Surrender S3 E2

Surrender 

Directed by: Jennifer Getzinger

Written by: Anne Kenney

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That’s a whole lot of storytelling to digest. Anne Kenney did an amazing job with the material given, but it definitely felt like too much for one episode. I wanted it to slow down to a more comfortable pacing. Overall, I liked it. There was a good flow to it. The direction was thoughtful as well.

Here are my basic thoughts on Jamie, Claire, and Frank. To get my deep thoughts and ideas, you’ll need to listen to the podcast.

It’s 1752 at Lallybroch. Six years since the Battle of Culloden.

Jamie Fraser, aka Dunbonnet and Red Jamie, showed us a desolate, purposeless, and wounded man. He was emotionally isolated and barely spoke when he was amongst the family. He was a ghost of a man, until he again found a purpose to live for. He looked dirty and without care for his own comforts or needs. Jamie’s relaxed posture when Mary McNab shaved him was a subtle beauty. When he shed a tear as she gifted him with wholeness the night before he left for prison, was gut wrenching. Sam Heughan can convey emotion without much speech or overacting.

I wanted to know more about his time in the cave though. I wanted to see him dream of Claire, as she did of him to give layers to his desolation. I want to know why he wore his hair down underneath the brown hat.

Claire is trying her best to re-integrate into married life with Frank and to mothering Brianna. She’s also desolated and emotionally isolated. She thinks she can be one place in her mind and heart, while going through the motions in real life. She cannot. At one point, she wakes Frank to have sex with him saying, “I miss my husband.” Either she was trying to earnestly connect or is top level cold right there. I am dumbfounded they would write that depth of disconnect into Claire if she meant Jamie husband and not Frank husband. That would be downright mean. She thinks Frank won’t notice her lack of intimacy while he is connected to her body, ultimately her internal betrayal sinks Frank’s ability to be close to her. It is awful to watch play out. I don’t like to think of Claire as so selfish. Hurt, grieving, acting out…sure, but cold like this, it’s too much. In the end, being a stay-at-home mother and wife isn’t enough and she enrolls in medical school. On her first day, she meets her soon to be BFF Joe Abernathy.

It feels heavy handed depicting her a feminist with a battle to fight every step of the way. Claire goes to medical school because she must. It’s not to further a feminist agenda. She can’t not be a doctor. She finds her deeper purpose there.

Frank Randall is a good man who keeps hoping Claire will open to him and be his honest to goodness wife. He loves her. He wants her. After the dinner party, the jig is up. He knows for sure she is thinking of Jamie while giving her body to him. It’s too much. Something broke revealing that truth. He chose to stay. I feel so terrible for him.

I wanted to see more of their everyday interaction to reveal what type of husband he was overall. what were his expectations of home and hearth? I think it’s a missed opportunity to flesh him out more than Claire being a cold bi*ch to nice guy Frank.

The shot panning back from their twin beds was an absolute acknowledgement of the type of relationship they moved into, after that fateful night.

Jamie surrendered in a literal sense to the British, for the betterment of his family. He went from one prison to another to serve a greater purpose.

Claire surrendered to her different life, different marriage, and found purpose in going back to medical school. She found a lifeline.

Frank surrendered to being a father to the only child he would ever call his own, and to be a husband in a loveless marriage.

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What’s Coming up? Season 3 Episode 3.

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The Battle Joined S3 E1

Outlander Starz

The Battle Joined S3 E1

Written by Ronald D. Moore

Directed by Brendan Maher

Listen to the podcast to get my fully realized coherent thoughts on the episode. Bottom line: Ron did us a solid. I LOVED it. 

For fun, here are my thoughts while watching the episode the first time through. 

