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Date Posted: 07:42:32 05/29/16 Sun
Author: Shads
Subject: Awww, you make me blush...from my perch on the soapbox. I like this page for my reviews partly because it lets me write out something coherent but also because it seems to only get hits from the serious old-timers who know where I'm coming from. Also because you guys always have well-thought-out points when you disagree with my opinions, and that makes me think.
In reply to: M&M 's message, "......and a big thank you Shads, I have been looking forward to this since Friday. You always write it so eloquently while hitting the nail on the head. Poet Carpenter. :)" on 07:15:16 05/29/16 Sun

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[> [> I am amazed at how quickly and well thought out you post about the episodes and always come here first to read the review. I totally agree about this one. The only part I really enjoyed was the beginning at Lallybroch, which was too short. Everything about Leghair bugged me. I had started to feel sorry for her by MOBY but this episode brought the hate right back. Jamie thanking her and Claire convincing her to help "man up" young Simon - blecccchhh! Someone help me understand "writers?" Do they get to write all dialogue and block out the episode? Do they help the director with the direction they want in the show? If so, I'll blame this week in the writer - it really was a disappointment to me. Can't wait to see Diana's episode! -- Kathy in PA, 05:03:22 05/30/16 Mon

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[> [> [> I'm glad you guys like my rambling. I tend to watch the show before I go to bed when it becomes available OnDemand, sleep on it, then watch it again to confirm my initial impressions, catch stuff I missed, and maybe make a few notes. I have a background in theatre and film and that gives me a more critical eye than the average viewer, I think. It doesn't make me expert by any means, but maybe a little more observant. It can be hard to trace down why something works brilliantly and something else is merely okay or a failure, and different viewers and reviewers will almost always cite different reasons for their opinions. -- Shads, 06:43:24 05/30/16 Mon

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[> [> [> [> About the process-- The writers, producers, and director collaborate about what the episode should be, then one or two writers take on the task of putting the outline into scenes and dialogue that will hopefully fit into the time. Occasionally other writers will step in and rewrite a scene or offer alternative dialogue or fixes when a scene doesn't work. The primary writer takes the credit for the whole, even though the end is often a collaboration. Well, that is the case always--a collaboration among writers, director, editor, costumer, scene designer, light designer, performers. It's one of the fascinating things about the performing arts, how people work as a team when they each approach the tale from their unique perspectives and somehow arrive at a cohesive whole. -- Shads, 06:45:04 05/30/16 Mon

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