Personally, I do think this was a fantastic episode. A comment made by Blake of Outlander Cast with Mary and Blake made me think about the feel of this episode. Blake thought it didn't feel like a finale and I have to say he isn't wrong. I think this is mostly coming from the writing which your could lay at Toni Graphia's feet but I think this actually stems from Diana Gabaldon. I'm not going to spoil anything but the books from four (Drums of Autumn) on pretty much refrain from cliffhangers.
It isn't like Diana ties everything up with a bow but as you read she gives you some satisfaction for the stories she's telling and you just have to wait to learn what happens next (maybe a cliffhanger much later). It is like you are just getting a glimpse of someone's life while your visiting. Having said that, I thoroughly enjoyed this episode though not enough to give it more than 4 kilts.
As a book reader, I knew Young Ian's sacrifice was coming up and while I'll always think the book did it better (in this instance) it was hard in the episode. I got weepy. I do think if Young Ian had been more involved in the story on the Ridge we would have all had a harder time losing him. This makes me sad but so does losing Young Ian... and Rollo.
'Man of Worth' was such a good episode and I'm actually quite exciting it brought in so many viewers though I'm already hating droughtlander.
The title 'Man of Worth' made perfect sense to me as I watched the episode. Clearly, Jamie had to measure up by keeping his word and returning with Roger. Then we are faced with Young Ian owning the mistake he made (along with Jamie) by forfeiting himself in Roger's stead. Could you love him any more? I miss you already Young Ian and Rollo.
But that isn't the only man in need of proving themselves. Roger needs to step up and be there for Brianna and will he love the child he doesn't know is his and could potentially be Bonnet's?
However, the law firm of Davis Roberts and Graphia, reminded us this is a line from 'America the Beautiful' and, I have to say, I didn't remember that line. It never dawned on me Young Ian was taking Jamie's earlier words into account. But it didn't lessen the impact of what Young Ian did by not knowing.
So Brianna is sequestered at River Run with Jocasta Cameron who is as sly as her own brothers. Jamie's letter to Jocasta wished for Jocasta to take care of Brianna but I do believe Jocasta heard, "see her well married."
One has to wonder what Jamie and Claire's reaction would be upon their return and finding Brianna married to someone like Neil Forbes?
Jamie and Claire's separation despite being together is just like and angry married couple and yet we see it is more guilt on both their parts rather than anger at one another.
I have to say liked that Young Ian was there one minute and shuffled off to do chores or whatever else they keep having him do when they make him leave the room.
What I hated about this episode was Brianna's threat to Lord John. I knew it was going to happen but I hated it in the books and here. I know why she's doing it. She's desperate to escape Forbes especially after all she's been through to be sold off to another man. And I've very glad she backed down though it was tense there for a moment.
But something else that bothered me was Lord John and Judge Alderdyce. I can't believe for a second that they'd have their tryst in such and unsecured location. Granted it could be a slave that stumbled upon them and they might have little to worry about then but it was in the house and not behind closed doors. It looked more like they were in a hallway. I do recall in the books John's tryst was in one of the outer buildings were people don't tend to frequent in the night.
The moment I loved had to be Lord John coming to Brianna's aid and announcing their engagement so Brianna wouldn't be forced to consider Forbes' offer. Though Forbes seemed less than pleased. Jocasta on the other hand looked like Brianna had mastered the art of marrying up. Auntie's giving herself a pat on the back.
Overall, this was one of my least favorite episodes of the season and I'd give it a 3.
What were your Like, Hate and Love moments?
Brianna and Jamie's first meeting is so special and I loved every moment. Jamie's reactions were so wonderful. Jamie and Brianna hunting bees was so adorable and I loved her realizing what Bree means. Jamie telling Brianna about watching her smile in her sleep and her calling him Da. Priceless.
I loved they stuck with bench scene even if it is different since in the book it was a bench in front of the cabin. It was still worth any changes. It was brilliant.
I was particularly fond of Jamie calling her my darling which Claire also calls her but the two use different languages. Nice touch.
What did you love most?
