Here are the previews and clips so far for this episode. I’m so excited to see the Duke of Sandringham in action!!
Here are the previews and clips so far for this episode. I’m so excited to see the Duke of Sandringham in action!!
I’ve been wanting to talk about this episode since I saw it in NYC at the premiere. I’ve been very open that I loved this episode and I think it’s one of my favorite yet so let’s get into my thoughts.
I separated this episode into my “Top 6 moments”, the scenes I thought were the most entertaining, interesting, and pivotal to the story.
The Rescue: Since Ron decided to leave Jamie in that window for MONTHS, we knew we’d start off with the rescue. However, you go back a little farther to introduce Jamie’s new point of view. Now this is different from the book in that the book is completely told first person from Claire’s POV. I LOVE that the second half of the series is told by Jamie. So much will happen that is important to his story that is makes sense he tells it.
So back to the rescue. Jamie and some of the men go to Fort William to rescue Claire. Jamie, armed with “an empty pistol and my two bare hands” enters the room to find the evil (although incredible Tobias) Black Jack Randall with Claire and attempts to take her by force.
I love that even though Jamie gives up the pistol (knowing it isn’t loaded) he knows that as long as he can get close enough to Black Jack, he can take him physically. All he needs is that moment of distraction, and he’s out.
I’ve heard from some men that watched the episode (my husband included) about why Jamie didn’t kill Black Jack right then and there. Book readers obviously know that the story would be mostly over without Jack and that Jamie’s honor keeps from killing an unarmed man, despicable and deserving of death as he is.
So with an action packed escape, our two characters are on their way and Claire has been rescued.
The Fight: This scene was SO important to me. Probably more than the one coming up afterwards. If you’ve read the books, you know that Claire and Jamie know how to argue. They hold nothing back from each other, and that includes their stubborn willfulness, which I kind of love (and hate) about them. But as far as character development and them really being these characters I wanted to see them within an inch of each other’s faces and really going for it.
And boy did they. I remember early on Diana said that Caitriona had an “expressive chin”, and it’s in it’s full glory in this fight. I love how Jamie clenches with anger and looks like he could shake her for all she’s done. Claire’s complete disregard that she’s done anything wrong until Jamie actually shows how HURT he is (“You’re tearing my guts out, Claire”) is perfection. The change in them both as they plead for forgiveness is a position I believe is a turning point for this relationship.
They’ve met their match, so to speak, and both care enough about moving forward to accept the other’s apology. For two people married against their will and just really coming to love each other that is hugely important.
The Spanking: So I’ve made the mistake before writing this to go online and see what other people are thinking about it. We KNEW this was going to be a polarizing concept for some people. The fact of the matter is – it’s the 18th century and women WERE thought of as property and that they needed to obey their husbands. Jamie is under a lot of pressure from his men (who have flat out started ignoring Claire) to punish her for putting all their lives at risk. As much as I, a modern women and someone who at least kind of considers herself a feminist, don’t LIKE the idea that a man would put his hands on any woman, I totally get the reasoning and necessity behind it IN THIS CONTEXT.
Now, let’s talk about how it’s acted and edited. I LOVE this scene. I love that they took a slightly humorous approach because in the book Jamie is trying to reason Claire into this as well as use his humor to let her know this is just something that must be done. He’s not really trying to hurt her.
I love Claire fighting back and getting some good hits in herself. The way it’s balanced between the two and we see Jamie give that smirk at the end should soften it for the audience (though some people have made it very clear that under no circumstances is it ok and that’s fine).
This was a scene that was essential to get right and I believe they nailed it with the right tone, choreography, and delivery.
The Brothers: I’m just going to touch on this briefly because I felt like it was kind of thrown in/rushed (hello, only so much time to convey things on TV). However, when Jamie basically tells Colum how to handle the situation with his brother I had one of those “YAS!!” moments.
Here’s the thing. I’ve read the books. I know that Jamie is well educated, destined to be a Laird, and has the ability to be incredibly persuasive to a variety of different people. I feel like up to now Jamie has been really nice to look at, but there hasn’t been enough of that wit and intelligence I know is in there. I was so glad to see him in a powerful role with the uncles. YAS, Jamie, YAS. Work it. We have to see him come into this before season 2!
Girl, it’s time to talk about Laoghaire.
I wont give away spoilers but she’s a girl you love to hate and sometimes you just hate. In the beginning I felt kinda bad for her. She was all making out with this hot highlander, making plans and having unrealistic expectations, and he goes off and comes back with a SASSENACH WIFE?! Really?!
So any adult woman would just say, that sucks and move on with life. But Laoghaire is young, conniving, and scorned. And that makes her dangerous.
By Jamie not only coming home with a wife, but turning her down at the river, she’s just become more pissed and more desperate. Can’t image what will happen next? Let’s just say that bad omen under the bed is the least of our problems!
