Outlander’s “Heaven and Earth” was a bit less like heaven and a bit more like an endless nap
Outlander was trapped in the middle of the ocean last week and this week our favorite TV couple didn’t fare much better. Claire’s (Caitriona Balfe) been kidnapped by the navy ship Porpoise and it isn’t going very well as she struggles to keep the typhoid under control. But Jamie (Sam Heughan) isn’t much better since his objections to Claire’s kidnapping have landed him in the brig. He comes up with an elaborate plan for Fergus (Cesar Domboy) to break him out and his men to mutiny but thank goodness Fergus sees the folly in this plan. They fight but make up by the end and Jamie gives Fergus his blessing to marry Marsali (Lauren Lyle).
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Claire makes some headway with the typhoid but not before losing her young assistant Elias (Ablie Marber) to the disease in a very poignant scene. But she discovers that the one eyed dude who set fire to the print shop outed Jamie as Alexander Malcolm and now he’s on the run from the law again. Not only that but she’s going to be the bait to lure him to Jamaica to be arrested! In order to get there first and warn him she leaps from the ship in the dead of night hoping the current will bring her to an island.
Let’s see what the roundtable had to say!
Jamie (@jamiesrule) – I’m Jamie. The book and show should stand on their own. If one more person tells me I should read the book, which I have, I might just burn my copy of Voyager.
Jenni (@freckledjenni) – Jenni really does have a lot of freckles. She’s still in mourning for Frank.
Jordyn (@urbanoutlander) – An NYC TV/Film Professional but above all Outlander addict. Check out my fan blog/vlog here!
Stephanie (@twingles321) – Stephanie hosts outlanderprintshop.org. She’s a recently retired teacher who has more time now to devote to her favortie book/show: Outlander. An avid book reader, she also enjoys This is Us and A Place To Call Home (which ironically stars Outlander’s Lord John Grey David Berry) She’s also in a book/wine club and just started enjoying whisky.
1) Well Jamie doesn’t seem happy that Claire’s been kidnapped, going and getting himself thrown in the brig! How did you feel about his big plan?
Jamie (@jamiesrule) – Jamie’s plan sucked! I totally get that he wanted to get to Claire but he lost all sense of reason. Sure dude, a handful of guys are going to take over the ship. *Eyeroll*. Thankfully Marsali isn’t taking after her step-dad and is actually using her brain and points out the danger she will mostly definitely be in when Jamie’s plan fails miserably. I’m happy Fergus saw the light and didn’t help Jamie escape.
Jenni (@freckledjenni) – Look, I get that he loves Claire but sometimes it’s like he thinks he lives in Harlequin Romance Land. We all know about his love & deep devotion to his Mrs. but his never ending love is about to get him in some serious sh*t.
Jordyn (@urbanoutlander) – This is the first time we see him lose control and thus his senses. He loses Claire once, unexpectedly gets her back 20 yrs later, and then loses her again. It’s enough to make most a little crazy. I liked seeing him on the edge and desperate. We can’t always have level-headed Jamie.
Stephanie (@twingles321) – It was ridiculous! I mean I get that he’s angry and freaked out that his lady love, who he just reconnected with after 20 years apart, has been kidnapped. Maybe back on dry land in Scotland he could gather his men and save Claire, as he did from BJR but… well let’s just say his plan was suicide at sea!!
Lisa (@TribeTobias) – Considering Jamie’s Big Plan™ was essentially place his adopted son Fergus in an untenable position that would endanger not only him but also Jamie’s step-daughter Marsali, I found it to be short-sighted, selfish and incredibly out of character for a man who is known to survive more by his wit than by brawn. Overthrow the ship’s crew while Jamie is utterly incapacitated by seasickness, and Fergus has one hand. Sure, sure. Next.
2) Fergus is awfully quiet for a man who has been accused of not loving the woman he wants to marry. Were you surprised by Jamie’s attitude towards his stepson?
Jamie (@jamiesrule) – Jamie was a total prick to Fergus. I was quite disappointed in how he treated someone who has always had his back. Fergus had his f*cking hand chopped off trying to keep Jamie safe! I think that’s pretty deserving of more respect than Jamie seems to have for Fergus and his life decisions.
Jenni (@freckledjenni) – Jamie is way too worried about saving his wife and not barfing all over himself to give Fergus any worry. Jamie gets needles in his face so he doesn’t vomit all over his bed, last thing he cares about is Fergus’ opinion about anything besides a puke bucket.
Jordyn (@urbanoutlander) – In his desperation and anger he begins to lash out. I think Fergus is surprised and taken aback. I didn’t think Jamie was acting out of character like some have complained.
Stephanie (@twingles321) – Basically shocked because it’s not in Jamie’s character to talk to him like that. I do get he’s a desperate man which makes him say desperate things.
