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These last two episodes of Season 1 are difficult to watch.  It does not seem fitting to call all of them “favorite,” so some scenes, particularly those that highlight Sam Heughan’s incredible acting talents,” will be considered “memorable.”

“You owe me a debt.”

This is one of those “memorable” scenes.  Assuming his impending death and loss of Claire, Jamie begs BJR to fulfill his part of their bargain.  Jamie had agreed to give himself to BJR in exchange for Claire’s safety and he would receive a death by his method of choice.  Jamie has nothing left to live for, and when Black Jack is distracted by the invasion of highland coos, he begs him to fulfill their agreement.  Again, another example of Sam Heughan’s superb acting skills.

A “Highland Coos” Drive-By

This is truly a favorite scene, at least in the sense that we are glad BJR is incapacitated for a while and won’t pose a threat to Jamie in the immediate future.  We could not help cheering when Black Jack Randall was run over by a stampede of highland coos.

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Thanks to Murtagh’s brilliant idea of using wayward cattle in the rescue mission, he, Rupert and Angus were able to not only rescue Jamie, but put BJR out of commission for a while as well without having to risk their lives in battle with him and/or other British soldiers.  As we know, they incorrectly assume Black Jack is dead.  If only they had taken an extra few seconds to ensure it.

“You are a magnificent creature.”

This is a memorable scene because it is the one thing on which we can agree with Black Jack.  Jamie is indeed a magnificent creature.  Even Jack’s sadistic nature and the darkness in which he lives cannot blind him to this fact.  Perhaps that is what draws him to Jamie… a need to destroy that which is good and beautiful.

“No more Claire.”

Part of what makes this plot line so tragic is that Jamie believes he will never see his beloved Claire again.  She is lost to him, and Jack uses her and Jamie’s love of her against him.  Jamie hallucinates Claire’s face on Jack, and when her faces disappears he realizes she is gone.  We cry with Jamie, and it is a tribute, again, to the talent of Sam Heughan.

Out of the darkness and into the light

Many of the scenes in this episode are shown in flashback after Jamie is rescued and taken to the abbey.  He recounts some of his experiences to Claire, who is desperate to heal him in body, mind, and spirit.  Jamie is equally desperate to resist her healing.  Murtagh again shares his wisdom with the suggestion that in order for Jamie to be healed, someone will be required to enter into the darkness in which he exists right now and force him back into the light.

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That is exactly what Claire does.  After a a visit with Fr. Anselm and a little roughhousing to get his attention, she finally tells him that if he insists on dying, she will die with him, right there, right then.  Again, Claire is shown to be Jamie’s Achilles Heel.  This time Claire turns that weakness into a strength because he will not let her die with him.

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“Whatever your sins might be, have faith that they will be forgiven.”

Fr. Anselm find Claire alone in the sanctuary and offers to hear her confession.  Claire hasn’t shown a great appreciation for organized religion and its dogma, but she accepts the Father’s invitation to confession.  And, man, does she confess.

He is the only person outside of her immediate family with whom she has shared her amazing story.  She tells Fr. Anselm that the situation is her fault, and her confession empowers her with the spiritual strength she needs to bring Jamie out of his darkness and back into the light.  In a sense, she ransoms her own soul as well as Jamie’s.

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Claire is shocked to see that Fr. Anselm doesn’t judge her.  He declares her story as marvelous, extraordinary, and perhaps even a miracle.  He believes her and assures her that whatever her sins might be, she will be given.  Claire must recognize that the Father is a good, holy man, the antithesis to Fr. Bain.

“I was wrong.”

Jamie’s road to recovery will be a long one, but at least it has begun, and they set sail to France.  The good news is that Claire has a wonderful surprise for Jamie.  Their lives have been forever changed, and under the circumstances it it hard for Jamie to believe he could ever be himself again or feel happiness, aside for having Claire with him.

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Neither thought it could ever happen.  Jamie thought he would never feel happiness again.  Never say never.

 

 

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This has been more than a tumultuous season for Jamie and Claire on Outlander, and Saturday’s episode, promises to deliver another blow.

In the following sneak peek, which you’re seeing first on Mashable, Dougal gives Jamie a letter that informs the Jacobite leader that the prince wants them gone.

“Exile — that’s what it is. They want rid of us — of you,” Dougal says. “They want you and me gone and gone now.”

Jamie reacts about how you’d expect to the news — with fire in his eyes and determined to work this out with the prince. But even that plan hits a snag, as Dougal informs him the royal has left — and taken his horse.

So where does that leave them? We’ll have to find out Saturday when the new episode, titled “Vengeance is Mine,” airs at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Starz.

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I loved this episode.  Even the last week’s highlights section felt like a very fast pace as if preparing us for the urgency of what is to come.

I also loved the war is war comparison.  From the Jacobite Rebellion to WWII and even the Gaelic singing at the very beginning had a somewhat Native American sound to me, I felt that Matt Roberts (great writing again, Matt!) tried to show that men preparing for battle go through the same things.

PTSD Claire was a surprise because I hadn’t realized she’d done more than field hospital work.  It was yet another reminder that war is the same at its essence.

I managed to go four paragraphs without raving about Sam.  This episode underscored the “He’s the man he was meant to be”.  So many things I observed watching with bleary eyes on my ipad.  I canna wait to watch it again Friday night on a larger screen.

  • Sam still does a great job with his left hand in the injured position.  I know it’s a small thing but it so impresses me.
  • I love how he wore the Laird’s coat during his troop rally speech.
  • Standing up to Dougal, giving out punishment when it was due, taking it as well.  He showed all signs of a leader here and his men saw it.  Well written and well acted.
  • COMMANDO?  Yes, Jam that’s what it is called and you’ve been going commando for awhile now.  Oh, you meant commando raid?  Love the black eyes, his real eyes popped right out through the camouflage.  I wonder if they will play hide the commando in full face paint when things calm down.  I know I would.
  • Minor point but I loved the color of his hair in this episode
  • I also loved how he gave his men his full name to get the MacKenzie connection

Other random observations since this is just a wee cap and not a full recap

Full Metal Murtagh

Fergus: Mom! Dad! equivalent and how he called for Claire first

Young William Grey.   The ForeShadow Knows.  There was a grand canyon worth of foreshadowing there but non-book readers will think he’s just another character to come in and out.

Willie got married?  I wonder if they just cut the part since he’s not in the books or if the actor had other obligations. I wanted more Rupert!

Claire’s fuck yourself speech to Dougal was classic.

I loved how Claire emphasized the word “sadist” before starting her next fake performance and Jamie caught on right away.  It really shows once again how in tune they are with each other. I want to watch that fight over again, their looks between them were great.  And I’m glad that he didn’t rip her bodice off.  See, Diana.  There are ways to get your point across without pretending to rape someone.

THIS is the Outlander that everyone came to love last year (minus sexy times but Jamie was sexy as hell) and #SexisComing

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