Recap: Outlander – Savages

As many weeks have passed, we see that Claire has picked up Cherokee and is learning about their medicinal ways via her growing friendship with the Cherokee healer, Adawehi. We also see that their home is nice, cozy, and lived in. They are living a happy life, where Claire tends to her neighbors and to her growing homestead.  Their home is done and looks lived in. Jamie is on the hunt for people to move on to his land, but everyone is fearful of the Governor’s taxes, so they balk at Jamie’s generous offer. At first, he is unawares of any rumblings of the locals taking action against the Brits, but that all changes when someone from his past pops up.
That person is Murtagh, who is the local Smithy. When they see each other, I cried. They are family, any you need as much of them in your life in the new world. Murtagh does a favor for Jamie, but then asks Jamie to attend a meeting. In that meeting, we learn that Mutagh is a regulator and all the local Scots are fed up with the Brits and it seems a revolt is in the works. However, when Murtagh asks Jamie to sign in, Jamie says no. He is in a bind, because in order to get the land, Jamie had to promise to not be involved in any unrest. Yet, Jamie did promise to not stop the unrest from happening.
A highlight was when Murtagh popped up at Fraser’s Ridge to surprise Claire. So much love Murtagh has for Claire and Jamie, his Godson.
Hearing Jamie describe Brainna’s birthmark, something he did not know of, and this moment with Murtagh, were the only bright spots for a tumultuous fortnight for Claire.
She helped a local German woman give birth to her daughter, Klara. Unfortunately, Klara, her mother and father died from a measles out break. The Patriarch of the family blames the local Cherokee because after Klara was born, they popped up to get water for their horses. Herr Mueller was not happy about the “Savages” going on his property. So, he grabs his rifle and aims for them. Claire successfully quells the potential blood shed and the Cherokee bless the water and go off. Shortly thereafter, the young parents and baby die. Herr Mueller goes insane with grief. and refuses to listen to reason and gifts Claire with the scalp of Adawehi, the Cherokee healer. She shuns him for his heinous act and Claire burns the scalp with herbs to honor Adawehi. The Cherokee torch the house of the Germans and kill Herr and Frau Mueller for what he did.
When Jamie returns home, that man can read her like a book. One look at her face and he is running to her to console her and life goes to back to normal.
Back in the 1970s, Roger is hunting down Brianna and he gets a clue in the form of a letter that was supposed to be sent to him a year after her trip there. In the letter, she tells him that she loves him, but she knows something happens to her parents so Brianna goes to the stones.
Does she make it to her parents?
Will Roger follow?
Next: Blood of My Blood – Jamie and Claire are surprised when Lord John Grey drops in on Fraser’s Ridge with an unexpected traveling companion (Jamie Jr.); when Grey takes ill from the measles, Claire must reconcile her personal feelings with her duties as a doctor.

 

Recap: Outlander – Common Ground

Signed, sealed and delivered, Jamie is now the proud owner of the deed to Fraser’s Ridge, which consisted of 10,000 acres of land. The local Governor gives some helpful advice, and a little dig at how similar Highlanders are to Native Americans, before Jamie heads back to Claire in town. She’s shopping for provisions with Marsali, for her and Jamie’s trip back to the ridge. But the thought of Brianna is at the forefront as Claire thinks of her only daughter when consoling Marsali, who is suffering from morning sickness and missing her own mother.

As they put the posts down for the boundary of their property, they come across the local tribe. Jamie’s non-adversarial act allows the locals to know that these Scots are not a threat. 

Back in the 20th Century, Roger (who is dressing a lot like my 8th grade religion teacher) tries to reconnect with Brianna after he reads the gift from Brianna that notes an area called Fraser’s Ridge. He reaches out to get more info and he sees the deed on the land and a letter. He calls Brianna with the news that her parents were reunited and made a home for themselves in North Carolina. This does not rekindle their relationship, if anything it seems to be the last nail in the coffin that was their relationship. 

Claire is ecstatic about settling down in her and Jamie’s new home. This is short-lived when the locals come to visit. This not going to be easy for these two and it is keeping Claire up with worry and rightly so. 

In the middle of the night, Rollo is gone and barking outside of their make shift shed, when they go out to investigate their food is gone and their horse is injured…this is bear territory.

