Outlander vs. The Walking Dead…Who won Sunday night?

I know many of you were watching the World Series until the wee hours of the night. However, I know there are those out there that had time blocked off for Outlander and the Walking Dead.

I was one of you. I am going to recap The Walking Dead first because it was not the best episode and it left me scratching my head.

In The Damned, the plan involving Alexandrians, Kingdommers and Hilltoppers unfolds; As Rick continues to fight, he encounters a familiar face.

First, I tweeted that I feel like this first half of the season covers the events of the one day of the attack. This is great, because we see all aspects, decisions, and repercussions of the first day of the war.

However, by doing that you have to create a fresh story line that keeps the viewer glued to their tv.

If this 1st half of the season is going to focus on the events of the beginning of the war, than they should focus on a character per episode. Those episodes always excel and draw the viewers in. It gives us insight into whatever is moving that character.

The highlights of the episode were the moments where we saw Morgan turn off the switch and go to a very dark place. Who has taken the place of Morgan and Gabriel in their merciful ways…Jesus. This has pissed off Tara, who wants to stick to the plan. Does this not sound familiar?

“Familiarity breeds contempt and predictability breeds boredom.” – Sherry Argov.

The other highlight is the moment when Rick realizes that he may have gone too far. A man jumped at Rick and Rick retaliated and killed a man who was only trying to protect his daughter, Gracie. Now, this poor child is left an orphan and while Rick deals with the ramifications of his actions…he gets caught by Season 1’s Morales.

This is not good at all because the tides have turned and only a miracle can save our guys.

Next week: Monsters – Conflict with the Saviors leads to unintended consequences for the Hilltop, the Kingdom, and Alexandria.

Whereas The Walking Dead struggled, Outlander excelled.

Twenty years have passed sine you have seen one another and even though the sex is great…that does not mean that you will continue to click.

These two have grown a lot as individuals through whatever experiences they went through in the time they spent apart. This fact, forces the two to try to figure out one another, because…they really do not know each other.

In Creme de Menthe,  Claire follows her conscience as a surgeon, even though it could put her and Jamie’s lives at risk. At the same time, Jamie attempts to evade the reach of the Crown as its representative closes in on his illegal dealings.

Claire will do whatever she has to do to save humanity, this does not work well in 1700s Edinburgh. You have to mind your business, keep your head down, and avoid dangerous situations. This kind of life is not what Claire wanted.

Her decision to save the man that attacked her puts Jamie and all his cohorts in a precarious situation and she refuses to accept what Jamie is telling her.

Eventually, due to Ian’s libido and a ne’er-do-well trying to get info on Jamie at Jamie’s place of work, all hell breaks loose. Jamie loses his print shop and he may loose Claire for various reasons, let’s see:

  • She hides Ian from his parents.
  • He lives in a brothel.
  • Is in constant danger due to his treason and smuggling of booze.
  • Always questioning her.

Oh….and she has still not found out about his first wife. That will be a kicker.

This does not bode well at all for the lovebirds, but remember…love conquers all.

Next time, First Wife – Claire returns to Lallybroch with Jamie, where she does not receive quite the reception she was expecting. Unbeknownst to her, Jamie’s made some choices in their time apart which come back to haunt them with a vengeance.

Overall, I give Outlander the win for Sunday night TV! 

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