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The final scenes of the episode bestow Claire and Jamie with perhaps the most luck they¡¯ve ever had.Geillis suspicious of Claire and the way she keeps dropping back into her life, convinced that Claire is trying to undo the work she has devoted herself to since learning about her ability to travel through time. There¡¯s no doubt that those bones belonged to Geillis, that she was the person who tried to cut her head clean off, as Joe puts it. Being disgusted by slavery doesn¡¯t make Claire and Jamie heroes. And look, it¡¯s a great sex scene, mostly for the reason that we don¡¯t even get to the sex. Claire probably should have taught him CPR at some point. Outlander has zero interest in exploring these people or what they¡¯re doing¡ªonly in establishing a certain mood. That includes killing young boys, because she¡¯s for some reason convinced that a sacrifice is required to travel through time, even though Claire has never had to do one. What does it really add to the story? Does the sacrifice really mean something? When another slave is sexually assaulted in front of a crowd, she can¡¯t hold it in anymore, and she lashes out against the slave traders, begging Jamie to do something for the man. It rips through the story without letting the full impact of any new development land. And the question remains: When they find each other, will they be the same people who parted at the standing stones, all those years ago? And Claire and Jamie meanwhile are ballooned into the big heroes of the episode just because they think slavery is bad but seem to have no issue asking a slave to do them a huge favor and then sending him on his way without so much as a penny. Even though they¡¯re only in the calm eye of the storm and not actually in the clear, they somehow wash up on the shores of America alive and in love. But at a certain point, it just starts to feel lazy, as if the mythology hasn¡¯t been thought out at all. Yep, Jamie and Claire now own a slave, and the writers bend over backwards to reiterate that they bought him to save him, that they¡¯ll eventually set him free when it¡¯s safe to do so. And the show just sort of throws that out there without any real clarification. Jamie is not Yi Tien Cho¡¯s friend. Claire¡¯s forced to kill her in order to save Brianna, who Geillis becomes convinced is the 200-year-old baby that Margaret¡¯s prophecy foretold would have to die for a Scottish king to rise.. The difference between Geillis and Claire ultimately boils down to the way they view their time-travel abilities. The implications are huge. Claire knew subconsciously about something that happened in the past before she even lived through it (in the past-present), suggesting that there¡¯s some complicated time loop at play. It¡¯s a lot to wrap your mind around, but Outlander breezes through it swiftly, doesn¡¯t land on any real conclusions about it and what it could mean for Claire and her actions.
The third season picks up right after Claire (Caitriona Balfe) travels through the stones to return to her life in 1948. He buys the slave in Claire¡¯s name. The poor execution of Geillis¡¯ big return feels nothing short of a betrayal. It¡¯s an entire scene of dirty talk and playful kissing and touching, as Jamie details exactly how he wants to fuck Claire. There¡¯s a fine line between being a lot of different things at once and simply doing too much. Traumatized by the fact that she just nearly beheaded her old friend, Claire flashes back to the time she intuitively identified bones with Joe Abernathy. It¡¯s gross and completely unnecessary. So much has happened and yet nothing at all. And Claire and Jamie waste no time in using Temeraire to help find Young Ian. As always, adversity, mystery, and adventure await them on the path to reunion. Or, at least, it didn¡¯t used to be. The budding possibility that Claire can return to Jamie in the past breathes new hope into Claire’s heart. In actuality, Claire and Jamie have tunnel vision a lot of the time, focusing so intently on their own plans that they often act in recklessly selfish ways. But this season has been an unfocused and overloaded mess. as well as new doubt. That¡¯s some dark shit that goes relatively unacknowledged the second she¡¯s back to life again. It climaxes too early and then just keeps on going. Jamie literally wants to benefit from partygoers exoticization of Yi Tien Cho. But until they reunite for the umpteenth time this season, Claire finds herself in the evil lair of Geillis Duncan, whose characterization last episode was nothing short of a campy cartoon villain, which contradicted a lot of previous character development. The early scenes between Geillis and Claire in the finale, however, are much more in line with what their relationship used to be, and her characterization is much more nuanced and consistent. Lotte Verbeek is a damn good actor, and last episode sold her short. This one allows Verbeek and Caitriona Balfe to play off each other brilliantly. Geillis talks about how she and Claire share a special connection as time travelers, a bond that not even Jamie can understand.