  1. OMG OMG OMG shhhhh it’s time to watch?. Squee.
  2. Sings along nervously.
  3. Is he going to wake up dead?
  4. Oh, damn dead bodies in piles. Seriously everyone shhhhhhh.
  5. Dude that’s harsh ? killing them where they lay.
  6. Jamie wakes up, someone’s lying dead on top of him.
  7. Jamie don’t let them notice you. Don’t move damn it.
  8. Disordered battle memories flood his mind.
  9. MARK ME
  10. Someone get him a medic!
  11. Gut punch he remembers smelling Claire’s wrap. SHE’S GONE.
  12. Murtagh?sigh
  13. BRRRRR anyone else freezing while watching this?
  14. NOOOO you’re running the wrong way! Don’t go towards the redcoats.
  15. Uh oh he sees HIM. BJR is in his line of sight.
  16. Double uh oh BJR sees Jamie too.
  17. IT’S ON bitches. 
  18. Soooo many dead.
  19. BJR is liking this proximity?. personal space bubble please?
  20. Is he going to lick him? Kiss him? Ummmm boys there’s a fight going on.
  21. Death match BJR vs Jamie.
  22. Advantage BJR thigh slash move.
  23. YES, Jamie went for the gut.
  24. “Stand right there Jamie so I can finish you off, please, I’m just so tired now.”
  25. Ew BJR don’t you touch him. Slaps hand away.
  26. He just fell into his chest. WHAT IS HAPPENING?
  27. Ashes to ashes they all fall down.
  28. BJR dies on top of Jamie. He must have been thrilled.
  29. Little bunny foufou? what?!
  30. Enter Claire hallucination. Are you alive?
  31. It’s RUPERT. Hey old buddy.
  32. Another gut punch, he wants to be left to die. Tortured let me be.
  33. Atta boy Rupert. 
  34. The dragonfly in amber is left on the ground.
  35. Boston 1948. Huge home.
  36. Frank is trying so hard. It’s sad and desperate.
  37. Frank don’t wait for meals. She’s not so domestic these days.
  38. Modern appliances screw that.
  39. She looks so cute pregnant.
  40. She’s going to do it. Cook in the fireplace.
  41. Nosy neighbor for the weirdness.
  42. Of course, it’s all about the husband. Side eye.
  43. Snort, he LOVEs surprises.
  44. FTS Claire is thinking.
  45. Look pretty for the boss.
  46. Jamie needs Claire to patch him up. So painful to watch.
  47. Holed up in the farmhouse waiting for death.
  48. Rupert abides.
  49. Claire is one unhappy feminist, erm housewife.
  50. Smash the patriarchy!
  51. Pompous ass.
  52. Oh, the little lady has an opinion.
  53. Smug douche canoe.
  54. Frank way to speak up for your wife. Atta husband. She IS a badass.
  55. SMASH THE PATRIARCHY!
  56. Insert sarcasm emoji.
  57. Thems fighting words. Yes, Harvard Medical?
  58. That’s the ticket Frank. Good you are checking how she is after that BS.
  59. Two days later on the moor?
  60. Where’s Murtagh? We want to know too Jamie.
  61. The redcoats are here.
  62. It’s HAL! LJG’s brother.
  63. “No milord, traitors all.” We need a Rupert sarcasm emoji.
  64. Hal is not impressed.
  65. And you get a soldier’s death, and you get a soldier’s death.
  66. Claire, master of the stove!
  67. Bad milk is a bad omen.
  68. The bird, what does it mean.
  69. Frank, man, you’re trying too hard.
  70. Tea bagged American style.
  71. Claire’s been thinking, egad.
  72. I want to be an American!!!!
  73. That was a bone throw to Frank, “our child”.
  74. No touchy the belly! AWKWARD.
  75. Well that breakfast went south quickly.
  76. Can of worms opened and flung all around. Frank eke.
  77. Heartbreaking desperation.
  78. Oh Frank.
  79. Oh Claire, dayum woman. You went there.
  80. DUCK FRANK.
  81. Why you shocked man. Calling her a cheater.
  82. WHOA nelly he’s giving her an out.
  83. Rupert may have a job as a motivational speaker in the afterlife.
  84. It burnses seeing Jamie so busted up and invalid.
  85. No, you’re crying.
  86. STOP talking about Angus. Where’s the damn tissues?
  87. Rupert Thomas Alexander MacKenzie ? noooooo
  88. It’s a lonely night on the timeout couch.
  89. Dear Reverend can wait? her waters have broken.
  90. Oh hell. Not Red Jamie. God’s Blood.
  91. “Shoot me or go away.” LMAO
  92. Freaking debt of honor.
  93. Jamie proves once again he’s hard to kill.
  94. It’s labor time!
  95. Claire’s doulaing herself.
  96. Enter Doctor Dirt bag.
  97. Oh, second child I see. Frank didn’t think he could be shocked again.
  98. Way to take a case history and decide it complicates things.
  99. Sweet Frank wants to go with her to delivery.
  100. I love you. Crickets.
  101. They put her under after she says no? grrrrr.
  102. Paging Doctor Misogyny. You bastard is spot on Claire.
  103. HE’s HOME! Jenny and Ian greet him.
  104. Claire wakes up in a panic over her baby.
  105. She’s alive!
  106. In the afterglow of holding her live baby Claire wants to try, Frank loves her so.
  107. Another I love you gone without response.
  108. No, you didn’t just ask that! Damn way to break the mood.

