Prestonpans opens with Claire off in the woods to “pish” but is brought up short by the corpse of a Highlander who died at the hands of the Redcoats. Claire takes the man’s weapon and returns to a waiting Jamie fearing there is nothing Jamie and she can do to prevent the future. The troops are at Prestonpans and Claire knows the Jacobites will win the day but one battle isn’t the war and knowing the outcome doesn’t prepare you for those who will get hurt or die. Claire has seen far too many men killed in war.
In a tactical meeting with Charles’s advisors, Quartermaster Sir John O’Sullivan (the Irishman) and Lieutenant-General Lord George Murray of Clan Murray (who is more favored than the Quartermaster) are arguing over strategy. O’Sullivan wants to attack quacking but Murray wants to hold the higher ground. The problem is to execute any attack they would need to cross Tranent Meadow which is likely boggy ground and will ultimately trap anything trying to cross it. Charles seems like he’s at a complete loss and Jamie suggests a cavalry field trip to determine if the meadow is passable. But they have no cavalry which is something else that angers the advisors. Charles points out how he took Perth and Edinburgh without firing a shot but it is quickly brought to his attention that they surprised General Cope which will not happen again.
Charles then has the brilliant idea to offer Cope generous terms of surrender, which is ludicrous in the extreme, because he informs his advisors, “We are all brothers, after all.” Everyone is stunned and O’Sullivan tells Charles he has a generous heart but the troops are there to fight and win.
Jamie tells the Laird of Clan McDonald to tell his men to “await further order, which may be some time,” while the advisors continue to argue. Jamie leaves followed by Charles who tells Jamie he must succeed because he’s promised God and his father. Am I the only one annoyed by the “Mark Me” line? Stop it.
First, here is a great image of Jamie and Fergus from the upcoming episode of Outlander.
And secondly, let's talk dilemmas of time traveling proportions. Jamie and Claire are out to stop the Rising (or the 45) in which the Scots lose at the Battle of Culloden and their way of life is essentially wiped out.
But what happens to Frank if Claire does this? Will it change Claire's future? And what about Mary Hawkins? Apparently, Mary is supposed to marry Jack Randall (poor thing), but how can Jamie and Claire let that happen?
By stopping the rebellion are they ending Frank's line at Black Jack Randall?
Talk about a dilemma.
This is not the book. I don't actually mind because at the heart of this visual story is the book we love. The thing is something the book isn't going to translate successfully to the screen. We've all heard this by now. What I think we also need to realize is that Starz is trying to entertain the fans that love the story without destroying our story. And I for one think they've been pretty successful with the first season and Through A Glass, Darkly is no exception.
I'm going to talk about this episode so if you've not rushed to watch it you might not want to read any further.
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