Category: Outlander

Outlander – Ep. 301 (The Battle Joined)

301**SPOILERS UNTIL IT AIRS** There are great advantages to having a subscription to Starz on Amazon. The main one is that episodes are posted online before viewing is available elsewhere.  I couldn’t sleep this morning and woke up wide awake at 3:15 a.m. Sat down at the computer with a cup of coffee and had a notice that Season 301 of Outlander was up and ready. Of course, I didn’t think about going back to bed. Instead, I hit “watch now.”

To be totally honest my interest in Outlander has come and gone. Not a huge fan of graphic violence and sadistic behavior, there have been times I’ve walked away from the series with no regrets.  There have been others where I’ve returned to see what’s next. After the end of the last season with the flash forward twenty years, my interest has piqued again.

Episode 301 returns the audience to the blood, violent, and gory outcome of the battle of Culloden in 1745. Claire has returned to the future, and Jamie has returned to fight. Be prepared to watch many of the characters you’ve seen in the show die a terrible death, except Jamie who is severely wounded and miraculously spared.  As an author, you have the power of life and death while writing. You can twist history and keep alive any character in order to continue the series book after book.

The show, as usual, flips back and forth from the past to present with rapidly changing scenes. In the present, Frank and pregnant Claire have moved to Boston and taken up residence. Claire is still in the past, refusing to allow Frank to touch her and retreats into a depressive shell.  When she has her daughter, things appear to mend for a brief moment as they recommit to one another to raising the child.  Let’s face it, Jamie lovers. Poor Frank has gotten the short end of the stick in Claire’s adventure. Regardless if he’s the spitting image of Black Jack, he’s a heartbroken man who has lost his wife to a ghost from the past. I cannot help but feel sorry for him.

The show begins to insert the reality of the times, too, where women were expected to be housewives at home and possess no opinions regarding the workplace or politics. As you know, Claire is far too outspoken to keep quiet and allow society’s norms to mold who she will become or how she should behave. It’s that part of her prickly and outspoken personality that occasionally rubs me the wrong way.

Nevertheless, lass, Outlander has returned. I’m hoping for less blood as the season continues, but once Claire starts cutting people up on the operating table, that will no doubt end.  And yes, your Jamie, wounded from battle lives on. I will give Sam a high-five for his performance on the battlefield and his moaning among a heap of bodies next to Black Jack.

If you can’t wait to watch each week, ditch your cable and sign up for Starz on Amazon. A link is off to the right.

The Extended Outlander Finale Is Going Back to the Future to Reveal the Past | TVGuide.com

 

Okay, you lasses out there.  Here is a sneak peek at the end of the season. I’ve decided to forgo writing any more reviews on each episode for now.  Unfortunately, I waffle between intrigue, interest, and boredom.  On my down days, I prefer not to rile the masses with my less than enthusiastic comments.

We all differ on entertainment tastes, which is a good thing actually. Whatever floats your remote is fine with me, and I’m respectful of the fandom following that loves Outlander.  So here is the scoop on the upcoming season finale at the link below.

“Outlander’s finale will introduce two new characters.”

Source: The Extended Outlander Finale Is Going Back to the Future to Reveal the Past | TVGuide.com

Outlander: The Frustrations and Joys Facing Claire and Jamie in Season 2 – IGN

Stars Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe discuss the conflicts facing their characters in Season 2.

Source: Outlander: The Frustrations and Joys Facing Claire and Jamie in Season 2 – IGN

For your reading enjoyment.  Will it keep the interest to those who haven’t read the books?  When the romance fizzles, sometimes the interest does as well.  On the other hand, fans who love the books will either be frustrated with the changes or happy to see their favorite story continued to be portrayed on screen.

Outlander Season 2, Ep. 203 (Occupations & Deceptions)

Mary Hawkins

Mary Hawkins – The Key to Frank’s Existence

Once again, my Starz subscription on Amazon had the episode posted at 9 p.m. PST last evening. Even though I was ready for bed, I clicked on play to time travel back into the past with Jaime and Claire. However, the episode struggled to keep me engaged, and I admittedly yawned a few times.

The story is progressing this episode at a rather slower pace. Not as lighthearted or intense as others, I call these types of episodes fillers – the necessary scenes to push the story along. Nevertheless, you will find Claire and Jamie at odds with one another during the current state of affairs. Not much by way of romance, except perhaps for naked boobs dangling in front of Murtagh’s face as he’s getting it on with Claire’s lady’s maid. Starz couldn’t help themselves giving us a flash of flesh and nipples, as usual.

Early on in the episode, the light comes on in Claire’s head regarding Frank when she realizes little innocent Mary (concerned about what French men put between the legs of ladies) must marry a Randall in order for Frank to be born. Okay, time out. I got lost at this point and went Internet searching. Holy Outlander, people! There is an Outlander Wikia with character backdrops and forums to discuss the ancestral lineage. You’re all obsessed!  (Oh, wait, that line is from Phantom of the Opera.)

Apparently, there is some confusion about who begat who besides me scratching my head over the names in Frank’s family bible. If you are one of those fans with an insatiable need for anything Outlander, you might follow this link and try and figure out Black Jack Randall’s lineage for yourself. OUTLANDER INFO CLICK HERE. It’s Johnathan Randall who marries Mary Hawkins so Frank can be born generations later. Dear oh, dear. Gotta keep that bastard alive a bit longer for Frank to be born.

Moving past ancestral ties, Claire is bored while Jamie is running to and fro trying to save the Scots from being wiped-out in the future.  She’s sleeping alone while he’s spending nights rubbing elbows with the necessary society at the brothel.  (Thank God, at least he’s faithful and not rubbing anything else as the prostitutes keep throwing themselves at him.)  She is bored – he is tired. Hence the episode title, “Useful Occupations and Deceptions.”

Claire decides to volunteer her time at a charity hospital to find purpose again. It’s hard being dressed up in finery all day and having tea and playing cards. When the nuns discover her usefulness, she’s accepted into the fold, tasting urine and lancing puss-filled legs so you can watch the gore on the screen.  Your tolerance for blood up close will be tested again by the camera crew.

Meanwhile, Jamie is entertaining the Prince at the brothel, playing chess, decoding stolen letters, and coming home looking for wifely comfort over a bad day. When Claire is nowhere to be found, he’s angry that she’s not taking care of her real purpose in life — being his wife. While she’s tending the sickly poor, Jamie is rightly concerned that she is putting the baby at risk by exposing it to disease. On the other hand, let’s not talk about her drinking during pregnancy.

They seem to be drifting apart, the romance is a bit cooled, and Murtagh keeps telling Claire she better tell him that Randall is still alive. Of course, the episode ends, and she doesn’t.

What about kernels? Sorry, I dropped the popcorn bowl last night watching the lancing of the leg with oozing puss and am still picking up the mess. Nothing to scatter in this review. My stomach is a still upset.

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