Between Two Fires S5 E2

Season 5 Episode 2

“Between Two Fires”

Written for Television by Toni Graphia and Luke Schelhaas

Directed by Stephen Woolfenden

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Unlike episode 1, this episode is hit and miss.

Jamie Fraser/The Regulators/Knox

The Jamie Fraser, Murtagh (Regulators), and Knox (The Crown) storyline is compelling and showcases Jamie’s honor, duty, and loyalty. He’s made oaths to the Crown and Governor Tryon for the betterment of his people knowing he will turncoat when the American Revolution gets underway. Taking care of his people is of utmost importance and he’s willing to take a difficult and seemingly contradictory path (on the surface) to get there. His public person must outwardly support the Crown, while his private person is making plans leagues down the road to support the emerging Americans. He is a well-educated and philosophical man who strives to understand his friends and enemies. He is a political strategist who knows how to play a long game and visualize the ongoing chess board most would not understand. During the episode, he attempted to use his King of Men powers to persuade Knox to take another path, on lacking more bloodshed, but like Murtagh, Knox was able to justify his heinous actions that resulted in violence.

Murtagh, unlike Jamie, yet like Knox, allowed himself into supporting and stirring violence while justifying its need and use. Murtagh’s darkness was revealed in the opening minutes and remarkably he understands Jamie’s position and what he is trying to accomplish. After the quick and shallow introduction of Hunter and Husband, I believe Murtagh is a dead man walking, at the very least he is heading to Canada or into the wilds of the West. Murtagh is a seemingly unmovable force and I cannot envision a place for him after the fight with the Regulators comes to an end.

The Ridge

This is where the miss of the hit and miss comes in for me as a viewer at least with Claire. Roger, Brianna, and Marsali are fantastic.

My new term for Claire Fraser this episode is “Clairrogance.” She’s over the top and out of touch with her culture on the Ridge n the 18th-century. Her arrogance under the guise of wanting to help those in her sphere rings false. It’s too fervent, too rash, and how after spending two different jaunts into the past does she lack sensitivity, understanding of her audience, and what ails the people of that time? It makes no sense for her to seem obsessive and “playing God” as Brianna so aptly put it.

She’s performing an autopsy but is sure no one will find out. So, who is going to uncover her disturbing foray into the human body, Mr. Farrish, who is supposed to be buried? Is she trying to get burned at the stake? She already knew what killed the man, and comes to the 18th this go-round being a skilled surgeon. She doesn’t need a cadaver for Marsali to apprentice under her, she needs Marsali to attend clinic appointments and emergencies to learn. Again, it rings TOO MUCH. This episode makes me like Claire a little less. Brianna acts like the mother trying to get Claire to see reason in what she’s doing.

Roger, on the other hand, is feeling insecure and cannot seem to find a niche outside of singing, and acting as minister on the Ridge. He has little valuable skill and doesn’t feel the all-encompassing family love Brianna is so connected to. To highlight his inability, he and Brianna go shooting and he cannot hit a tree or a wild turkey. To top it off, Claire cannot find any reason for his poor shooting. (Ahem, book readers understand my annoyance here). He thinks he wants to go back to the 20th-century but until they know whether Jemmy can hear the stones, they cannot even consider it. Who’s baby is it anyway?

Brianna is struggling with the aftermath of learning Bonnet is alive. She’s sketchy him over and over. A face dark and the image of trauma. Roger accidentally finds the sketches and is concerned.

Stephen Bonnet is alive and well in Wilmington. He’s a free man and doing business with those in Aunt Jocasta’s circle. In the episode, he reveals himself as a vicious and wicked man of drive and darkness. He is a father and is going after what is his.

A couple of mentions, we meet Mrs. Bug, Husband, and Hunter in a flash during the episode, so this tells us they will be back and have some importance in the future.

I’m hoping Claire is not portrayed this way for the rest of the season, or it’s going to be a difficult watch during her storylines.

Otherwise, it’s looking good.

See you on the other side of E3!

 

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On This Day S5 E1

Season 5 Episode 1

“The Fiery Cross”

Written for Television by Matthew B. Roberts

Directed by Stephen Woolfenden

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The people of Fraser’s Ridge, friends, and family gathered to celebrate the wedding of Roger MacKenzie and Brianna Ellen Randall Fraser. The big house was almost complete. Memories were shared and made, drinking games, feasting, dancing, romance, threat, treachery, bonding, politics, oaths, and a release of oath all happened in the two days lived onscreen.

Season 5 Episode 1 is the strongest opening episode only behind Season 1 Episode 1.  It was written with the deft hand of Mattew B. Roberts leading the writers’ room. It inhabited the spirit of the written word and achieved an adaptation that stood beautifully on its own with well-crafted storytelling that requires no external explanation.

