Outlander Episode 404 was entitled “Common ground” a theme that plays strongly throughout the episode from sharing literal common ground with the Cherokee Indians to creating figurative common ground when Jamie defeats a shared foe. Jamie and Claire revel in the joy of creating their personal common ground at Fraser’s ridge while at the same time working through their common ground of a shared sadness of missing Bree. Bree makes the choice that she can no longer go without sharing physical common ground with her parents…that may be stretching the metaphor a little far but I think it works.
Jamie has a knack for diplomacy when dealing with the Cherokee, he knows a thing of two about unwanted newcomers making claims on your land. The redcoats wreaked havoc on Scotland and the Scots were none too pleased, Obvi. However, Jamie has his work cut out for him proving that he means no ill will and desire to live in peace.
I am loving how Ian is asserting his manhood and really owning his independence its gosh darn adorable although I am sure Ian would be offended if he was labelled adorable and not manly….and it is totally manly that Ian can knit. I love that Claire was gutting fish while Ian was knitting. I also love Claire’s obvious announcements in this episode like, “I get the feeling there is something behind me,” and “This isn’t the Cherokee, this is a bear.”
I always enjoy the sweet, shared moments between Jamie and Claire, When Jamie can see that Claire is missing Brianna and the sexy flirting against a certain tree trunk. Jamie really ruins it for all others husbands because he always knows what to say and he looks so effing hunky and sincere while saying it. Can I get an Amen?
Now, some of you may not agree with the following statement and that is totally fine and feel free to write your own blog about that (just kidding…sort of) but I have to announce that the single best part about this entire episode is when Jamie’s season one hair made a glorious cameo and by the firelight to boot! Not only do we get to drink in the beautiful ruggedness of his perfectly shaggy locks but we also get to see him in full highland warrior glory dragging a carcass behind him, face bloodied and shirt ripped. Hallelujah the Outlander God’s have answered our prayers.
So typically I don’t have too many critical things to say about the artistic choices that the showrunners make in order to fit the massive text of the Outlander books into a television series but I can not wrap my head around why the Tskili Yona also known as the crazy bear man, needed to be a crazy bear man and not just an actual bear. The same message could have come across, the whole man in the bear suit thing just seemed really wacky to me.
Anywho moving on…I loved the moment Claire had with the Cherokee women and the interpretation of the dream. It was just how I imagined it in the book. “You must not be troubled, death is sent from the God’s. It will not be your fault.” Whew! Goosebumps all over.
Fiona lets a big bomb drop on Roger and lets him know that she is woke to the whole time travel thing. This makes me so happy for Roger to have a real confidant. Roger’s face was so hilarious when Fiona said, “You mean when she went back in time to find Jamie Fraser?” Although Roger seemed pretty accepting about the shared knowledge, I myself would have felt a bit more shocked. I wasn’t sure if they were going to write in the whole potential death of Claire and Jamie to leave things more open but I was glad they stayed true to the book but by golly, Roge is TORE up about this news. This poor guy will literally not catch a break this season.
Did anyone else tear up during the inspirational music that played while Jamie worked on the logs? I mean…sigh…it really is perfect isn’t it Claire?
We are left with Roger making the dreaded call to Brianna and Gayle drops another bomb, Brianna has gone to Scotland to visit her mother. Holy shoot it is about to get good people!!
How did you guys feel about this episode? What did you love, what did you not quite love? I CAN NOT wait to see Brianna in the 18th century, it’s going to be so good!