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¡°Eye Of The Storm¡± packs in too much and spends way too long on scenes that offer little. Suddenly, their relationship is more complicated than last episode allowed, and it works much better. It¡¯s initially a stunning shot, but it becomes increasingly overwrought, an indulgent display of nudity on a show that¡¯s usually more deliberate and less fixed in the male gaze when it comes to naked bodies. The finale tears through story with little regard for the show¡¯s past, intent on laying the groundwork for its future no doubt. Jamie and Claire do eventually help Temeraire escape. Jamie jumps in the water and pulls her to the surface, but not before pausing to kiss her under water as she dies slowly? He at last brings her above water, grabs onto a piece of the wrecked ship, and begs her not to die. I¡¯m a sucker for a gorgeously shot underwater scene, but Jamie kissing Claire is so stupid that I actually laughed in disbelief. For her, it¡¯s more about Jamie, about allowing her to find and be with the love of her life. Claire and Jamie can¡¯t escape their pasts¡ªspecially, the people of their past. Geillis and Claire talking about a special connection that she share because of their gifts is, indeed, much more compelling than either of them talking about what¡¯s required or not required in order to pass through time and why. It ignores so much character history. And it¡¯s almost captivating enough to make you forget that we literally just watched Claire murder Geillis mere seconds ago.
Starting with that initial (literal) blood bath, Geillis is presented as an over-the-top villain. This dramatic crossing of paths at the party should be thrilling, but it mostly just feels tedious, and it never eclipses the episode¡¯s glaring problems. Or is Geillis mistaken? Jamie¡¯s solution? Now pregnant with Jamie’s (Sam Heughan) child, she struggles with the fallout of her sudden reappearance and its effect on her marriage to her first husband, Frank (Tobias Menzies). Margaret, the fortune-telling woman who Yi Tien Cho intends to marry, is a very poorly written character, and the scene of her reading Jamie and Claire is tedious and unnecessary. Jamie refers to him as his ¡°servant¡± although there is no discussion had about salary¡ªonly the promise of future freedom. Separated by continents and centuries, Claire and Jamie must find their way back to each other. Seconds after the very climatic and intense scene of Geillis¡¯ death, we¡¯re suddenly on a ship back to Scotland, Claire and Jamie wasting no time before getting down to business (fucking). It¡¯s especially unfortunate that this episode is such an extreme misfire because it has a genuinely compelling overarching theme.), and yet that has no real implications for the larger story. And the way she¡¯s portrayed in ¡°The Bakra¡± simply doesn¡¯t add up. Geillis thinks they are chosen ones, that they have an obligation to change history. Outlander all too often ignores Claire and Jamie¡¯s flaws in order to make them the heroes of their own story. Outlander has long blended genres and woven a narratively complex, centuries-spanning drama. This season of Outlander keeps trotting out characters to serve as mere plot devices¡ªlike Annekje Johansen and Mamacita¡ªand it¡¯s hard to ignore the fact that these characters tend to be people of color or people who barely speak English. Jamie openly declares that Yi Tien Cho¡¯s purpose at the ball they attend at the governor¡¯s mansion is to distract. In what is increasingly becoming their thing, Jamie and Claire start the episode separated, but that gets resolved pretty quickly and easily with the help of Lord John Grey, Jamie fanboy and conveniently powerful British Royal Army officer. Being involved in dark arts is one thing; What was season three¡¯s? The moments that immediately follow Claire killing Geillis are especially elusive. They¡¯re haunted by living ghosts like John Grey, Geillis, the fortunetelling siblings, Captain Leonard. And exactly how does she survive? As soon as the character has served his purpose for the plot, he disappears, probably forever. This is seen not only in the way they treat Temeraire but in the way they treat Yi Tien Cho, too. ¡°The Bakra¡± has no genuine interest in making a commentary on the slave trade, just an interest in provoking with horrific imagery and then centering it all on Claire and Jamie¡¯s experience. Temeraire never gets developed beyond just being a slave who helps Claire and Jamie out. The whole storyline serves merely to make Claire and Jamie look good. But it doesn¡¯t matter really. Jamie and Claire consistently use others with little regard for the consequences. ¡°The Bakra¡± is one of the worst episodes in Outlander¡¯s history and not merely because it presents a revisionist history of Geillis and her relationship with Claire. There, Claire watches a slave get branded, looking in horror until then looking away. There¡¯s some decent stuff in there, like the reunion between Jamie and John Grey, whose unrequited love for Jamie is just at the surface of their interactions. But so many of the interactions at the party are drawn out and mired in exposition. The only times when Geillis isn¡¯t being a horrible person, she¡¯s merely explaining stuff. Have the writers forgotten than Claire and Geillis used to be very close friends? Television usually skips over foreplay, and here Outlander delivers an entire scene of just foreplay. I can suspend my disbelief a lot with this show, but this ending pushes it and for very little payoff. Geillis has been flattened. Even when Jamie and Claire were working to change history, the show didn¡¯t delve too deeply into the logistics of time-travel, and it worked, because time-travel logistics quickly become tedious and headache-inducing. So many previously disparate characters cross paths at the governor¡¯s mansion, drawn to the thing they have in common: Claire and Jamie.
