You’re not in Kansas anymore…this is Wilmington. by Crystal Fann
Outlander had its 50th episode tonight and amid all the twists and turns of new lives in America lay whispers of the past, things that brought to mind what made us fall in love with Outlander in the first place.
First off, can we all just agree what an adorable chub of a baby is that Germaine? Marsali is beaming with love for her new bairn reminding Claire of a time she felt that incredible rush of a new parent’s love and unknowingly breaking her heart with the belief she will never set eyes on that child again. Ha! little does she know! Heck, Fergus got a look at Brianna just before he got home, well at least a likeness of her.
Back to Marsali I know those of you who read the books couldn’t help but think of a future time when the knife will rip Marsali’s heart to shreds, but for now everything is right in her small world, and fingers crossed it will stay that way for a while at least.
Jamie Fraser better watch his back…I’m starting to do some serious swooning over Roger Mackenzie. Brianna is Jamie and Claire made over, stubborn, quick-tempered and passionate. The two of them together is like steel rubbing against flint and it doesn’t disappoint.
Now I just have to ask a question here…what is it with fictional couples on TV that never get caught fooling around where they’re not supposed to be? Every time I’ve tried something like that, I always seem to get caught with my pants down…. literally. Brianna had the forethought to tell Roger to close the door, I’d have at least piled a barrel or two in front of it especially if I was about to get naked.
I’m glad Brianna came to her senses and said yes because a man that follows you two hundred years back in time is absolutely worth having. Based on their last conversation, I thought Brianna came across as a tad impulsive, but I guess facing the idea of never seeing Roger again made her face her true feelings for him.
Their hand-fasting was sweet and wonderful-everything spun in Diana Gabaldon’s words come to life. Was it a word for word copy of the book scene? Well of course not, but the sweetness and the soul were captured perfectly. Roger and Brianna’s coming together was reminiscent in spirit to that of her parents wedding night. A new future built on the memories of the past, a perfect tribute for a 50th episode.
You knew the fight was coming. Rik Rankin should get an Emmy for Roger’s “oh she*t” expression alone. Raise your hand if you yelled at the TV for Roger to lie…mine’s up there pretty high. Honestly, I don’t think the when Roger found the obituary was as upsetting as him confiding in Fiona as far as Brianna was concerned. Of course, Roger had to open his mouth about Brianna doing what he says now that she’s his wife. Don’t let the clothes fool you…20th century woman here dude. Like most fights, it spiraled due to anger, pride and guilt. I don’t think for one hot second Roger has left Brianna to fend for herself, but I do think he’s smart enough to let her cool off a bit.
Speaking of the book…the Jamie and Claire part was a show invention with bits and pieces taken from other scenes and one small part from book 8, but you know what, I loved it. Watching Claire fan-girl over George Washington was priceless, especially when she in her awe blurted out a piece of folklore that in her time would have been taught as truth. Chopping down cherry trees is a figure of speech… I’m giggling as I type.
Canny Jamie was back! Trying to figure a way to warn Murtaugh of an ambush, I laughed out loud when he elbowed, then jabbed Fanning in the hernia. Jamie needed a distraction and he trusted in Claire’s skill to both heal and distract. I would have loved to see a better cast John Quincy Meyers butt in the air on Jocasta’s dining table, but this fit and it was a way of writing Jamie & Claire into an episode where they wouldn’t have been otherwise. And they did give me that other doctor’s comment about tobacco smoke up the rear as a reminder of that most favored book scene.
Personally, I was glad for an end to that god-awful play, and tickled by George and Martha Washington’s disdain for it. Brits of that time loved to show off their pompousness but the commander of the upcoming revolution don’t have time for that kind of foolishness. The future father of our country seemed taken with Jamie-who can blame him really-and I couldn’t help but feel that perhaps the writers are setting up a friendship between those two. I’ve always felt that the show would veer from the books in making the revolution more of a threat for the Fraser’s and with George’s insertion so early in the show it does make me go hmmm. I have a feeling Jamie is going to have to make up for throwing George under the bus sometime in the future.
Framed in drama, the underlying amusement has been missing from Outlander for a while and I for one was more than happy to see it back. The only thing I found lacking was a scene of Murtaugh and Fergus drinking ale in a pub while they caught up, although Murtaugh chuckling at the thought of Jamie at the theater almost made up for it.
Now let’s talk about the elephant in the room, or rather the pirate. I’m just going to say it, I like the way the rape was handled. Seeing the violence that Brianna endured is going to lend weight to some things that come later. Poor Lizzie will of course mistakenly think Roger was responsible for Brianna’s attack, but while she’s at fault for that assumption, you completely understand why.
To be honest, I’ve not been all that impressed at times with Sophie, but the girl brought it that that scene, both before and after. Ed Speelers, channeling a demonic Jack Sparrow, claiming himself to be an “honest man for a pirate” when he handed Brianna her mother’s ring was terrifying.
I’ve seen several comments about the “spectators” of the rape and how they did nothing, even if they looked appalled. It wasn’t that those folks were immoral, women were considered basically nothing more than property of their husbands and a woman like Brianna alone and unprotected was fair game for someone like Bonnet unfortunately. Coming off a stint teaching Constitutional Law, I can sadly tell you that it wasn’t until the 1910 case of Thompson v. Thompson that the law of the land considered violence against women. What happened to Brianna wasn’t out of the ordinary for that time period at all. I can just imagine as she lay there screaming with Bonnet on top of her that she wondered why no one was coming to her aid. Talk about realizing that you’re not in Kansas anymore so to speak.
I can’t watch that scene without thinking what it will do to Jamie and Roger when the find out what Bonnet did to Brianna. The guilt both men will feel breaks my heart to think about, but makes me itchy with anticipation to watch.