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December 11 2017 @ 04:40 pm
Episode Discuss: 313 Eye of the Storm  
After Jamie's capture by Captain Leonard, Claire continues on to Rose Hall to find Young Ian. While searching the slave quarters she is captured by Hercules and taken to Geillis who is very upset with Claire and believes Claire has been thwarting her plans for the last 20 years. To prove her innocents on that crazy charge, Claire shows Geillis pictures of Brianna. Geillis apologizes and steals one of the photos believing Brianna is the 200 year old baby.

Meanwhile, Jamie is with John who is dressing down Captain Leonard for overstepping his jurisdiction with no evidence, warrant or affidavit. After Leonard leaves with his tail between his legs, Jamie says his goodbyes and heads off to Rose Hall where he finds Claire trying to get out of the house in pursuit of Young Ian.

Jamie and Claire follow the sounds of drums and find the local people dancing around a fire which is reminiscent of the druid dance on Craigh Na Duhn. They also encounter Yi Tien Cho and Margaret. Margaret reads both Jamie and Claire commenting on the rabbit he saw on Culloden Battlefield and the bird Claire saw in the window to remind her of Jamie. Margaret then channels Brianna and imparts a sense of danger to Claire and Jamie about what Geillis is up to.

Jamie and Claire race off into the foliage towards Abandawe where there is a portal that makes people disappear. They find Geillis there preparing to sacrifice Young Ian so she can pass through the stones to kill Brianna as a sacrifice for the future king of Scotland. As Jamie struggles with Hercules, Claire fights Geillis trying to stop her from killing Young Ian. In the end, Claire ends up killing Geillis and remembering the bones Joe Abernathy was inspecting.

Back aboard the Artemis, Jamie and Claire take the time to appreciate the others company. When the wake later the skies are turning and suddenly they are caught in a great storm. Jamie sends everyone below deck as he and some of the crew try to keep the ship from sinking. Claire goes above deck to help out and ends up being washed overboard. Jamie goes in after her and pulls her up onto some debris while they are in the eye of the storm.

Next we see them washed ashore and when a family comes to their aid they are told they are Georgia in the Colonies.

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Jill aka Josireesanwar on December 12th, 2017 12:48 am (UTC)
I adored Margaret's call back to the rabbit at Culloden and the bird Claire saw out the window. And to hear Brianna was really creepy. I did like that Margaret seemed more alive that she'd been before and could make her own decisions.

I can't say I loved Claire showing the pictures of Bree to Geillis but I can't think of another way for that to happen. In the book it worked well but was a lot more complicated in the story which they clearly didn't have time for.

Seeing Jamie and Claire floating in the ocean and pulling up to see them in the EYE of the storm was brilliant. Beautifully done.

I do wish they'd shown us everyone else at the end of the episode. They told us Fergus, Ian and Marsali were all alive but it would have been nice if they'd come to the beach with the family.

Geillis's death scene was so bad. I don't mind it happening so fast but did you see that body? It was so fake. I keep thinking they saved all their money for the storm.

AND this episode was only 1 hour. Haven't the previous seasons finales been 90 minutes? Makes me sad. I really wanted more.

Did you notice Young Ian picking up all Geillis's gem stones as they fled the cave?

Part of me wishes they hasn't shown us her and Joe with the bones but just had her looking down at Geillis saying Joe's name.

My favorite thing in the entire episode was the native dancing which was supposed to be like the druid dance for the stones. That was pretty brilliant and I they carry that over should they find other stones in the future. I mean the dance is in the book but it is never linked with Abandawe in the book. So good.
siobhan63siobhan63 on December 12th, 2017 11:44 am (UTC)
Only season 2's finale was extended. Season 1 was a two-parter (eps 15 and 16, but each was only an hour). I don't remember if Starz aired them back-to-back on the same night, or a week apart.

Also, they didn't tell us that Marsali, Ian, and Fergus survived the wreck -- only that there were survivors.

Edited at 2017-12-12 11:45 am (UTC)
Jill aka Josireesanwar on December 18th, 2017 08:14 pm (UTC)
You are right. Only 213 Dragonfly in Amber was 90 minutes. We had some episodes here and there that were an hour or a little more but the longest episode to date was Dragonfly in Amber followed by A. Malcolm. Interesting.

They didn't? I thought the guy said they survived. Okay so that is on me because I only watched this episode once. Been so busy. I'm gonna have to go back and see what the guy said. Of course, I did want to do a Christmas binge of the entire season so maybe.
Jo Ann: Out: J & C at Crag na dunyeuxdebleu on December 12th, 2017 01:55 am (UTC)
I totally agree about the death of Geillis being poorly done, but I thought the rest of her scenes were wonderful.

It's been many years since I last read this book, but did they end up in Georgia in the book? Seems odd to me if the ship were blown off course that they'd end up in Georgia.

This book could really have benefited from being split into two seasons or at least given a 90-minute finale.
Jill aka Josireesanwar on December 18th, 2017 08:21 pm (UTC)
Right. Oh wow. I don't know they didn't just have a bloody mess of make up and really make it look like Geillis was there and dead. It looked like a deflated Halloween mask or something.

Actually, I've never thought it that strange that they'd get blown off course and end up in Georgia. I've actually read and watched accounts of similar stories and it was clearly a hurricane they were caught up in (or seemed to be) and those often move from the Caribbean area up towards the states. What I think is a little more far fetched is they survived it. LOL But we are in a fantasy world.

I was listening to something just this morning that mentioned how they had thought about splitting it in two but that would have meant the end of the season would be the Print Shop and there would have been an Outlander revolt. I mean I could see them still have doing 2 seasons and maybe ending on the beach watching the Bruja sail away with Young Ian but all I ever think when the season split is discussed is that if they go per book we are looking at 10 seasons.

