Outlander – #1.11, Let’s discuss!

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After  watching this episode for …well, I honestly can’t say how many times I did watch it! I know that I eagerly waited for midnight Friday to see if Starz will have it ready for us, as they’ve been doing it for the second half of the first season [btw does anyone know WHY are they doing it? I’m not complaining because regardless of it, I watch it Saturday night again and enjoy Tweeting along with you all!], and they did, so the first time I saw it, not gonna lie, I was a mess. And I was alone [hubby worked third that night], so it was probably a good thing.

The second time I saw it with him in the early dawn hours [went to sleep at 5 a.m.!] and the third time I watched it on mute as Ron D. Moore and the writer of the show, Toni Graphia were talking about it from the podcast. As for the other times? It looked like if the TV was on, it was always cued to Starz, so what was I to do?! 😉

Our frenemies are stuck in the hole and it looked pretty grim ...

Our frenemies are stuck in the hole and it looked pretty grim …

Poor Claire is searching the crowd for someone ANYONE from Castle Leoch, but no dice! It looks like they're on their own ... BUT WAIT!

Poor Claire is searching the crowd for someone ANYONE from Castle Leoch, but no dice! It looks like they’re on their own … BUT WAIT!

Here comes Ned Gowan to their rescue!

Here comes Ned Gowan to their rescue!

He destroys the first witnesses testimony ... the wee beasom servant wench!

He destroys the first witnesses testimony … the wee beasom servant wench!

...the second witness is none other but the mama of that changeling baby that died, so our lawyer threads carefully [while Claire is screaming her head off telling them all that she's a healer] ...

…the second witness is none other but the mama of that changeling baby that died, so our lawyer threads carefully [while Claire is screaming her head off telling them all that she’s a healer] …

This dude right out lied that he saw Geillis take flight! OMG! And the crowd believed him!!! While Geillis smiled at the absurdity.

This dude right out lied that he saw Geillis take flight! OMG! And the crowd believed him!!! While Geillis smiled at the absurdity.

After this asswipes testimony, back to the thief hole they went where they bonded while drinking whisky Ned provided …talking about Dougal, and the Jacobite cause. It appears our little witch is all about the Prince and Scotland.

Claire shares her flask and a quote  "I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country." from Nathan Hale, which it looks like Geillis knows as well.

Claire shares her flask and a quote “I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country.” from Nathan Hale, which it looks like Geillis knows as well.

In the morning, up they go for a second day of this travesty of a trial and a couple of witnesses neither of them expected. First up, Leery …

Boy does she look smug! She has this testimony down path and she's going for Claire's jugular!

Boy does she look smug! She has this testimony down pat and she’s going for Claire’s jugular!

Since I’ve read all the books and not to spoil it for those of you that hadn’t read them all, I see a huge problem by making this character this much vindictive. But then again, I’ll trust Moore & Co. that down the line, they’ll reconcile this to my satisfaction and with a plausible explanation.

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Both Claire and Geilles know what was coming as they see this turd walk in, and then all three of us are stunned with his testimony. Talk about reverse psychology! By admitting Claire’s treatment of the boy saved his life and castigating himself, Father Bain’s plea to be let go from his congregation, falls on deaf ears and dumb reasoning that only witches can do such a thing to a priest!

Claire is here in Scotland by pure accident, and it looks like all she's ever done was for nothing! So she says to Claire "Looks like I'm going to a fucking BBQ!" And I thought it the best line I've ever heard!

Claire is here in Scotland by pure accident, and it looks like all she’s ever done was for nothing! So she says to Claire “Looks like I’m going to a fucking BBQ!” And I thought it the best line I’ve ever heard!

The court erupts in calling for burning of both women, and Ned sees that the tide isn’t in their favor, so he quickly asks for the recess and gets it. He ushers the women in the back room, and it seems that only one of them could be saved, and Ned suggests it be Claire. As they’re left alone, Geillis demands the truth from Claire, and gets it, which is not what she expected.

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Back at the courthouse/church, Claire is expected to denounce Geillis, but she just couldn’t bring herself to do it, at which point the “judges” pronounce the sentence of death for both, and upon hearing it, Ned goes into protective mode, brandishing a gun, while Geillis looks at Claire and tells her she thinks it’s possible, and says 1968! but our Claire isn’t ready to go down without a fight, so she’s screaming bloody murder to the bloody bastards!

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Judges can’t let that go, so they decide before they burn her, they’ll strip her back and whip her. The mob is crazy with blood lust, as is Leery telling Claire she’ll dance on her ashes that night. WTH!!!! Now I’m really hating on this bitch! Geillis cringes as they begin whipping Claire but after five-six times, in walks Jamie, swords drawn at the crowd telling them that he’s sworn oath to God to protect this woman supersedes any authority they have on her.

jamie saves the day

OMG! This was awesome!

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Sam Heughan IS Jamie Fraser! Period! I’m done in with this man’s talent! He embodies this role and I’m buying it line, hook and sinker!

