Tobias attended three events in the last week. One of them is a premiere with his THE CROWN co-star, Olivia Coleman. The other is the European premiere of Belfast, a film starring his OUTLANDER co-star Caitriona Balfe. My guess he was there for Caitriona. I’m posting these in one post.
I know a number of you have been contacting me via this site’s twitter account and via email about updates and such. As many of you might or might not know, I’ve been working on a site dedicated to Tobias’ OUTLANDER co-star Sam Heughan, as well as starting sites for both Duncan Lacroix, and David Berry. I had hoped to get the rest of Tobias work from THE CROWN up before delving into those, but considering the amount of work that is taking, I thought I’d distract myself with getting both David and Duncan up and running. Sorting stills and event images isn’t as hard as doing the screencaps and editing those, so I thought I’d get to work on those and get those done. Now I have, the work now moving forward is in getting the rest of Tobias’ THE CROWN and OUTLANDER done. “My plan” (think of how Caitriona Balfe says that as Claire) is to do quadruple duty in getting Tobias, Sam, Duncan, and David’s work on OUTLANDER done all at once, meaning if say Tobias, Sam, and Duncan are all in the same episode, I’ll be screencapping the entire episode, then multiplying those by four then editing them for the various actor I need them for. That in and of itself is going to be hard slogging. So I’m going to try to get Tobias’ THE CROWN work done ahead of starting the work for OUTLANDER. Wish me luck, and thank you for your patience.
Like I did with WENTWORTH PRISON, I’ve included Sam Heughan’s work along with Tobias’. I really do feel it was both Tobias and Sam who made those two episodes what they are. Tobias was positively horrendous as Black Jack Randall, and Sam was heartbreaking as Black Jack brought Jamie down to zero with his torture and rape. This episode also marks a watershed moment in television where male on male rape was so graphically depicted. Full disclosure here: I am a rape victim. I was raped when I was 13 and always felt confused about why my body did what it did during the assault. It wasn’t until years later I heard the body’s response is autonomous of the brain and makes no sense in how it is reacting to rape or sexual gratification. The journey Jamie takes in trying to understand what happened to him was my journey. Trying to figure out was it rape or did I misunderstand what happened and why. Sam Heughan’s bravery in allowing himself to be dragged back to that place for as long as the shoot took is something I’ll always thank him for. His willingness to to it right, not take a cheap shot like Tobias’ other show GAME OF THRONES did so often when the question of rape came up. OUTLANDER has not shied away from the uncomfortable. It shines just as much a glaring eye on the darkness as well as the light with Jamie and Claire’s (Caitriona Balfe) romance and their love making. I want to thank Ron D. Moore and Ira Steven Behr for not pulling any punches with either Wentworth Prison or To Ransom A Man’s Soul. For those of us (I’m a woman by the way) who have gone through sexual assault, it was finally good to have it shown for what it is. I would mention the source material in the book written by Diana Gabaldon, but knowing in the book it’s told via first person in that Jamie only relays to Claire what happened it’s not like Jamie having his own agency and actually seeing what happened to Jamie. The only gripe I think I have with the creators is the lack of deleted scenes on the home video release or extended episodes. I’ve listened to the podcast and heard what Ron D. Moore said about what his limit was, however, given what both Tobias and in particular Sam gave to his performance, I think it would have been exceptional to see more of his work.
So we’re getting down to the wire on season one. Here we have Lallybroch, where Jamie (Sam Heughan) tells Claire (Caitriona Balfe) the tale of how he came to the attention of Captain Jonathan Wolverton “Black Jack” Randall. Jack and the Redcoats came to Lallybroch, the Fraser family homestead, and attempted to steal horses and food. There they found Jamie’s sister Jenny (Laura Donnelly) who Jack attmpted to rape after switching Jamie. This episode was fraught with drama and story. Great acting all the way around. This is the last for today. I’ll be getting to the last two episodes of season one in the next couple of days. And we all know which two those are…. No stills for this episode. Sorry.
In what is probably one of the most heart wrenching episodes of the first half of season one’s front half, Claire (Caitriona Balfe) attempts to return to Frank via the stones at Craigh Na Dun but is thwarted when Readcoats capture her to take her to Fort William and into the clutches of none other than Black Jack Randall. Good for us in that we got to see Tobias weave his magic. Poor Jamie (Sam Heughan) though having to come and rescue Claire after some harrowing moments with Jack. Do we love those moments? Yes we sure do.
In the final post of the night, we have Tobias in the third episode of OUTLANDER‘s first season in The Way Out. Here Tobias plays only Frank in a rather amazing scene between he and Caitriona Balfe (Claire Randall) at a train station where Frank is seeing Claire off to The Front. A wonderful scene all around.