This week’s post is brought to you by Macallen 12 year old Scotch. Outlander is doing a bit of damage to my pocketbook. Also my sobriety.* I just learned you do not drink Scotch on ice. About that I will paraphrase what I said about my (previous) preference for blended Johnny Walker Red: I’m secure enough in my Scotch drinking to not worry about what the
*Not to worry. Alcohol isn’t really my drug of choice. That would be chocolate.
I’m not sure this is my favorite episode (so far), but possibly it is.
Emmys for everyone!
The performances were off the charts. The way Caitriona Balfe’s voice broke as Claire told Jamie her true story; the many facets of Sam Heughan’s face as Jamie listened, without saying a word. Lotte Verbeek was riveting as Geillis Duncan sacrificed herself to save Claire.
While we’re at it, how about the writing and the directing. I’m not sure Toni Graphia, who wrote this episode, is my favorite writer on the series, but I’d be hard pressed to tell you who is. This was the first episode directed by Mike Barker, and it’d be hard to top Anna Foerster (who’s directed some of the most difficult episodes), but he did some lovely shots that made me sit up and take notice.
My only complaint is that the episode could have been 30 minutes longer. The scenes at Craigh na Dun are some of the most significant in the book. Regardless of how fabulous Sam Heughan was in conveying Jamie’s despair without words, I’d still like to hear him tell Claire. Can I hope the scene will continue into the beginning of next week’s episode?
And there was still time for idle thoughts.
1. I missed “my men.” And woman.
One of the things that saddens me about this saga is the ever changing backdrop. Diana Gabaldon has us fall in love with these wonderfully written characters—Murtaugh, Mrs. Fitz, Rupert, and Angus—only to have them disappear from the story. Sometimes I think I should write my own version of the series,* where these well-drawn (and well-acted) characters continue.
*I think that’s called fan fiction.
2.Why Jamie Fraser is the “King of Men”
Who came up with this moniker, anyway? Fans? Ron Moore? The series writers?
Gentlemen, want to know how to please a woman? Look no further than James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser (or as Amy’s recap at That’s Normal calls him, James Alexander Motherfucking MacKenzie Fraser.) Women don’t love him because he’s tall, handsome, strong, and brave. (Well, maybe the shallow ones do.) Some may love him for his keen knowledge of female anatomy. But really, it’s all about his romantic soul. Men would do well to read the Outlander books, taking note of his statements for later use. In this episode alone:
I swore an oath before the altar of God to protect this woman! And if you’re tellin’ me you consider your authority to be greater than that of the Almighty, then I must inform you that I am not of that opinion myself.
No. No, mo nighean donn. I want to watch you.
Speaking of that last line…
3. Most Erotic Sex Scene while Fully Clothed:
Boom! There it is.
4. Sam Heughan looked particularly lovely this week.
No, this doesn’t negate the “… [not] because he’s tall, handsome…” remark above.
5. Best line, Geillis Duncan:
It looks like I’m going to a fucking barbecue.
If the small pox vaccine scar didn’t convince you Geillis is from the future, “fucking barbeque” certainly would.
Speaking of Geillis, did anyone notice she was still wearing the red shoes? Guess what. The red shoes don’t mean shit. They’re not a nod to Dorothy Gale and the ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz. As Ron Moore and Terry Dresbach’s podcast informed us, the shoes were just something sitting around the set, and Lotte Verbeek put them on.
I love it when fandom reads something meaningful and symbolic into nothing.