Sassenachs, it’s just under two months until another Droughtlander finally ends, and Starz has decided to whet our appetites with a dynamite new preview! Season 4, in case you have lived under a rock, is adapted from Outlander‘s fourth novel “Drums of Autumn”.
“Uncharted” was indeed a journey into unknown waters — pardon the obvious pun — as Claire fought to survive on a tropical island, bare of people, to get back to Jamie. I won’t regret being glued to the screen for the entire episode, as Outlander excels in using every second of screen time to its advantage. But before I get ahead of myself, let’s dive in to the top five moments of Outlander‘s “Uncharted” shall we?
- Claire & Jamie’s beach reunion: If there’s one aspect in which Outlander will never fail, it’s writing heartwarming and squeal-inducing reunions for Jamie and Claire. Running on the beach into each other’s arms felt like a perfectly written scene out of fanfic, only it was in canon. And I was screaming “YES” at my screen when the reunited characters hugged. These two have fought so hard to be together, I wouldn’t expect being stranded on a random island, Claire’s injury, and wine-filled soup to stop Jamie and Claire from enjoying the moment.
- Marsali & Claire bonding over pre wedding jitters: It’s been a while since we’ve seen a good lady-to-lady conversation scene, and I was really touched by how Claire reached out to Marsali over what can understandably be a nerve wracking event. In turn, Marsali’s honesty was refreshing to see since the reigning opinion of women and marriage was more prevalent than it is today, and frankly I think those two deserve happy married time before rushing into parenthood. Anyone who disagrees can walk the damn plank.
- Claire surviving on sheer determination, intelligence and inner fire to find Jamie: I mean, there aren’t words for how phenomenal the writing was this hour, especially when Claire was focused on surviving from what felt like one minute to the next. Caitriona knocks it out of the park consistently every week; but in “Uncharted” in particular, it was as if I could feel everything Claire was going through until she was thankfully found by the kind priest.
- Marsali & Fergus’ wedding: In the middle of all the life-threatening drama, crazy escapes, and weird circumstances, it was a wonderful reprieve to have a wedding. Seeing these characters get married in the middle of an island, truly motivated by a deep love, is the kind of happy moment you don’t often see on television these days. There wasn’t any huge fanfare, but it was entirely real. And that’s all you need to celebrate love in any universe.
- Yu Tien Cho apologizing with a chicken for eating a goat: I know it wasn’t a long scene, but his respectful apology over killing Father Fogden’s beloved goat was hard to watch without giggling like a five-year-old. I know, I know: I’m slightly ridiculous. But how serious Yu Tien Cho presented his apology was incredibly respectful and made me love his character that much more so the good Father could marry Marsali and Fergus ASAP.
How about you Outlander fans? What were your favorite moments from “Uncharted?”
Outlander airs on Sundays at 8/7c on Starz.
Thrilling is a word I think I can use nearly every week for Outlander, and yet, somehow it doesn’t even come close to what I felt watching “Heaven and Earth.”
Jamie and Claire have been through their own hells and back to each other against all odds. Captains on two ships really should know better than to try and separate them now.
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.
Outlander, every Sunday I keep asking myself if one day you will cease to amaze me, and so far I’m happy to say absolutely not. This hour was a return to form from last week’s amazing slow unfolding of Jamie and Claire’s perfectly acted and written reunion.
In case you’re wondering, yes, I did want a whole bottle of whisky after feeling my heart burst at the end of this week’s Outlander. I mean, holy shiitake mushrooms! Pardon the weird phrase, but this week’s Outlander was an exercise in amazing character writing, including the best mother/daughter scenes I’ve watched on TV in years from Caitriona Balfe and Sophie Skelton, and dang, that Scottish accent of Roger’s is still as attractive as last week.
Outlander is the kind of show that, when you finish an episode you initially think: words just aren’t enough. That’s how I felt this week, but I’m going to be articulating, anyway, because this episode deserves it. For the first time this season, we saw Brianna and Roger with Claire in 1968 Scotland, picking up where the season two finale left off in trying to track down Jamie’s whereabouts for the last twenty years, two centuries back. That’s a mouthful I don’t think I’d ever type, but let’s dive in shall we?