Binge completed and now fully caught up, it only seemed right to review the second season as well, especially since tonight is season 3 premiere.
The season started off with Clare back to her time and I was immediately thrown off guard. Had I missed something because that last I checked she was sailing off with Jamie. Fear not because what they had created was BRILLIANT! The first episode succeeded in was tell you what the season finale was going to be and the rest of the season, the middle, was get to you wonder what lead to that outcome. I really didn’t think I was going to enjoy it as much as I did. It took that one episode to realize what they were trying to do and it worked because I was hooked.
Jamie and Claire, along with Murtagh, arrive to Paris with a mission to change the future. What I really liked about this season was that you knew that Clare was going to end up back with Frank and her era but wonder what lead her to return and at the end of last season she had revealed to Jamie that she was pregnant. Which was another burning question because didn’t look pregnant when she reunited with Frank and her time with Jamie she was probably a month or two into the pregnancy. There were so many questions that I wanted answered and that fueled the need to watch more and more and that’s great story telling.
Claire, whose from 200 years into the future, tells Jamie and together they can stop a war from happening and still trying to heal from everything that has happened to them already. Especially Jamie. From my review of season 1 I thought him getting over his ordeal was a little too quick but season 2 came to the rescue. The dude is messed up and as he should be! He gets nightmares everything night and can’t really touch Claire without seeing Randall’s face. That sort of reaction was what I was hoping to see because it made his torture far more realistic and that scene was already twisted, so it would’ve have been a waste for that character not be affected by it.
I enjoyed watching the political theme of this season. It made that anticipation for the war far greater. Jamie sweet talking to the Prince and other members of the court and them decrypting messages, it was really interesting to see. The chemistry between Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe definitely progressed so much from season 1. Them having conflict and the pain they both carried was 100% generated through the screen. You really felt compassion for both, Jamie trying to overcome what was done to him and Claire feeling powerless in helping him. And as cheesy as it sounds you see that love is truly powerful…cue the “awwww.”
Through the season Claire is pregnant and ends up having a still-born and the scene alone was pretty heavy you continue to see them trying to take burdens off each other and when she breaks down and tells Jamie that she feels like it was her fault for trying to change the future was what caused their daughter’s death truly heart wrenching. That moment a question was answered from the first episode, when Claire reveals to Frank, back in 1948 that she was pregnant by another man, who she was married to. Claire become pregnant a second time before she landed in 1948 again.
With all the planning and plotting to stop the Battle of Culloden, it still happens and it was cool to finally see something that has been talked about in some of season 1 and the whole season 2. It reminded me of Braveheart although Jamie’s speech isn’t as powerful as William Wallace it was a good “let’s get shit done” speech. Although it wasn’t as long as I wanted it to be I found it entertaining and exciting as hell. We’re introduced to new characters that I look forward to seeing more of in season 3. That includes Brienna, Jamie and Claire’s daughter, who didn’t sit well with me until I processed what she was going through. Finding out that the father that helped raised her wasn’t her biological father but a man from 200 years ago when her mother traveled back in time through a rock. I mean if your mother told you that you bet your ass you would think she would be crazy or on drugs. So her reaction was definitely right but as an audience knowing the truth, I totally wanted to slap her.
Knowing that the battle can not be won Jamie takes Claire back to the stone and tells her to return to Frank, with their unborn child and live happily and away from possible death. If you don’t end up respecting Jamie or if you’re a woman and feel immediately in love with him you have no soul! The season finale answered questions you have from the first episode but you end up with more which you should have. That’s the whole point of another season.
Season 2 was so much more than the first season. It had the same elements that kept me watching but it made you care more about the characters, mainly Jamie and Claire, but it made room for more characters like Murtagh, Fergus, and Jenny to care about. The emotional scenes were far more effective because of the growth in Claire’s and Jamie’s relationship and that credit goes to Sam and Caitriona’s performances. Them together is so strong but what I love about this show is that they can make the characters strong without the other as well, and still manage to balance it out well.
I’m excited to see what season 3 will bring since Jamie and Claire will be separated and how they survive without each other. I wanted to know how they end up together again but are they going to be different, is it going to work? Am I going to yell at my tv screen for it? TELL ME NOW! Outlander exceed my expectations because I didn’t really have any and it’s that good! Season 1 if I had to pick between Outlander and Game of Thrones, it would hands down go to GoT. With season 2 it’s definitely right there with it. Granted Outlander has more of the romance element that GoT really doesn’t have, but it has your action, suspense, mystery, sex and some disturbing shit that GoT does as well. I can see now why it’s so popular and it’s deserving of that praise. If you haven’t seen I HIGHLY recommend it.
Here’s the season 3 trailer!