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.
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