I'm putting this up a bit early in case anyone hasn't yet watched the episode and wants to see the bits I particularly noticed. This is long, but it is one of my favorite episodes, so I hope you will bear with me.
I like the background music during the opening scene with Arch & Hector. It must have been cold - you can see Hector’s breath.
Favorite lines: “Now you present to me the ancient standard of the MacDonalds, carried in battles from Preston’s Pass to Elemy. Then you say the sacred words handed down from history.” “Hello, Dad.”
“No need to be formal. Just call me boss.”
It is fun to watch the background - you see all sorts of interesting things that the actors do behind the main action. Plus the scenery is so pretty. The cinematographer frames shots beautifully. (Check Duncan behind Joe and Bonnie when the helicopter is leaving.)
Poor Hector - its hard to give up the power and glory. But thankfully, he was able to prove to himself that he could still be useful once Joe announces his real intentions.
Archie’s initial instincts about Katrina were dead on - Lexie’s “advice” totally backfires. I can’t tell if she was sincerely trying to help or not. I suspect not.
Note it is raining in the Archie & Katrina scene - you can hear it. It must have been a nightmare for the continuity people keeping Arch and Katrina equally dry (or wet) in the various takes. You will note their hair is wet, but Katrina’s shirt looks dry. The eaves behind Archie are pouring wet. Perfect painting weather! Again, the cinematography was gorgeous - whoever chose the colors of the clothing, the flowers, the red entry, did an excellent job. I absolute LOVE that dark shirt on Archie.
“Soooo?” (Hector’s inflection here is great). “Oh snap out of it, Hector, for goodness sakes, there’s a dear.”
Maddie’s right - Archie does look gorgeous in that dark shirt in the scene with Hector and Kilwillie. The lighting was perfect. Plus, a few minutes later, one of my favorites of his outfits - the charcoal grey hoodie.
Cool head, sharp brain and low animal cunning....and enter.....Kilwillie!
“Yeah, lo and verily, the savior did leave Galilee and come unto Glenbogle.”
“Harrods. 12 hours that way.”
Duncan is so cute when he is yelling at Ricky/Angus. And he HITS him! Wonderful scene by Hamish - one of my favorites of his. Any Grey’s Anatomy watchers out there? George reminds me of Duncan - that is probably why I like his character so much. But I digress.
Kilwillie remembering the chieftain’s challenge is another example of it takes a village to raise a laird!
The scene between Bonnie and Molly in the garden I think gets to anyone who has lost someone they dearly loved, be it child, spouse, parent, lover, friend.
Check out the table next to Bonnie in the bedroom - it is covered with the ancient MacDonald tartan.
I understand Lexie’s frustration, but her behavior to Katrina in the hallway is deplorable! Thank heavens she redeems herself later.
Ah, the bathtub scene. Love it. Anyone else notice that Archie never puts the washcloth where he should put it?
The lone piper on the hill is the guy who actually does all the piping on the show - for Golly, Duncan, Eric, etc.
Even though the feather looks silly, Hector and Archie manage to pull it off, don’t they! I note only they have blue pompoms on their tams - everyone else’s is red. I assume this is a chieftain’s distinction kind of thing.
Interesting - Joe, who is trying to steal Glenbogle, wins the stealing part of the challenge but fails at the tradition/history and the true heart/going that extra distance above and beyond one’s capabilities that Archie demonstrates so many times in his efforts to become a true laird . Arch shines in the honorable parts of being a laird .
The villagers of Laggan must have had great fun when this was filming. They got to be extras whenever crowd shots were needed, and this must have been a lark - much better than climbing up the hill a gazillion times for the Glorious 12th episode.
Kilwillie at his most Kilwillieish (and although that isn’t an actual adjective, it SHOULD be!): “Gentlemen, address the sword. Gentlemen, commence the struggle!” LOVE it!
Archie’s speech was sweet, but I’m sorry he didn’t thank Kilwillie. I didn’t much care for Katrina’s face when he called her up on stage - too simpery for my taste. Did enjoy the 2nd kiss, however. ::sigh:: I am not jealous, I am not jealous, I am NOT jealous...all right, dang it, yes I am::
The bridge - poor Archie. “The odd 100,000 grand.” The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away.
How critical have you watched this epi !!! Can't believe it
There are many things you've noticed that I didn't see at all, e.g. the rainy scenes.
Loved the moments with Duncan and little Angus The fish on the car, the bucket on his head And later that he yelled to the little boy, but he did regret it and they became friends after he heard why Angus did act that way.
Oh, yes I loved the little debate between Kilwillie, Hector and Gorgeous Archie He was at his best in this scene
And of course not to forget the bath scene. The intro : him singing, or humming then. Lexie knocking at the door, Arch is that you ? Who else ;D Him taking, was it a washcloth ? Thought it was his Calvin Kleins ;D ;D and the famous words spoken to Lexie Poor Lexie Hector and Molly coming in, just saying hello to Lexie like they didn't found it strange she was there while their son was taking a bath
Loved the Chieftains Challenge with all the Bagpipers etcetera. The mistake of Lexie to put the microphone on
And now I did notice that Hamish dad was several times to be seen in the background. Thought it was Jules who said it was him.
