TV Review: “Outlander” – “Lallybroch”

Written by Caitlin Cooper May 02, 2015

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The previous “Outlander” episode saw Claire (Caitriona Balfe) in perilous danger as she was tried for witchcraft. When she was locked up with Geillis (Lotte Verbeek), she learned that Geillis is from the future, too. Jamie (Sam Heughan) arrived in the nick of time to save her, and she finally told him that she’s a time traveler. The episode ended with the two fleeing to Jamie’s home without Colum’s (Gary Lewis) permission. Uh oh. So what will happen on “Outlander” next?

On the latest “Outlander” episode, Jamie brings Claire to Lallybroch, the home he inherited from his deceased father. But coming home isn’t as easy as he expected: his sister, Jenny (Laura Donnelly), is angry at his absence, and some of his tenants don’t like him. Jamie has to deal with his sister’s wrath all the while attempting to fill his father’s shoes as the new laird of Lallybroch. On top of that, his homecoming is dangerous since he’s still wanted by the English.

“I’m not the meek and obedient type.”

“Outlander” has repeatedly centered itself around the people and relationships. Romantic, familial, friendship, and more. This week’s episode was mostly about the relationship between Jamie and his sister. She’s angry with him for not writing to her during his time away from home. Her and her husband had also been running the estate, and handing the reins back over to Jamie was no easy thing for her. Mostly I thought Jenny was rude and judgmental; however, when it’s clear she just had some built-up anger to express, I understood her a little more. Though her coldness towards Claire is just ridiculous. We finally get to find out what happened to Jamie’s dad, and what happened to Jenny after Jamie was knocked out by Jack Randall (Tobias Menzies). I have to admit, I think she’s brilliant for the way she protected herself from Jack – she laughed at him she to the point where he was too embarrassed to abuse her anymore. On the other hand, Claire learns what’s expected of her as the Lady of Lallybroch. And the two finally seem to have some happiness in their home. It doesn’t hurt that they admit their feelings for one another so that maybe we can understand why Claire decided to stay in the 1700s.

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One thing’s for certain: while leaving Castle Leoch may have saved Claire, it put Jamie firmly in danger. His name has yet to be cleared, so he’s wanted by the English for murder. Being home, where many people know him, forces him to place trust in a lot of people. When Jamie lectures a tenant on his treatment of his son – the man had been abusing his kid -, the man decides he doesn’t like being told what to do. So, he tips off the English about a criminal being in the area. Jamie narrowly escapes, but it’s clear that he won’t be safe for long.

“It’s almost exactly as I remember it.”

The acting in this “Outlander” episode was pretty well-done. Balfe has proved again and again that she has the talent to lead a show. She seems to become the character on screen. Heughan has made Jamie a sympathetic, brave character. Donnelly as Jenny brings some dark humour and drama to the show. Steven Cree as her husband, Ian Murray, balances out the cast nicely with his serene and kind demeanor. There’s also a really touching scene between Jamie and his father; Andrew Whipp plays Brian Fraser, and his scenes were moving.

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As we near the last few episodes of the first season of “Outlander”, things become more intense and secrets are revealed. More than ever, it’s apparent that relationships and politics are the heart of this new historical sci-fi drama. With plenty of things to please viewers, like wit, action, and more, “Outlander” remains one of the strongest new shows currently on television.

My Rating: 7.5/10

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About Caitlin Cooper

Caitlin Cooper

Caitlin is an avid watcher of movies and television shows so she decided to use her passion to write about them. She has a B.A. in English Language and Literature with a Minor in Creative Writing.

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