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Outlander Ready to Jump the Shark?


Outlander fans prepare yourselves for a big change this season. According to statements made yesterday by Outlander author Diana Gabaldon, an upcoming episode will feature a scene that's such a huge departure from the books that the show will "jump the shark." Jumping the shark can mean a lot of things, but in this case, Gabaldon seems to mean that the added scene is not in keeping with her books and may make fans angry.

Prior to the start of season two, during filming, Gabaldon told fans on her compuserve forum that she had expressed concern about something the show's creators had done. She had seen the bulk of the first 7 episodes and confirmed that she told the show she "thought they were jumping the shark with one thing they did."


As the season had not finished filming, it was unclear if Gabaldon's wishes would be followed and the offending segment removed. Until now. On Monday, Gabaldon confirmed to her compuserve forum that the moment that had concerned her was indeed still in the show and had not yet aired. When pressed for details Gabaldon commented, "you'll know it when you see it."

After Episode 6 aired Sunday night the Hollywood Reporter published an interview with Outlander executive producer and head writer Matt Roberts in which he detailed a dream sequence that had been cut from the episode:
So then I started the script for this episode with a dream that we didn't get to film. It bums me out still. Jamie was in a dream trying to deal with the ramifications of the promise he just made, and it was between him, Frank and Black Jack. The three of them were together and Claire steps in... and I placed it in modern day, so Jamie was in modern day. He was in a car with Claire driving and he was seated between Black Jack and Frank, and then you flash to the Battle of Culloden and Frank basically grabs Claire's hand and tells her it's time to come home. Jamie would then wake up from the dream distraught and put off.
Naturally fans thought maybe this dream sequence had been the "jump the shark" moment referred to by Gabaldon. However, Monday she said that it was not, and that the moment was still yet to come. Gabaldon went on to say that while there have been changes the fans did like, she didn't think that would be the case with this one:



Prior to the season, Gabaldon also addressed fan concerns that Laoghaire was being added to the second season when she does not appear at all in the second book. The actress who plays Laoghaire, Nell Hudson, was spotted on set during filming leaving fans to wonder what she was doing there. It's possible this could be the jump the shark moment, however, Gabaldon did not say as much. She would only confirm that the addition of Laoghaire was not in the book and that it may be one of those times when she didn't necessarily agree with the show's decision.

What do you think it could be? Let us know in the comments below.

Update

Outlander Executive Producer Maril Davis took to Twitter today to address concerns from fans about Gabaldon's comments. As to whether or not the "jump the shark" moment will be in the next episode, Davis clarified that it is not.


This lends a bit more credence to the fan theory that it has something to do with Laoghaire as mentioned above. Davis assured fans that the next episode, episode 7, will be great and that everything was going to be alright.





Outlander Ready to Jump the Shark? Reviewed by Deborah Thompson on 1:17 AM Rating: 5

28 comments:

  1. Probably something related to Frank. Knowing the showrunner's obvious preferences as heard on his own podcast.

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  2. It's an adaptations...so I'm good with it!

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  3. Being a fan of the books, I believe that they should stick to what has been written. But for people who haven't yet read them, they'll never know the difference. Personally I pick out every little thing that never happened in the books. I hate the change. If you loved the story so much you want to put it on TV for everyone to see, then why change anything? I understand there's no time for every single detail, but still.

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    1. But still... Adapting a book such as this to a tv series is a monstrous task. Screenwriting is totally different than sitting at a keyboard and writing a story.

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  4. It only matters if it sucks. The phrase jump the shark means it will suck, which is why I was shocked she used it.

    There is no positive way to spin jumping the shark.

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    1. Agreed! Let's hope DG was a little blurry in her use of the term.

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  5. Probably something that I won't like, but as long as they steer back to the storyline, I supposed I can deal with it.

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  6. I've blissfully stopped watching. Worst adaptation I've ever seen.

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  7. I think I can handle just about anything as long as they don't completely break Jamie and Claire up. A lot of what I have read is how they will never be the same. Which if you read the books or know anything about the story is not accurate. Or if has anything to do with Jamie cheating on Claire... That would upset the fans big time.

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  8. I think I can handle just about anything as long as they don't completely break Jamie and Claire up. A lot of what I have read is how they will never be the same. Which if you read the books or know anything about the story is not accurate. Or if has anything to do with Jamie cheating on Claire... That would upset the fans big time.

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  9. Jump the Shark:
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    informal
    (of a television series or movie) reach a point at which far-fetched events are included merely for the sake of novelty, indicative of a decline in quality.