If only that were the only issue with ¡°The Bakra. The ceremony turns violent when Yi Tien Cho kills Margaret¡¯s brother, and the whole thing just reeks of racism and stereotype. After a very lengthy storm sequence, Claire is knocked overboard, and we return to the finale¡¯s opening scene, a swirling underwater shot of Claire as she muses in voiceover about how she felt at peace in those minutes when she was pretty much dead.¡± Claire and Jamie arrive in Jamaica¡ªwhich Claire calls ¡°primitive¡± in her voiceover, making her sound like the very colonizers she criticizes later¡ªand immediately head to the slave market to look for Young Ian. Who is this Geillis Duncan who rapes virginal young boys and then kills them? The Geillis we once knew straight-up murdered her husband, and it¡¯s implied in this episode that she has done the same to her plantation-owning husband in Jamaica who mysteriously shares a surname with Joe Abernathy. She seems like a new character entirely. He wants to benefit from Yi Tien Cho¡¯s suffering. Its mythology expands (hey, there¡¯s another portal through time! The Geillis that coerces Young Ian into telling her the truth about the treasure box, which turns out to be hers by way of Dougal, is much more sinister and hypersexualized than the character has ever been. Meanwhile, in the 18th century, Jamie suffers from the aftermath of his doomed last stand at the historic battle of Culloden, as well as the loss of Claire. Geillis used to be one of my favorite characters on the show. It¡¯s voyeuristic and plays into the white savior narrative. She has always been cunning and up-to-something, but her villainy in ¡°The Bakra¡± is outsize and confusing. But the Geillis of the past hurt men who hurt her, a vigilante fighting the patriarchy who Claire used to bond with over their shared feminism. Geillis Duncan returns to Outlander at last, and her dramatic entrance is the first of many missteps ¡°The Bakra¡± makes.
Where to even begin? Claire doesn¡¯t seem to really think she has a destiny or even view her ability to time-travel as something like a superpower. As the years pass, Jamie and Claire attempt to make a life apart from one another, each haunted by the memory of their lost love. Their reunion is stiff and anticlimactic, perhaps an effort to distance Claire from Geillis now that she¡¯s full-on evil. The ceremony and the people participating in it are unspecific and exoticized, Claire and Jamie looking on as white spectators to something they don¡¯t understand and don¡¯t really care to. Despite a lot of action in the episode, it¡¯s surprisingly stagnant¡ªnot the wild ride it thinks it is. But alas, ¡°Eye Of The Storm¡± induces a whiplash not unlike the suddenly storm that strikes their ship. It¡¯s dizzying, and it¡¯s hard to find anything to really latch onto. ¡°Eye Of The Storm¡± also continues some of the worst aspects of last episode when Claire and Jamie stumble upon some sort of ceremony being performed around a fire in the jungle. It¡¯s intoxicating. Emerging from a pool of goat¡¯s blood, naked and menacing, Geillis¡¯ first scene is a rare instance of Outlander leaning into its sci-fi side. Geillis has a zealous compulsion to alter history, to ensure that a Scottish king rises, and she¡¯s willing to do whatever it takes to get it done.. At first, it¡¯s Claire and Jamie finding each other again, but after that, the show has wobbled, struggling to tell any one story coherently or convincingly, continuously relying on splitting Jamie and Claire apart physically for any real sense of stakes. Outlander has been intentionally ambiguous about a lot of its mythology, because it¡¯s not really a part of the story. kidnapping young boys and forcing them to have sex with her is a whole new level of depraved. Showing the horrors of slavery through the eyes of uncomfortable white people centers their comparatively minor trauma rather than the actual trauma of the slaves. The seasons that precede it have all had clear throughlines and an overarching story. Because make no mistake: The ogling and interrogation that Yi Tien Cho experiences at the party is nothing short of suffering.