 And here is where the waterworks started with Geillis’s “I confess …”

And here is where the waterworks started with Geillis’s “I confess …”

HOLY SHIT! The voice this woman has! When she says the word “confess” you can feel her anxiety, fear for not just her life but for Claire & Jamie, acceptance of her faith and defiance! The waterworks don’t stop even at the end credits because fucking Bear McCreary guts me with the music as the screen fades to black! #Emmy4LotteVerbeek

Before Claire is whisked away, she catches Geillis showing to all her "mark of the Devil" ...and it hits her! Geillis has the same smallpox mark as she does ... meaning she's a time traveler as well!

Before Claire is whisked away, she catches Geillis showing to all her “mark of the Devil” …and it hits her! Geillis has the same smallpox mark as she does … meaning she’s a time traveler as well!

Our couple takes a flight and comes to a rest in the woods… and Jamie finally asks Claire that there be honesty between them always, which she agrees to …which I know exactly what’s coming but I’m still in a Geillis crying mode so now I have to turn into Claire and Jamie crying mode!

Honesty means if he asks her if she's a witch, she'll tell him the truth ...

Honesty means if he asks her if she’s a witch, she’ll tell him the truth …

..and she does. She tells him the truth. She's from the future! ...

..and she does. She tells him the truth. She’s from the future! …

And here is Jamie’s reaction!

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Surprise and shock… bet that’s not what he expected to hear … Here he’s remembering the bard and his ballad …

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And I can see him accepting it right here! #Emmy4SamHeughan and #Emmy4CaitrionaBalfe for a rare talent only a handful of seasoned actors have: to tell the story by very little words and a lot of facial expression! BRAVO!!!!

She still doubts he believes her, but he assures her that he does and asks her to tell him more, and she pours it all out!

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I love it when these two bond!

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He finally realizes that she’s been trying to get to the stones all along, wanting to go back to her own world, her own time and to her rightful husband. You can see the wheels turning in his head, and he makes a decision right here to do the right thing. The honorable thing!

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She thinks he’s taking her to Lallybroch …they travel some more and bond some more!

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Okay, so this scene pops up… Seriously HOT! I mean, no clothes has been taken off! And a man saying I’ll give you pleasure because I want to watch yours, that’s H.O.T. I knew what he was doing. She had no clue!

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As the day comes, he asks her if she’s ready to go home… She has a huge smile on her face and says YES!

He's drinking her in as his decision takes root ...

He’s drinking her in as his decision takes root … then he tells her to look around the little hill …

Yeah …crying … the actors are superb! Did I say #Emmy4SamHeughan and #Emmy4CaitrionaBalfe?!!!

...and this is what she sees ... and now knows why she's here ...

…and this is what she sees … and now knows why she’s there …

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He knows this is what she wanted all along, and she confirms it for him.

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He takes her hand and walks her to the stones, drawing his sword just in case some redcoats are about …

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… he checks the area and asks her how did this work for her the last time…Claire is slowly explaining it to him and extends her hands toward the stones …

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… and he pulls her back! He’s not ready just yet, he says, and she understands …

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He then tells her that there’s nothing but violence and danger for her her …

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… she is better off going back to her own time and safety and … Frank …

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He says goodby to his Sassenach and turns to go, but she calls out to him …

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… but he doesn’t turn around, and she whispers goodbye …

Alone, she sits in front of the stones and is deciding if she should go or stay …

I have to say that these scenes had no need of a voice over because you could see the emotions in their faces.

I hear a lot of fans wanted voice over here to hear her thought process as she makes her decision, but personally I’m glad not to hear it. I can see exactly what she’s thinking.

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She turns around to see his fires at the camp … Walks up to the stones … and it’s fade to black! SHIT! I know what happens next, but I’m cursing a storm and hope to God this isn’t a cliffhanger!

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Thank you Ron! The next scene is in the dark of night, and our hero’s asleep … when he hears “On your feet soldier!” he is awake, but I bet he’s not sure if this is his dream or his reality!

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She nudges him as he’s looking at her …and looking shocked, bewildered, happy as a clam when she says “Take me home … to Lallybroch.” Tears in his eyes, he nods his head, smiling and reaching out to her. He knows without a doubt, she chose to stay with him.

And I’m a mess …

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And fading to black has never been sweeter! Bear dude, the music genius that he is, decides to give us his happy tune and I’m crying like a baby!

Can you tell I loved this episode? A lot of fans are saying this episode trumps even The Wedding 😉 I’m equally divided on both. This one is chock full of action, drama, character development and if it was emotionally draining on a viewer, I can’t even imagine what the actors went through!

As always, you’re welcome to jump in and talk Outlander to me 😉

Anything you didn’t like? What was your favorite moment, besides the obvious 😉

Melanie

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9 thoughts on “Outlander – #1.11, Let’s discuss!

