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November 26 2017 @ 09:25 am
Episode Discuss: 310 and 311 ***SPOILERS***  
In 310, "Heaven and Earth", Claire races to discover the source of an epidemic aboard a disease-stricken ship before hundreds of sailors die. And as Jamie locks horns with Captain Raines, Fergus finds himself torn between loyalty and love. In 311, "Uncharted", after making a leap of faith, Claire washes up on an island where survival is her only option. Navigating treacherous waters crippled the Artemis, so Jamie devises a joyful moment for his crew in the midst of setbacks.

Since there was no discussion thread started for ep. 310, I thought it made sense to combine the two. It would be really nice if the 5-6 people who always vote in the polls actually also posted to discuss the episodes for a change! Try to limit comments to what actually occurred in the episodes. If you want to discuss deviations from the book, please start a separate discussion post.
You're stabbing my cortex when you know I'm insaneglowing_dragon on November 26th, 2017 09:58 pm (UTC)
Your image is locked.
siobhan63siobhan63 on November 27th, 2017 11:45 am (UTC)
I have no idea what that means or how to fix it so I just deleted the pic. I almost never add pics to posts, and am mostly on Dreamwidth, so that's me trying to be clever!
You're stabbing my cortex when you know I'm insaneglowing_dragon on November 27th, 2017 05:03 pm (UTC)
Ha, I thought I'd let you know just in case you did. :(
siobhan63: powerpuffmesiobhan63 on November 27th, 2017 01:38 pm (UTC)
With regards to episode 310, I don't know that I have much to say about it in and of itself, but more what it represents. I think that for this season, the executive producers of the show have been feeling more confident about making the show a thing in its own right -- an adaptation of the source material, most certainly, but not afraid to really change things. I know that happened in the first two seasons as well, but it's been much more present this season.

Case in point: the character of Elias Pound, the young crew member assigned to assist Claire on the Porpoise. He's not invented -- he's in the book as well, but the show highlighted him far more than I remember him from the books. And it worked beautifully because I really LOVED the character and even though I knew what his fate would be, it saddened me when he died. The actor was adorable, and the writer did more than bring him to life. It's not easy to get an audience to invest and care about a one-off minor character.

I also found the dual Jamie-Claire storyline technique interesting. Jamie's storyline is a complete invention -- what happened to him (being put in the brig, trying to get Fergus to let him out so they could try to take over the ship, etc.) -- isn't in the book at all. Yet it provided an opportunity for more character building (mostly Fergus and Marsali) and developing the character relationships -- the Jamie-Fergus dynamic, but also the Fergus-Marsali and Jamie-Marsali relationships. And to be honest, THIS storyline made way more sense to me than what actually happens in the book.

Of course, there was one book thing that I fully expected to see happen, and that was left out. Again, it doesn't affect the overall plot -- we'll just assume the person I was expecting to see is already in Jamaica -- but I was surprised when it didn't happen. It's not like there wasn't time for it -- the confrontation Claire has with the cook on the deck, could have been left out and replaced with the meeting book readers were likely expecting to see happen.

Anyway, I enjoyed the episode. I thought it was very solid, provided significant opportunities for the key cast members, especially César Domboy and Lauren Lyle (Fergus and Marsali). It was really our first opportunity to see them together romantically, and also provided each of them with solo moments that gave insight into their characters. I'd give it 4.5/5 stars.

Episode 311 continues the trend of not indulging some of Gabaldon's wacker plot lines. This was a really great episode for me. If I had any critique at all, it would be maybe a bit less time spent with Claire wandering around in the jungle? I know we had to get the sense of how close to not making it she came, but still... It was, like, a quarter of the show! I don't think the battle of Culloden lasted that long in ep. 301. They could have interspersed it with some bits about the peril hitting the Artemis, maybe? I mean, must have been one hell of a storm to cause so many men to be lost (conveniently the Captain being one of them...). But at least this plot line is better than the book version!

Father Fogden was not quite as weird as in the book, but they couldn't make him that out to lunch because they left out a certain book character. And that's fine. Mamacita was great -- properly kind of scary.

The last part of the episode was really perfect. Fergus and Marsali's wedding on the beach, and then the turtle soup scene. I also appreciate that they had to change how Claire is injured -- with only two episodes left, no time for a pirate attack! Which again, was (for me) another one of Diana's more out-there plot lines. We got our Claire-Marsali rapprochement (which I had mentioned missing in an earlier episode). Fergus is officially a Fraser, and like his "papa" he clearly appreciates having an out-spoken, strong-willed better half!

I loved the ending -- so good to have an episode end on a happy note for once!
Jill aka Josireesanwar on November 27th, 2017 11:20 pm (UTC)
Sorry I've messed up and didn't post last week. I completely forgot with all the prep leading up to my mom's hip surgery. Thanks for picking up my slack siobhan63.