Outlander S2 Ep1 – Through a Glass, Darkly
Just as we suspected, we decided we could not wait to discuss two episodes after Epi2, but rather wanted to do it now. Again, these will not be complete recaps of the episodes, too many other people do that and do it well.
We just wanted to post reactions or conversations about them. Blacklanderz Kristal and Vida posted their reaction to the first episode. Kristal has not read the book; Vida has read the book, but will give no spoilers. Edited by Vida.
Kristal: I am over the place! It was just too much emotionally! This was by far the hardest episode to watch; even harder than the S1 finale. There were a few things that shocked me.
HAPPY | SAD | TEARY EYED | MAD
Vida: For me, during the opening scene, when Claire realized where she was and let out that gut-wrenching scream, I felt the pain in my stomach and it almost took me over the top. Yeah, I felt several emotions with this episode too; I think we are feeling what Claire felt. Kudos to Cait for her acting chops!
ANGUISH | DESPONDENT | DEPRESSED | ANGRY | RELIEVED
Though I had no idea that it would be this emotional, I thought it was an excellent way to start the season. Tobias and Caitriona were outstanding in their performances. Let me just say, Bear McCreary also did an outstanding job with the revision of the main title theme, the Sky Boat Song by adding the lyrics in French, and with the music throughout this episode that moves the storyline.
K: The show began with Claire waking up in the 1940s. I was not expecting that. What surprised me most was Frank’s reaction. He went from accepting Claire was in love with another man to a fit of rage when he found out she was pregnant.
V: It was a surprise to me too. Ron and crew set it up pretty well with the trailer. There was no way to know how it would start. I thought it would begin in France as they indicated after last season, so starting this way was a surprise; but in a good way! I really liked the beginning of the TV season opener better than the way the book started. I think if they had started with the book version, so far in the future, the television audience would have been lost. At least, with the TV version, we saw Frank’s reaction to Claire’s return.
Their reunion scenes were the most riveting, raw and authentic that I have seen from television characters. Tobias truly performed at his best with his facial expressions and emotional range. For Claire, I felt for her in this episode because she constantly has to adjust to her environment and the emotional toll it takes on her is just too much. She had already given up a life of comfort with Frank in the 1940s, now returning to it is most unnerving for her. She found the love of her life – Jamie – and has to leave him behind, and only a week after returning, mourn his death. And, to add one more layer, she’s pregnant. I am just glad she found a little solace in speaking with Mrs. Graham. That made me feel a little better.
K: Frank does not realize the kind of love Claire and Jamie have. It’s beyond anything Claire had or has with him. One of Frank’s conditions to Claire is, she has to let the memory of Jamie go; this will not work. Claire is an inquisitive and determined woman. I don’t believe she will really honor this condition.
LEAVE THE PAST BEHIND
V: Yeah, she agreed with Frank’s condition; however, she only agreed because she promised Jamie that she would do as he asked – to let him go. So, this was really for Jamie and not for Frank.
K: From Claire’s perspective, I felt her heart was breaking a thousand times. With everything that was happening with her, I particularly felt for her as she looked out the window and at Frank was he was burning her clothes. It was gut-wrenching to watch.
V: I agree. It felt like a funeral, burning any reminisces of her past life with Jamie. Again, I have to credit Bear McCreary for the beautiful musical selection during that scene that needed no dialog to let the audience know how she felt at that moment.
And that hand off at the airport to Jamie’s hand was cinematically beautiful. I had wondered if Jamie would be in this episode. The way it was going, I really thought it was going to be a whole episode about Frank and Claire adjusting to each other again. But, I have to admit, I exhaled when Claire landed in Jamie’s hands. I had not realized I’d been holding my breath, off and on, during those scenes with Claire and Frank.
TO NEW BEGINNINGS
K: Did you notice there was a difference between the two halves of the episode. With Claire and Frank, there appeared to be a grayish, hazy tone, like a filter was used on the camera lens. But after the hand off to Jamie, it appeared to brighten up.
V: I think that might have been on purpose. But if it wasn’t, it surely created a more somber mood, which was fitting for all that was happening.
YOU WILL PAY!
V: On another note: Even though Claire and Jamie’s scenes were sort of the introduction for the episodes to come, the story moved too quickly to introduce Jamie’s cousin, Jared, and the new villain, Le Comte St. Germain.
K: That’s true. But, I enjoyed watching Jaime run after Claire on the docks; made me smile. Claire was determined to take care of the ill man, even though there was nothing she could do for him.
V: That seems to be her nature as a healer. But once again, she just takes off, head-strong, in the direction of trouble or danger – a conflict plot device, I guess.
K: Jamie’s assault has fueled him to want to fight and protect his family. He is excited that they are having a baby and ready to fight in this war. Claire still has the same potty mouth and determined flare as in S1. I’m looking forward to seeing how Claire and Jamie grow in their relationship and how she acclimates to life in the 1940s after being away so long if story even goes back to the 1940s.
V: For me, I am just interested in seeing how much the adaptation will differ from the book. Understandably, what works on paper in a book, doesn’t always transfer visually on the screen. I trust Ron, Maril, the directors, and the writers will continue to be true to the characters and maintain the basic storyline. I also look forward to the costumes that will be in full force starting with the next episode.
Episode Rating (1-5): 4 – Shots
Since this is the first episode, with 12 more to go, we could not give it 5-shots. Overall, we both thoroughly enjoyed it. It is probably the BEST season opener of a television show that we have ever seen; and, we have seen a lot!
What are your thoughts of the first episode?
Did you like the TV version better than how the second book started?
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Outlander S2 Epi2 – “Not in Scotland Anymore” ~ via Starz
Life in Paris is not without its trials as Jamie struggles to triumph over the traumas of his past. A fortunate meeting with Jacobite leader Prince Charles presents opportunities, while the Duke of Sandringham’s presence brings complications.
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