Outlander decided to do something that isn't really done on TV by doing the very first act of the episode without any dialogue. Toni Graphia remembers another show and network who wouldn't allow a dialogue free act and appreciates Starz for trusting them with the no dialogue and little voice over. I have heard not everyone loved this part of the episode but I loved it. It really conveyed the loneliness of being stranded on the island.
Claire also taught us the "Rule of 3" which kind of made me laugh because in the books there is this recurring theme of things happening in threes. But the "Rule of 3" is actually 3 minutes without oxygen, 3 days without water and 3 weeks without food.
Typhoid on Board
“When we first arrived here, we started with all of the scenes on the Porpoise, and we were filming in the interior of the ship down in the galley. We had many extras all lying in hammocks that were strung everywhere, and they were all covered in vomit. Fake vomit that had been made to look like vomit, but also had the unintentional effect of really smelling like it. It was in the 30s (C) temperature wise, and it was a very hot, smelly experience. Plus, add to that the gimballing, and I think all of us didn’t have to act too much when it came to our reactions, walking down to this really dank and smelly place.”
-Caitriona Balfe (Claire Randall Fraser)
A lot went into the making of The Doldrums but one of the most fun things was the easter egg the production team gave us.
Noticed the bow of the Artemis it is a wooden statue that appeared in the brothel of season 2 where Jamie finds Fergus and meets Bonnie Prince Charlie.
Here is what Jon Gary Steele had to say about it.
“We were thinking we’d pay someone to carve a new one,” production designer Jon Gary Steele recalls to EW. “But then weeks before we came here, we were walking by all those things that were stacked up [from season 2], because you don’t want to destroy them. Nicki McCallum, the supervising art director who’s brilliant, and I were walking by and both started looking at the statue and I said, ‘Well, this looks like a masthead. Why don’t we just use this?’ It’s kind of fun because it was all done. I mean, all we had to do is a little bit of work on it and repaint it, whatever. But it’s also fun to be able to say to the fans, ‘If you look, you’ll find something that was off that set.’"
My favorite behind the scenes photos from Starz is Hogmany at Lallybroch. This is somewhere along the lines of what I picture when it is brought up in the books (not at Lallybroch though). I really hope we get to see Jamie and Claire celebrate their own Hogmany together at some point. And to anyone out there with a Scottish manor they are renting or using as some type of hotel. Many suggestions here because this is just fantastic and something I wish I could recreate.
"The dead body in the episode was that of Barton (Ian Conningham). In the video (see below), co-executive producer Matthew B. Roberts revealed they had different prosthetics built. There was a replica of the head of the actor playing the role of Barton, and his body as well. The scene where Claire (Caitriona Balfe) drills a hole in the skull also utilises the prosthetic head.
The producers strive to make scenes as realistic as possible. Balfe had to go through some training for the operation scene. There was also a medical advisor, whose name interestingly is Dr. Claire, present on standby to answer questions the cast and crew might have had. Dr. Claire is an emergency room surgeon in Glasgow."
Much like seasons before Claire needs medicinal herbs which if she's not in the gardens of Castle Leoch then she has to find an apothecary shop. We had Master Raymond's shop from Season Two but now Claire goes to Haugh's Apothecary where we get to see a fantastic prop layout of all kinds of instruments and herbs.
Did Claire see the sign as she came up the Royal Mile in search of Jamie? Or was Haugh's Apothecary established back during the Rising when Claire was seeking herbs for Alex Randall and many other patients under her care?
The show hasn't said but according to the book it is the same shop but now the younger Haugh runs it. I was so hoping to see Claire exert her knowledge but then there is only so much time in an episode.
Some day Claire needs her own shop like this.
According to the behind the scenes snippet at the end of A. Malcom Sam produced many of the printed materials we saw in the print shop. Same went to "printing school" to learn how to use the printing press and I believe Matt Roberts said the above printings were Sam's production. Whether I'm right or not it was a really lovely touch to print the credits for writer and director.
"Working with Terry, we had racks of clothes, and I felt like I was in the best vintage store ever, which was really fun…The sixties is one of my favorite eras. What I love about Claire is that, you know, she’s a professional woman. She’s stylish without being a victim to the fashion of the time. She’s within the period, but it feels very real and it feels very lived in. It’s not a magazine versions of the sixties. Terry loves finding very practical character based looks.
We have some beautiful pieces. There’s a beautiful coat dress that echoes some of my more equestrian-style outfits from Paris. It’s kind of nice that there’s always shades of who Claire is in any century, throughout her wardrobe.”
-Caitriona Balfe (Claire Randall Fraser)
Did you notice the call back to Jamie's own little wooden snake given to him by his brother Willie. Jamie lost his brother when he was very young but not before Willie has given Jamie a wee carved snake. Jamie in an act that can only stem from the memory of his brother considering his son's name carved Young Willie a snake with his name on it.
Take a closer look and the Finding Jamie timeline.
By Mehera Bonner
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