Some of us (coughmecough) didn’t manage to watch season 3 of Outlander when it aired, hence our comparative paucity of content. Sarah wrote some stuff (the technical term) on the first half of the season, thankfully! Well, I recently binged it all (yes, a free Starz trial may have been involved), and while I don’t necessarily have a REVIEW, I have a few thoughts!
In general, I was entertained — in particular, there was an acceptable amount of shagging in the second half! As always, they do a good job capturing the books, although I feel like they could edit out a few of the sidebar characters they’ve chosen to keep.
The Caribbean Is Hot
Or so I’ve been told! I get it, they probably didn’t have the budget to make all the wardrobe that would be needed to properly dress the entire cast for just a few episodes. But I kept looking at all these people and wondering why they weren’t sweating!
What did Europeans wear in the Caribbean in the 18th century? Based on the paintings of Agostino Brunias, who painted primarily people of color in Dominica and other islands in the Caribbean from 1770 through 1796, a whole lot of cotton and/or linen and a whole lot of white. People definitely adjusted their clothing to suit the climate!
So I’m guessing budget limitations explains why everyone is wearing silk taffeta (except, actually, Claire in her sensible ship outfit, which, yes, is informed by her modern sensibilities as we suspected)? I mean, props for silk! But these people would have been DYING of heat and DRIPPING with sweat:
But the rest of these suckers…
A Few Minor Thoughts
1. Does Every Gay Man in the 18th Century Want to Shag Jamie?
More a quibble for book author Diana Gabaldon.
2. Loved Geilis’s dressing gown!
3. WHAT WAS WITH THE RANDOS WHO LEFT SHIPWRECKED JAMIE & CLAIRE ON THE BEACH WTF
Literally, they walk up, ask if everyone’s alright, inform Jamie and Claire that they’re in Georgia, and then as J&C are all “WHOA,” THEY WANDER OFF. NO. THAT IS NOT HOW YOU RESPOND TO FINDING SHIPWRECKED PEOPLE ON YOUR BEACH. “Hey, I gave them directions??!!”
4. Why Is Jamie Back in a Manbob?
Supposedly he’d had his hair cut in prison right before season 1 starts. But now it’s 20 years later and his hair is… still in a Poldark-esque manbob? Why?
4. Yeah, Margaret Thatcher Cosplay Hair
And saving the best for last…
WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED WITH GEILIS’* WIG AT THE GOVERNORS BALL OH MY GOD
NO, WOMEN DID NOT WEAR FULL WIGS IN THE 18TH CENTURY. IF THEY DID, THEY TRIED TO HIDE THE FACT BY WORKING THEIR OWN HAIR INTO. Instead, they wore hairpieces — a lot of them! But they did not go Consciously Artificial the way men did.
I know, it’s a quibble. But beyond that, WHY DOES THIS LOOK LIKE THE BASTARD LOVE CHILD OF A MAN’S WIG AND A BICHON FRISE (yes, a real 18th-century women’s hairstyle; yes, like the dog)? WHY? HOW? CAN SOMEONE GIVE ME THEIR ADDRESS AND I WILL SEND THEM A COPY OF MY BOOK?
Any costuming things stand out to you in Outlander season 3?