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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.
*Sigh* I knew this would be a tough episode to take though admittedly I didn't realize we wouldn't see much but are given more of the psychological. So right now I have this love/hate relationship with this episode. It is a brilliant episode. I loved the acting. I love the story telling but I hated what was happening so much. I guess that is actually a sign of a good story though, to envoke so much emotion. So here goes nothing.
Jamie was about to die. He watched MacQuarrie die (so sorry I was spelling it really wrong before) and now he's up to hang. Only a very dark knight comes to his rescue and we are all horrified right along with Jamie. Jamie is then whisked off to a dungeon where he is chained to the wall and in walks BJR quoting Le Morte d'Arthur by Malory only he gets it a little wrong because he's said Britian not England. ("Whoso pulleth out this sword of this stone and anvil, is rightwise king born of all England.") We find out and Randall heard all about the petition of complaint against him because the Duke of Sandringham had a big mouth. (Stupidhead.) And he burns the thing before Jamie's beautiful eyes (but did you see Randall's eyes because they were all kinds of mad).
Meanwhile, Claire is failing miserably at getting in to see Jamie and ends up being given his personal effects and leaving only to break down outside of the prison, needing Murtagh to kind of take over the whole walking thing. But back at an undisclosed tavern, Angus and Rupert are losing their money to get information which will help them get into Wentworth somehow (Claire I don't get the plan still???). Claire then returns to the prison and ransacks Sir Fletcher (did you catch that this is Frazer Hines who was the original inspiration for Jamie!!!) office but they only find the keys not a "You are here" map of the prison (really why would the guy have a map of his prison).
Randall is going on and on about Jamie seeing Randall in his dreams (pretty sure Randall is the one having the dreams of Jamie) and giving Jamie a noble death (crazy much?). Jamie's not going to surrender to Randall though he'll let Randall see his back (and I was thinking, no Jamie wouldn't do that) but it is ruse to get Randall closer so Jamie can attack but then Jamie's fighting off Marley and in the end Randall has Marley hold down Jamie's hand while he smashes it (and I fainted). He then "comforts" Jamie and himself with Jamie's hand but Jamie does murmur "I'll kill you". Randall leaves Jamie for a bit while Jamie thinks about why he's making Randall hurt him (sick F).
I don't know what to say. At first, I was really into this episode. Jenny and Claire tracking through the Highlands looking for Jamie was a think of brilliance (thank you Diana!). Then Jenny, really, torturing a Red Coat for information on Jamie only to talk about Jamie right in front of the man leading me to believe they couldn't leave him alive... thank goodness for Murtagh!
But then we ended up traveling through the Highlands with Murtagh which had it's really funny moments but it was drawn out and rather boring, for me. I just kept wanting them to figure out where Jamie was and go find him but instead we keep moving from town to town, much like Rent, singing and dancing. Psst... Murtagh stick to killing Red Coats.
And then there is this Gypsy which seems rather dangerous to me and I kept wondering what exactly he was going to end up doing to them but as it turns out he's into the whole love thing so he helped Claire for nothing (except the rents previously). But that Gypsy gives Claire a message and Murtagh and Claire run off to go to find Jamie only to find Dougal. So are you thinking Uncle Dougal is there to help... you'd be so wrong! Nope, Jamie Jamie walked right into some Red Coats and is now in Wentworth Prison and sentenced to die! A Dhia! So Dougal suggests they run off and get married? WTF? Okay Dougal, I loved you but now you have me pissed off... but I strangely love it.
And if you go back, Murtagh and Claire have this moment when Murtagh talks about the woman who he loved who turned out to be Ellen, Jenny and Jamie's mom, and Murtagh says he thinks of Jamie as a son. Gosh, I love you Murtagh even though you have the worst plans.
But back to Diobolical Dougal and Claire is agreeing to marry him if Jamie dies. Claire!? But then she convinces Willie, Angus and Rupert to help her liberate Jamie from Wentworth... please make it in time!!!!
So the middle dragged for me but even a 3 Kilt rating is like an 8 for most other shows.
A Dhia! This episode was a thing of beauty. There are some really different opinions on this episode. Some people don't like it and really don't appreciate the differences from the book while other (I'd be in this category) love the episode immensely and find the Toni Graphia's writing are on level with Diana herself! While everything wasn't exactly like the book Jenny and Claire's budding sisterhood is wonderfully reflected while the lasting brotherhood between Jamie and Ian is emphasised for the viewers who don't know about the relationship they have in the books.
Maybe Horrocks wasn't in the books blackmailing Jamie or selling The Watch out to the English but he would have don't you think? In the book, it was McNab who sold Jamie out but even when I read that in the book I didn't like it. I mean it worked for the purpose it was meant for but wouldn't a jerk like McNab still have more loyalty to his Laird than the English?
Let's not knock Diana who is a master at what she does but I felt like this senario would have come from Diana had she thought about it.
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