Providence Ep 163

Season 4 Episode 412

Providence

Directed by: Mairzee Almas

Written by: Karen Campbell

My basic thoughts outline is below, you’ll need to listen to the podcast to get the details!

Summary: Roger completes the initiation and remains a slave. He is known as dogface. Fergus plans. Lord John brings Brianna news. She requests an audience after reading the letter.  Brianna and Lord John share an intimate moment. Roger works in the village. A woman with a baby helps Roger. Brianna and Lord John make a visit. Roger breaks a cultural rule. Roger meets a priest. Roger learns his location. Marsalis deduces the plan. What would Jamie and Claire do? The priest is tortured. Roger prays. They dig. The priest is taken away. Brianna and Lord John arrive at their destination.  Roger escapes. Brianna says her peace. Murtagh escapes. Roger does the priest a service. His lover makes a choice.

What is Providence? From the Oxford Dictionary.

1 The protective care of God or of nature as a spiritual power. ‘They found their trust in divine providence to be a source of comfort.’ Synonyms: fate, destiny, nemesis, kismet, God’s will, divine intervention, predestination, predetermination.

1.1 God or nature as providing protective care. ‘I live out my life as Providence decrees.’

2 Timely preparation for future eventualities. ‘It was considered a duty to encourage providence.’ Synonyms: prudence, foresight, forethought, far-sightedness, judgement, judiciousness, shrewdness, circumspection, wisdom, sagacity, common sense, precaution, caution, care, carefulness

Conflict, Friendship, Protection, Forgiveness, and Confrontation:

  • Brianna reacts to the news Lord John bring about Bonnet’s arrest.
  • Brianna needs to move forward into freedom through forgiveness.
  • Lord John is protective… “I’m not sure that means taking afternoon tea with a murderer.”
  • Brianna misses her mother and experiences unexpected emotions when arriving in town. Lord John offers support.
  • Brianna talks to Bonnet…alone. With Lord John waiting protectively.
  • When she speaks to Bonnet, he gets a rise out of her.

Purpose and Friendship:

  • Fergus and the other Regulators refuse to let Murtagh stay in jail and be sentenced to hang.
  • Marsali supports the plan to break Murtagh from jail.
  • They wish Claire and Jamie were there to help because they would find a way.
  • While Lord John and Brianna are in the jail, Fergus and friends put the breakout plan into action.
  • Marsali and Fergus are going to the Ridge.
  • The boys make to break Murtagh out of jail and run into LJG and Brianna during the escape.
  • With the baby in a basket and all their goods in a wagon, Marsali provides the getaway vehicle.

Biding Time, Kindness, Reflection, Conflict, and Sacrificial Love

  • Roger’s put to work as a camp slave even though his arm is injured.
  • He encounters a young mother, Johiehon, who offers Roger medicinal help to help with the pain of his injured arm.
  • Kahereton is jealous and worried about Roger.
  • Roger unwittingly breaks a cultural rule and is put in a hut.
  • Roger is questioned why he was sold by his people.
  • Roger meets Pere Alexandre Ferigault in the hut.
  • Love is the common denominator between Roger and Alexandre.
  • The priest tells his story and why he’s prepared to die.
  • Roger tells his story and why he is an idiot.
  • Roger digs his way out of the hut and to the screaming of Pere he runs away.
  • Roger tries to talk himself out of going back to help Pere.
  • He cannot do it. Calls himself a stupid fool. He runs back to the village.
  • Roger returns to the village and hastens the priest’s death.
  • Johiehon walks into the flame to join her lover.
  • Kahereton is devastated and picks up the baby.
  • Roger is stunned by the turn of events, then is hauled away. “That’s it, lads, take me back to the idiot hut.”

Freedom

  • Brianna finds of mind and body freedom through forgiving Bonnet.
  • Pere Ferigault and his lover find freedom in death.
  • Murtagh gains his freedom by the acts of his friends, including an unlikely ally
  • Bonnet is a cat with nine lives and presumably escaped before the prison blew up.
  • Though still a captive, Roger finds freedom in confronting his own emotions and thoughts and doing the right thing.

