Prestonpans S2 E10 Discussion Review Podcast

The fight is on in Prestonpans S2 E10! For their Prince they battle. Jamie Fraser continues to rise in rank and favor. Dougal MacKenzie is victorious for a moment. We see the depth of the friendship and brotherhood among  the men. Even wee Fergus gets into the battle. A swift and deadly fight, Claire Fraser and the other women have their hands full in the field hospital. Blood lust is indeed real. Unexpected death surrounds them. This episode was written for television by Ira Steven Behr and directed by Philip John.

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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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Top Ten Moments – Useful Occupation and Deceptions S2 E3

Keep reading for my Top Ten Moments from “Useful Occupations and Deceptions”, S2 E3 of the Outlander series. This episode, we meet up with Jamie up to his blue eyes in political intrigue and booze by night, and by day, successfully running his cousin’s wine business. Claire is definitely not the definition of a “Lady”. She’s bored and feeling all too conventional with her leisurely life. On some sage advisement, she gets a volunteer position at L’Hopital des Anges, the hospital for the poor and needy. She’s filled with happiness.

There’s definitely so much more than that… Some sweet. Some funny. Some weird. Some sexy.

10. Jamie and Monsieur Duverney are playing chess, as Jamie is trying to get into his favor. So charming is the Minister of Finance.  The most delightful aspect of the exchange is learning the sad and much water tortured wig is alive and well. It’s been resurrected from the ’80 metal band death grip. So long road life.


9. The joining of the Mother Hildegarde to the spy business when she handily discovers what the key to the musical cipher is. She was a child prodigy after all. She also happens to think that Herr Bach’s music will have no lasting power historically, as it lacks heart.

8. Murtagh’s reaction to finding out Black Jack Randall is alive. Gut wrenched, dumbstruck, and obviously horrified, he agrees with Claire to keep it a secret, for fear Jamie will rush in blind anger back to Scotland to try and kill Randall once and for all. He’s the best wing man EVER. His protectiveness of Claire and Jamie is pure love and loyalty.


7. Master Raymond and Claire bonding in his apothecary shop. He gets her. He sees her for who she is. A friendship in bloom. He tells her she has to help people. Indeed, it’s at her core and not simply an occupation. He is the wise one who advises her to volunteer at the hospital run by Mother Hildegarde. There’s no stopping Claire now.


6. Monsieur Duverney gleefully and overtly appreciating the ample bosom of one of the women at Madame Elise’s establishment. He is having the off the record financial meeting with Prince Charles and Jamie. His face is pure rapt pleasure, but of course, no touching, because he fears his wife.


5. Mary Hawkins asking Claire and Lousie de Rohan if they know about Frenchmen. Louise nor Claire have any idea what she means, until she goes into her explanation. He puts his thing in between a woman’s her legs and up inside her. Louise screams “No!” and Mary not getting her sarcasm, screams “YES!” and keeps talking.  Louise is roaring with laughter while Claire simply says, “We need to have a talk.” The sweet naivete of Mary Hawkins thinking men where she’s from in Sussex would never do such a thing. Priceless and endearing. Oh, dear Mary, aye they do and if done right you will like it too.


4. Claire and Jamie figuring out who “S” is at the same time, after Jamie translates the musical code into a letter. Sandringham that is. He’s a double-dealing snake that one. This is truly the first team work they have had onscreen this season. It feels good to see them in sync, if even for a minute.


3. Enter wee Claudel aka Fergus. he’s the cherubic and mature beyond his years pickpocket from Madame Elise’s. Jamie spies him stealing from patrons. He follows the boy in to a chase, overcoming him in the alley way only to discover he has Sawney, the wooden keepsake snake from his sporran. Jamie hires him on the spot to become part of the plot to stop the rebellion. Smart move! The boy has fingers with a feather light touch.


2. Claire, under the watchful eye of Mother Hildegarde, comes upon a patient on her first day at the hospital. Curious as to Claire’s skill set, she watches as Claire looks the patient over, asks her questions, sniffs then without hesitation, tastes her urine from a cup. Mother Hildegarde is impressed and asked for a diagnosis and prognosis. Claire’s answer is the same as the physician. She is now in business treating all sorts of injured patients.


1. Claire angry because her maid failed to darn an item, flies into Suzette’s room, pulls back the bed curtain, only to discover her naked panting maid atop Murtagh, happily sampling his wares. Hey now, Murtagh deserves to get some loving. The man does for everyone else. It’s about time he has his done well. Curiously, Murtagh had a spring in his step the rest of the day. Go figure.

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Podcast – Not in Scotland Anymore S2 E2 Recap and Review

Clearly “Not in Scotland Anymore”, Jamie and Claire are running cousin Jared’s home and wine business. Keeping to task they are trying to make way into the Jacobite cause and the French Court.  This episode is a fast and furious,full of feelings, new character laden, and at once a serious and heavily humorous 1745 Paris joyride.

