Outlander Review (Episode 3 – The Way Out)

First off, let’s talk about the latest news posted on the Scottsman online news website.  Outlander could run for five years or more.  READ HERE  The actors have been asked to sign what they call “long-term contracts,” which means they are probably looking at televising the entire Outlander series of books.

Of course, this is probably the answer to BBC’s five-year contract for Poldark with that cast. Nevertheless, women worldwide will be feed with Scottsman and Englishmen in period garb for years to come. Now, on with Episode 3 – The Way Out.

I think that I would have renamed the episode from The Way Out to Superstition 17th Century Style.  Since we are all “educated” individuals from the 21st century, you need to step back and realize that Claire is in a world far different from her own in more ways than fashion.  It’s a world where people are governed by beliefs to explain the unexplained.  Everything that happens either comes from God or Satan.

The episode begins with a short flashback (or is that flash forward in time-travel lingo?) of Claire and her husband saying goodbye to each other.  She’s off to the front lines, strong and stubborn Claire, to do her bit, while Frank is left behind is a more cushy military job.  He woefully begs, “Promise you will return to me.”  She promises.

Flashing back 200 years, Claire quickly gets to work in her new surgery as the nurse aka healer at Leoch. While she’s mending people left and right, she is still watched and followed.  In her imagination she plays the scene of what it would be like to tell Mrs. FitzGibbons that she’s really 200 years from the future. Of course, when she concludes that her tall tale would probably get her a slap in the face and the term of “witch,” she comes back to reality.  Just when everyone was thinking Mrs. FitzGibbons was going to turn out a meany toward Claire, we were all just fooled in the previews by Starz.

We see that Claire tries her best to get into Colum’s good graces. An opportunity presents itself when Colum requests that she massage his legs.  She knows that rubbing his lower back would be far more effective.  Well, to get to the back, he exposes his ass. Of course, nothing shocks nurse Claire as she goes to work easing his pain while he blames the devil for his affliction in life.

There are some entertaining scenes between Jamie and Claire that include smoldering looks from the Scot and dreamy-eyed, drunken gazes from Claire.  She sure loves the laird’s private stock of castle booze.  Her emotions are stirred toward jealousy when she catches Jamie kissing Laoghaire, but she blames it on missing intimacy with Frank.  Honestly, I doubt that’s the reason.

However, the majority of the episode is heavily laced with religion versus superstition, and Claire’s knowledge of what really is occurring in their world. What they think is demon possession is merely a case of poison. Everything that happens good or bad is attributed to heaven or hell, and everybody is making the sign of the cross multiple times to ward off the evil spirits. When she heals a young boy thought to be possessed, she’s now the miracle worker.  The priest, of course, has other ideas.

The character, Geillis Duncan, is in Episode 3 quite a bit, as well as the scene of the poor young lad and the Scottish barbaric ways of nailing his ear to the pillory for stealing.  There will be no six months in juvenile detention for this guy, but Jamie does help with the removal of the nail and his fine statement, “Ye wouldna expect me to be less bold than a wee Sassenach lassie, now would ye?”  (Gabaldon, Diana (2004-10-26). Outlander: A Novel (p. 114). Random House Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.)

At the end, we see Jamie translating for Claire the folk tale that sounds strikingly similar to her travel through time.  She knows that she must get back, or die trying.  At this point, I think I would want to get back to Frank, too, after watching exorcism and nailing of ears. A hot bath would feel really good, compared to Claire’s bucket dunks. I thought that was a very timely scene since this past week we’ve seen nothing but ice-water bucket challenges on social media.

The scenes from Starz versus the book are a bit out of order here and there, but nothing of consequence.  I will admit that some of Jamie’s accent is really hard to understand. I’ll probably watch it again to pick up what I missed. Again, it’s another five-star episode.  If the show continues on the path it is taking, there will no doubt be renewals enough to fill up the five seasons.

Most tender moment:  Claire massaging Colum’s back. (Not all tenderness needs to be with Jamie, lasses.)

Most humorous statement: Colum to Claire, “Don’t tell me my ass offends you too?”

Most disturbing moment: Nailing a boy’s ear to the pillory.

 

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