I CANNOT wait until the finale. See you on the flip side.

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If Not For Hope Ep 162

Season 4 Episode 411

If Not For Hope

Directed by: Mairzee Almas

Written by: Bronwyn Garrity and Shaina Fewell

My basic thoughts outline is below, you’ll need to listen to the podcast above to get the details!

Summary: Roger is recaptured. Brianna uses art therapy. Brianna sketches a beautiful woman. Jocasta plans a party. Jamie, Claire, and Young Ian are on the trail. There is a worry about Brianna. Young Ian plays a marriage therapist. Fergus finds intel, but not work. Jocasta bears a gift. Marsali knows what a man needs. The eligible men arrive. Brianna commands a parlor game.  A pirate is captured. A proposal will be made. Brianna hatches a plan. Bones are discovered. Jamie and Claire makeup. Roger is put to a test.

This episode brims over with emotional vulnerability and characters being unable to hide who they are, what they are, and exist in bareness for viewers to watch. The overarching theme of hope from hopelessness is a bit over the top and lacks any subtlety whatsoever, yet the message gets brought home for each of the characters loud and clear.

Brianna The Prized Heifer:

  • Salivating single men…mostly.
  • Jocasta is persuasive.
  • A Lord joins the dinner party.
  • A game of psychology.
  • Brianna swoons and begins to gain a friend.
  • An offer he couldn’t refuse.

Lord John:

  • His presence.
  • His friendship.
  • His encounter.
  • Bonding with Brianna.

What’s Up with Roger:

  • He daydreams.
  • He’s tested by the Mohawk villagers.

Jamie and Claire:

  • The divide between them.
  • The makeup.

A Man Needs A Purpose:

  • Fergus’ plight and the wife always knows best.

Murtagh the Wanted:

  • Regulator business.
  • Capturing the pirate.
  • The Bonnet conundrum is fixed.

Lizzie the Loud Mouth:

  • She’s judgmental.
  • She’s irresponsible with her words.
  • She’s loyal.

Final Thoughts:

I wanted to love this episode. So much detail and excellence were given to the whole River Run experience, yet the Jamie and Claire makeup seemed okay but the lacking impact left something missing. The Fergus subplot is plain bizarre since he had a job when Roger ran into him at the newspaper shop. Nevertheless, Marsali shines. Murtagh and Bonnet end up going to jail together. This should prove an interesting story arc in the next episode.

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The Fraser Fire

Season 4 Episode 410

The Deep Heart’s Core

Directed by: David Moore

Written by: Luke Schelhaas

 

My thoughts are below, but you’ll need to listen to the podcast to get my in-depth perspective.

Summary: Jamie teaches Brianna a valuable lesson. Roger continues to travel with the Mohawk. Claire offers Brianna a choice. Young Ian is smitten. Claire’s at home in the garden. Homestead life thrives. Claire and Brianna play a missing game. A nightmare causes revelation. “Where’s Roger?” Brianna rages. Punches and slaps are thrown. A plan is made. Jamie asks for a favor. Young Ian proposes. Everyone departs. Aunt Jocasta meets Brianna. Roger makes an escape. A buzzing calls to Roger. An anguished decision is being made.

The Fraser Fire and Many Shades of Parenting

There’ve been glimpses of the Fraser fire in Brianna in the past couple of episodes, but tonight the emotional dam breaks and she lets loose. Following in her English parents’ footsteps, she generally doesn’t open up easily, but she can’t seem to stop herself at any point in the episode. If you’ve ever been through a serious traumatic event or events, sometimes emotions can’t be held in regardless of intent. All the internal box lids come flying off and emotional chaos ensues and hopefully, healing can begin.

