deadline

Tom Stevens has joined SYFY’s Deadly Class. He will portray Stevens will play Chester ‘F*ckface’ Wilson, a volatile, vengeful school attendee with a bone to pick with Marcus, the show’s main character. Deadline

Both Even Peters and Emma Roberts will be back for the latest installment of American Horror Story. They will play the ghosts of their characters from the Murder House series. EW

New Shows w/ Casting: 

Press Release from Netflix – Tyler Hoechlin, Justin Chatwin, Samuel Anderson, and Elizabeth Faith Ludlow join the cast of ANOTHER LIFE

Omar Madha to direct first two episodes of the series

  • Tyler Hoechlin, Justin Chatwin, Samuel Anderson and Elizabeth Faith Ludlow have boarded the Netflix sci-fi drama series Another Life, from creator/showrunner Aaron Martin (Slasher, Saving HopeDegrassi: The Next Generation) and producer Noreen Halpern (Alias Grace) through her Halfire Entertainment shingle, both of whom are executive producing.
  • The four join previously announced Katee Sackhoff and Selma Blair.
  • Prolific television director Omar Madha will direct the first two episodes of the 10-episode series, which Netflix ordered to series last April.
  • Another Life centers on astronaut Niko Breckinridge (Sackhoff) who is focused on searching for alien intelligence. She leads a crew on a mission to explore the genesis of an alien artifact. As Niko and her young crew investigate, they face unimaginable danger on what might very well be a one-way mission.
  • Hoechlin (“Supergirl,” “Can You Keep A Secret,” “Bigger,” “Everybody Wants Some”) plays ‘Ian Yerxa,’ the former commander of The Salvare space explorations ship, who loses the post to Niko.
  • Chatwin (“Shameless,” “Orphan Black”) plays ‘Erik Wallace,’ part of the United States Interstellar Command, dedicated to finding intelligent life out in the universe and husband of Commander Niko Breckenridge (Sackhoff).
  • Anderson (“Loaded,” “Dr. Who,” “Trollied”) plays ‘William,” a holographic interface of a sentient A.I. Neither a futuristic Tin Man, nor a robot who pines to be human, William is a new form of life with the knowledge of all humanity at his disposal.
  • Ludlow (“The Walking Dead,” “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”, “Godzilla: King of the Monsters”) plays ‘Cas Isakovic,’ Niko’s second-in-command and staunchest ally, filled with courage and moral conviction.
  • Omar Madha’s credits include the series “Scorpion,” “Turn,” “24: Live Another Day,” “Person of Interest,” “The Blacklist” and the pilot of Dick Wolf’s “Law & Order: UK.
Miscellaneous:

EW has been posting some pics of upcoming shows. The latest batch is from The Vampire Diaries spin-off, Legacies. Click on the image to see more. EW.png

There are some people that are upset that DC’s Legends of Tomorrow will not be participating in the annual crossover event that, until now, has involved all of the Arrowverse shows. Yet, they forget that we will be meeting both Batgirl and Lois Lane. We will also have Superman involved. Loop in the full casts of Arrow, The Flash, and Supergirl and their story line for this crossover event, well…there would be no real air time to devote to our favorite superhero misfits.

Mind you, LoT will have their hands full with Constantine as one of the newest members of the team. So, do not be too sad.