The natural reaction to Wilmington is to discuss the rape of Brianna. Horrifying but boldly told. Watching all those people sit around and ignore what was happening; apparently, there are few men like Jamie Fraser in the 18th century.
Still I thought we could talk Brianna and Roger's fight. Many seem to condemn Brianna for her anger while others seem upset at Roger for even leaving Brianna but the basis of the fight. To me the entire spiraling out of control of their emotions was at fault. Neither one was willing to see the others side of things which will always lead to a blown up. My issue was Roger's belief that there was nothing to be done to save Claire and Jamie.
He tells Bree Claire had been dead for 200 years. But does this apply when you can literally transverse those years? Granted they are messing with history but if it were 200 miles and they knew something would happen wouldn't they warn them? Roger's argument seems flawed in this regard. Yes, the passage is dangerous but they have the capability to cross the divide.
He says it wrong to save the lives of only those they loves but what about the countless others they don't know? Did Roger not save baby Jemmy onboard the Glorianna? Had he not been in the past would baby Jemmy have been tossed overboard? Has Claire not saved countless lives in the 18th century which wouldn't have been saved if she'd stayed in the 20th century?
As a historian does Roger believe time can't be changed, something he never addresses? Claire and Jamie speculated about this when trying to stop Culloden and yet they were unable to prevent Culloden from happening. But is something as big as a war impossible to stop whereas preventing the deaths of two people seem much simpler and possible?
Roger and Bree's fight escalated so fast and didn't really delve into what the other was thinking about traveling. Roger seems to believe saving Jamie and Claire is somehow wrong and yet he travels back to help and/or save Brianna. It seems he believes once Claire choose the past her fate was seals and yet when Brianna goes back he's willing to risk life and limb to go after her? How is his decision any different than Bree's?
Roger's stance on this issue seems very flawed.
Well wasn't that the twist? No Jamie and Claire. Frank is back and has prior knowledge that not only Claire returns to the past but that she dies there. One can wonder if he wouldn't have told her about that eventually if he hadn't died in the car accident?
Laoghaire taking in Claire and Jamie's daughter without knowing it. Seeing Laoghaire be kind and merciful with someone but clearly having some kind of craziness when it comes to Jamie.
I could sympathize with Laoghaire back when all of her Claire hate started and to see Claire return after so long but is she so uncharitable to really think Jamie must be bewitched to love another?
I don't know if we were meant to sympathize with Laoghaire or not but her needing the money makes you want to sympathize with her and yet you know Jamie can't just produce money on a whim. One would also assume Jenny and Ian could give her something with the white lie that it comes from Jamie and have Jamie reimburse them the money. Of course, Jenny and Ian are far from rich but they have more than Jamie at the moment.
And now how can you not love Joan. How is it that Joan and Marsali were raised but one so spiteful as Laoghaire and they seem so kind.
And Roger. It was great to see Roger in the past but meeting up with Stephen Bonnet? That is the last thing Roger needs. And then to have Roger's fate decided at the toss of a coin. Bonnet is crazy.
If you haven't watched the episode well then you've been spoiled and I'm very sorry about that.
For all of you that have. Lord John and Willie, I mean William are back... briefly. This episode brings more reunions in the form of Lord John and Willie who both Jamie and John are worried might remember Jamie as Mac. Of course, they don't seem to worry enough for Jamie to be more cautious because he literally croons to a horse bringing back memories to William which make William start asking questions. I really liked the show didn't play WIllie as completely stupid that in his short lifespan he wouldn't remember Jamie or Mac who was a huge influence on his early years.
Willie quickly realizes who Jamie is and goes so far as to ask why Jamie didn't turn back all those years ago when Willie called for him. It was touching but the reality of John and Jamie's concern was whether or not Willie would realize who his biological father is though despite an effort to make William resemble Jamie there wasn't enough there. Even Murtagh didn't realize it until Jamie's strange behavior made him speculate.