Great epi I'm looking forward to the November Choice
I'm watching the epi now I've done loads of screen caps too which I'll add later on.
I LOVE this epi! The start is so comical with Archie and Hector
Hector feeling old and useless, Molly tries to console him but he's having none of it
Then there's Archie being blind about Lexie feelings towards him, and katrina being blind about Archie's feeling towards her. What a mess
Then the lovely bath scene, which is also sad silly man why didn't he just confess his love for her then
Poor Lexie in this epi, she tries and tries to tell Archie how she is feeling and when she does, WHAM her suspicious are confirmed when he say's he has feelings for Katrina. Then she feels guilty about what she said to Katrina in the hall and makes it better by turning on the microphone and letting her hear how he feels! That girl is a marvel
And then peace is restored for a brief time as Archie wins the challenge, Old MacDonald had a farm e i e i ooooooooh CRASH Poor Archie x
Yeah at the end of this epi you could see at Lexie's face that she did regret her kind gestion towards Katrina to bring her and Archie together. Is this love ? Was this a sign yet to series 3 to bring Archie and Lexie together ? Caus Lorraine knew yet that she would stop with the series caus she was pregnant, or was that later that she realized this ? Don't know anymore
So you started early so I had better watch it - haven't done so yet so will avoid reading this discussion until afterwards!! I hadn't expected to start until tomorrow so planned to watch it to day! Of course, in some places, it is already tomorrow!! I guess the rues have changed - I will remember next time!
Okay, I didn't re-watch the episode, so I've got nothing groundbreaking, but reading over Erica's summary and looking at archieslass's screen caps - a few little things popped into my head.
Like, how dang handsome Duncan looks, all dressed up for the challenge! He is a bit like George from Grey's, they share a softer side and are a bit naive in a good way. (whom I'm only slightly annoyed at because he is at least attempting to be honorable about the whole mess - just to digress a little further ).
Looking at Hector in the tux (with his blue eyes), I remembered how attractive Richard Briars was as a young man. I had quite a crush on him in 'Good Neighbors,' mostly because I thought he was funny.
And although Kilwillie can be a pompous twit at times, he is a good guy and I'd love to have a friend like him.
The tub scene is a favorite, I remember it quite clearly, but I think I ought to go back and re-watch the episode for the funnier scenes between Archie, Kilwillie and Hector.
Well i saw it now but my mind is confused because after watching it, Maureen, wanted to watch more - who can blame her! But having seen the three, the last one is uppermost in my mind - but here goes!!
To start with I noticed the pitch fork being snatched by Archie from Hector - but it looked brand new as if never used!!! I could have been dirtied a bit!!
Archie's obvious delight about Katrina's return "Katrina - she's back?"
Molly's remark to Hector when speaking of all his luck "and a beautiful, loving wife!"
Pretty soon, one realises that Bonnie and Angus don't want to come to Glenbogle, that it's just Jo who has "an obsession about taking over Glenbogle and putting all the family out of it!" Bonnie really puts her finger on it!
There's a really touching scene when Molly mentions to Bonnie about Jamie's death and (if I got it correctly - too late to check it out now) it turns out that she too lost a young child - they have a really touching embrace - a fellow feeling for one another!
Of course the bathroom scene was a classic one - the way Lexie just walked in knowing that Archie was there and then pulled the plug on him! I thought Archie was a bit callous the way he told Lexie bluntly that Katrina came first!! Was this at school?
I loved the magnificence of the parade coming in for the beginning of the Highland Games _ I imagine they must have come from some (nearby?) company? And Hector's arrival and opening of the Games was marvelous! And then Kilwillie's opening of the Chieftain's Challenge - which he had proposed in the first place to resolve the tricky situation.
The reality of the sword test by Archie/Jo I thought was extremely well carried out with Archie's final pull over - the strength of the younger over the older man?
The final ceremony of Hector handing over the Chieftainship to Archie was very profound followed by Archie bringing his 'family' up on the platform was a nice touching moment though there were a few points I didn't like about it, that now escape my memory!
And finally at the end - the bus scene puzzled me - they all seemed to be returning on the bus to the Big House; then we saw them making merry in the house and we heard the crashing sound and there running out to find what had happened! How come they were in the house and the bus gave way on the bridge afterwards? I am confused or have I got something wrong there? It really needs a rerun I guess!
And as for Archie's scream at the end after being told the cost to repair the bridge, well that was ear-splitting HHHEEEllllppppp!!!!!!!!!!!!
Well it's about time to stop but it's such a great episode that it's hard to stop ........
