TV Review: “Outlander” – “The Search”

Written by Caitlin Cooper May 17, 2015

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Lately “Outlander” has been kind of slow and mostly uneventful. You’d think that nearing the end of the season would mean constant high tension in the last few episodes, but it feels like the last three episodes leading up to the finale have been filler, a way to have a slow build-up to a huge event. But the slow build-up has made for some rather lacklustre episodes. The latest “Outlander” episode, called “The Search”, is no different. But one thing is clear: things are about to go very, very badly for Jamie (Sam Heughan).

In “The Search”, Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Jenny (Laura Donnelly) leave Lallybroch to search for the captured Jamie. Together, the two women are fierce and determined. They forcefully question and English officer, Claire learns that she has to be unapologetic in her search for her husband. They discover that Jamie escaped and is hiding in the countryside. Thankfully, Jamie’s uncle, Murtagh (Duncan Lacroix), joins them the search. But unfortunately for Claire, all she can really do is travel and earn a reputation so that Jamie can come out of hiding and find her. And waiting is the worst kind of torture for her.

“Love forces a person to choose. You do things you never could’ve imagined you’d do before.”

While the first part of the episode is intense as Claire and Jenny search the Scottish countryside for Jamie, once Claire and Murtagh journey alone while Claire provides medical care for people – and eventually sings for crowds – the pacing because incredibly slow. There’s only so many times you can watch a character do a repeat song performance before you think, “what is the point of this episode?”. It feels like the events of this episode and last week’s episode could’ve been combined because not much happens this week. Sure, there are some interesting moments and we see Claire’s unwavering love for Jamie and her determination to rescue him. But too much time is spent on unimportant things. A lot of the episode seems to be filler. The end was probably the most intense part of the episode because Claire meets with Dougal (Graham McTavish) and co. and learns that Jamie has been captured again and is sentenced to hang. Dougal won’t help her save Jamie, but the men will. What Dougal will do, apparently, is hit on Claire. Apparently he has no shame. I think it’s crap, however, that Dougal blames Claire for Jamie’s capture, especially considering Dougal won’t lift a finger to help Jamie. The last scenes of the episode set up high stakes for the last two episodes of the season.

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This “Outlander” episode may not have been the best, but I can’t deny that the acting was, as usual, good. Balfe is always good at playing Claire; she’s fierce and vulnerable. But this week we got to hear her sing, and she was actually really good. When an actor sings, it could go one of two ways: really well, or really badly. But Balfe has a nice voice so those scenes aren’t painful to listen to. Lacroix as Murtagh is awesome, I must admit. The character has previously been fairly minor, but here we get to learn a bit more about him and it’s great.

“Nothing about this search has been fine.”

“Outlander” has been less than stellar the last few weeks, but I have high hopes that the show will once again prove itself in the last two episodes of the season. While the last couple of episodes have been a kind of slump in the show, it remains true that “Outlander” is one of the best new shows on TV right now.

My Rating: 7/10

 

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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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