Pardon my bluntness, Outlander fans, but dear lord, was that an hour. “The Doldrums” was not quite as dramatically heart breaking as last week’s, thank the Lord, but surprises can be found in many corners of storytelling.
I’ll be honest most of my favorite moments had to do directly with Jamie and Claire, but I’m hoping you’ll forgive me for that one, Outlander fans.
With that apology, let’s dive into this week’s top moments, shall we?
5. Claire confiding in missing her daughter. Brianna is someone I dearly miss on screen, but Claire sharing her favorite animal and book was honestly the next best thing. As hard as she fought to find Jamie, and their efforts towards their newfound happiness and rediscovery of each other, I don’t believe Brianna is ever too far from her thoughts. Sharing her memories with Jamie was a lovely touch on that.
4. Claire and Jamie’s glowing conversation. Yes, you know perfectly well what scene I’m talking about. It was a gift (after those “hot” minutes) to see these two get some time to just hold each other and enjoy the other’s company. Jamie’s opinion on Claire’s streaks of grey melted my heart and set unrealistic expectations for every other man out here in the real word.
3. Mr Willoughby’s I’m sorry Yu Tien Cho’s speech. This lovely man has quickly become one of my favorite new characters in season three. His friendship with Jamie, and easily found respect of Claire when she came back, was topped by his baring his life story in order to distract the crew, so they wouldn’t throw an innocent man overboard. His story struck a chord that I can’t even put words, other than his compassion and character just jumped to the top of my favorite characters ever list on television.
2. Surprise cliffhanger of Claire being trapped on a British ship. I’ll admit I have read the books, but I was so engrossed in this hour I didn’t see the surprise coming at the end of it. Claire and Jamie are separated, however shortly, and I can’t blame Claire for being monumentally pissed off at being forced to play surgeon as long as it takes them to get to Jamaica. I’m crossing my fingers it only lasts until next Sunday’s Outlander is over.
1. The entire episode. Alright, let’s face it, I think I’m sticking with this one from now on, because, quite frankly, every single Outlander episode deserves praise, a shout out and, at times, a room full of applause. There isn’t a single actor that doesn’t get cast and bring it onscreen in Outlander. Specifically portraying the struggles, and superstitions that surrounded sea life (though I’m hoping the bare breast one was literally made up) in a television glimpse of 18th century life. So for the love of God, Sunday, get here quickly!
Outlander airs Sundays at 8pm on Starz.