TV Review: “Outlander” – “The Watch”

Written by Caitlin Cooper May 09, 2015

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“Outlander” has proven itself again and again, with only a few bumps along the way. If there’s one thing that’s clear about this new historical sci-fi drama – aside from the fact that it has so many genres – is that the main characters, Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie (Sam Heughan), will never be safe for long, no matter where they go. At least, that’s true of the show this season.

In this “Outlander” episode, Jamie comes closer to the Watch than he ever wanted to, and it’s a constant struggle to keep his secret: that he’s a wanted man. If the Watch found out, they’d turn him over in a second for the reward. Things are complicated when Jenny (Laura Donnelly) goes into labour, and when a late member of the Watch arrives, one who knows exactly who Jamie is. Trouble arises, and something bad happens that will take “Outlander” to a dark conclusion in its final three episodes.

“But we’ve come to know Claire. She’s a decent woman. We don’t mind her Englishness so much.”

While the previous episode and this episode are good in their own way, they’re both kind of quiet episodes in which not much happens. It seemed to me that this episode had the illusion of having a lot happen, mostly because of the high tension. However, this “Outlander” episode mostly felt a bit like filler before bigger things. Only the last part of the episode really accomplished much in the way of moving the plot forward. Jamie goes off with the Watch for one of their jobs – great idea! – and the job was actually an ambush. So, of course, Jamie is taken by the English. That was the only truly exciting thing in the episode. The rest was mostly tension, along with some female bonding between Claire and Jenny ass Jenny is in labour and gives birth (I could’ve done without some of the odd and creepy lines, though). That was a nice progression to see mostly because it solidifies Claire’s new life in the 1740s. I do wonder, however, what her modern husband, Frank (Tobias Menzies), is up to.

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The one thing this “Outlander” episode has going for it, as it always does, is its talented cast. Balfe once agains proves herself to be a talented actress. It’s no wonder she was cast as the female lead. Donnelly makes Jenny quite the commanding character; her snark and then more vulnerable moments make each scene she’s in stand out. Heughan and Steven Cree (who plays Ian) give us some warriors to root for, even when they don’t make the best decisions.

“I could use a man like you. Not just a bonny fighter, a warrior.”

While the latest episode of “Outlander” wasn’t the best because it was mostly filler before the climax of the last few episodes of the season, it wasn’t a bad episode. There’s a lot of tension, which is always entertaining. Also, it becomes clear that Claire was becoming comfortable at Lallybroch, and she’s been accepted by Jenny and Ian (Steven Cree). Unfortunately, it does feel like the events from last week and this week could have been in the same episode for better pacing. But that won’t stop me from watching the last episodes of the season to find out what happens on this popular new show.

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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