Brianna’s emotional transformation begins with her telling Jamie he must hate her because she’s an unwed, pregnant, and so forth daughter. This is more about her self-image and what she believes about herself than what Jamie thinks. Jamie to his credit expresses he doesn’t hold her accountable for what someone else did to her before he jumps in and says she’ll be wed before the baby comes. Because you know it’s the culture of the time. Regardless, she has someone in the 20th, her Historian so she won’t wed anyone else. Jamie is feeling her out and giving her parental space while being reassuring.

When Brianna begins talking to herself about how she is stupid and at fault because she didn’t fight and should’ve known better than to follow “him” into a dark room, Jamie jumps in telling her it’s not her fault, but she doesn’t believe him. Jamie’s parenting style takes a dark turn for many, but demonstrating the truth is more impactful than telling it. He begins to taunt her, tells her maybe she’s lying, or she liked it. Her anger riles, and she goes to take a swing at him, he grabs her placing her into a choke hold. Brianna can’t move no matter how she fights. She takes his point and finally understands there’s nothing she could’ve done to stop the man from harming her. I love how they sit together, and he speaks into her what she is feeling. That she is a coward because she couldn’t fight off a wolf.  In my mind, this is a nod to the books, where Claire did, in fact, fight off wolves bare handed outside of Wentworth.  He knows Brianna would’ve died at her attacker’s hands had she fought.

Brianna is in a state of vulnerability that can’t sit by itself, she asks Jamie about his experience with Black Jack Randall. Did he fight back? Did seeking vengeance help? Did killing his attacker make him feel better or forget? Jamie took the questioning in stride. He’s walking a fine parenting line, having his private pain sitting next to hers without judgment, only openness, and wise guidance.

The next level to Brianna’s emotional breach is after a nightmare (a really beautiful nod to Jamie’s nightmare in Season 2 where Black Jack Randall is swapped for Claire) when she learns from Lizzie that Roger came to the Ridge and was mistakenly beaten up and sent away by Jamie. The way she barges into the cabin is the bull in the china shop we expect. She yells, growls, slaps, says terrible things to Jamie, and generally commands the room.  Jamie being the adult and the parent, takes her tongue lashing, he takes her brutal words, he lets them absorb without turning on her (even though some furniture is not so lucky). He is the Da. He learns what parenting this daughter, a Fraser daughter means during this moment. There’s no altering her course or changing her opinion. Claire is the protective mother yet is at a loss seeing her daughter unhinged when Brianna goes beyond all measure and punches Young Ian in the face.

Brianna is grown and claiming what is hers. She wants Roger back no matter how long it takes.

Last, she goes on to make her mother leave her because she doesn’t trust Young Ian and Jamie will get the job done because of their judgment and because Roger will need to see a friendly face and a doctor. She puts the pursuit of Roger in front of all else, even if that means her mama misses the birth of the baby while she is safe at River Run under Aunt Jocasta’s care.

When mentioning shades of parenting, I have to address Claire offering Brianna a surgical abortion. It’s a tender and most gentle offering. Though we don’t get the background in the show, Claire referred patients who sought an abortion to other doctors. She couldn’t do them because she could feel the life force of the fetus. She’s a healer. For her to offer the choice to Brianna by her own hand, is a very big deal to Claire as a mother and as a physician. When Brianna asked Claire If she considered it (with her pregnancy), Claire was astonished and horrified at the thought. This squeezed my heart for Brianna to get that reassurance and the truth from her mama. And it not only speaks volumes about how Claire felt about the baby she was carrying and Jamie, but how she trusted Frank even though she tried to send him away.

I like this vulnerable and fiery Brianna. I love this truly connected mother and daughter pair. For the first time maybe ever, Brianna gets her mama as she really is and shares the pieces of her heart she long concealed in the 20th century.

Brianna and Jamie have a long way to go to repair and grow their relationship, but the seeds and foundation are there to be reaped when he brings Roger back.

Run, Roger! Run!