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A Risque, Riotous, Frenetic Ride. S2 E2 Review with Screen Caps

After the shocking beginning sequence in Not in Scotland Anymore, it ultimately becomes a risque, riotous, and frenetic ride with a healthy side of serious, from beginning to end. This highly condensed hour covers approximately three months of time after Jamie, Claire, and Murtagh’s arrival in Paris. They are entrenched in Jared’s wine business and the running of his home. They are making a new life.  The exteriors hark back to descriptions of old Paris, the costuming delights and is brilliant onscreen, and there’s a definite feel to the threesome being fishes out of water, in their new high society way of life.

The density of this multi-month spanning episode leads us to meeting 8 new supporting characters. With varying importance, each character has a key role to play in one or more of the plots that are underway. All a joy to meet, even the awkward Annelise de Marillac scene. I found Master Raymond beyond my wildest dreams.He can mix-up herbs for me anytime. Louise de Rohan is my new frivolous, yet cunning spirit animal. Alexander Randall, a wonderment. Is he good or bad? Sweet Mary Hawkins, there’s a quiet strength and rebelliousness in her. Monsieur Duverney, is a bit of a pervert when he drinks, but affable enough when all is said and done. King Louis is an ill-tempered, spoiled man-boy. It’ll be interesting how he turns out in the end. Finally, Prince Charles Stuart, the reason they’re in this plot. The Bonnie Prince is all about excess, AND doing God’s work. He is out of touch and ill advised. Yet, the man could charm a snake out of his skin. He is one strong will to reckon with.

Within all the moments of lightness throughout, mostly thanks to the ample hilarious lines by both Murtagh and Louise de Rohan, the serious nature of implementing the plan to off track the impending Jacobite uprising, and Jamie’s less than healed psyche, remained constant undertones. This is bawdy, sexy Paris. This is grand Court life. There are layers upon layers to discern and act upon or not. Nothing is ever quite as it seems. When in doubt, sex on any level -exposed cleavage, naughty conversation, or men frequenting brothels is de rigueur.

Overall, I liked it quite well. But…there’s always a but…

What do I not like? There’s one glaring thing. Jamie.

The wholeness of Jamie’s character is glaringly the missing element. The King of Men is a mere ghost of himself. I contend it was, and is a mistake, to have glossed over his healing in Season 1, because of the immense material Dragonfly in Amber offers up for adaptation. If there was no time then to devote (again, there were many wasted minutes that could’ve been given to this action instead), there certainly wouldn’t be adequate time in this even bigger, more difficult big book adapted season.

I don’t want Jamie Fraser to be a less than man. Men should want to be him and women should want to be with him or a man like him. I don’t see that as a possibility in how he’s currently being written. Whoever is envisioning Jamie, doesn’t get him. Sam Heughan is doing everything possible to elevate Jamie with what he’s being given. Being easy on the eyes and looking the part is not enough to be convincing, he needs to have the grit, the character, the will, to be Jamie Fraser. In my podcast, I said something that sounded the opposite, because I did not expound heavily on Jamie. The writers have indeed come into their own defined path with the characters voices. I happen to not be fond of the lacking in Jamie’s voice. After watching both Season 2 episodes several times at this point, I find him missing in plain sight.

What do I mean?

The first vision of Black Jack Randall in Jamie’s nightmare was over the top, but sensible since he has PTSD. The viciousness of it can also be accepted, as he needs to continue to process the vulnerability of it, what was taken from him, and what he was forced to participate in. This paints a realist picture with the recurring nightmares. Physically he is recovering well, but the emotional toll is taking longer as expected. Trauma such a he experienced is never forgotten, though possible to work through and survive well into thriving.

Moving on to Jamie’s inability to maintain full arousal and orgasm with Claire due to the continuing mental interference of Black Jack, (three months after being in Paris), feels utterly gratuitous. For Jamie to not have reclaimed his healthy sexual relationship with Claire, rings hopelessly hollow.  Why is he not further along in his process and able to be physically intimate with his wife? The nightmares certainly fit, this doesn’t, not at all. Why? He’s already fought Claire acting as Black Jack during his stay at the Abbey. She took that tack knowing it was the only way for him to regain his will to live, recover his manhood (sexuality), and take his battered soul back, while facilitating the healing process.

Are we to believe he can take on extreme political plotting and the undoing of an uprising, if he is so emotionally fragile still? This feels painfully prolonged and unjustified. It’s hampering their relationship beyond the physical. It appears narrowly one-sided toward Claire having the control and power.  Jamie is coming across as a subordinate to Claire, and not a strong, equal partner who will be able carry the burdens of what is come. His recovery should be about growing better, not waning and remaining the weaker. I hope with Claire finding out Randall is still alive, it will be used as the vehicle back to his full self. Whether by anger, vengeance, hate…it doesn’t matter. He needs to find that wholeness and balance. This is no way for him to live, and grow from and beyond his Wentworth experience.

