Outlander Is Back, But the Sex Isn’t—Yet

Outlander Season 2 2016


 


 


 

All the while, most of us are thinking, “When do we get to see Jamie Fraser again?” Not. Soon. Enough.

Farewell Frank, Hello France!

It seems like Frank and Claire are going to be copacetic, but Claire stabs Frank in the heart one last time. She’s pregnant! Frank finally loses his shit, raises his fist—and holds it, clenched, inches from her face, before storming out. He finds a shed on the property and basically tears it apart with all the rage an English historian can muster. Later, as he unburdens himself to the reverend, he admits he is sterile and shares his grief. The reverend basically tells Frank to suck it up and raise Jamie’s child as his own.

Frank tells Claire he will raise her child as his own and they will move to Boston because he has been offered a post at Harvard. OF COURSE! They bandy about conditions. He can never use the word “flog” in her presence. She has to stop searching history books for mention of Jamie and his fate. And they will indeed raise the child as their own, lying about the boy’s paternity (at least until Maury Povich comes along). To seal the deal, Frank heads outside to burn the clothes Claire was found in, as if that might burn the impeccable Jamie from Claire’s heart and mind.

In truth, all of this is quite depressing because it’s obvious that Claire loves Jamie more and prefers to live in the 18th century without electricity or indoor plumbing. To each her own.

In truth, all of this is quite depressing because it’s obvious that Claire loves Jamie more and prefers to live in the 18th century without electricity or indoor plumbing. To each her own.

The couple flies to the United States, and as they are disembarking, finally, finally, we return to the 18th century—thanks to an elegant fade—where Claire, Jamie, and Murtagh (Duncan Lacroix) disembark from a ship on the shores of France. Suddenly, the show is bright and vivid and we are brought back to happiness with Jamie’s rolling Scottish brogue. Murtagh is cranky, lamenting that France smells like frogs, and then he is off to find rooms for the night, just like old times.

Ensconced in those rooms, a warm fire burning, Jamie is breathing strangely, holding his injured hand. Claire comes to Jamie’s side and we are reminded that Jamie is still, understandably, dealing with his trauma. He tells his wife that sometimes, he can still feel Randall’s touch. Poor Jamie. It will be interesting to see how the show handles his recovery this season.

Claire tries to change the subject by reminding Jamie that they need to change the future—you know, pillow talk. When Jamie tries to remind Claire of, say, reality, she says, “Since when were you not up for a challenge?” Undeterred, Claire continues with her plan. Jamie has a cousin in France, a Jacobite. They will ingratiate themselves to him so he might introduce them to the movers and shakers of the movement. Jamie worries that the plan is dishonorable but Claire is all, “the future of Scotland,” blah blah blah, so they agree to lie, cheat, and steal for the greater good.

 


 


 


 

The next morning, Murtagh is angry that Claire and Jamie won’t tell him their secret, but Jamie vows to do so, when the time is right, and somehow that’s all Murtagh needs to hear. Were keeping secrets of time travel always that easy. When Claire asks Jamie when this right time might be, Jamie quips, “You tell me, Sassenach, you’re the one from the future.” He’s trying to get his groove back. He’s trying so hard.

Claire and Jamie—Conveniently—Get a New Enemy

Three weeks later, Jamie and Claire meet with Jared Fraser (Robert Cavanah), who is skeptical of Jamie’s sudden interest in politics. Jamie removes his shirt and…well, that’s all that needs to be said. Finally, we get a glimpse of Jamie’s perfect shoulders and chest. Nothing can blemish that body. Nothing.

Jared and Jamie bargain a bit. Jamie wants to meet the Jacobite leaders and Jared promises to give it some thought. Jared has to go to the West Indies so he asks Jamie to take over his wine business because Jamie has a “fine head for figures.” Jamie will get a share of the profits and the run of a Paris house. As is always the case in this show, when there’s a problem, an absurdly convenient solution is at the ready.

‘Another country, another enemy. Life is never dull with you, Sassenach,’ Jamie says, assuring Claire that he never wants her to change even though she always, always gets them into terrible situations.

Claire is walking along the docks for some fresh air and it’s just bizarre because … the docks probably stink but fine, it sets her up to see a sick man being brought off a ship. Ever the healer, she follows the sick man (aka runs directly into trouble), with Jamie shouting her name while she ignores him. Turns out Claire and Jamie speak perfect French. Claire waves everyone from the sick man, telling Jamie she can’t get what the sick man has. It’s smallpox, of course. No one wants to hear this—especially le Comte St. Germain (Stanley Weber), who owns the ship the sick man was taken from. Once again, Claire makes friends wherever she goes. St. Germain wants to hide the truth and save his cargo. Jamie, who has some sense, wants to leave and not interfere. Claire just insists on hovering over the dead man’s body, riddled with pox and pus and malodor.

As they are leaving, St. Germain, who is the purest expression of a snobby French villain, demands an explanation and haughtily insults Claire, Jamie, and the English. He vows that this isn’t the end, letting them know they are gonna pay as he must pay to have his ship and it’s cargo burned to rid the pox. Good news! The couple has a new enemy.

That night, Claire, Jamie, and Jared watch the ship burn. “Another country, another enemy. Life is never dull with you, Sassenach,” Jamie says, assuring Claire that he never wants her to change even though she always, always gets them into terrible situations. That’s fine, Jamie. We’ll want that for you just as ardently as we want you.

To sum up: There was not even a hint of hot sex in this episode. How long will we have to wait? Time, I suppose, will tell.


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