I can see the mixed reviews. Some loved Eye of the Storm and some just didn't think they pulled it off. I personally love the episode but have a few hang ups.
After Jamie's capture by Captain Leonard, Claire continues on to Rose Hall to find Young Ian. While searching the slave quarters she is captured by Hercules and taken to Geillis who is very upset with Claire and believes Claire has been thwarting her plans for the last 20 years. To prove her innocence on that crazy charge, Claire shows Geillis pictures of Brianna. Geillis apologizes and steals one of the photos believing Brianna is the 200 year old baby.
Can we save contrived? I understand they needed to get Geillis to the stones on her way to kill Brianna but
Meanwhile, Jamie is with John who is dressing down Captain Leonard for overstepping his jurisdiction with no evidence, warrant or affidavit. After Leonard leaves with his tail between his legs, Jamie says his goodbyes and heads off to Rose Hall where he finds Claire trying to get out of the house in pursuit of Young Ian.
Jamie and Claire follow the sounds of drums and find the local people dancing around a fire which is reminiscent of the druid dance on Craigh Na Duhn. They also encounter Yi Tien Cho and Margaret. Margaret reads both Jamie and Claire commenting on the rabbit he saw on Culloden Battlefield and the bird Claire saw in the window to remind her of Jamie. Margaret then channels Brianna and imparts a sense of danger to Claire and Jamie about what Geillis is up to.
Jamie and Claire race off into the foliage towards Abandawe where there is a portal that makes people disappear. They find Geillis there preparing to sacrifice Young Ian so she can pass through the stones to kill Brianna as a sacrifice for the future king of Scotland. As Jamie struggles with Hercules, Claire fights Geillis trying to stop her from killing Young Ian. In the end, Claire ends up killing Geillis and remembering the bones Joe Abernathy was inspecting.
Back aboard the Artemis, Jamie and Claire take the time to appreciate the others company. When the wake later the skies are turning and suddenly they are caught in a great storm. Jamie sends everyone below deck as he and some of the crew try to keep the ship from sinking. Claire goes above deck to help out and ends up being washed overboard. Jamie goes in after her and pulls her up onto some debris while they are in the eye of the storm.
Next we see them washed ashore and when a family comes to their aid they are told they are Georgia in the Colonies.
Young Ian is in Jamaica and with Geillis Duncan who is up to her witchy and really crazy ways. She's in search of the sapphires in the treasure from Selkie Island, one of which, Jamie gave to Lord John.
Jamie and Claire finally make it to Jamaica where they go in search for Young Ian only to find themselves the owner of another human being much to Claire's horror. Claire and Jamie tell Temerarire they will free him as soon as they are away from the city. They ask Temeraire to help them speak to the Governor's slaves about Young Ian in hopes that someone has seen him.
At the Governor's ball the realizes there are several old friends and acquaintances around when Lord John Grey turns out to the the governor, Geillis turns up alive, and The Campbells appear to do readings for guests.
Jamie and John share a reunion in front of Claire which leaves Claire feeling a little uneasy. Geillis return brings out more uneasiness as she describes her escape from the pyre and the death of her most recent husband.
Geillis has the Campbell's tell fortunes at the Governor's ball and when Margaret holds all three sapphires a truly crazy prophecy comes to light.
Another acquaintance in the form of Captain Leonard appears and everyone flees so Jamie isn't arrested. Temeraire tells Jamie Young Ian was spotted at Rose Hall which is Mistress Abernathy's plantation. Jamie and Claire drop Temeraire off where he knows he can find refugee with maroons and then head to Rose Hall but are stopped when Captain Leonard appears and takes Jamie prisoner.
Thoughts, Opinions, & Prophecies
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.