Outlander Cast hosts Mary & Blake discuss Outlander episode 5.07, “The Ballad Of Roger Mac”.
In this episode we chat why this was the reason you had to keep Murtagh alive after Culloden, exquisite writing and visual storytelling, and our little lad makes his first appearance in years!
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Hi Mary and Blake. Thank you so much for giving us some joy during this really rough period.
Episode 507 was a very definite 5 kilts, but I can’t do GBGs because everything was so incredible. One comment though, and that’s about the acting in this episode. Just goes to show what can happen with great writing. Other Outlander writers please take notes. The performances by the leading actors was stunning (especially Sam,) but we should not overlook the outstanding acting by the minor characters.
The one that stands out for me is Ned Dennehy who plays Lionel Brown. Ned has instilled in his character a level of meanest and menace that I did not get from reading the book. I think we have all been focusing our attention on Stephen Bonnet (and rightly so,) but we should not overlook the threat that Lionel poses to the Frasers and Claire in particular. Bonnet is a thinker and a planner, whereas Brown is an opportunist. He will impulsively strike when the moment presents itself. I think that the way they have shown him watching and talking to Claire gives us a clue that we should be watching him closely.
Hi Mary and Blake, love the podcast.
This episode was an emotional 5 kilts for me and a whole box of tissues.
I teared up more than once, I’m going to miss Murtaugh like an old friend who has gone away.
Great, great, great…
I have to say I thought the sex scene between Jamie and Claire was just so sexy and funny and erotic. Claire’s singing “Happy Birthday” to Jamie was so sultry. What a way for Jamie to celebrate the big 5-0
So much better than last week’s barn kink.
My great was seeing Grahm McTavish as Buck. Oh, God. Dougal how I missed you. Jamie invoked the spirit of Dougal, and then there was Buck. With the “Get away from my wife,” it was so familiar, so chilling and then that was the moment where Roger Mac had to fight. That was the moment where he really had to dig in and get down to his primal roots.
Jamie and Murtaugh. Jamie just gutted me emotionally. From his sharing that he was now older than his father turning 50 on his birthday, and his counseling the young soldiers on the killing of war, from his turbulence about killing loyal Scots, and not wanting to kill Murtaugh, his utter contempt for Tryon.
Sam is a master at the unspoken communications, the way he cringed when Tryon put the redcoat on Jamie, and the way he threw it on the ground when he was done with his duty to the crown and Tryon.
I adored the way that Jamie often grabbed at his injured hand when he was under stress or great emotion. Of course, he would be feeling echoes of that agony.
My best was Jamie and Murtaugh: I smiled when Murtaugh knocked out the soldier who was going to kill Jamie. He smiled seeing Jamie in that stupid red coat, and We knew that Jamie was going to let his godfather go.
When the soldier killed him (the same one that Jamie had counseled about killing in war), it was heartbreaking, because he praised Jamie’s words. “I didn’t waver, ”
Immediately, Jamie focused on Murtaugh trying to stop the blood, and telling him to hang on, with Murtaugh talking about Jamie’s mother and how much he loved her. Jamie and Murtaugh were so much more than godfather and godson, they truly were bonded, and share an intimacy, something that they shared since Season 1. They shared all secrets, and had each other’s backs in all things.
It was so authentic that Jamie then went on autopilot with only one objective: to save Murtaugh. His hope was that Claire could save him, and I felt his heartbreak when Claire told him she couldn’t. “I’m sorry.”
It killed me when Jamie railed out: I don’t release you from your oath. Don’t leave me.”
Murtaugh was the father that Jamie depended on as a man
I would have loved to have heard some of “The Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B” when Claire was saying goodbye and crying when he died.
I agree with you that the scene where Tryon, Jamie and Murtaugh were reading the letters was so moving.
Tryon was the perfect arrogant bureaucrat who only cared about his ego than the people who are dying.
I am a first time commenter on your podcast. I live in the town of Batesville, Arkansas and I am so sorry that our annual Lyon College event held April 3-5 will not be happening due to the virus. Every year we have many people coming to our Arkansas Scottish Festival. It’s a big deal around here and quite a loss to the economy of our small town. They even give a scholarship for bagpiping at Lyon. Since I am a relatively new viewer of Outlander, I was really looking forward to eating the Scottish food, hearing the Scottish music, watching the Highland dancing, tossing the cabers, sheepherding, and enjoying the massed bagpiping bands all decked out in their kilts in a new LOVE light after watching all the seasons last year. I simply adored this episode. I give it 5+ Kilts and my Good was watching little Jemmy enjoying ‘Clementine’ and seeing Roger and Bree talking and kissing. My Better was being excited to see Graham be back in Outlander although not a character that I cared about much less loved. I knew immediately it was him. My Best was ALL the amazing acting by Sam Heughan. He is really going to get some awards for this. If I could insert a plot Bad, even though not allowed for a 5+KILT rating, it would be Brown crushing Claire’s glass penicillin hypodermic! This will cause a lot of problems unless it was not the only horse-sized hypodermic needle she brought back from the future.
I wanted to add a comment regarding the song Clementine. I realize that there might be regional differences in folk song lyrics, but here on the west coast we were taught that Clementine referred to the California gold rush in 1849. I learned the lyric that Mary quoted as, “met a miner, forty-niner and his daughter Clementine.”