The note about Roger is about his utter devotion to getting away from the Mohawk and back to Brianna. He accidentally escapes (boy, oh boy those Mohawk are bad trackers so far) and finds himself face to face with the standing stone we saw the ancient people dancing around in the first episode. He has the gemstones in hand. He is anguished and can escape this horrid reality right now if he wants to. We’re left hanging as he reaches for the standing stone when the camera fades to black. Could he really go without having a resolution in the 18th century? I can see why he would want to jump centuries and get the hell out of the nightmare.

Wrap Up:

  • What consequences will Jamie face over yet another secret?
  • Can Claire forgive him for Stephen Bonnet being alive and able to continue to wreak havoc?
  • Can Jamie forgive Claire for not telling him who the rapist is?
  • How will Brianna acclimate to River Run?
  • What will Murtagh do with Bonnet until Jamie returns?
  • If the Mohawk catch Roger and adopt him, who will take his place?
  • What is Jocasta scheming? You saw how she was feeling Brianna out like she is a prized beast.

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The Birds and The Bees Ep 160

Season 4 Episode 409

The Birds & The Bees

Directed by: David Moore

Written by: Toni Graphia and Matthew B. Roberts

My thoughts are below, but you’ll need to listen to the podcast to get my in-depth perspective.

Summary: Brianna returns to her room battered and bleeding. Lizzie tries to help. Roger returns to the tavern for Brianna but is greeted by someone unexpected and forced to leave. Brianna wakes late learning Roger has left.  The Frasers are in town. Brianna and Jamie meet for the first time. Claire is overwhelmed seeing her daughter. Brianna explains the reason for her visit. Young Ian meets his cousin. Lizzie is smitten. Brianna tells Claire all about Roger. Young Ian tells the story of what happened the last time they went upriver. They all arrive at Fraser’s Ridge. Jamie and Brianna bond over bees. Domesticity rules. Roger gets a gemstone and heads to the Ridge. Brianna reveals truths and secrets to Claire. Lizzie makes a proclamation. Jamie takes mistaken vengeance.

It’s All Good:

For the first time maybe ever, I have only good to say about this episode. It hits every beat with superb acting, good storytelling, and every character feeling right in their own skins and actions. This episode feels like the essence of Outlander and why readers go back to the books again and again. Outside of the very first episode, this episode in my favorite of all the seasons. The second viewing was even more satisfying than the first. This episode is what a quality adaptation should look like. The heart and soul of the story and the characters are masterfully brought to life with the alterations blending in as if they have always been there. I hope this is the new standard for the series moving forward. Toni and Matt wrote excellent material for the ensemble of actors, the director, and the host of personnel to turn into something magical.

Miscommunication, Relationship Dynamics, and Secrets:

  • Roger leaving on the Gloriana.
  • Lizzie’s vantage point.
  • Brianna’s guilt over Roger leaving.
  • Father and daughter.
  • Claire’s overwhelm.
  • Teenage hormones.
  • Loyalty and bonding.
  • Brianna’s secrets.
  • Jamie’s secret.

Interesting Links:

So many lingering questions:

  • Why did no one check where the Gloriana was going before assuming it was heading back to Scotland?
  • How is Jamie going to explain his busted-up hand?
  • Will Claire keep the secret?
  • Will Lizzie and Young Ian keep the secret?
  • What will Young Ian do with Roger?
  • Where’s Murtagh sleeping?
  • When will Bonnet pay for what he’s done?
  • How does Brianna’s skirt have pockets?
  • Will Brianna go back to the 20th century or wait for Roger?

Final Thought:

Lack of clear communication and proper investigation mixed with high emotion create a plethora of problems for the characters. Thankfully the preview for episode 410 shows Lizzie spilling the beans to Brianna about Roger being carted away. Then we enter the game of “Where the heck is Roger Mac?”