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  10. I'm OK with most of the changes, even loved some of them (Murtagh & Suzette, telling Murtagh everything). But RDM, PLEASE, PLEASE don't "jump the shark" with Outlander. Outlander is exceptionally good, and you've done a great job adapting it because it is very high quality. Diana has been a great supporter of your adaptation, but if you veer too far off story (e.g., jumping the shark, as she put it) and really anger the die-hard book reader fans, you just might kill it, and believe me, that's something for which we would never, EVER forgive you!

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  11. Personally, I think the change will come in episode 8. The Fox's Lair. In the book, Jaime doesn't go to his grandfather until after Prestonpan. I have a feeling that Jaime and Claire never even have "down time" at Lollybroch like in the book, and they go immediately into uprising mode. I also think they are shortening the 1968 portion of the story.

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    1. I agree about the lack of down time. I've always thought they would cut out the recovery at Lallybroch. Cutting out the recovery is what they like to do.

      Personally, I thought all that Frank and Jamie's impotence was the shark, so I'm surprised Diana is saying it was yet to come.

      Although the fact that people have so many guesses already is kind of sad.

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    2. I agree about the lack of down time. I've always thought they would cut out the recovery at Lallybroch. Cutting out the recovery is what they like to do.

      Personally, I thought all that Frank and Jamie's impotence was the shark, so I'm surprised Diana is saying it was yet to come.

      Although the fact that people have so many guesses already is kind of sad.

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  12. Personally, I think the change will come in episode 8. The Fox's Lair. In the book, Jaime doesn't go to his grandfather until after Prestonpan. I have a feeling that Jaime and Claire never even have "down time" at Lollybroch like in the book, and they go immediately into uprising mode. I also think they are shortening the 1968 portion of the story.

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    1. I agree, and that's where we might see Laoghaire. Apparently Claire is totally OOC in this ep, so maybe she's nice to her?

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    2. Having seen the preview for the next episode, I am pretty confident I was right. In the book, Jaime only goes to his grandfather right before Colleden -- and only because Prince James "demands" that he get the Old Fox involved. He doesn't want to involve his grandfather. In the preview, it looks like Jaime himself decides to go to his grandfather early on, just as Charles arrives in Scotland. This is a major departure from the book.

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  13. Why on earth would Ron Moore change the story that was so masterfully written by Diana Gabaldon? It makes no sense...adaptation or not. I am paying a rather large cable bill every month ONLY to see Outlander. Crazy, huh?! I love the costumes, the actors and the gorgeous scenery. I cannot stand the variations to the excellent story line that Diana has so beautifully told. Ron Moore is squandering a great opportunity here. Why ruin it? Stick to the books!

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    1. If you've read the books, esp DIA, then you must know it's huge and rambling at times. Screenwriting is a whole other beast from novel writing and adapting a novel is even harder. To try to put what's written as is to a tv series would not only be tedious but ridiculous.

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  14. I think that the first time we see Brianna will be when they send her back, which didn't happen in DIA. I don't feel the 1968 part of the book will be at all as it was written. Just my thoughts......

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  15. I think that the first time we see Brianna will be when they send her back, which didn't happen in DIA. I don't feel the 1968 part of the book will be at all as it was written. Just my thoughts......

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  16. I think the show has always been in love with Frank/Jonathan at the expense of Jamie. Somehow, someway they are going to find a way to expand either roll at Jamie's peril. That will really piss off the fans. Perhaps Jonathan does not die in battle?

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  17. While I accept that the show is an adaptation, and in my mind, a completely different entity, I feel that they've dumbed down Jamie to the point that he's unrecognizable as the Jamie from the books. In the series, Claire spoon feeds every plan to him and then (after considerable eye movement) Jamie "gets" what he's being told to do and does as told. This Jamie is unable to lead his own household, let alone be a "leader of men" as he is written in the book. I continue to watch because I simply love the books and characters so much that I can't NOT watch, but the quality of the adaptation has declined this season.

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    1. Not True. There were at least two occasions where Claire, bedridden, tells Jaimee "That's a good plan." I noticed it because they could have used the same footage both times, and it was unusual for Claire to just "go along" with what Jaimme wanted to do. So passive.

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  18. It depends how the story goes for the rest of this season. Perhaps they have a way to condense the books...eyeing the future...and Laoghaire has a significant part in a future book...so, not so hard to believe.

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  19. I think they have jumped the shark many times already, and EVERYONE of them has involved more of Frank/Jonathan and less of Jamie. Also, the change of Jamie's character began before the filming started, when Ron said he wanted Jamie to be more realistic......Meaning he would do like so many men when tempted. Then he went further by making Jamie immature, as most 22 year olds still are. Ron wants Jamie realistic, but forgets the fact Outlander is not only fiction, but a sci-fi involving time travel. Whatever the reason, Ron has a problem with not only Jamie's character, but Sam as well.

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