To The Pain, Joy, Plotting, Intimacy. La Dame Blanche S2 E4 Podcast Review

To the pain, joy, plotting, and intimacy. La Dame Blanche (S2 E4) is a highly worthwhile ride. FINALLY!!!!!! With a sigh, slow and long…the way is found back.  Time slows and story lines comes into view. I hope you enjoy my podcast review. Listen below or download on iTunes or Stitcher.

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 The Band is Back Together. Jamie and Claire. S2 E4

It has been a long, rocky, and disconnected road for our Jamie and Claire Fraser since Wentworth. The result, Jamie turned into a ghost, a shell to himself and his life mate, Claire. Beyond the functional compartmentalized business of life, the damage left behind sowed devastating crops in the quiet and private spaces. A most distressing decline for this couple, the team, the marriage, we fans love and root for. If Jamie cannot heal. If their relationship cannot recover. It’s almost too much like real life. It has to get better, I keep saying. Even with the baby and the pregnancy virtually ignored, their body language speaking of loss, pain, and longing, Jamie unable to rebuild the shattered internal spaces to reclaim himself and his marriage…something has to give. The give finally comes in the form of a confession. After what looks like months of knowing, Claire tells him Jack Randall is alive. As I have said in my podcast, this truth, instead of being further devastation to Jamie’s psyche, is the catalyst to bringing him out of hiding, to truly begin the halted and difficult healing process. This piece of information granted Jamie access to the dark place, allowing light to shine in, stirring him back toward himself and his wife. In essence bringing the band back together for what should be a phenomenal reunion tour for Jamie and Claire.

FINALLY. I whispered it, shouted it, laughed it. FINALLY he is returning to himself and moving forward. FINALLY he can find his way back to Claire. And many sighed in and out, deep cleansing breaths held long and steadfast for this man and this couple. FINALLY.

Seeing Jamie come back to life with such joy returning, is also bittersweet with the aftertaste of revenge. At whatever cost to have him return it feels like. What will his payment be for revenge being the spark? After this hellish road just traversed, I’m a bit scared to even think of it.  For now, he has a shelter and a roof in Claire, and a purpose to fulfill to cleanse his pain.

Jamie’s glee at feeling aroused without seeing the face of Randall, is tempered by the ill-gotten way he discovers this fact. Getting randy with a whore, whether or not it is in the babysitting the Prince job description, is never the best idea. It’s especially a poor idea when your wife is pregnant and aching for your touch. Jamie’s practical sense of “look what I can do” again versus Claire’s point of view, is a clash that breaks down into the core of Jamie. The exposure of his nakedness under the blade of grass, a necessary truth Claire needed to know. It is necessary for him fully expose himself to Claire. There’s a line between secrets and lies. This secret was twisting in to a lie that looked and felt like a forever truth to Jamie. His speaking out loud, shattered the lie into pieces. Now the work, the finding of one another, the shelter can be built on a once again solid foundation, instead of memories of what was. Claire believing all he said, then seeking him out, asking him to find her, to find them, is seed of hope and transformation that takes root. 

The intimacy of thought and body returning quells the ache and squeezes the heart to contented tears. It’s not simply sex, it’s the proximity to each other, the knowing looks, the thoughts shared without words, the kisses, the small touches, the protectiveness, the togetherness as a team. Sex is a primary mode of safety and communication between them. It’s their place of re-connection, validation, and acts as a salve to the days of challenge.

Jamie may think revenge is the key to his wellness, but no…their resumed all-encompassing intimacy is the key, and the hope, and the answer.

Now ahead we go, adventuring through days of unknown with this couple intact. New memories to make. Love to grow. Plots to work. The band is indeed back together!

I applaud Toni Graphia for her deft skill and understanding of these characters. She wrote the love back in. She found the vehicle to get them to the destination of togetherness once more.  She found Jamie. Jamie found Claire.

Click on the thumbnails to see the screen caps in full size. These show the difference between them. Sigh. Finally.

 

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Screen Caps Outlander Season Finale Ep 1×16

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Screen captures from To Ransom A man’s Soul episode 1×16 the Outlander Season One Finale. 

  

                                                      

                                                                              

And now on to Season Two based on Dragonfly in Amber.

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To Ransom A Man’s Soul Ep 1×16 Review

WARNING: Mature subject matter follows.  

Take a moment. Breathe slowly in and out. You along with Jamie Fraser survived the Outlander Season One Finale. 