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Wilmington Ep 159

Season 4 Episode 408

Wilmington

Directed by: Jennifer Getzinger

Written by: Luke Schelhaas

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Summary:  Roger searches for Brianna. Jamie and Claire visit Fergus, Marsali, and the baby. Roger mopes in a tavern before finding Brianna. A declaration is made. A wedding transpires. Jamie and Claire are off to a play with the who’s who of Governor Tryon’s friends. A consummation occurs several times. Claire fangirls over someone famous. A plan is underway. Jamie worries for Murtagh and creates a distraction. Claire performs surgery in front of a crowd. Roger and Brianna fight. There is an unhappy parting. Murtagh is saved for another day. Brianna is drawn into trouble.

The Good:

  • Seeing Fergus, Marsali, and meeting baby Germain and their home. What a dumpling that baby is.
  • Claire being so excited to meet George Washington and making a particularly poor joke.
  • The initial reunion between Roger and Brianna is exciting and momentarily filled with promise.
  • Jamie’s creation of a distraction to warn Murtagh. Way to elbow poor Fanning where it hurts.
  • Claire performing surgery amongst a crowd to gain street cred and provide a distractive cover for Jamie.
  • The handfasting ceremony mixed with tradition and modern vows.
  • The absolute horror that is Stephen Bonnet and the sensitive manner in which the assault scene is carried out.

The Okay:

  • The sexy time between Roger and Brianna left me a bit cold instead of warm and fuzzy. An experienced man should know the necessary role of foreplay (not just kissing) to warm and ready the nether parts of a female. The lack of talk about pregnancy prevention is ridiculous given their circumstances. Was the infamous coitus interruptus utilized? It is about as effective as properly used condoms. Well, that is when the penis is washed in between encounters, the fluids are spent well away from the vulva, and timing is flawless.
  • The use of the magical alcohol during the surgery given the sober state of the patient is unbelievable. Laudanum was commonplace in the Colonies, and surely someone would have had some handy. Though it’s not an excellent means of anesthesia, it would be faster acting and better used for this surgical scenario.

The Ugly:

  • How the fight escalated between Roger and Brianna ending with Roger leaving her.
  • Murtagh being an ungrateful jerk when Fergus shows up to warn him.
  • Roger’s unfortunate costuming is taking away from his appeal. Why do the other sailors look decent and don’t get me started on the swagger and bad boy sex appeal Bonnet exudes?!

Character Portrayal and Storytelling:

  • There are traitors everywhere. Someone in Murtagh’s crew is in the Governor’s pocket. Roger leaving Brianna is traitorous to their relationship and future. Poor Georgie W., he’s the unwitting patsy for Jamie’s actions. Did you know Governor Tryon actually plotted to have Washington killed? Indeed he did. There’s a link below that explains it. 
  • The family is a central theme this season and continues into this episode.
  • Brianna seems small and weak causing Roger to look like a serious jerk who wants to control her. Where’s the fire? Many of the other actresses are diminutive in stature, yet they pack depth of strength and fire in their character portrayals.
  • The lack of relationship development of Brianna and Roger leaves me struggling to find the passion and necessity for their relationship moving forward. Even with limited screen time, we know exactly who and why Marsali and Fergus are together. Why are Roger and Brianna different? 
  • The constant fighting between Roger and Brianna doesn’t add realism. It makes me not care about them as a couple, and wonder why they want to be together. This isn’t about a culture clash between these characters. Brianna, like Claire, makes decisions based on her needs not on the culture at large. They are not feminist advocates or bandwagoners with deep streaks of the traditional within. 
  • Murtagh’s sour grapes coupled with Tryon’s constant harping about taxes is so in our face. WE GET IT. SOMETHING IS COMING. Hey Claire, why don’t you explain to Murtagh if he simmers down and bides his time the revolution is coming regardless of what he does?!
  • The feeling things move too quickly without a pause to get to know pivotal information is inescapable. There’s so much in the scripts being edited out that doesn’t make it to the screen to the detriment of the storytelling.

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