01 10 / 2014
Previously: Pretty much the entire show to date. If you’re depending on Previouslies to come into the series for this episode, you will be pretty confused.
Claire: “Myyyy husband” (she sighs this, to indicate how great Frank is, which he is). Frank said to her passionately, “Nothing you could ever do would stop me loving you.” (i.e.: ironclad permission to cheat!)
They discussed Jonathan Wolverton Randall, Captain of Dragoons in the British Army and Frank’s direct ancestor. (And noted flogger!) They call him “Black Jack!” Also he is Frank’s TIME TWIN.
Claire again: “I heard stories of a place called Craigh Na Dun?…” yadda yadda yadda, “I was no longer in the twentieth century.”
Claire wondered: What was Frank going through? Perhaps I was abducted, perhaps dead, or perhaps “wehst” of all I had left him for another man… (dingdingding)
O, sing me a song, of a cat who is gone… O say, could that cat be I?
(I’ve been singing this to my roommate’s cat for two weeks. He is not amused.)
(Not stopping, though.)
As the credits close, we see maps of Westeros laid out on the—oh, right, Scotland. Whoops. A china cup of tea and a bitten “biscuit” (cookie) slide into the shot, and a phone rings, so we are not with Claire. “Inverness Police, Constable Boyle speaking,” says the dude who picks up. As he’s talking, another cop walks in. Boyle says, “He’s back,” jerking his head toward a chair, where we see the back of Frank’s head. “Jeesis, Mary and Joseph. I’ve let this go on long enough. Today’s the day,” says the new guy with resolve.
23 9 / 2014
No need to be “skeered” while Jamie’s around!
Claire went on the road with Dougal & co. for a tax-collecting trip as healer/roadie.
Black Jack Randall wanted to know if Claire ever saw her Scottish companions behave treasonously. Claire evaded answering (badly). Randall punched her (hard). Dougal rescued her (temporarily).
Dougal told Claire that if he could make her a Scot, she’d be safe from Randall. Yikes! Oh, she’s marrying Jamie? NEVER MIND, EVERYTHING IS FINE (and I MEAN fine).
Claire and Jamie discussed how they are about to get married. Doesn’t it bother Jamie that Claire isn’t a virgin? No, but he is.
The stage has been set! The Outlander Facebook page has been posting wedding invitations all week, as though this weird forced wedding calls for stationery and calligraphy at all, even if they had time for such niceties. It’s not really a party. They barely have time to get Jamie a kilt, in Scotland, for god’s sake. Speaking of weddings, the theme song is the same one they played at Charlotte and Trey’s wedding, which I think is also the only time aside from Four Weddings and a Funeral that I’ve seen a kilt as formalwear.
Upfront: I expected more from this episode, which, if I may get explicit for a moment, means I expected to have to sequester myself for a few days to really appreciate it, but, as in life, the first time wasn’t really that exciting, and again as in life, it was awkward. I watched with my roommate, and we haven’t made eye contact for three days.
16 9 / 2014
First off: I’m annoyed I haven’t been recapping this show from the beginning. It’s quickly become my everything. I bought Starz for this! I do not do that. Anyway, this is the latest episode, but I’ll also be adding recaps for earlier episodes soon. (Ish. Maybe. Before it goes up on Netflix?) Anyway, let’s get into it:
Claire seems to have “fawllen through toime” (quickly becoming this show’s “He used to be my boyfriend”).
Jamie told Claire that she’d never need be afraid of him, or of anyone else at Castle Leoch as long as he’s with her. (Hell of a stipulation if he didn’t look like that.)
Dougal took Claire along as healer on a days-long rent-collecting trip on McKenzie lands.
Mere moments after she “fell through time,” Claire met Black Jack Randall in the woods, and he is the spitting image of his eventual descendant, her husband, Frank. Not weird at all! Also, he is a rapist.
Coincidentally, a while back, Black Jack also flogged the bejesus out of Jamie twice in one week for (unsuccessfully) defending his sister’s honor. Jamie is scarred UP and doesn’t like talking about it, but Dougal has been putting his scars on display in every hamlet far and wide to raise funds for a Jacobite army (something something history lesson).
We last saw Dougal, the men, and Claire when they encountered a Luftenant of the English Army expressing concern about Claire’s well-being.
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The gallant Luffffffffftenant Whatsisface picks up where we left off, returning with backup to ask Claire (not in so many words) whether she’s being held hostage by Dougal. Claire, even while glowering at Dougal, assures the officer that she is a guest of Clan McKenzie and there is really nothing to worry about. But English boy wants her to come back to meet his commander, otherwise he just won’t feel comfortable. Claire says she’ll go; Dougal, of course, is coming too.
Claire is so happy to just be around Englishmen, soldiers at that, and to accept the warmth and concern they show her, since Dougal has been such a dick lately about her maybe being a spy, that she starts to relax and let her guard down. In this town, she’s the guest of honor and Dougal is the Outlander.