From storyline references, character development, foreshadowing, costuming, hair, acting, music, variations of emotion and tone, all the way to the set design, no elements are left wanting.

This season is looking to be a spectacular ride.

 

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Podcast Hiatus

Hello Listeners,

I know it’s been a few weeks since I produced a podcast for The Fiery Cross read-a-long. I am currently buried with schoolwork right now as I’m furiously working on pre-requisite courses for the next leg of my educational journey. I must have two completed by mid-September and two more by mid-October so I can apply to the nursing program I’m vying for.

Please bear with me as I get adjusted to my new schedule. The podcast WILL be returning, but I can’t give an exact date.

If you have Outlander related podcast topic ideas outside of The Fiery Cross read-a-long, I would be happy to look into those as a means of getting the podcast recorded on a regular basis again. A read-a-long has distinct time challenges at the moment that I can’t meet as hard as I try right now.

I thank you for being loyal and wonderful listeners.

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Domesticity, Building Bonds, and Duty Ep 177

The Fiery Cross

Installment 13

Chapters 23-25

Domesticity, Building Bonds, and Duty

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Chapters:

23 – The Bard

24 – Playing with Fire

25 – The Angeling of My Rest

Summary:  Roger returns with mission incomplete. The baby is cranky. Brianna is at her wit’s end. Roger gets beautified. He’ll sing to help Jamie prepare the guests. Roger gives an uncomfortable history lesson to Brianna. Roger sings to an appreciative crowd. Jamie calls the men to duty. Roger reflects. Jamie and Claire find respite in their room. Jamie writes a letter.

Setting: The settlement of Fraser’s Ridge, NC – December 1, 1770

Active Characters:

  • Claire
  • Jamie
  • Brianna
  • Roger

Of Interest:

  • A peek into domestic life Roger and Brianna style.
  • Jamie’s inspiring music list.
  • The fiery cross in the yard.
  • Roger warmed the crowd up for Jamie’s main event.
  • The main event.
  • Roger’s inner thoughts as he sings.
  • Jamie’s physical reaction before…
  • The need for private moments to ground and reassure.
  • Claire’s happiness at leaving on an adventure.
  • “Can you remember everything you did today?”
  • A bedtime devotion brought on by a memory.
  • Jamie’s letter to Lord John and the significance.

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Of Chaos and Change Ep 176

The Fiery Cross

Installment 12

Chapters 21-22

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Chapters:

21 – Twenty-Twenty

22 – The Fiery Cross

Summary: Claire administers an eye examination. Mrs. Bug takes ownership of the running of the big house. A family with a sordid past comes to visit. Claire worries. Claire struggles with the changes to come. Fight. Fight. Fight. Solace is found outdoors. Jamie ceremonially prepares for the changes ahead. The men Jamie calls to arms must come of their own volition. A family member is asked to join Jamie in the fight.

Setting: The settlement of Fraser’s Ridge, NC – Fall

Active Characters:

  • Claire
  • Roger
  • Brianna
  • Jamie
  • Bug
  • The Muellers
  • Chisolm

Events:

  • Claire exams Roger’s eyes. Roger doesn’t have binocular vision. He isn’t able to shoot at moving targets. He has eyes like a hawk! But the real question is, is it genetic?
  • Mrs. Bug is in her element cooking and caring for Jamie, Claire, and those staying at the ridge or in the big house.
  • The Muellers being at The Ridge is challenging since Gerhard is the one who scalped the local Tuscarora who he thought cursed his family with the measles.
  • Claire does careful math of the stores to ensure Mrs. Bug isn’t being too elaborate with the feeding. Claire cleverly hides the special foods, so they won’t get gobbled up. She also worries about vitamin deficiency over Winter.
  • Claire’s botched penicillin experiment and the catfight between Mrs. Bug and Mrs. Chisolm.
  • Claire yearns for the predictability of home, hearth, and her surgery.
  • Everyone present is at their wits end with the overcrowded spaces and rowdy children. Brianna snaps. Claire decidedly finds the male folk easier to be around than a bunch of women.
  • The echoes of Nayawenne visit Claire as she walks with Jemmy.
  • Claire having unsuccessfully visits the malting shed to find some soothing whisky for Jemmy’s sore gums, happens upon Jamie bathing by the spring. He is in the act of ritually cleaning himself.
  • After Jamie’s prayer reached its conclusion, Claire and Jemmy join him. Of course, Jamie has a flask of the holy water to soothe his sore gums.
  • Jamie explains the calling of the clans for war as he had seen Dougal perform.
  • There is a deep understanding that he is not clan chief or laird of the peoples on The Ridge or in the backcountry. The men must come by free will.
  • Jamie walks a fine line of a loyalist who will have to turn traitor.
  • Jamie shares it was his Uncle Dougal he was seeking for help when he prayed.

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