LIVE Blog: Episode 2.06 – “Best Laid Schemes…”
Good news – we can get new family and friends pour ourselves a dram and, through the magic of technology, enjoy it together! Each Saturday at 9:00 p.m., we’ll be LIVE blogging the episodes to bring you a two-screen experience into the world of Outlander. Like the Outlander Cast podcast, it will be SPOILER FREE for non-book readers.
So get all your post-18th Century gadgets ready and settle in, because the best things in life should be shared with a buddy. Hi, buddy.
Side note: This episode was written by Matthew B. Roberts, a favorite of Outlander fans everywhere thanks to his wonderful behind the scenes photo posts on Twitter. He also is a friend of the Outlander Cast podcast thanks to a great interview he did with Mary and Blake last year.
[9:22 pm] Finally! We’ve made it to this much-teased scene (in the trailers) where Murtagh attempts to wrap his mind around Claire’s story by physically writing out the years she’s been alive. I don’t blame him, I’m a visual learner too. Also, Bear’s score alongside Murtagh’s empathetically tender reaction to Claire just kept that Hallmark card family moment alive for me. [9:25 pm] Wee Fergus slithering his way in to complete the mission reminds me of the hilariously nimble “The Amazing Yen” from Ocean’s Eleven (the petite Asian dude who folded his way into the smallest of places to help pull off the heist unnoticed). [9:27 pm] Mark me! That is all. [9:29] I like my Murtagh grumbly and witty, even when dressed to the nines. His displeasure with his attire is only outdone by the look on his face when Suzette hauls him off for a little pre-raid fun. [9:33 pm] Damn you, Outlander, all the feels. And we’re back in blue! Also, I love how true to real life this scene is with Jamie’s uncertain anxiety about whether sex harms the baby. I feel like that’s every impending father’s worry, or at least it was in our house. [9:35 pm] Jamie and Murtagh do role playing well. Job well done, boys. [9:37 pm] Ugh, I love Louise but I could do without the mean girls crap. Has anyone watched The Blind Side with Sandra Bulloch as many times as I have? Because this is reminding me of when her character finally snaps at sitting through one too many catty country club girls’ lunches, and she takes a moral stance and walks out. [9:39 pm] Your husband will worry, Claire, and we’re already there! I’m no doctor, but bleeding this late in the pregnancy is not something to take lightly. Kudos to Mother Hildegard for her calming demeanor that kept our normally unflappable Claire at ease. [9:41 pm] Mark me, this scene finally won me over on Bonnie Prince Charlie. We have Andrew Gower and his spot-on portrayal of BPC’s roller coaster of defeated emotion to thank for that. [9:43 pm] “Always!” – Fergus’ response to Jamie asking him whether he’s hungry, and in the process forewarning me how damn high my grocery bill will be when my son hits the teen years. [9:44 pm] Oh god, oh god, oh god. That uniform jacket, the crescendoing music, the door slamming – this is headed in allllll the wrong places for Fergus. Ruuuuuuuuuun! [9:47 pm] Folks, brace for impact because – and excuse my language – shit’s about to hit the vengeance fan. [9:48 pm] These posts are spoiler-free, but I am a book reader and I’ve not dreaded a scene more than what’s about to happen. Fair warning. Or as fellow writer and Scottish traveler Anne warned me – “have a defibrillator on hand for the last few minutes.” Noted, Anne. Noted. [9:50 pm] “All I could do was wait to see which of my men would die – Jamie or Frank.” – Claire, in a wonderfully ideal state of mind to keep from third trimester bleeding and trauma. Sarcasm, it’s how I maturely handle any crisis. [9:51 pm] Not to make light of the severity of this scene, but if the cows didn’t do in “the donger” (thank you, Teddie) for Black Jack, this certainly will. [9:52 pm] Nooooooooooo! Forget Jack – we’ve all just been gutted. That. Was. Brutal. And it was made infinitely worse by the damn credits pounding in and leaving us in limbo! Of course they had to, but still. WHYYYYYYY. I mean I know why, but still. WHYYYYYYY. [9:55 pm] Anne, I used the paddles and it did nothing to restart my heart after the shock of living through that scene on screen. The fate of our duo (make that TRIO!) is bleak right now and we have to wait another week to see more. And I’m trying hard not to stay in this somber mode by reminding myself that we’re nearly HALFWAY done with season two! Mark me, I won’t allow myself to do that because it threatens to steal the bittersweet joy of experiencing that brilliant and fulfilling hour of television. Every week Outlander season two dives further and further into its groove and I, for one, cannot wait for episode seven! [10:00 pm] Did I mention I’m in Scotland? Okay, just checking . . . more as a mental “pinch me” for myself than for you. Also, Pocket Jamie made the journey with me! That can only mean that photos of priceless history and remarkable landscape will now contain an eight-inch laminated cutout of a fictional literary and television character. AS IT SHOULD BECAUSE HE IS THE KING OF MEN. Fun blog post to come!
Episode 2.05: “Untimely Resurrection”
Episode 2.06: “Best Laid Schemes…“
Episode 2.07: “Faith”
Episode 2.08: “The Fox’s Lair“
Episode 2.09: “Je Suis Prest“
Episode 2.10: “Prestonpans”
Episode 2.11: “Vengeance is Mine“
Episode 2.12 “The Hail Mary“
Episode 2.13 “Dragonfly in Amber“