Outlander was a show I’ve been meaning to watch and with season 3 set for next month, why not start now.
MAJOR SPOILERS WARNING!
Clare (Caitriona Balfe) is a healer and has been on the battlefield to save the lives of soldiers. The year is 1945. The war ended and her and her husband Frank (Tobias Menzies) a historian, go off and have a second honeymoon. Clare then witnesses a strange dancing ritual around these rocks and founds herself drawn back. She then touches the rocks and she’s transported to Scotland 1743. Trying to understand what happened she runs into a British soldier who looks exactly like her husband because he’s his ancestor. Clare is then nearly raped by her husband look-a-like great great great a few more times grandfather, when she’s rescued by a Scottish man.
The man brings her to his group where she helps heal one of them. Clare is then forced to go with them. Now I’m not going to talk about every single episode that happen but just the moment important parts. Now it was a bit difficult to follow with the Scottish accents, British I can follow just fine, but Scottish is another story. But once you get into it you tend to follow it better. Clare keeps her secret of time traveling to herself but people still tend to disrespect her, assault her, and question her. Clare is groped so many times and close to getting raped that I don’t know how she manages day to day.
It was cool seeing how she had to stop herself from saying certain things or do certain things because she’s from 200 years into the future and she’s already the odd one out. Clare wants nothing more than to return to the same rocks and transport herself back but something always gets in the way. Now the chemistry between the two main characters, Clare and Jamie (Sam Heughan). Clare’s husband wannabe is Jack Randall, a captain in the British army. A sadistic son of a bitch! This guy is Joffery from Game of Thrones if he were an adult. Joffery was someone we all hated (I’m assuming you’ve watched GoT) and wanted nothing more than to see that little shit head die. Well Jack Randall is no different except he took things that Joffery didn’t really do because someone had the bright idea to kill him. By the way, this has to do with the chemistry, just bare with me.
Jack Randall have a horrible history, with Randall beating the shit out of Jamie, not once but twice, and once more at the end and we’ll get to that because I HAVE TO! Clare tries to find someone that can take her to the magic rocks when she runs into Randall. FYI the bastard always appears when he shouldn’t. Randall becomes eager to get Clare that the only way to save her from him is if she marries a Scottish man. Oh because she’s English and their suppose to hate the Scottish. Jamie’s uncle who isn’t good at all actually saves Clare. Clare and Jamie get married, you know to save lives. I would marry the shit out of Sam Heughan/Jamie, totally unrelatable.
Although Clare is married, to a second man, she stills wants to return to her time and to Frank. Which is completely understandable! I 100% believe Jamie is in love with her but when she begins to say she loves him or fights for him, I didn’t really feel like she was in love with him. It felt more like she was defending a really good friend, who she bangs. She finally tells him everything about the time travel and he takes her to the rocks and says goodbye was so sweet. I was completely confused and shocked when she decided not to go back and stay with him.
It wasn’t until the finally three episodes where I finally believed that she truly loved Jamie and what a time to do it. Now, again assuming you’ve seen GoT, remember the many scenes that made you feel uncomfortable and you ask yourself did they really show that? There were scenes in this series where it was just that but nothing compared to the finally two episodes. Randall through the whole season has been it known that he takes pleasure in conflicting pain. As well as his obsession with Jamie. This whole time I thought that he wanted Jamie because he never gets the reaction he seeks. Jamie been put through hell and he really shouldn’t be alive because of it, no person could survive that. Randall loves the blood, and screams and Jamie doesn’t give me that he craves and that leaves Randall wanting more.
I’ve never watched an episode, let alone two, where I felt like I needed a shower, a bottle of alcohol and cry into my pillow. Jamie is captured and Randall takes him into the dungeon to inflict something worse than death. Clare stops at nothing to get Jamie back and seeks help from his cousins and friends, who aren’t the greatest either. There’s really very few good people in this show. I swear I though GoT was bad, this one takes the cake. Randall tells Jamie that things would be better if he surrenders himself to him, which Jamie refuses until Clare arrives now to save her, yet again cause you know LOVE, he agrees. Clare is forced to watch Randall nail Jamie’s hand onto a table and Randall kiss Jamie. Jamie begs to have Clare be released safely and Randall does the only good thing and lets her free.
Jamie, weak from pain and loss of blood, among other things, is then violated by Randall. When Randall doesn’t get a reaction from Jamie he then bends Jamie over and rapes him repeatedly while Jamie screams. And just as I watch and cry with despair and disbelief, it only gets worse. Randall then gives him something to sooth the pain he inflicted and mind fucks him to the edge, and tells him to think of Clare as he rapes him again. Jamie thinking of his wife, with the medicine he hallucinates and pictures Clare and enjoyed it only come to the realization what Randall did and he is fully broken. I have to commend the actors Tobias Menzies for that performance. I can’t imagine the thought process he must have gone through to achieve such a performance. That goes to Sam Heughan as well! To make you see the horror and defeat in his eyes was truly heart breaking.
You see the true work of Randall when Jamie is rescued and sees Randall’s face on Clare and refuses her touch. The fear and desperation seen on Clare was actually uplifting because it snapped something inside her and ended up getting through to Jamie. However, he’s recovering felt too quick. Not to say I didn’t enjoy some happiness after all that, because believe me you need relief but if you’re going to break a character like that at least make his or her recovery believable. I know I still have season 2 and maybe he isn’t well at all and what he shown was something that we won’t see for a while. I mean he was ready to commit suicide one second and then he’s smiling and cracking jokes.
Another issue I had was this was taken place in the past and Clare knew current events that happened in that time and what’s ultimately going to happened in years to come, are they things she’s doing altering the future? Especially with Randall, since she married his descendant. It’s never confirmed until the last scene, where Clare and Jamie are sailing to France. Clare tells Jamie that with her knowledge of the future they can end the war together. As well as her announcement that she’s pregnant when she thought she was infertile, which makes me wonder what will happen when she returns to 1945. The show exceeded my expectations and although their were some slow parts and it’s a bit hard to understand with their accents, I found myself clicking the next episode.
If I had to choose between Game of Thrones and Outlander I would go with Game of Thrones but that’s not to say Outlander isn’t worth watching because it is. The story is great and you get twist and turns, adventure, suspense, romance, action, mystery etc. I’m eager to see what happens next and hope Randall gets a death he deserves, but I’m sure it won’t be enough just like Joffery! If you haven’t watch Outlander, it’s definitely worth watching and binge watching! Season 3 is September 10.