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Date Posted: 23:53:01 06/02/15 Tue
Author: Shadow
Subject: I have now seen the episode several times. I have also read several reviews as well as a host of other peopleís comments and complaints. I think that within the constraints of time and money that Ron and company have given us an amazing addition to the marvel that is Dianaís epic book. It is not the book and can never be the book. Thatís okay. Going long. Best step inside >>>
In reply to: Shadow 's message, "Episode 116 To Ransom a Man's Soul" on 22:19:48 05/29/15 Fri

Devoting a minimal amount of screen time to Ďfixingí Jamie means that the producers spent most of their time, money, and energy getting those riveting and difficult performances out of our leads in the dungeons of Wentworth. They undoubtedly have far more film of that section of the show than we have seen so far. They must. Some of this material will be necessary in future episodes as flashbacks and memories and no oneóNO ONEówill want to go back and film more of it. This is one of the defining moments of Jamieís life and youíd better believe we will see more of it in flashbacks and memories.

To everyone who has complained about the brevity of the scenes of healing in comparison to the scenes of torture and rape I ask this; what part of Samís, Tobiasí, or anyone elseís brilliant performances would you have removed so that more time could be spent on showing Claire trying to get through Jamieís trauma? If there had been less torture shown, would you believe or understand why Jamie felt he was unrepairable and wanted to die? The scenes are carefully structured and show a steady demolition of Jamieís protective barriers, of his mental defenses. To show less would disrespect the work. These men gave 110% to showing the true horrors of torture and rape. They made TV history and they know it. Iíve worked in theatre and I tell you that you have to choose where it is most vital to spend your time and money. They chose correctly here. If they had failed to truly visit the horrors of Wentworth and Jamieís destruction, the show would not be worth watching.

I was unsurprised to find the weird lavender and opium/hypnosis dream sequence cut, since they didnít set it up with Geillis drugging Claire (which is where Claire got the idea). I think that Claireís threat to negate his suffering by dying with him has the virtue of simplicity and gets us over the rough ground and fast as possible. No one is pretending that Jamie is all better now as many other series would have done. Jamieís inner fortress is still broken at the end of this episode, but he has built that little emotional hut to shelter his naked psyche. He is eating again and cooperating in the escape to France. That is as far as he has healed. His true healing will take place in season 2. Iím cool with that and find it believable.

My one sorrow for the episode was that we didnít get any of Claireís spiritual awakening due to the time factor. This was where it happened in the book, the moment Claire finally, desperately, turns to the Divine for aid and finds the guidance she needs. Iím hopeful that we will still have that moment of enlightenment in season 2. It seems like the show has been cutting a lot of the religious overtones though, so I guess we will see.

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[> [> I felt disappointed by the finale, even after I rewatched it. I would cut the "confession" (chopped up as it was, and done to a stranger, its meaning is lost), and if necessary the branding could go too (its removal accompanied by a jaunty tune made me cringe - the sole bad note in an otherwise wonderful score), and would include the bit where BJR cries and begs Jamie to tell him "I love you" (PIVOTAL moment IMO), and definitely expand on the healing process -- felt flat and rushed and like it was all about what Claire was feeling, not Jamie. The actors did wonders with the (IMO) mediocre writing in that part of the episode. But all in all, we got a good season. May the 2nd be as good. -- Rita, 05:45:38 06/03/15 Wed


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[> [> [> They couldn't cut the branding or the removal of the brand. It's needed for season 2. That business sets up Jamie's emotional break in Paris (with Fergus) and precipitates the duel. And I, for one, liked the faster music when the brand was removed. It's "running away music" and defines a change in emotional tone. It gave voice to the idea that with the excision of the brand Jamie has agreed to move forward and that their first priority is flight from Scotland. I noticed it was the same music that was used in episode 101 when Claire first heard the gunfire after coming through the stones. I agree about the Father Anselm scene---choppy and inadequate, but maybe they will pay that off next season as well. Maybe. -- Shads, 12:44:31 06/03/15 Wed


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[> [> [> [> I'd forgotten about that sequitur in DIA! You're right. Unless they don't do that bit in DIA... who knows? I watched again and the music still didn't seat well with me. But that's the only bit. All the rest of Bear McCreary's score for all episodes is wonderful. -- Rita, 11:58:58 06/04/15 Thu


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[> [> I too think they have not focused on the religious overtones of the books, which is disappointing. Maybe when they lose the baby in Season 2, it will come into play. I agree with you that the decisions made were sound. This was a defining moment in Jamie's life that reverberates for the rest of his life. And the healing didn't happen in those last few minutes - it has only just begun. I need to re-read DIA this summer! -- Debra Mc, 10:39:45 06/03/15 Wed


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[> [> I don't think they will ever focus on the religious aspects of the book in depth, just because it's TV. -- M&M, 20:17:24 06/03/15 Wed


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[> [> [> I'm afraid you're right, Michelle. Religion is a touchy subject for a lot of people and can create a stumbling block that alienates viewers. It's really too bad, because Claire's core of quiet spirituality is a huge part of who she is and how she copes with the many terrible events that happen to her and those she loves. The way DG has written it is very real, very personal, and appeals to people of all faiths because it is honest. I'm Pagan, and I love the religious aspects of these books. Oh, well. The TV show has only an hour a week to tell the story and hold enough viewers to justify the show's existence to the execs in charge of the money. I am going to focus on being grateful we are getting as much of the book as we are. -- Shadow, 09:25:26 06/04/15 Thu


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[> [> [> [> Religion. The last TV tabu :) No, I don't think they'll ever go there. And it's a pity, because the way DG does it, it shows that a person may be deeply religious on his/her daily life without being preachy. -- Rita, 12:02:23 06/04/15 Thu


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