Outlander S2 Ep2 – Not in Scotland Anymore
As we all know, Claire, Jamie and Murtagh are no longer in Scotland and are now in France. The episode title card surely showed what this episode would be about – the opulence of the French court and the grand costumes and set designs – and, it did not disappoint.
This conversation is between Kristal and Vida. Kristal has not read the book. Edited by Vida.
Kristal: This was a fast-moving episode. Jamie waking up from a nightmare that started as a dream let me know season two will address his assault. I had several “I can’t believe it!” moments with this episode.
OMG | HUMOROUS | NIGHTMARE | COSTUMES
Vida: Yeah, overall, I liked this episode too. For once, we had a lot more of Murtagh, our favorite godfather, throughout the entire episode and finally got to see all the costumes. The opening scene, once again, shocked the hell out of me. At first, I was happy that Jamie and Claire reconnected and were back in intimacy bliss. And then, that damn Black Jack Randall appeared, which turned Jamie into a slasher, horror character.
TERRIFIED | HUMOROUS | SEXY | OPULENCE | COSTUMES
K: I’m wondering how much of an impact that will have on Claire and Jamie’s relationship.
V: I guess Back Jack’s plan of dismantling Claire and Jamie’s close, sexual intimacy to bits worked. I was terrified until I saw it was a nightmare. I think this is another test for their relationship. It will be a strain for a while, but I believe it will only strengthen their relationship just as other events have.
It was bittersweet that Claire tries everything she can to get Jamie’s mind off his things. It starts off sweet enough, even humorous when Jamie discovers a hairless Claire in places he never expected.
Your ‘honeypot’ is bare.
To rid yourself of such a lovely forest.
Even her thinking this was something ‘different’ – smooth, soft legs, not hairy ones like Black Jack – does not work. It was painful to watch, especially when we all were waiting for the ‘honey pot’ moment.
This episode continues to focus on Claire and Jamie repairing their relationship and stopping the war, but it is also about the new characters that add flavor and mystery to this season, Terry Dresbach’s costumes and Jon Gary Steele’s exquisitely elaborate set designs.
MASTER RAYMOND’S APOTHECARY
Looking forward to his friendship with Claire.
BONNIE PRINCE CHARLES
It is insane that he wants the Scottish people to fight for him and he hasn’t even been to the country!
MARY HAWKINS & LOUISE DE ROHAN
K: My first “I can’t believe it!” moment was when Louise got waxed in front of everyone.
V: I know, right! That was a pretty funny moment, so matter of fact.
ANNALISE DE MARILLAC
Jamie’s ex-love. It was a very awkward meeting between Claire and her – seemingly the French Laoghaire!
KING LOUIS XV (& HIS MISTRESS)
Who is totally full of shit, literally!
And last, there’s . . .
He looks and sounds just like his big brother. Yep, Black Jack!
THE DIOR DRESS
K: I need to address Claire’s costumes. The dress and cover Claire wore into town was absolutely beautiful. From the cream-colored cover to the beautiful hat; she looked stunning.
V: OMG, yes she did! I had no idea that the main ones we were waiting to see would all be in the same episode. Damn! And, look at the details of the costumes – from the the ribbons in Jamie’s hair, to Claire’s dress, purse, shoes and earrings and all the other characters’ ornate costumes.
SCENERY SHOTS & EXTRAS
V: I did not remember the scene with Murtagh and Jamie, but was glad to see it in this episode. I did find out later that it was added. I know Jamie is struggling emotionally from Black Jack’s torture; but, seeing him working to get back in fighting shape is a small relief.
Murtagh had the best lines of the night!
Where he goes, I go.
Oh, clear off.
Go away! All of you!
Or I will rip . . .
. . . your balls off!
Asses and armpits!
THE RED DRESS | SHOES | EARRINGS
V: I loved how they introduced the dress with the camera angles, cinematography, and sweeping music. They have definitely made the music and costumes characters this season.
Jamie and Murtagh’s reaction to Claire was priceless!
She is absolutely stunning in this dress.
Are ye mad, woman?
I can see ever inch of you, down to your third rib.
Christ, Sassenach. First, your honey pot, now this. ~ Jamie
Murtagh approves just as he did at the wedding!
This season is all about showing the decadence of the eighteenth century. Paris was the hub of art, architecture and fashion. It’s probably one of the best periods in history for all of those.
~ Jon Gary Steele, Production Designer
WELCOME TO VERSAILLES
The last half of the episode focuses on the grand party at Versailles with the French court and all the aristocrats.
K: Claire’s RED DRESS was so grand, she stood out when she walked in the room.
V: She certainly was the Belle of the Ball in it and was noticed by all.
HERE COMES THE KING
K: Another “I can’t believe it!” moment was the King attempting to relieve himself in front of everyone.
V: Watching him get dress was one thing, but sitting on the ‘throne’, in front of an audience, was just too much. No wonder he couldn’t go! It really was a funny scene.
AND THE KING’S MISTRESS . . .
V: Okay, this is not a wardrobe malfunction. It is the SWAN DRESS we were waiting for, and as with others, it did not disappoint. When reading the book, it was really hard for me to visualize it. Leave it to Terry and crew to, once again, create a showstopper!
This episode also had some major reveals.
THE DUKE OF SANDRINGHAM IS BACK!
He is deliciously wicked!
You will get your, Lion!
BLACK JACK IS STILL ALIVE!
V: Man, this was such a clever way they set up this episode. The opening and closing scenes were bookends – both focused on Black Jack for a reason! The news Claire hears from Alex, his brother . . . Black Jack is not dead!
K: This was my last “I can’t believe it!” moment. I had no idea he was still alive. Now that I have calmed down from the shock of learning that he is, I’m wondering if Claire will tell Jamie. My guess is she will feel compelled to, but will hesitate.
V: Figured that would be a surprise for you. The cliffhanger was brilliant and added tension to the episode. Just look at the distress on Claire’s face and rightly so.
CLAIRE’S CLOSING QUESTIONS
What would happen when Jamie found out Black Jack Randall was alive?
Ah, he is going to go ballistic! You should also be worried about Murtagh’s reaction to the news. Just moments ago, he was about to slice and dice the Duke.
Would his need for vengeance eclipse our resolve to prevent the uprising?
Are you really more concerned with the uprising rather than your husband stopping the nightmares once and for all?
Should I even tell him? Even if I tried to keep that appalling news from him; in time, he’d be sure to learn the truth. What then?
Yes. Remember you promised you would be honest and tell him the truth?
Though the fireworks at the end were a celebration of sorts for the party, it also symbolized to us the explosive scenes yet to come.
Episode Rating (1-5): 3.5 – Shots
We thoroughly enjoyed the lightness of the episode, once we got passed the opening. It covered a lot of material, was very entertaining and had a good balance to follow Epi1 that was so emotionally charged. Last week we were caught up with all of Frank’s expressions; this week it was Murtagh. We loved that they gave Murtagh more screen time; he stole the show! We also loved the introduction of so many new characters, the reveal of Terry’s elaborate, haute couture 18th century costumes and Jon’s beautifully intricate and detailed set designs.
What are your thoughts of the episode?
Was there anything that surprised you?
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We finally get to meet wee Fergus and Mother Hildegarde. The intensity will start to build in this episode forward.
Outlander S2 Epi3 Preview – ‘Useful Occupations and Deceptions’ ~ via Starz
Jamie’s time is dominated by political machinations, while Claire finds solace in her healing skills. As their plan to stop Culloden progresses, including engaging the aid of a young pickpocket, the past threatens to derail their forward momentum.
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