    • Thanks a bunch!
      Why do you think Jamie drew his sword out as they approached the circle and? RDM mentioned it on his podcast wondering why he did it and I have a theory but wondered what you’re thinking …

      Did you like that she didn’t touch the stones and started to disappear in front of Jamie?

      I’ll be pissed to no end if our show is ignored when awards time comes. We need to organize and bombard FB, Twitter and every social media out there
      with our support of it.

      #Emmy4Outlander
      #Emmy4Caitriona Balfe
      #Emmy4SamHeughan
      #Emmy4LotteVerbeek
      #Emmy4TobiasMenzies

      Those are the #’s we need to use in our tweets 😉

      Mel

  1. I agree – I think it’s number 1 or number 2 of all the episodes so far. THIS is the part of the book and the part of the TV show where Claire and Jamie become ClaireandJamie. Wow.

    I also have to agree about Leery in this. We know in the book she never testifies and she not only testified she burned any bridges she had with humanity – at least with my humanity. We know in the book that Jamie doesn’t know that Leery was the one who found out about the arrest and sent Claire into the vipers nest for a long, long time. [SPOILER ALERT] We certainly know that Jenny and Ian didn’t know until Bree lets it slip in Drums of Autumn. At any rate – I’m looking forward to seeing how Ron Moore and company get out of this one!

    Lotte Verbeek is magnificent as Geillis. Absolutely magnificent.

    The only quibble I have with this episode – I wish the trial had been a bit shorter and the stones section a bit longer – but that’s only because I LOVE scenes with Sam and Catriona. The argument in The Reckoning was superb. The scene in The Mark where Claire tells Jamie that she’s from the future – and his reactions (you could see the wheels turning in his head as things began to be explained) – that was beyond superb. It was sublime.

    I agree – an Emmy for each of them. Of course, I would give the entire cast an Emmy for one scene or another.

    • LOL 🙂
      Even though I know better than to question the “genius” of RDM & Co., I am now all tied up in knots about that part of the story! They are gonna have to play it as if Jamie has no clue about Leery’s part in the trial, BUT if they do that, it will not be believable to this audience.

      If he makes Jamie aware of this, how will Jamie force himself to forgive her?! And that’s gonna be so cool to watch develop, don’t you agree?

      If Outlander is ignored with Emmy’s or Baftas, the fandom will crash their websites on a regular basis, I just know it. We need to organize and bombard FB, Twitter and every social media out there
      with our support of it.

      #Emmy4Outlander
      #Emmy4Caitriona Balfe
      #Emmy4SamHeughan
      #Emmy4LotteVerbeek
      #Emmy4TobiasMenzies

      Mel

      Those are the #’s we need to use in our tweets

  2. Great recap. Have to agree this is one of the top 2 or 3. There was one bit of blocking in the scene where Jamie is tending to her back following their escape that bothered me and wonder if anyone else would agree. It bothered me that he was standing behind her, rather than leaning or kneeling in to her, giving comfort as he tended to her injury…then his pacing as she told him everything seemed to not be a “listening posture.” Just seemed awkward. Anyone else?

    • Right up there with you 😉

      I actually liked the scene as it was. Reasons for him standing up: They are on the run and he needs to be alert and ready for anything.
      Reason for his pacing: Again, he needs to be alert and he is trying to take this all in. She’s pouring it all out about her life before him, and on top about what is to become of the world as he knows it. That’s a lot to absorb while they’re in peril.
      What do you think about the stones scene as they approach the circle and Jamie drawing his sward out? Why did he do that? RDM mentioned it on his podcast wondering why he did it and I have a theory but wondered what you’re thinking …

      Mel

  3. Loved every scene, every line, every facial expression. Everyone in cast and crew should get an Emmy for this one. I think that although Jamie said he believed Claire after she told him the truth, we know in the books, he’s always believed she’s an Auld One (like a fairy) because that’s the closest his upbringing will allow him to comprehend what Claire told him!

    • You and I both!
      I’ll be pissed to no end if our show is ignored when awards time comes. We need to organize and bombard FB, Twitter and every social media out there
      with our support of it.
      #Emmy4Outlander
      #Emmy4Caitriona Balfe
      #Emmy4SamHeughan
      #Emmy4LotteVerbeek
      #Emmy4TobiasMenzies

      Those are the #’s we need to use in our tweets 😉

      A lot of people wanted him to do it like in the books, but I thought it better this way, and RDM said so too, because we didn’t need CGI to show us she’s disappearing, it would have looked cheesy. This way Jamie went with his heart and we all know it, he just took her word for it because she said she wouldn’t lie to him. Like you said, as she was telling him about being from the future, he turns his head in thought, pondering, soaking all in and remembering that old tale of a woman coming from 200 years ago, like the bard sang … Love the way Sam did that whole scene. And even though for the most part this was Claire and Geillis episode, I think Sam hijacked it by giving us the best Jamie yet!

      Mel

      Did you like that she didn’t touch the stones?

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