Lisa (@TribeTobias) – Going along with my previous response, Jamie acted like a selfish child, while Fergus showed great integrity and maturity. It had to have been difficult for him to stand up to the man who’d raised him, but considering Jamie basically forced him to choose between doing his bidding and Marsali’s safety, he made the wise decision. Despite Jamie’s proclamation that Fergus cannot understand what it means to love a woman, I beg to differ. Clearly, Fergus loves her enough to risk breaking Jamie’s parental bond.
3) Claire seems to run a tight ship (Yuck, yuck). What did you think of lady boss Claire and her young assistant Elias Pound as they battled the typhoid?
Jamie (@jamiesrule) – I enjoyed seeing Claire be all boss lady on the ship. Elias was freaking adorable! He and Claire made a good duo.
Jenni (@freckledjenni) – I adore Elias & his puppy love for Claire. He’s the perfect assistant and is willing to learn. Claire seems to relax having someone to help and also someone to talk the annoying Brit soldiers down when they want to give Claire some sass.
Jordyn (@urbanoutlander) – Lady Doctor and Doogie-Howzer-in-the-making are adorable! Elias is way too young to be slave-laboring on a ship (poor choice of words?) but it’s the 18th century so I’ll look away. The actor was lovely and his demise proved to be an emotionally poignant moment in the season.
Stephanie (@twingles321) – This plot line was the highlight of the episode. We, as the audience, really connected with his character, how young he was and how he looked up to Claire as a mother figure for that short time. His death was unexpected, poignant and sad.
Lisa (@TribeTobias) – I thought Claire’s developing relationship with young Elias in the face of fighting an epidemic of typhoid fever was by far the best part of this week’s episode. Elias Pound almost immediately endeared himself to both Claire and by extension, to viewers. The emotions he and this subplot engendered were the most authentic, at least for me. Jamie and even Claire struck a number of false chords this week, but this character was a symphony of real feelz.
4) This episode wasn’t exactly chock full of plot developments other than the revelation that Tompkins is on board the ship and he’s connected the dots between Alexander Malcolm and one James Fraser who’s on board the Artemis. Talk to us about this revelation/coincidence.
Jamie (@jamiesrule) – How did Tompkins even end up on the Porpoise?! That was way too coincidental but whatever that seems to happen a lot in Outlander.
Jenni (@freckledjenni) – Snoozzzzzzze. Sorry, what were you saying? I was too busy sleeping through the boring part of the episode.
Jordyn (@urbanoutlander) – Of course One Eyed Tompkins is on the ship! It reminded me that we’re still looking for Young Ian (whoops forgot about him). In classic Outlander/Diana Gabaldon form, this snafu creates more obstacles that keep our fave couple apart.
Stephanie (@twingles321) – My first question was how did Tompkins even see Jamie to begin with? I was under the impression only the captain boarded the Artemis. It was a lame plot line, just saying. I mean even if he saw him across the ship (ridiculously too far IMO) then was the only point to it to create the need for Claire to “save” Jamie from the noose? It wasn’t necessary in the book…. or in the show either!!
Lisa (@TribeTobias) – Ugh. This is the plot point that brought out Sweeney Claire Todd and her Cleaver of Doom. The man had already divulged his knowledge of Jamie’s identity, so what, precisely, was the point? Maybe I need to watch it again to better understand the nuances, but this just seemed to create unnecessary drama AND it forced Claire “Hippocratic Oath” Fraser way out of character.
5) Fergus and Marsali are certainly feeling the heat at sea. What did you think of their relationship this episode?
Jamie (@jamiesrule) – That kiss between Fergus and Marsali was pretty hot. And then it creeped me out. Haha! I’m still having bit of an issue with age difference. I know times were different back then and I’m sure the more I see them together the creepiness of the matter will fade a bit.
Jenni (@freckledjenni) – They’re moving along, one episode closer to wedded bliss. They’re also boring as hell.
Jordyn (@urbanoutlander) – Marsali is itching to get that corset off (much like her mom in Season 1) and I’m proud that Fergus put the breaks on it (he must REALLY love her). Their development was cute and welcomed.
Stephanie (@twingles321) – I was happy to see Marsali and Fergus interact lovingly. It gave the audience a peek into how they felt for each other. It was necessary to establish their relationship to the audience and have us care about them.
Lisa (@TribeTobias) – I adore Fergus and Marsali. I have to say that their relationship dynamic is perhaps flipped from what I recall in the books, where Marsali is purely starry-eyed and Fergus is the older, more self-assured figure. THIS Marsali knows exactly what she wants, and she’s not shy about getting it. Side note: Get it, girl. I’d be all over that adorable French bonbon, too.
6) Whatever you thought of this episode overall there was certainly some emotional payoff with both Elias Pound and then Fergus and Marsali’s ending. What did you think of these moments?
Jamie (@jamiesrule) – Yes, Elias dying was sad. But I totally saw it coming. Claire tells him 2-3 times to keep his hands clean and not touch anything if he touches one of the sick/dying. So, what does he do?! Closes the eyes of his deceased friend (I did feel bad for Elias) and then touches his mug. As soon as that happened I knew he was going to die.