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On that note, you will find below,  175 or so screen captures, most with commentary. Some witty, some straight. I hope you enjoy them all as you relive the episode through them. Click on the thumbnail to view the larger photo.

 

He’s safe. At least, externally.

Claire gently reaches out to touch him.

 

Despairing for his wife. Black Jack is robbing him, robbing them still.

Needing space and distance, from bed he goes.

Distance grows between them. Is damage being done? Will Jamie regain himself?

Claire knows not what to do. Missing the intimacy, missing the connection, and longing to help him repair within. 

There are no words.

She cannot heal him alone.

Wrapped in his plaid, he comforts himself in things of work.

Weeks have gone by as they run Jared’s home and business.

A much elevated place in society for Claire and Jamie.

A house large and grand.

Claire is too independent for Suzette. She makes her own bed much to the housekeeper’s annoyance.

A driver and coach await. Claire is clearly not comfortable in this role.

 

Years before the French Revolution, a century before the Eiffel Tower will exist, Claire heads to the market.


Reminiscing of her Paris future.

Master Raymond Apothecary.

  
  
  

Master Raymond, c’est magnifique.

  
  
  
  

An herbal concoction to help Jamie sleep. Claire ever taking care of him.


A kindred found. A friend made.

  

Sword play to regain his lost strength.




Hold it. Fight.


He doesn’t like being watched.

 

He means it!

 

“The horrors.”

Seriously, listen to him.

The air. “Arses and armpits.”.

He’s even missing lard bucket and big head.

 

Angus does have a big head…

The ever helpful Murtagh.

            

Ye want action?

Come and get it.

A letter from Jared arrives.

 

Good news?

Oh a meeting with the Bonnie Prince is set.

Very interesting indeed. Location?

Well it’s a…

 

…brothel.

 

Poor Murtagh being followed by the butler.

  

Adventuring they go.

Why hello Charlie.

“The wives.”

Sex toys for rent or purchase.

Anyone want one?

Oh me, me, me.

Lovely.

The vulgarity of the French. I applaud thee.

No thank you.

The truth hurts.

Have ye ever been to Scotland?

A ring to kiss.

Me?

He’s a blockhead.

There’s nothing like having your hair ripped out.

Louise is fabulous.

Ah I see.

Enter Mary.

 

You want naked?

 

New friends made.

 

The one with warts.

We’re going to Versailles.

The bare mound is all the rage.

Yikes.

Poor scared Colette.

She’s feeling sexy.

She has a plan.

Going to finally get some.

Hi . You’re home.

I’ve a secret.

Interesting.

Want to play?

Okay.

And???

What? Where’s your lovely forest?

Just something different.

Hm.

It’s bad enough the legs.

 

You want to see?

 

It’s complicated without the thatch.

This moment, is needed. The connection months broken.

I’m game.

Sigh. Months.

 

It’s no good. He’s still in my head. It’s too long unhealed. When, if not now will they return to each other successfully?

What? Not again.

Wordless.

It’s okay.

He swears he watched his knees to go to Versaille.

No I wasn’t going to shave for them.

The Red Dress.

 

Boing!

Wow.

You like?

Are you mad?

There’s a fan for it. See?

Versaille at night.

She stands out.

Jamie is rushed by a young woman.

Heeeeellllllo.

H-h-h-i-i . It’s you.

Ahem. The wife here.

Ooh. This is delicious.

Meet my old friend. Annelise.

No really, just a small duel.

The lad’s in it now.

Really. It was insignificant.

Aye, she’s still staring.

I’m enjoying this.

That’s it. Honest.

Sure it is. 

Come on and see the King dressing.

Sphincter Law dear King.Open mouth means open bottom.

Wise ass Murtagh.

Your Grace, Eat parritch daily.

Peasant food!!!!

All this peen talk…I need some fresh air with a side of fetishist.

Mrs. Fraser is looking for you Monsieur Duverney.

Aaaaah. a quiet space.

Allo mon cherie.

Bloody hell, what?

Gag. Ew. Stop.

JHRC

Get off me.

I said, “Get off!!!”

What is going on?

That’s the finance minister. He’ll dry. The wig gave all.

Like a drowned rat.

 

It’s okay, I’ll join Motley Crue.

 

Check mate.

 

The Sassenach Head Bang

 

Of King and Swans

 

Hey girl.

 

The power of the headlights catch Murtagh.

 

Damn, how I like swans.

 

I deserve a little something something.

 

I’m auditioning for ’80’s hair bands.

 

Murtagh, no killing the Duke. Yet.

 

How lovely you two look.

 

Your time will come. Weasel.

 

I’m Alex Randall. I wish I was as healthy as my very alive brother.

 

Da fuq?! Am I being punked?

Who’s the bitch now?

Fireworks are raging internally for Claire.

He’s alive! How to tell Jamie Black Jack lives? Bloody fucking hell.

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