Well it's now nearly midnight and time to stop before I go to sleep over t5he keyboard zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
Sorry haven't managed to watch this one in time, but it's great to see so many contributions to this episode thread. I will try harder next time (Really love all those screen caps! So clear and crisp they are)
I LOVE the screencaps - several will be added to my screensaver slide show. Thank you, Em.
Paul - I thought it was rather odd that only some of them were at the ribbon cutting ceremony, too. (They were in front of the old boathouse that had been converted to a gift shop, rather than being in the house). They didn't hear the crash, though. Hector and Kilwillie and the other bus riders walked up to the group at the gift shop all rumpled and injured - either Hector or Kilwillie had his arm in a sling, and told Archie he had better come see. And then they all walked back to the bridge. In reality, of course, we all know that the gatehouse and the bridge are a couple miles away from the house, but the show makes it look like it is much closer. (Although - in series 3, they make it far enough away that people have to use scooters. And that brings up another point - why couldn't they just have the cars parked near the house side of the bridge and drive back and forth? But again, I digress. )
Paul - sorry I mixed you up. I realized that if I didn't put up my review until my Monday morning, the day would be half gone for all our European boglies, so I figured I should put it up earlier. The problem is that I would never have rememberd to get on the computer on Sunday night our time - I hardly ever use the computer at night. So I put up the review a little early for us in order to accommodate them.
Oh - and I understand Maureen's thinking perfectly! I find it very difficult to stop with just one. MOTG is the potato chip of the television diet.
Our lovely Laird sitting there in the bath ;D Knees up Hope for him the water wasn't too cold. Imagine they had to do several times that scene ;D Think at the end he was freezing ;D ;D
and that yell Archie gave at the end In the Last Great Wilderness there's an almost similar scene that Al is also yelling so hard somewhere in the Hills.
About all those scenes that can't be explained if the House is nearby the bridge or far away. We're all so critical in watching our fav series, sometimes I think at myself 'Just enjoy it and be not such a fuss-pot ' What about the scene then that Archie was running from the House to the Train station ;D If he had to run that in real the distance is even more as a complete Marathon ( I think )
Erica, never mind that you started the discussion one day before To write our review about all our fav epis is always fun
COMMENT : Erica, that was NOT a complaint - just, had I known I might have put something up earlier!!! The time is not critical and your argument about time made perfect sense which is why I tend to put things up late the night before!! So most people can get it any time the next day!! And I can understand why you don't do things late at night when I see what time you do things early in the morning!! When I am still fast asleep!!! Sorry for this lengthy comment /COMMENT
Yes sorry Erica It was just easier to upload a batch onto photobucket rather than one at a time. If you want just PM me the ones you want and I'll send them to you Glad you like them I was having a lazy Sunday and thought I had better do something productive x
I got back from my week in Scotland (I'll put some pics in the gallery later) late on Monday night and was at work yesterday so I haven't had time to watch, but i couldn't resist joining in, so here are my thoughts (or what I can remember of them) from when I watched the programme at the time.
What a fantastic summary Ryck and lovely screencaps Em.
I really like the character of Bonnie, she is insightful, sympathetic (with Molly especially) though not a walk over. I love her scenes with Susan Hampshire especially the garden grief scene, very moving, beautiful acting.
For Prestons Pass, I think Hector was saying Prestonpans, I visited the Culloden battlefield when I was on holiday and Prestonpans was identified as an earlier Jacobite battle (sorry if I seem like a Joe MacDonald know it all but it shows again how well the show is researched don't you think?).
I also remember getting really annoyed at Katrina in this ep (unfairly probably as the character was getting over a break-up), I remember thinking why is she painting in the rain? (I spotted the bad weather), why was she so hard on Archie? the fact that he had shown up at all to see her is at least a start (he could have just huffed in the big house and avoided her) and why is she at the MacDonald clan gathering anyway when she is trying to avoid him?
Poor Katrina, I was a Lexie-ite from the start and was always going to get little sympathy from me. I was gutted that Archie turned Lexie down and I was actually happy when Lexie shouted at Katrina, as I agreed with a lot of what she said (apart from pretending her and Archie were a couple as that was below the belt, but bless her she put it right).
Fab ep all in all, I think I might watch it (I am off work today as I am there this weekend).
I am so glad someone else also thinks Katrina was acting really immature in that scene.
When I was holiday last week I saw a tiny bit of Monarch country (we stopped at Carrbridge to use the loo and couldn't resist a pic of the village hall). This October episode gave my a lovely reason to watch some MOTG when I got back, thanks Ryck .
I don't see how it has become a game either. Just all of us talking about the episode. I am totally confused. Also, Maddie was the first to respond after I posted. I think Paul might have been thinking of something else.
I agree with everyone in that I see this as a favourite episode discussion too, so it is much better here. I imagine us all in the cyber version of a book group (though I have to admit my glass of wine or cups of tea I drink when watching the ep's are real ).
I agree with Ryck too on who should choose the next ep and start off discussions, definitely it should be Maddie ;D.