Finally! Have you forgotten all about Outlander? What’s it been? A month and a half since Outlander’s season 3 ended? Longer? Blame some of it on my goddamn 2-week cable outage! Well, at least part of it. Onward!
My Seven Favorite Outlander Season 3 Episodes
It should come as no surprise to you (if you’ve read each episode post) that I have a favorite Outlander character. Of course, those are going to be my top four. I have a second favorite character. Those two episodes follow. And we’ll round out the list with the appearance of a familial-adjacent character.
And so season 3 of Outlander goes out with a bang—if you’re me. Or a whimper, if you’re nearly everyone else. I actually understand the criticisms and agree with some of them. The episode was disjointed; there wasn’t a clear narrative; the writers tried to check beloved book scenes off their list; the token sex scene wasn’t that great. (But then, ever since the reunion episode, Claire and Jamie sex has either bothered me or bored me.) Yet, at the end, I felt satisfied. Even a bit energized to possibly read the next book in the series, The Drums of Autumn. Thankfully, that urge has passed.
Much like the episode, this week’s seven thoughts are disjointed, and in most cases, have nothing at all to do with the story. And here they are:
Quite a dichotomy, yes? Fortunately, the squicks are among the first two scenes, leaving us with a remainder of nothing but great. (Incidentally, both squicks are taken from Voyager, while much of the great was new.) It’s also obvious that the dozen or so storylines introduced this season are trying to get wrapped up. Let’s discuss.
Apparently, I’m not the only fan that had difficulty discussing last week’s Outlander episode, “Creme de Menthe.” Shaun, the Scottish guy who vlogs about the series was so uninspired he didn’t even do an entry for the episode. Thankfully, this week’s episode was near perfect. And yet, here it is, Saturday, and once again I am scurrying to get my thoughts posted.
Here’s what I learned.
First Wife, Episode 308
1. Now I get it.
I never cared for Young Ian in Voyager. Not anymore. This isn’t a new concept. Several fans who didn’t care for Lord John Grey in the books finally saw his appeal when David Berry brought him to life.
When I first saw pictures of John Bell as Young Ian, I was unimpressed. But an actor is so much more than a face, and John Bell is perfection in the role. I was just beginning to adore this character when his life changes dramatically and his future becomes uncertain.
2. Poster child person for passive-aggressive personality?
Season 3 of Outlander just keeps getting better and better. Episode 301 was great; episode 302, better; episode 303, even better, possibly the best; episode 304, possibly the best, with a couple of exceptions. Unfortunately, the streak likely ends here. The second half of Voyager isn’t nearly as compelling as the first half, falling into some pretty terrible tropes. Plus, there’s no more Lord John Grey (for a while).
[Note: I had this post finished several days ago, but forgot to publish it by Saturday.]
Outlander covered quite a bit of ground this week, literally, figuratively, and temporally. Ten years passed for Claire, Frank, and Brianna. Claire graduated from medical school, Bree from high school, and Frank went to the movies with his mistress. Only four years (or thereabouts) went by in the eighteenth century, but they were an eventful four-ish years.
Did the episode meet my hopeful expectations? Absofreakintlutely. So, let’s discuss