People, I have survived #Droughtlader by re watching the first eight episodes ad nauseam; re listening the second part of Outlander book and hanging around every possible Facebook Outlander group and following Sam, Cait, Tobias and anyone related to the show all over Twitter .. I would say that I’ve “jumped the shark” when it comes to this show. Am I even a bit ashamed of myself?! NO! At my age, shame isn’t an issue anymore 😉
This second half of the first season is much-anticipated by all the fans of the books and the show. Going forward, I’ve decided not to recap the show. The reason for it is this. It’s very hard to do and very much time-consuming, so by the time I want to express my thoughts, the post is just too long. Another reason for it is that there are so many bloggers that are doing it and frankly they’re much better at it than I am. I just love Hope Russell Nunki’s blog, That’s Normal chicks and Kiltlander Dude! Please check them out and you’ll see what I mean. All are amazing writers and all are different and that’s why I love them. There are many MANY more but those are my top three go-to bloggers.
What I’d like to do this time around, is to just talk about the episode and what it did for me personally and open up the discussion here and not on the Facebook page, and “talk Outlander” with all of you, regardless of if you liked it or not. Feel free to express your thoughts. They don’t have to coincide with mine. That’s what I like about the word “discussion”! We sit and “talk amongst ourselves” …
Let me start with saying that I loved everything about this episode, especially Jamie’s point of view. Pure genius to tell this part of the story from his POV! This was a very powerful hour of entertainment and what I took out of it is that Jamie’s character grew by leaps and bounds. He was faced with multiple choices and challenges, and by the end of this hour, the boy is no more!
I was one of those that was bellyaching about how the first eight episodes were letting the character of Jamie down, and I still think I’m right about that, but boy this hour was all about Jamie and how his mind works. As he told us in his voice-over, looking back it’s the choices that he made in his life that made him into a man that he became. And right from the start of the episode, he had to make a choice, go rescue a woman that he married, or leave her in the hands of a man he intimately knew was cruel. He could have easily left her. He wasn’t sure she wasn’t an English spy. He not only risks his own life by choosing to rescue her, but he risks the life of his men and ultimately, he risks Claire’s life as well. I mean, that whole ‘threesome’ between BJR, Claire and Jamie could have gone awry in a nano second!
Speaking of the confrontation between the three, I’ll take a minute to explain my thoughts as to why Jamie chose not to end BJR’s life, right then and there. First, he was told by Ned not to shoot anyone [please note that in the rescue, all the Highlanders did was make a lot of noise, but they haven’t killed any red coats] and that’s because by committing murder, the wrath of English and the retribution on Clan MacKenzie would be bloody and immediate. No one wanted that on their conscience and especially for the reasons they were there. To rescue a Sassenach woman none of them were sure wasn’t a spy for the English! That was the second choice he had to make during the course of this hour and again showed us what kind of a man he really is. He could lead his men and he could accept and follow orders just as easily, for the sake of his mother’s clan.
Oh, and now we come to my favorite scene of the night. The argument, or a shouting match, at the river. I must digress just a bit here to tell you that I watched this with my Dude and during that scene he kept giving me “the look”, you know, the one that says “We’ve been there!”. And honestly, we have. I can’t imagine a couple that hasn’t been there. Passionate people do everything with passion. Be it sewing, cooking or having an argument. That in no way diminishes the love these people have for each other. As witnessed by Jamie and Claire. As soon as they both realized that the argument went too far, both of them stopped and both asked for forgiveness. Yet another choice he made which showed us that he’s kind and has no qualms to admitting he was wrong as well. Seriously people, have you ever seen two actors deliver a scene such as this? I haven’t! The way they went at each other was EPIC! It was so freaking REAL! I know. Been there, done that. That’s how I know it was REAL!
As for the “spanking” scene, I never had a problem with it in the book, nor do I have a problem with it here in the show. I was never so enamored with Jamie’s character that I was blinded to his faults. As a matter a fact, I love Diana Gabaldon’s writing because she writes her characters very close to what real people are like, complex and flawed. Claire isn’t perfect. Jamie isn’t perfect. They are fictional characters in a fictional story, but the author had drawn them as close and as three-dimensional as we all are and that’s why his actions throughout the eight books have never bothered me. I will say that the scene was done well and I was mightily impressed with it, from the writing of it, to acting and sound. In the end, his choice to punish Claire would bring him closer to her and would open his eyes to few more choices that he’ll be making as a result of it.
Arriving back at a castle married, he is confronted with an irate Laird and a seventeen year old girl who mistook his kindness for something more than a stolen kiss. His choices made here again prove to us that even though he’s vulnerable, his conscience is his guide and as much as he’s tempted by Leery, he chooses his vows. He also shows how smart and astute he is by giving his Laird good, solid advice. This is why Column prefers him to Dougal as his next heir [in the show/not the book]. Even talking to Murtaugh and telling him that he isn’t about to just leave and drag his wife all over the land, but will stay put for the time being and see how things are progressing, is another choice he makes for the good of the woman he loves. It shows us that he’s taking this “husband thing” seriously and that now, it’s the two of them.
I just loved the way his character is building with all these subtle nuances!
And right before the “make-up-sex” scene we again witness his choice of recommiting to his wife and pledging to her that he’ll never raise a hand to her, no matter what. He will rather die than raise his hand to her. With that pledge, he is no longer a boy. He is a man in love with his wife. He accepts the responsibility of caring, loving and growing with her. For her, he rejects what he was thought a marriage is, and is willing to change. No wonder she shows him how much that means to her.
All I can say about that lovemaking scene [watched by KFC customers] is well done!
Now, lets hear it from you. What did you think of this episode? Did the nudity bother you? What about the Leery/Jamie scene at the brook? Are you watching the show on its own or are you comparing it to the books [futile attempt if you ask me].