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"The Exorcist"



We really need to talk gals and guys. "The Way Out" is the most controversial episode of Outlander yet!

1. The first 5 minutes



"The Way Out" started from a nice WWII flashback. Claire was going to the front and Frank came with her to the station. It was clear Frank didn't want to part with his wife. He wanted to use his influence in the army so Claire could stay home. However, our brave protagonist didn't want to hear about it. This scene wasn't in the book. I like when the writers show us tidbits of Claire's pre-Outlander life. Thanks to them we can see Claire and Frank are clearly in love and it's no wonder Cliare wants to go back to her husband.

What happened next was first of two WTF?! moments in this episode (and in the whole series). Suddenly out of the blue Claire told Mrs. Fitzgibbons that she is from the future! What?! Why?! How?! I couldn't believe my eyes and ears what was happening. I was thinking "Ronald D. Moore - what the hell are you doing?!!" Fortunately, it turned out it was only a figment of Claire's (and the writers') imagination. I have to say for a moment I was really scared for show's fate. Please don't toy with my emotions like that!

Annette was fantastic in that scene and she totally stole it from Caitriona. Speaking of Mrs. Fitzgibbons - in the tv show she has much greater role then in the book. Which is great cause Annette is clearly in her element.

2. Father Bain


Let me introduce you to Cranesmuir's local priest and demon hunter, Father Bain (who is played by Tim McInnerny) His appearance was my second WTF?! moment of this episode. You see, I like when the writers ADD things to the show to explain stuff or give us a broader view on something. However, I HATE when they CHANGE things. This whole exorcism / black kirk stuff didn't happen in the book. In the source material Claire meets Father Bain in totally different circumstances (the dogs are involved). And it's not as evident that Father Bain becomes Claire's mortal enemy.

The only reason I see for this change was to give Annette more screen time. If you read the book - what do you think about this whole situation? Are you irked they changed stuff or you don't mind? Am I overreacting?

3. Laoghaire



Time to properly meet Laoghaire (who is played by Nell Hudson). Last week Jamie saved her from whipping. And now she clearly has hots for him (to be honest - I can't really blame her for that). She wants Jamie all for herself. Since I'm Team Clamie - I hate that chit. Mark my words - she's bad news.

4. Angus




Remember that guy who was following Claire like a shadow on Dougal's orders? This week he was replaced by Angus. He looked very tired. And no wonder - Claire is a busy bee and she's walking all the time. Angus' got the worst job ever. I really feel sorry for him.


5. Witches' hut



This week we visited Casa del Duncan aka The Witches' Hut. I have to say Geilie has a very nice house. Since she's a witch she has many books, potions and comfy looking couch. Unfortunately, she doesn't have a black cat. Instead she has a husband, named Arthur (who is played by John Sessions) From the look of it Arthur is at least twice as old as Geilie. He also suffers from winds. The idea of Geilie and Arthur sharing a bed really creeps me out. Geilie clearly married Arthur for the money (Arthur is the Procurator Fiscal - meaning he's loaded)


Geilie has trully fantastic hair (I'm SO fraking jealous!). However, there Can Be Only One Redhead to Rule Them All. So the question is - who should it be?




Ygritte?


or Geilie?

poll


6. Barbarity



Last week we had rape. This time some savages nailed an under-age thief to a pillory by a freaking EAR! Sure they could have cut out his hand - so he got off easy. Still it was a horrible and inhuman punishment. Fortunately, our protagonists saved the boy.

7. Gwyllyn the Welsh



So Jamie took Claire to a folk concert. Unfortunately, Laoghaire was also there - so the date was an epic fail. However, Claire found out that there were other time travelers before her - and that it's possible to return to her own time. So it wasn't a totally waste of time.

Till this episode the writers weren't changing stuff. I really hope it was one time thing (or at least that it won't be happening often) So did you like "The Way Out?" Do you hate Laoghaire and Father Bain? Share your thoughts!