But who was completely shocked when Jamie claimed William as his own when faced with Cherokee retaliation? I literally screamed at my television, "NO! Willie can't find out like that?" But no matter, Willie suspect "Mac" of simply trying to protect him and confessed his "crimes" to the Cherokee who showed leniency towards him for his honesty, and one would hope because he's a child.
Meanwhile, Claire is nursing Lord John and forcing him to confess that he appeared at Fraser's Ridge to get and eyeful of Jamie. Well, yeah. I rather disliked the conversation where John confesses he felt nothing when Isobel died. It struck me as sad in the book too. Sure John isn't inclined towards woman but one can love a person simply for their own sake. To me it made John seem rather terrible even though I've always suspected he's more numb than unfeeling.
But I truly loved John's reaction when Claire tells him about Brianna. He was truly shocked and it gave John and Claire some common ground.
What did you like, dislike and love about this episode?
Mixed emotions on the bear change is an overstatement. Some say it's jumping the shark while others just think the idea of a man pretending to be a bear is just a dumb idea. I, however, liked the change.
First, I never did like the idea of Jamie killing a bear with his bare hands. It is next to impossible and while Outlander is a work of fiction the idea that Jamie can take on a bear is more jumping the shark than a man pretending to be a bear.
Second, Native American culture is heavily influenced by animals. The idea that one of their people would lose his mind and take on the characteristics of a bear is actually plausible. Imagine being alone in the back country and he only people close by are the very people who banished you and now ignore your existence even when you come home.
Do Natives dress like animals and run around pretending to be animals? Probably, but I bet they were children. But even their rituals involve the element of dressing up.
Now see it from our bear man's perspective. He's banished. He's on his own and likely kills a bear. He's going to skin it for the coat and then he uses the claws as weapons. Remember the Natives used the different parts of the animal for tools and such. Now that man loses his sanity living alone. He's already got all he needs to be the evil bear.
Plus, while bears are opportunistic it is rather rare for a bear to seek out people to torment. They don't really hold grudges though bear men apparently do.
I'm not apposed to the change though I did like the meeting of Jamie and Claire with the Natives in the book. More comical and friend from go.
In the end, Jamie got the title Bear Killer and all is well between the Fraser's and the Cherokee.
Upon first watching 'Do No Harm' I couldn't help but wonder about Jocasta Cameron. We clearly see she is a strong woman. She seems shocked at Claire forthrightness but tells Jamie that Hector didn't make decisions without her. So she's clearly a strong willed woman in her own right. And there is the added knowledge that Jenny and she have spoken about Claire via letters.
As you watch Jocasta, I feel like she is enjoying the partnership between Jamie and Claire. One of the most intriguing moments is when Jamie tells both Jocasta and Campbell that Claire and he do know wish to own slaves. Her face is almost tranquil but I feel like she's conveying some sort of respect that they are on the same page as a couple even though she knows there views will get them nowhere.
I find her intriguing. I do think Maria Doyle Kennedy has done an amazing job conveying her emotions without looking people in the eye. And listening to her speak is a study in the position of a strong woman in the 18th century. Watch her voice change to make herself seem more biddable or strong and fierce. She's rather sly just like her brothers.
What did you think of Jocasta Cameron?
Stephen Bonnet is such a scumbag isn't he? Talking Claire up about her rings and her marriages. Bonding with her on some level only to come back and rob her of the things she clearly holds as prized. Scumbag!
But book readers out there will know this for the deviation that it is. In the book, Claire puts both rings in her mouth and tries to swallow them only to have Bonnet punch her in the stomach (I believe) and her to spit one out. In the dark, she doesn't see which one and the other is uncomfortably in her stomach.
After Jamie and Young Ian set things to rights, Jamie gives Claire a concoction which causes her to toss her cookies and a ring. In the end, we find out it is Frank's gold ring that Bonnet got away with.
For those TV Fans, though I will say if characters were keeping an eye out for this ring in hopes of getting it back then it is the much more distinctive ring. I mean say Jamie goes around looking to see if Bonnet sells it? Fergus. Marsali. Young Ian even. They will all notice Jamie's more distinctive ring over a simple gold band.
Now onto the spoilers....
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