Outlander aired at 9pm on Starz until the finale this week, and will presumably return in the fall or spring for season 2.
Orphan Black airs at 9pm also, on BBCAm.
Another crazy week here on the geeky TV, and this is only what’s going on in between seasons! New stuff starts premiering next week and the week after, so how crazy will these nightly reactions get then?
Outlander came back from a one-week skip to give us a finale that started with a warning about graphic violence and depictions of rape, and whoo boy were they not kidding. And the fact that it was from the vile Black Jack Randall, on the giant puppy that is Jamie Fraser, made it all sorts of conflicting and awful. If you haven’t seen it yet and you don’t like watching this stuff, skip, like, the first half hour at least.
There was a lot of equal-opportunity sadism–male nudity that wasn’t sexy but was there, man-on-man sexual violence and manipulative seduction, which was maybe worse–and the only nice thing about it was that it was not yet another attack on a woman. I’ve had more than enough of that, thanks.
But on the other hand, outside of that, there was some really awesome parts, too, like Jamie basically being freed by the cutest cows in the world and a team of raggedy Highlanders who somehow manage to be both adorable and awful at once. And a fantastic sweeping shot of Claire and Jamie on the deck of a gorgeous little sailing ship. And a Magical Baby bringing Jamie out of his funk / depression / suicide-wish after his trauma. And the monks! They were the nicest people Claire has met yet, and the Father in charge believed her story and absolved her.
I feel like this episode could have been two or three, but I’m glad they didn’t drag out Jamie hating himself and wanting to die; it’s a crime not to see his smile.
All in all, a good end to a crazy-good season, and a hopeful look forward to the next!
Other things to think about:
- Jamie had three fingers, at least, with bones sticking out of them. For a full day, if not more. While he was being abused in a dungeon. So much ew I can’t even.
- Highland cattle. Because they’re cute, and left over from the last ice age, and people should think about them more.
- Angus and Rupert, who are still awful people, but have been swayed toward goodness by Claire and her high standards and good example. Mostly.
- Murtaugh and his everything. Like, seriously, he’s the best.
- Willie! Such a good cinnamon roll cupcake boy! I’m afraid for him when things go to crap later in history.
- I’m always surprised by how Scotland and France have so much direct history, all because they share a hatred of England.
- Look how far this season has come! I was expecting Claire to go home at the end, and I’m kind o glad she didn’t.
OB continues to be bonkers, and that’s the way it’s best. Who would have thought that running for the school board would be as weird and tense as running from the Boy Clones? Because it totally is.
Allison was doing okay this ep, but Donnie messed up and switched her running-paperwork with the bag of thirty thousand dollars they owe to their drug supplier (the same one who effed up Vic’s hand), and almost gets his face chopped off. Allison saves the day, with the help of a reluctant Cosima posing as her so she can be in two places at once.
Meanwhile, Allison is dealing with her awful mom being awful and trying to convince her to sell the shop she’s decided not to sell, and Jaje, her dealer, is remembering why he like her so much in high school. More drama there, that’s for sure!
Cosima is trying to get pee for a test that Delphine wants to run because she doesn’t trust her ex’s motives and it looks like she knows perfectly well how iffy her health is, but she isn’t saying. She does tell Shay that she’s sick, though neither of them seems worried enough when she starts randomly bleeding at the end?
Sarah and Helena spend the day in a bar in Mexico, with Mrs S apologizing to Helena and telling her she’s family. I feel like something is up with that bartender tho; she’s way too calm and knowing.
And lastly, Scott is teaching Rachel how to play a board game to give them an excuse to be hiding ok so that she can tell him the code to the book–and, it looks like in the previews, keep her safe. He’s at least going to keep her company.
Other stuff to think about:
- Sarah called Mrs S “mum” and said she’s tired, and that sounds sad and like she needs something to reinvigorate her quest…which usually means something bad.
- Mrs S hugging Helena until she stops fighting is heartbreaking on a number of levels.
- Felix being a campaign manager with no patience has got to the best thing ever.
- Helena was “outside walking off her anger”, but she isn’t really that reliable–who bets she’d gonna bail and go see if she can find her Jesse to raise her baby with? I hope she can find him; he was impressed by her crazy instead of put off by it, and it could be really cool.
- Errybody in love with Sarah Manning tho.
- Was that a new clone in the ad, and is she a bimbo? And wasn’t there another new clone in the premier and is this a different one, or was that just someone who looked like she might be a clone?
- Allison’s mom is the worst.
- I feel like this show is training us to not trust anyone, but I hope Shay actually is trustworthy. The sestras need more people they can really, honestly trust.
So what did you guys think about today’s shows? Comment below and share!
Samantha tweets far too much about TV, and would like to have a bathtub in her living room, too.