Also just to be clear - Geilie is a short for Geillis.
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The review of "The Gathering" is now online!
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I'm losing interest in Claire, but I'd love to see more of Jamie. He seems to be the one with real feelings and emotions, whereas Claire is coming across as quite shallow. I think we are all being told as an audience that we should go for the Jamie-Claire hookup, but this ep made me feel a lot more sympathetic towards Laoghaire than the books did. Look, Laoghaire was there first, and Jamie saved her from being whipped publicly, and she's quite pretty, really, and possibly a lot less stuck up than Claire, so why shouldn't Laoghaire have a go (and yes, I've read the books and I know what happens, but still). A pity Jamie can't hear the commentary in Claire's head and realise how shallow she is.
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IMO Claire is not shallow at all. She just wants to go back to her husband. She has yet to really fall in love with Jamie.

As for Laoghaire - I don't want to discuss her due to spoilers. Let's just say I don't feel any sympathy for her.
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I really don't get that she wants to go back to her husband. Frank is like an afterthought. The show is really failing to sell Claire's motives to me.
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As I wrote in the pilot's review - I think the writers did a good job portraying Claire and Frank pre-Outlander's relationship / love (along with the hint that Frank might have been unfaithful during the war - I got the same feeling when I was reading the book).

However, if you don't feel it - then you don't - and it doesn't matter what I'll write - I won't convince you. And that's Ok :)
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You know lot of people were complaning that the writers spent "so much time on Claire and Frank" in the pilot. I imagine if the writers had showed us more of them the riots would have broken out :P
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I agree that the pilot gave us a reasonable insight into Frank-Claire, although didn't get quite as much space to establish this as in the books. Which is ok, because they had to have her go through the stones in Ep 1 for the sake of the TV story. But I feel Claire's desperate need to get back has been missing, perhaps the 'wait for the tinker' plot device in Ep 2 made her too passive in this respect, and she is definitely too passive in Ep 3.

But you're right, I'm not getting it for the moment, and argument isn't going to change it. I've got all my fingers and toes crossed that it will get better in coming episodes, because, for now, I'm not a big fan of TV Claire.
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I just love Jamie:)
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I hated the scene where Claire supposedly told Mrs Fitz she was from the future. That was too far off track for me.

I didn't mind the Father Bain stuff as it was more in keeping with the time and the tone of the show so far. I'm accepting that there will be some changes and I can see that this might be a short cut to a future scene where it'll be easier for us to already know that Claire and Father Bain are at odds.
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I thought the changes worked quite well. Gabaldon makes Claire's weeks in the castle interesting and detailed, but they don't have much plot to propel them as Claire settles into her routine. So I thought it was effective to offer two opportunities for Claire to save two young boys by butting up against some immovable (if maybe a little mutable) 18th century institutions: (1) extreme corporal punishment in the justice system and (2) superstition and the Church.

Sure, it puts everyone on notice about Father Bain, but it also provides a little precedence for their future conflicts. It also sets a precedence for Claire's incompatibility with 18th-century ideas of justice. Oh, and I quite liked the scene at the "Black Kirk," during which Claire slips yet again as she mentions Germany.
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Well, the problem is - in the book after their first meeting Father Bain probably thought Claire was a woman of loose morals. Sure he was offended by her offer of help - but she seemed harmless to him.

In the tv series after "the Black Kirk" thing Father Bain has a full right to think of Claire as enemy of the Church and perhaps witch / devil worshiper. The situation is much more serious now.
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I'm really glad I decided to hold off on the books :) I don't find out until the next day that they've gone off the books!
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AHA! So the Welsh are to blame!!
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Of course! It's always THEIR fault! :)
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Joking aside - even if Gwyllyn had sung other songs that night Claire would have still wanted to escape.
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But I really would like a scene in which Claire corners Gwyllyn in some pantry and forces him to talk! It'd be like Law & Order, or maybe Homeland.

"You will tell me what you know about the time-traveling stones!"
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But IT IS because of the Welsh, right?
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Something must be done...
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