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Warning: Spoilers follow for Outlander season three, episode seven.

After last episode’s heart-crushingly good print shop reunion, Outlander is right back into its other habit: dangerous intrigue. But, thanks to our romantic sneak peek of Jamie’s passionate speech to Claire, we knew there’d be plenty more opportunity for the newly reunited couple to declare and prove their love for one another. Here’s how we felt about it all.

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1. I hate seeing Claire in danger, especially because the violence threatened against her is often sexual in nature. It might be appropriate for the historical period, and it certainly shows just how reckless and cruel Jamie’s enemies are, but I still don’t like it.

2. Claire’s a doctor first, always. That Hippocratic oath isn’t a nursery rhyme to her by any means—especially since she’s so Admirable, but Jamie’s not too happy about it. Still, he’s right that everything’s better with that horrible guy gone.

3. Madame Jeanne’s face when Claire asks for a trephine is pretty great. And even though I don’t particularly like her much (nor any non-Claire woman who gets to tie Jamie’s necktie), I also…am not that excited about the idea of this 18th century SKULL DRILL???????

4. “Milady’s always been a unique woman.” That’s understating it a little, Fergus.

“Did you hear that Aunt Claire once killed a dinosaur?”

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5. I really love it that Claire calls Yi Tien Cho by his real name. People still change their names to Anglophone equivalents or add them to this day, and it’s a simple sign of respect that not many show this Outlander character.

6. This brain surgery thing is not my cup of tea. I think I hate trephines.

7. Claire’s speech about her mastery of surgery is incredibly moving. “I’ve dedicated the last 14 years to respecting human life,” she says. “To healing people without judgment. I work hard. I don’t often lose patients.”

8. But Jamie’s speech is NEXT LEVEL GOOD. “You came thousands of miles and 200 years to find me. I’m grateful that you are here, no matter what the cost. I would give up everything I have for us to be together again. Don’t you see? Since you left, I have been living in the shadows. You walked into the print shop and it was as if the sun returned and cast out the darkness.” LE SIGH.

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9. Fergus is a tricky fellow. He’s like the Don Draper of the 18th century illegal alcohol trade. And of course he lost his virginity in a threesome. Such a dear scoundrel.

10. Lovestruck Ian is the absolute cutest. Even though he’s sitting down, I honestly thought he might fall down. And that lass he likes really is very pretty. Luckily, she seems way more comfortable with the whole situation than he is.

11. Poor Margaret—living with a mental illness in the 1700s couldn’t have been easy. But, gosh, that mention of the West Indies is interesting, isn’t it? Wink, wink.

12. If young Ian’s about to get lucky with a nice lass, I can’t help but feel like trouble is coming for him. Is it? IS IT? IAN, STAY SAFE MY DUCK. This is a very adorable first time, though. Telling the lady he’ll do whatever she wants? Nice work.

13. OH NO THERE CANNOT BE A BODY IN THE CREME DE MENTHE. THIS IS VERY BAD.

14. Ian and Claire reuniting is very, very, very, very wonderful. God bless Steven Cree. And what is Jenny going to say? SAY WE’RE GOING TO SEE JENNY SOON. But it sucks that Claire and Jamie have to lie to Ian about where Claire has been. It sucks even more that Jamie is lying to him about where his son is. That can’t be good.

15. And what is Jamie hiding from Claire? (Yes, yes, book fans—I know you know!)

16. THE PRINT SHOP IS BURNING. Oh, wow, Ian really is in trouble. Such big trouble. Everyone is in trouble! Nothing is safe! Oh, god!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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17. Finally, Jamie’s having it out about the bikini. He’s extremely upset about Claire’s claim that Frank was a good father to Brianna. We know he’s emotional and saying things with a crueler edge than he normally would—he originally essentially made Claire promise to go back to her time so that she and Bri would be safe, after all. But Claire’s dig about him not being a father cut to the bone. It’s also not very fair for Claire to throw Jamie’s treasonous and criminal activities in his face—although his job has already put her in danger. Gosh, these two are COMPLICATED. Could not love them more.

18. Ugh, ugh, this “did you fall in love with anyone else” business is so annoying. I know that their passion is at the heart of the show, but if Claire and Jamie honestly love each other, shouldn’t they haven’t wanted each other to be happy in their separate lives? It’s the more possessive/obsessive side of their relationship coming out, which proves just how difficult it’s going to be to really get to know each other after such a long time apart.

19. “YOUR OTHER WIFE”?????? Blimey, Jamie. After all of that fussing about Claire and Frank…tut, tut. The print shop isn’t the only thing that’s going to catch fire next episode, methinks.

20. Seeing that A. Malcolm sign on the ground is nothing short of brutal…RIP me. We didn’t get to know the print shop all that well, but it has such a significant role in the season. Watching it burn down? Devastating.

21. Wait a minute, wait a minute. That teaser for the next episode shows Claire saying, “I’m just not sure if we belong together anymore.” And seeing Jenny sad? My. Heart. Is. Breaking.



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