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Outlander Season 3 Final Prep Part 3

Voyager

Chapters 54-63

Overview

Part 3

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The hunt for Young Ian is on, but after Claire tells Jamie why the Porpoise is docked at Jamaica and who the new governor is, Jamie says they must go to the reception at the Governor’s mansion first. Jamie dresses in disguise for the event and uses a nom de guerre.

Claire meets and greets the influential women, Mr. Willoughby charms the ladies, and Jamie disappears in to the Governor’s office with Lord John. She misinterprets the embrace she happens upon, flustered she retires to the ladies’ lounge where she finds a dead body. Willoughby’s footprints are tracked to the window.

Everyone is questioned, including Jamie, since he brought Willoughby to the party. Claire is put in the Governor’s office to wait. Lord John returns and they have a most eye-opening conversation. She is jealous of John and he of her. She has all of Jamie, but he spent time with Jamie while she was away. John drops a child sized revelation at her feet.

Jamie finally returns and they head back to Jared’s estate. Jamie discloses William to her without her prompting. He further explains his relationship with John, his marriage to Laoghaire, and what happened with Geneva. It was his fear that kept him from telling her sooner. He assures her, she is the only one he has ever loved. She believes him.

They go to Rose Hall and discover Mrs. Abernathy is none other than Geillis Duncan, aka Gillian Edgars. She should be dead. Geillis explains how she escaped after she blackmailed Dougal to help her. There’s something not quite right going on at the estate. After she pulls out the box of Seal Island gems, Claire and is sure she is lying about having no knowledge of Young Ian.  She is connected to the Bruja. Jamie is sure Young Ian is on the property, being held under the sugar mill.

They leave the estate with Reverend Campbell shows up with some business, on the way back to Jared’s they discover a photo of Bree is missing. This cannot be a good sign. Geillis is always up to something terrible.

They make the rescue plan and head back to Rose Hall under the cover of night. Claire is supposed to stay with the boat. As if she EVER stays put. Seeing a shadowy figure through the window of Rose Hall, she goes to investigate. It’s not Young Ian, but none other than Reverend Campbell. He’s upset and ranting that Mrs. Abernathy up and left with all her slaves. He tells Claire what his business with Geillis had been. Claire sees the paper that talks about the Fraser Prophecy.

The Reverend gets angry when Mr. Willoughby shows up and accuses him of murdering the prostitutes in Edinburgh and the woman at the governor’s house. He was the fiend. Willoughby kills him. Then he disappears back in to the jungle.

Claire searches the house and finds a ritual pentagram with Bree’s picture inside of it. She fears Geillis was going to use Bree to anchor her back to the 20th century.

Claire returns to the boat hoping Jamie and the men have returned, they haven’t. Instead she meets a crocodile and several escaped slaves, including, Ishmael. They kill the crocodile and he wears it on his head. Into a clearing they go where a voodoo ceremony is taking place. Margaret Campbell is the oracle who the spirits speak through. In the end, the voice of Bree comes from her as she talks to Claire and Jamie. Ishmael sends her to go with his people and reluctantly tells Claire and Jamie where Geillis and Young Ian have gone.

They retrieve Lawrence Stern and trek to Abandawe, the spiritual cave. Claire feels standing stones within and senses Geillis. They arrive in time to find Young Ian still alive. It’s a fight and Claire kills Geillis. Young Ian is saved.

Back on the small ship, they find the escaped slaves have stolen the Bruja and while pursued by the Porpoise have been beached and are under fire. They have no way of escaping the English man o’ war. They are followed and nearly caught, when a huge storm rises sinking the Porpoise and causing Claire to be thrown overboard and injured. Jamie jumps in after her, willing her to live.

Claire is unconscious when they wash up on a beach. She wakes up dead, not unlike Jamie at the beginning of the book. Her leg is broken, but they are alive and safe.

The storm had sent them far off course, they are in the American Colonies. Freedom is theirs.

The End.

WHAT A WILD RIDE! I cannot wait to see it unfold onscreen. All the clips are fantastic. It looks like this will be the best TV season yet.

The next podcast episode is number 100. An absolute fantastic milestone.

What’s Coming up? Season 3 Episode 1.

How can you participate? To have your questions, comments for the regular read along, email or call in to the listener line by Monday morning after the show airs. Join the weekly Twitter chat Wednesday nights at 6pm PT/9pm ET to discuss the previous latest podcast chapters using the hashtag #ADoO.  Comments or messages may be included in the podcast or a written post.

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