The Make-Up: I’ll cut to the chase. The hottest of all the makeup sex scenes ever? I think so.
The meaty part of this scene is that Jamie realizes he can not Lord over Claire. They have to meet somewhere as equals, and when he promises to never punish her like that again, that is what he means. It takes a lot for a man coming from where he’s come from to say that there can be another way to live together. That times can change.
But when Claire holds the dirk to his throat and tells him if he ever lays a hand on her again she’ll cut out his heart and have it for breakfast? I mean come on, that’s hot! 😉
Some of the great lines in this episode straight from this book included one from this scene – “It seems I can not possess your soul without losing my own.” – it sounds cheesy if I say it out loud, but Sam delivers the line with such sincerity that I believe him completely.
I believe that this episode is one of the most finely acted ones I’ve seen yet. Which is ironic because it was filmed before several of the previous episodes! I think that Sam and Cait SHINE as Jamie and Claire. So much packed into one episode but I’m excited to see what this Saturday will hold. It’s only going to get better from here.
What did you think? Like it, love it, hate it?
Photo credit to Starz and FarFarAwaySite.Com.
My friends, Droughtlander is OVER and it feels so good!
I was lucky enough to get to see Episode 9 with a bunch of other lovely fans in NYC on Wednesday. I took my mom with me, as it was her first big event/fan experience and she had a wonderful time!
We arrived in the afternoon on Tuesday and checked into our hotel which was right next to Time Square. We stood in the pouring rain because it’s TIME SQUARE, got some pizza, and planned to get up early to meet the Outlander street team at Good Morning America for some t-shirts and fun!
After that mom and I visited Rockefeller center and central park.
We even scoped out the event location.
Yours truly with THE wedding clothes.
Then we headed back to our room to get ready. Met up with some friends and hopped in line. After a long wait, we were herded through the ticket line and right into a most beautiful sight! Actual costumes worn on set, including the most beautiful wedding dress ever to grace the screen. It was so wonderful to see them so up close.
Once we made it into the theater we were shown to our seats (6th row, middle!) and waited for the show to start. To avoid spoilers until the episode officially airs, I’ll just say it is probably my favorite of the show so far. It handles some scenes that could so easily be misjudged and criticized and made them so meaningful to the story and make so much sense. Besides that some scenes are just HOT. It’s a sexy show, but it’s also so full of heart and courage.
Once the show was over the cast did a brief Q&A. It was short but the cast was upbeat and witty. Which can’t be easy considering all the press they’ve been doing lately.
Are there a lot of pictures of Tobias? I LOVE me some Tobias. In fact, after the show I was able to get a picture and autograph with him. Not the first time I’ve met him, and he was still just as generous and kind. Love him!
We had a fantastic night and most importantly my mother had a wonderful first fan event. Spending time with my mother and getting to share something that is so exciting and important to me was so meaningful. She’s the best!
I also want to thank Starz for the swag – including a flask and t-shirt from the street team. Was super fun!
That said, I do feel the need to address that not everyone had a great night at this event. Some people with guaranteed tickets did not make it into the 7pm show, and some people didn’t make it at ALL, even with the 9pm show. I’m not sure what happened, but despite my good time, I want to express my empathy at waiting in a freezing cold line and receiving nothing except a freezing cold line. I’m so sorry if that happened to you. ❤ And I hope that with any new events we attend, we all have a better time.
Now please, enjoy episode 109, The Reckoning!
I have a full Mid-Season Premiere post coming up, but for now… enjoy a little sneak peek of TOMORROW’s episode!!
Hey guys! I figure I should get this blog back up and running since I’m going to the NYC premiere of the second half of the first season of Outlander!
And just to add some more goodness to this post, here one of the latest videos from Starz.
I came across this interview because a friend of mine shared it with me, and I thought it was so good and insightful I had to share it here:
Black Jack Randall is one of the most interesting characters I have ever come across while reading. At first you just want to hate him. He’s obviously a twisted sadist, an all around bad dude. But then Diana throws you for a loop with his love for his brother. With his wit and sometimes even charm. I’ve never been able to just 100% hate him. Surely I want to, but Diana makes him so complex an interesting and multidimensional that my feelings about him have to be multidimensional as well.
A note, this interview DOES contain spoilers about some upcoming episodes. But it’s also working to mentally prepare me for just how horrible some of it really is going to be. Not that I can ever really prepare for outright brutality and torture. But a look into Diana’s BJR surely is an interesting one.
I’m stealing the name Starz used for the youtube video because I was just going to title this post “OMGARSH PEOPLE! I HAVE NO WORDS” but lets be honest, I have a LOT of words. Like how much longer until April and seriously how am I going to live that long? Just feast your eyes on this:
Phew. I know right! The wait is agonizing, but we can make it!
Because it’s obviously going to be worth it.