Outlander: The Search (114)

This Outlander post is brought to you by Highland Park 12 year old Scotch.  I was thwarted in my plan to follow the Sam Heughan whisky taste test as the liquor store was out of Oban.

Claire and Murtagh search for Jamie.

Claire and Murtagh search for Jamie.

Gentlemen,

Would you watch a television series featuring two women riding horses, having adventures, engaging the enemy?  Not sure?  How about if we throw in a little breast milk?  Great, yeah?  I know!

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The Flash: Grodd Lives (121)

Joe, Barry, and Cisco search the sewers for Grodd.

Searchin’, searchin’, searchin… (It’s an old song lyric)

Catching up on this week’s shows, with the first to air the last to be covered.  Or FILO, as they used to say in the olden days of computer lore.  Who came in first among our players?

1.  Iris!

Iris now knows that Barry is the Flash.  Thank goodness that dead weight of a plot point is over!  Throughout the episode she learns that she’s the only one who was kept in the dark.  Well, Captain Singh doesn’t know either, but he doesn’t count since he’s a recurring character and not a regular.

Iris actually handles these reveals with grace.  She’s not so much mad as disappointed.  Guess what, guys?  She’s as smart, strong, and capable as we expected.

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Outlander: The Watch (113)

This Outlander review/recap/commentary/list/whatever is brought to you by Laphroaig Quarter Cask.  In case you hadn’t noticed, I’m basically going through the Scotch whiskies that were featured in Scotch Tasting with Sam Heughan and Kristin Dos Santos.  It’s not the same Laphroaig as in the tasting, but the Quarter Cask was on sale.  It’s very smokey.

Jamie gets into a fight wtih members of the Watch.

Jamie Fraser vs. four Watch men? No problem!

Outlander is gearing up for its season 1 finale; “The Watch” signifies the beginning of the end.  Jamie and Claire’s peaceful life at Lallybroch couldn’t last, lest the show lose its male viewers.  (Some were bored with last week’s episode which focused on Jamie’s personal growth.)  The idyllic life came to an abrupt end last week in the form of a gun pointed at Jamie’s head.  If you didn’t guess the perpetrator of this abomination, it was the Watch, those pesky highwaymen who are loyal only to the highest bidder.

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Arrow: Al Sah-Him (321)

Oh fandom, you’re so funny.  One of the first comments I read after “Al Sah-Him” aired was “I hate this show.”  To which I ask, “Then why the hell are you watching it?”  I know, I know.  Sometimes it’s hard to let go of a show you used to enjoy.  But why spend precious time watching something that’s gone sour for you?

In the holy triad of this week’s CW shows, Arrow comes in last.  But it wasn’t a total loss.

Katrina Law plays Nyssa al Ghul on Arrow.

Nyssa: Can we keep her?

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The Flash: The Trap (120)

Barry, Caitlin, and Cisco fine the "Time Vault."

What happens in the Time Vault, stays in the Time Vault.

For an episode with The Big Reveal (that Harrison Wells is a guy from the future named Eobard Thawn), “The Trap” it felt a bit underwhelming.  (Which is why this post is a tad late.)  The Little Reveal, that of Iris realizing Barry is The Flash, was much more satisfying.

Reminiscent of  an episode of Lost, one or two questions were answered while 45 others were raised. Perhaps those of you familiar with The Flash from DC Comics lore know the answers.  Or do you?  If the television show creators have tweaked the story, then you might be in the same boat as the rest of us.  If so, ha-ha. 

(There is a poll is after the break, so be sure to click it.)

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Outlander: Lallybroch (112)

This week’s post is brought to you by Kenwood 2013 Sonoma County Chardonnay.  Had to take a break from all the Scotch.

Jamie returns to Lallybroch with  Claire.

Jamie returns to Lallybroch with Claire.

 It’s been an Outlander Watershed Week

“The Devil’s Mark,” met with severe criticism from long-time Outlander fans for minimizing a significant and much loved section of the book.  I too was disappointed these scenes weren’t included, but I still found the episode excellent in its own right. Thus, I decided to enjoy the television show for itself without reference to the books.

Also, I finished reading Voyager, the third book in Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series, and there I will stop.  Well, I might pick up a Lord John Grey novel or two, because he’s a wonderfully sympathetic and honorable character.

In a week of minimal action, Jamie and Claire had a much needed reprieve.  But that doesn’t mean there wasn’t drama.

Remember when I wrote about how much this show moves me?  The scene of Jamie and Claire riding across a verdant field evoked a love so profound, my heart exploded.  And now, that scene has arrived  (although the actual galloping scene wasn’t in the episode).  They’ve put their time at Castle Leoch behind them.  The horror of the witch trial is over, Jamie now knows the truth about Claire, and they’re traveling toward a new life.  To Lallybroch—and home.  It”s a beautiful ending to a rich story.  Except we’re only ¾ of the way through the story.

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