Summary: Breakfast is served, but not for Claire. Jamie desires an astrolabe. John Quincy Myers summons Jamie. A thief-taker threatens. A mother protects her own. Jamie shows his leadership prowess. Claire has a pop-up clinic. The unintended consequence of high taxes is revealed. A personal account of the riot is offered.
Chapter 2: Loaves and Fishes
Setting: Mt. Helicon, NC, Late October 1770
Claire is making breakfast, wanting to be in on the MacGillivray mayhem, and prepping for her clinic day.
Jamie is borrowing food, making a list of these he wants to barter for, quashing the MacGillivray mayhem, and learning about Abel MacLennan’s story.
Abel MacLennan is eating breakfast, soothing Marsali, and sharing his tax and riot tales.
Private Andrew Ogilvie is eating breakfast and sharing the demise of the regiment.
Lizzie is mooning over Private Ogilvie.
John Quincy Myers is fetching Jamie to assist the MacGillivray family.
Fergus is following Jamie into the MacGillivray’s situation.
Marsali is helping with breakfast, feeding her baby, and talking to Abel.
The MacGillivray Family is in a fix with the thief-taker.
Before I begin the opening of TFC, I feel the need to address what we didn’t yet see in some form in S4 of the television show. Six chapters were not covered in the adapted material. And since Roger returned to River Run instead of the Ridge, they’ll be some changes to the order of things and surely some scenes will be omitted altogether.
Jamie and Brianna’s reconciliation.
Jamie bonding as a grandfather.
Lord John recuperating at River Run and traveling with the group until he was to turn toward Virginia.
Roger’s oath to the baby and claiming him as his own.
Roger and Jamie accepting each other.
Roger and Brianna hashing out their feelings and relationship while discovering who each other is now. Who doesn’t want to see Roger awkwardly stripping down the first time he is in Brianna’s intimate space while she breastfeeds the baby?
Roger becoming acquainted with his baby.
Claire and Jamie’s relationship advice to Roger.
The big house being built.
Jocasta getting engaged.
Naming the baby.
The beginning of the Gathering at Mt. Helicon. Days 1-4. OMG A listener brought up the idea that the writers could do away with the Gathering altogether!!! WHOA!
Update from Young Ian.
Claire getting Frank’s ring back.
Reuniting Lizzie with her dad.
Jamie taking the baby gambling.
Claire doctoring folks.
The Highland Regiment
Roger disclosing the contents of Frank’s letter to the Reverend to Jamie.
Jamie making peace with Frank.
Calling of the Clans
How do you think the writers will fit it in? How do you think it will be adapted? What will end up being ignored?
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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.
Bonding with Brianna.
What’s Up with Roger:
He’s tested by the Mohawk villagers.
Jamie and Claire:
The divide between them.
A Man Needs A Purpose:
Fergus’ plight and the wife always knows best.
Murtagh the Wanted:
Capturing the pirate.
The Bonnet conundrum is fixed.
Lizzie the Loud Mouth:
She’s irresponsible with her words.
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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My basic thoughts follow below, but you’ll have to listen to the podcast to get my complete thoughts.
Summary: Claire and Adawehi bond. A misunderstood truth is given. The white sow is challenging her worth. Jamie shares a supernatural dream. Claire midwife’s a mountain family. Jamie and Young Ian go to recruit settlers. Claire quashes a conflict. Settlers are difficult to come by. Measles claim lives. A dear friend is murdered. Someone special is found. Retribution is demanded. Family finds itself opposing one another.
It is impressive how Claire is integrating and participating in the community and blending cultures through her healing practice, her relationship with Adawehi, and in her clothing (gloves and fur undervest). She even temporarily belays bad blood between the Cherokee and Herr Mueller.
The continuing theme of Claire as a loving mother who misses Brianna. Adawehi tells her Brianna is here, but Claire misunderstands the meaning.
Who doesn’t love MURTAGH? RAWR! They’ve turned him into a serious silver fox. Move over Jamie, Murtagh is in town and seems to be single. Living well post indentured servitude has him doing well for himself.
The reunions between Jamie and Murtagh, Murtagh’s reaction to Claire returning, and Claire’s reaction to Murtagh coming up the path to the cabin are all squishy warm feeling delights.
The sheer superstitious savagery that Herr Mueller displays in believing the Cherokee cursed the water and his family leading to the measle related deaths of the baby, Petronella and Tommy are awful and painful to watch. Claire’s reaction when he hands her Adawehi scalp because the curse was broken through her death is revolting and wrenching. Herr Mueller puts the savage in savagery. The retaliation by the Cherokee for the death of Adawehi erases the Muellers from the New World. Mueller and his wife perish at their hands, and their cabin is burned to the ground. Mueller is the antithesis of the good neighbor Jamie and Claire are trying to be.
Jamie and Murtagh being on the other side of the law and Governor Tryon is setting up a storyline of challenge and decisions between them.
The way Brianna departs the 20th century is baffling and irritating. She appears to have left in a moment of rash decision when she learns on her own of the bad news about a fire at Fraser’s Ridge. She didn’t call Roger to tell him of the fire and obituary notice. When Roger goes to Inverness to track her departure and find clues, Miss Baird (presumably the daughter of Mrs. Baird the Innkeeper) gives him a letter Brianna asked her to hold for a year. She couldn’t take the heartbreak on Roger’s face.
The letter Brianna left is cold and dare I say cruel. She gives no indication she loves him or what her intentions are. She doesn’t even say what bad news she found that led her to leave. She tells him not to follow her into the past. And then, simply says goodbye.
Is she trying to push him away purposely? She seems utterly detached and uncaring. “Oh well, think of me happily in the past.” Ho hum. Nothing to see here.
Where is the deep love and wanting that is supposed to be building the foundation these two characters are bound by and drive us into the next generation willingly?
Roger’s character will have him following her without a doubt. BUT WHY would he follow her? She has left nothing for him to hold onto or to be encouraged by.
I am underwhelmed by the Brianna and Roger storytelling and find myself not caring if he follows her or not.
And don’t get me started on the Holly Hobbie dress she is wearing. It must have been a truly rash decision to head for the 18th.