The acting raw, gritty, and terribly truthful. Absolutely outstanding across the board throughout. Each cast member raised their own bar to meet the other.

The Darkness Inhabited 

  
Special kudos for Tobias Menzies and Sam Heughan.  Incredibly bold and brave. Deeper into the sadistic, twisted desires of Black Jack Randall together viewers are taken. Sheer brutality and indignities upon Jamie Fraser. 

The horrific terrors of rape are offered up too easily by Black Jack Randall. A desire to overpower, gain submission, and twist emotions that force the breaking of Jamie for his sadistic drive.  Played to exquisite perfection.

More than the physical side of rape is shown by the use of disturbing psychological tools invoking Jamie’s desire for Claire to finally get the response he is after. As Jamie says, “He made love to me.” A heartbreaking moment for a broken Jamie and viewers. Randall has accomplished his end goal. 

Definitely a difficult watch. It is shocking, absolutely enough to induce memories of those who’ve endured sexual assault.  
  
These scenes are straightforward with a no holds barred view of Randall. Black Jack Randall is not lauded or given a sympathetic point of view. He is darkness, not evil. Evil infers the supernatural, darkness is of this earth. 

Jamie is plunged so away from the light he wishes to die by any means when Randall’s promise to kill him are thwarted by his rescue.  As he put it Randall hurt him too much and not enough.   


By Highland kine stampede Jamie is rescued and lovingly carried out of the prison by Murtagh. What a brilliant and unexpected plan using reveille to disguise the noise of the encroaching herd.  What a clever decision usings cows as a means to rescue.  Hope given by hooves.

  
More hope is offered to viewers in Black Jack Randall being crushed under the trampled door presumably dead.  Momentary satisfaction and relief as the story moves ahead. 

Darkness continues to hang on after taking refuge in a monestary with FatherAnselm and Brother Paul.  The devastating effects are obvious in Jamie’s demeanor. He wants to die, cannot touch or look at Claire, vomits up all food and drink, and though physically healing well is fevered and lacking will to live. These symptoms of deep trauma are examined with consideration and reality.  The desperation spreads through Claire, Murtagh, and the Brother.  They recognize wisely there is more at play causing Jamie’s want of death as escape. 

  
Murtagh seeing  Jamie needs to be joined in the darkness by Claire to find out what he is hiding and reclaim him from it. The idea is sound, the execution goes off mark. Claire sets herself up to invoke the memory of Randall in order to get Jamie to share the secrets, to fight back. The use of lavender oil is smart but then instantly he realized it is Claire he is fighting and not Randall. They slap, kick, tumble to the floor? Why, if not to fight Randall? How does fighting Claire help him regain himself and begin healing? It doesn’t quite make ends meet. 

  
In this process the brand is exposed. After which he does reveal the secret of being broken and ferls unable to be a husband any longer.  A small breakthrough. Then something awkward occurs. Claire makes it all about her and says she will die right here with him if they cannot be together.  That is what turns him back toward her and he begins to come back. Again this math doesn’t quite add up in my estimation. What about what he needs to feel strong and whole? Virtually left out of his process back.  

Claire’s fierce protection is also not displayed to what we know it can be during the scenes at  the monastery. She seems partially present outside of setting his hand. Her demeanor is more fretful than proactive as she usually is.

  
A solid move and return back to path happens in Murtagh cutting out the brand from Jamie’s skin by his request while sober and in his right mind. Finally we are getting somewhere.

 
 The exit to France is a clean departure from Scotland into the future. The conversation between Claire and Jamie on the deck of the ship feel strange and forced. It was a sore disappointment how Claire divulged her pregnancy. The lack of intimacy of the outdoor location of a ship’s deck  was a misstep, though Jamie’s first real smile in a couple of episodes warms the heart. Seeing them in a state of sexual reconnection and emotional coming together would’ve wholly altered this sequence.

    

The first season sails off to France where season two will pick up. Hope, a pregnancy, and trying to change the future together.

Overall this episode gets an A-  for the strength of the first half of the episode and the efforts to get on point in the second half.

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Podcast To Ransom A Man’s Soul Ep 1×16 Review and Recap

 Outlander Season One has come to a close.  We get drawn into the world of Black Jack Randall in a disturbing and real way. We see the aftermath upon Jamie and Claire. Can he survive his ordeal? Can she save him? Where will they go?

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