There is so much to talk about and most of it is that this took a huge detour from the books. I've said it before and I'll say it again: I'm okay with detours when they make sense or improve the telling of the story. The books are more fanciful than the show so some things from the books are bound to change.
Let's start with a Jared Fraser who looks like he's barely aged. I assumed he was at least twice Jamie's age before but apparently not.
Aboard the Artemis, Jamie discovers Marsali and Fergus who are handfasted but since Fergus hasn't bedded her it isn't a real marriage. Jamie is determined to send Marsali home but she threatens to tell everyone she's been bedded and ruin her reputation. She doesn't have to care about this because it gets to Jamie.
Jamie separates the two by separating himself from Claire who isn't pleased before succumbing to seasickness. Claire tries to help him but ultimately it is Yi Tien Cho who helps with his acupuncture remedy. Great touch and I'm so happy they left this in even if it was a bit different.
Then they are becalmed. No wind. And, of course, the crew believe it is because Hayes didn't touch the horseshoe which means naturally they need to throw him overboard.
Yi Tien Cho's story was beautiful in the show and the book; only the way it was told and how we got to it was very different. I love the book's scene but the show did a fantastic job putting it in as a distraction for these sailors who were out to through Hayes from the ship. However, we wouldn't have needed such a change without this superstition thing.
The show runner's claim they did it because ships had their own superstitions. Great I can roll with that but the entire episode became all about the horseshoe and being becalmed. I don't think we needed that. Why not get the ship out there sailing. Have them fishing or doing sailor activities and then bring in the Porpoise. We could have had Claire being taken on the ship then and Jamie wanting to go after her. Move the story along and have more time for other bits of story later.
However, Yi Tien Cho realizing the bird flying low meant rain and likely wind (?) was great especially since he used the knowledge in a way as to trump the bad luck the men believed they had.
And now where I wish we'd been earlier with the Porpoise signaling for the Artemis to heave to so they could be boarded. Captain Raines fears men will be pressed but we find a very young acting captain who is in dire need of a surgeon.
In the book, Jamie doesn't want Claire boarding the ship thinking she can help from the Artemis which never struck me as logical but in the show he's willing to let her go over without him. The only logic in this is that Jamie could get typhoid. But everyone had to see it coming that the Porpoise would go off with Claire.
Claire walking through the living quarters where all the sick men were was very powerful and I liked that Captain Leonard was listening to her.
Now it is just a matter of how her trip aboard the Porpoise will play out and if there is a passenger she will meet?
Many don't like this episode. I enjoyed it even if there was a lot of needless filler storytelling.
Better late that never. Life has been busy but I've finally managed full recaps which can be found in the Show section and some recap thoughts about Crème De Menthe & First Wife.
Crème De Menthe wasn't my favorite thought I appreciated the clear differences in Jamie and Claire's relationship after a 20 year separation. Whereas, First Wife, was a continuation of those differences it was also showcased what brought Jamie and Claire together and how they once work very well as a team.
Freedom and Whisky is just the tip of the iceberg here. Jamie and Claire reunited! Well almost. I mean she's there. I'm getting ahead of myself...
Of Lost Things takes place in Scotland but in 1968 and the late 1750s maybe early 1760s.
In 1968 we find Roger, Brianna and Claire diligently searching for Jamie in history. Roger figures if Claire spent three years in the past and returned to the future with the same amount of time passing that means they need to find Jamie 20 years after Culloden.
Which just so you know TV Show fans is an explanation for Outlander's time travel.
Claire finds Jamie on a inmate list for Ardsmuir Prison where it appears he spent 3 years before being sent to Helwater (though they don't know that). So they go in search of where he ended up.
Joe even calls Claire to tell her of a surgery he knows she'd want in on but Claire seems determined to find Jamie until Fiona gives Claire the pearls Jamie gave her which she apparently left with Mrs. Graham.
Did we see this happen because I don't remember that at all?
All Debts Paid opens on a lovely domestic scene of Claire reading medical books and Frank making Brianna an English breakfast because she's a bit too American for his taste. Claire spontaneously asks Frank to go to a movie but he's seen them with his girlfriend. Apparently they have an opened marriage though Frank is trying to be discreet. Can we say, didn't try much? This whole Frank think angers me beyond belief but I have to say the fact that is bothers Claire and she never fights for Frank to end those relationships kind of makes me mad at her too.
Scotland 1755, Major John William Grey appears for his new post being told there is no society except Red Jamie. He is not impressed with Jamie being present as he clearly remembers his first encounter with the Scot.
Jamie goes back into the cells to tell MURTAGH about the new Major. And we all get our lovely Murtagh back which likely means to us book lovers that we may not ever see Duncan Innes which I can deal with. Murtagh is alive! Murtagh is alive!
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Now for our episode thoughts...
Surrender opens at Lallybroch with Captain Lewis and company harassing Ian because they can't seem to find Jamie and they're 99% sure the guy everyone calls Dunbonnet is Red Jamie because they understand the Scots so well and figured that's what they'd call him. However, a defiant Ian is completely clueless and is hauled away to the clink for it.
But then we discover where the myth of bigfoot comes from when Jamie comes out of the woods with the longest hair and an scraggly beard. Definitely not the Jamie we knew. And wouldn't you know he's carrying a dead deer. He'd scare me too, Jenny.
It is very sad to see Jamie have visions of Claire at Lallybroch but it does convey, along with Jamie's silence, just how broken Jamie is now that he's a fugitive without his Sassenach.
The Battle Joined opens on the battlefield of Culloden which is an eerie sight. Immediately this made me sad because it isn't just a story being told but a part of world history. Then we see a ghostly image of Claire walking through the dead and dying which speaks nicely to Jamie straddling life and death on that field. It also called back really nicely to the ghost we see in the very first episode of Outlander (Sassenach). Jamie hearing Claire call to him only to have it be Rupert was kind of a typical trope but powerful nonetheless. And even more so was seeing the chuck of amber with the dragonfly inside of it which Claire left with Jamie when she went through the stones and later found in the museum out at Culloden Moor. I do love when things come full circle.
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.
At first, I wanted to yell from whatever perch I could find just how awful it was that this episode was written the way it was written but then I re-watched it (to my horror). Now I find it brilliant. So let me recap a bit and tell you why.
We start off in Wentworth Prison where Jamie wakes next to Black Jack Randall (he's the f-ing bastard we talked about last episode). Jamie is clearly in turmoil here which is a wonderful touch because it brings out a truth about rape. You aren't okay afterwards.
Randall gets up to dress though Jamie asks for his part of the deal which is death (NO!). But there is a sound and Randall wants to investigate. Much to his surprise there are cows thundering through the prison.
Okay I have to pause to say I've read and heard much criticize about these cows and how cows wouldn't just do this but that really isn't entirely true. If you look closely these cows aren't coming in the back door. They are already in the prison which means Rupert, Angus and Murtagh already led them into the prison which is a confined space and they are being herded. If these cows are panicked or scared enough to stampede... they would do this. Would they be able to bust down a metal door? Hinges are the weak link and those cows likely way a ton. I'm okay with this scene.
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