Fergus and Marsali looked so happy when Jamie finally gave them his blessing. It was a sweet moment. I’m curious to see their wedding
Jenni (@freckledjenni) – The Elias scene killed me. The poor kid just wanted to be a help to Claire and in the end she didn’t even realize he was sick. His burial at sea was the most emotional part of the episode. God speed Elias.
Fergus & Marsali are the boring couple at the end of the cul-de-sac that hand out raisins at Halloween. Their moments on the ship are when I leave to get a glass of water.
Jordyn (@urbanoutlander) – Emotional payoff was greater with Elias and Claire. I kinda forgot about Marsali and Fergus! What, like they’re not going to be together? They’re not Jamie and Claire…yet.
Stephanie (@twingles321) – Hmmm…. well those were certainly plot lines that saved an otherwise boring episode from totally sucking!! (My husband watched without me later and said basically the same thing)
Lisa Clark O’Neill (@TribeTobias) – Claire/Elias and Fergus/Marsali were the saving graces of the episode. I’m going to attribute Jamie’s behavior to some sort of seasickness-induced delirium, and leave it at that.
7) Claire definitely has a backbone. First she stands up to the cook in the cabin and then threatens Tompkins. Then her leap from the ship at the end was gutsy too! What were your thoughts on Claire’s plot line this week?
Jamie (@jamiesrule) – But it was lame that she would have resorted to lying about being raped when she could have easily just told the truth about how Cosworth was talking to her and I’m sure the captain would’ve believed her. Oh well, it wouldn’t be Outlander without rape or some mention of rape.
Jenni (@freckledjenni) – I’m glad there was more Claire this episode. We finally were able to see her in her element without her constantly telling us what a great doctor she is.
Jordyn (@urbanoutlander) – Just another day in Outlander! Claire cures the crew of typhoid, threatens a man who tries to assault her, threatens another man who tries to get Jamie, then jumps off a ship! She does all of this while filing her nails. For me, Claire works better when she isn’t so stubborn and instead rallies the troops so-to-speak that helps move the story along.
Stephanie (@twingles321) – It definitely depicts Claire exactly they way she’s been throughout the series. I expected nothing less from her. It’s what we love (and hate) about Claire, her toughness and bravery… that has also gotten her in a lot of trouble!!
Lisa (@TribeTobias) – I thought Claire was being perfectly Claire, right up until she lied about Tompkins being a source of the fever and then brought out the cleaver. Which sounds like a very dark Dr. Suess rhyme.
8) Jamie seems to have come to his senses at the end thanks to Marsali. Did you buy this change of heart?
Jamie (@jamiesrule) – I was over Jamie halfway through the episode so his change of heart was mostly lost on me. Of course, it was great seeing Fergus and Marsali so happy but I give two sh*ts about Jamie’s role in the whole thing.
Jenni (@freckledjenni) – Nope. He just wants the two young lovers to get away & stop asking him the same damn questions all the time.
Jordyn (@urbanoutlander) – I honestly have to watch this part again because I wasn’t paying much attention. 😐
Stephanie (@twingles321) – I think he was a beaten man at the end and had no choice. Being seasick and stressed out he finally realized he had no real plausible solution. I do wonder where Mr. Willoughby and his needles were! I mean he desperately needed to see him more than Fergus!
Lisa (@TribeTobias) – I have to confess that I’m finding it odd that Jamie, who is always depicted as a source of ethical wisdom (even if he does suffer from periods of temper-induced idiocy,) was so roundly put to shame by both Fergus and Marsali at this point in the journey. In addition to his missing sense of humor (which seems to have been left behind at Helwater along with his son,) the sagacious and prudent James Fraser is nowhere to be seen. He came across – dare I say it? – as rather rash and querulous. Granted, if anyone has reason to be over it, it’s James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser. But the endearing thing about Jamie’s (usual) character is that he manages to maintain his core characteristics of humor, prudence and a certain verve despite the many trials he’s gone through. Is this a more realistic portrayal than the source material? Perhaps. But it’s not quite as fun.
Final Verdict: Outlander gives us Elias Pound feels but we had words for Jamie Fraser.
This week our Outlander roundtable was love it or hate it on a lot of things! Jamie Fraser was either not himself or incredible emotionally overwrought trying to get Claire. For many of us it was a little over the top and made Jamie a stranger.
Thank goodness for young Albie Marber as Elias Pound. We shed more than a few tears when he didn’t make it. We appreciated that even in an episode where we’re pretty mixed we could all agree on the show still being able to tug on our heartstrings.
Fergus and Marsali. We either love them or hate them! Either way we’re looking forward to seeing what is in store for them now that Jamie has given his blessing for them to marry (well most of us are). Fergus was browbeaten a bit this episode but here’s to seeing him come out the other side!
This episode was slow. With some character departures that had mixed results! But now that Claire has jumped off the ship surely there will be more action next week. And we’ll be there, dissecting all the details!
Outlander returns on Sunday, November 26th at 8/7c on Starz!