Sus, 32, London-based, Australian-born.Buffy, 18th Century anything, OTT 90's action movies, costume dramas, Veronica Mars, The Police, The X-Files, Joan Jett, Ridley Scott, bluegrass, Firefly, hot tea, cold lemonade, Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Philip Pullman, Patrick O'Brian, Tarantino, the teen movie oeuvre from any decade, the first 2 Terminators, ditto Alien(s), Viggo Mortensen, Indiana Jones and Dorothy L. Sayers. [disclaimer: not the HV who writes fic on AO3 or FF. Same handle, different animal]
À propos of ep 6 of Outlander, I wonder if you all truly appreciate the weirdness of Australia (stay with me here, I can connect the two).
Ep 6 sees us watching the captain of a British garrison in Scotland mete out some pretty gruesome punishment on a young man, namely flogging (lashing) with a cat-o-nine tails. The scene is brutal, gory, and one might say heavy on the Adult Themes. Not an unexpected aspect of the 18th century if you’re into Sharpe or Aubreyad, or any show/book that’s connected to the army or navy… but did you know Sydney used to have a whole theme park on this delightful aspect of British colonialism?
Basically, Old Sydney Town was a family fun day out - and many a school excursion I spent wandering around in it as a pre-teen - it’s akin to some Colonial Times-y parks you might have in the States (it looked kind of like Disney’s Frontierland - with no rides). But the flogging was an attraction. Australia doesn’t even have the cover story the US had of making a ‘new world free from the persecutions of the old’… it was straight-up a prison colony, and had all the 18th century delights that Britain packed into that concept: they took their persecution WITH THEM ON PURPOSE.
Here’s my point: at certain times of day, you’d get a parade of red-coated guard actors leading out a convict actor to 3 pine logs lashed together to form a crude pyramid, in front of a waiting audience of school kids. The convict was tied to the pyramid and another actor would produce an actual cat-o-nine tails - that had been pre-painted with red food dye - and ‘lash’ the convict for the entertainment of small school children. Look kids! State-administered torture! Let’s have a picnic! AUSTRAYAAAAA. (Check out this sweet 1980s TV spot)
The various footprints of British colonialism. So much weirder than you could make up.