When you start splitting books you are added seasons and part of me wonders if we'll even make it through the series. I mean I'm hopeful but just something to think on. If they started splitting books now and kept doing it because they only get longer we are looking at 18 seasons. I can't see any network or even fans sticking that out.
Jo Ann: Out: J & C at Crag na dunyeuxdebleu on December 19th, 2017 06:09 pm (UTC)
Now that I think about it, splitting any of the books into two TV seasons would be pretty impossible. Starz probably wouldn't go for it and it's better, I guess, to omit some things from the TV adaptation and keep the series moving.

Just doing one book/one season takes us to eight seasons....and nine when Diana finishes the book she's writing now. In truth, I wonder if the TV series will last that long.
Jill aka Josireesanwar on January 11th, 2018 08:06 pm (UTC)
Me too. I mean I can see it lasting if it is done right but you never know.
siobhan63siobhan63 on December 12th, 2017 11:48 am (UTC)
Considering how much ground was left to cover in this regular-sized episode, I am very happy with it. I do wonder how some parts may have played out for non-book readers -- there were a couple of scenes in the finale that might have caused some confusion.

I am finding it difficult to talk about this episode only -- I keep thinking about what it means for the show going forward. But if I do try to focus on this episode only, Lotte Verbeek was again superb as the magnificently unhinged Geillis. The hurricane scenes aboard the Artemis were really well done. Maybe not quite as spectacular as The Storm episode of Black Sails, but I still found myself holding my breath a few times.

I really liked the flashback (or was it a flashforward?) opening, with Claire apparently drowning. And I loved the Jamie-Claire scene aboard the Artemis before the storm hit. That was such a great scene in the book, and I thought we weren't going to get it because it occurs much earlier in the book. But we did get it, and it was great. Sam and Cait are so good together as Jamie and Claire in those moments.

Looking back over the season, I think they did a spectacular job. Voyager is a fairly straightforward novel (compared to the political and other complexities of Book 2 and other upcoming books), but it has countless subplots, many of which the exec producers either condensed/merged or ignored altogether. I think that's where some of the complaints about things being rushed came from. That reality is only going to become a bigger issue going forward. The issue won't be just the number of subplots, but the growing cast of characters. The first 2 seasons were really all about Jamie and Claire. With season 3, we now have Young Ian, Fergus and Marsali, and Bree and Roger added to the mix. They all have bigger roles going forward, and I really don't know how realistic it will be to stick to the one-book-per-season formula. I guess we'll get a sense of that with season 4. That said, I think the other books would work better broken up because it's a fairly continuous storyline starting with book 5. Meaning they're largely in the same place, dealing with one main background event (the American Revolution). Maybe that will be part of the negotiations with Starz going forward.

I am looking forward to re-watching the entire season from start to finish, which I will be doing hopefully soonish with my husband. He doesn't watch it "live", but will rewatch it with me once we have all of the episodes. Maybe we'll tackle that over xmas...

But on the whole, this season gets a solid 4.5/5 stars from me. Superlative job by all involved.
Jill aka Josireesanwar on December 18th, 2017 08:36 pm (UTC)
What parts did you think might be confusing for show watchers because I would love to write something up on them to help clarify on the OW site. Great material.

Okay so Black Sails is fantastic. Is is hard to pick something from that show that isn't brilliant but I'm glad everything wasn't the same going into Outlander.

I don't know what is wrong with me. Everyone keeps saying Geillis was totally nuts but I didn't feel she was that over the top until she wanted to kill Young Ian. I mean yes her blaming Claire for everything was a but nuts but it didn't seem over the top considering they are both time travelers and anything is really possible. Maybe there is too much crazy in my life that I didn't see it as extreme. That is a problem.

I liked the flashforward too though I think it would have been neat to see them on the deck and her get washed overboard too. More dramatic and then they would leave us hanging until we got back round to that part of the story. However, I don't love the jumping around in time on episodes completely just because there is jumping around in time already. They might want to watch the use of that in the future.

I don't like the complaint of it being rushed just because everything that was happening in the story seemed like it would be rushed. They aren't going to be leisurely about searching for Ian. They aren't going to be leisurely about finding each other. I do understand the complaint but I didn't feel it was overly rushed.

So if any book would need the split I think it would have been Voyager just because of the huge nature of the story but going forward there is a lot of down time for Jamie and Claire. Drums of Autumn #4 has a great deal of story but there are long stretches where not a lot is happening. I do think that book will be easier to condense. I feel the same about The Fiery Cross #5. When I think about that book there are chapters and chapters that could be tossed aside. We don't need them. And a lot of story that can be happening simultaneously. So I'm hopeful.

Plus to start splitting seasons now would mean this show could have 17 seasons and I don't think Starz will want to do that. I can see later books where the American Revolution is more all consuming being stretched out because a huge amount of stuff happens and there is all the mystery that DG tosses in. Plus WAY more characters which are important to the story. Man I do not envy Ron Moore and the team.

I tend to agree with the rating. I loved this season. I think I've always loved Voyager the book even. So much emotion and adventure.
Kaylee Winchesterroguem on December 15th, 2017 10:47 am (UTC)
I enjoyed it. Though I would have liked it if we'd gotten a 90 minute finale. Mostly just because I wasn't ready for this season to end.

I was a bit surprised by the horrible pupped they used for dead Geilis, wouldn't makeup and using Lotte had been better? I know they had to show that her neck was cut through, but I still feel a good makeup job would have been better than that puppet.

Jill aka Josireesanwar on December 18th, 2017 08:37 pm (UTC)
I hear you.

Right! I don't know what they were thinking with that puppet. It was like the Wicked Witch melted. Hmmm another reference to Wizard of Oz?