Jamie goes to talk to John for consul about the bear and the Cherokee.  

Unfortunately for John, he gets mauled by the bear. To protect his family, Jamie goes after the bear. The bear in questions, was actually a Native American dressed as a bear. Jamie kills him in order to survive. When Jamie takes the body to the Cherokee he learns that the man/bear went mad after he was banished by his tribe. 

Yes, yes…I know that in the book…there was a real bear. The essences of the story is the same. 

The Cherokee call Jamie Bear Killer. The local healer gives info to Claire that Death is not to be feared of and it would not be her fault. 

Not ominous at all. 

For now they are happy as Claire rocks her pants and plan out the decorating for their new home. A table, a pantry, shelving, candles, and a bed. Life was so much easier back then. 

Roger, not so much. Especially after he learns from his friend that Jamie and Claire die in the 1770s from a fire. So, he decides to call Brianna again and her roommate tells him that Brianna is off travelling to Scotland to visit her Mother. 

Is she going through the stones?!?!? Well, a daughter needs her Mom, when she has a broken heart. 

Overall, great episode. 

Next: Savages – Claire’s medical expertise proves invaluable, but she begins to fear for her life when tragedy strikes her patients’ household. Jamie and Young Ian travel to a nearby town to recruit settlers for Fraser’s Ridge.

Recap: Outlander – The False Bride

Roger is heading to America to go after Brianna and to attend a Scottish festival. It seems like it has been a bit of time since they have truly connected and his love for her is propelling him to make this quest. 

Jamie and Claire are still dealing with the events that transpired last week and have told Jocasta that they will be moving on and Jocasta is going to set her nephew up as best as she can as they set off to create their new lives. Ian just does not want to go back to Scotland after all that he has seen and been through and he has convinced Jamie of his decision. 

Jocasta and Claire have a talk prior to setting off and Jocasta tells her that she screwed up his future. Claire is pissed about this. However, Jocasta knows what Jamie is capable of. This conversation is revisited by Claire when she and Jaime are taking a break due to a storm. She tells him of the pursuit of happiness and he says he does what he does for those he loves and that is all that matters. 

When a clap of thunder scares their mule, Claire goes after it. She forgets that they are in Native American territory. Then the mule returns and there is no Claire, Jamie starts to worry. We see that her horse was frightened and she fell and knocked herself out as she hit the ground. She comes to and manages to find cover, but she becomes frightened when she sees a local /ghost approach her. He wears the stone that she found by a skull. His skull. 

When morning breaks, Claire cannot find her shoes and as she searches, she sees that she has been visited by someone who may have stolen her shoes. She goes off and finds her Jamie and her missing shoes??? Did the Ghost lead them to one another? When Claire cleans the skull, she sees that the Native American had a silver filling. They realize that that Native American is a time traveler, but who is he? 

Due to a patch of strawberries, the Frasers have found their patch of green to call home aka Fraser’s Ridge and it is a beautiful piece of land.

Brianna picks up Roger and the romantic tête-à-tête begins as they are on a hunt for Claire and Jamie. When at a Scottish festival in North Carolina. She is reveling in learning this and that about her culture as they spin further into love. Then she throws herself at him and he proposes to her. She tells him that she is not ready and tat is crushing him. She tells him that she wants him. He does not want to bed her if she does not want to wed him. Well…they have it out and he leaves in a huff as he has been rebuked by the one woman he loves. At a clan burning of the stag event, they end their romance. 

Next: Common Ground – Having been led by providence to Fraser’s Ridge, Jamie, Claire and Young Ian begin to build a home in the Blue Ridge Mountains. In the 20th Century, Roger tries to reconnect with Brianna.

Recap: Outlander – America the Beautiful

I saw this episode at New York Comic-Con and by episode’s end it had left everyone at Madison Square Garden with their mouths scraping the floor. Do you know why? Well, if you read the books, it is because of one man and that man is Stephen Bonnet.

It is 1767 in North Carolina and Jamie crosses paths with Stephen at a prison, where Jamie where he was going to see a friend to tell him that they were going to create a distraction in order for him to escape before he hanged. Well, Stephen took advantage of this plan which he overheard in the prison. He escaped and they crossed paths with him again after they buried their friend under the cover of night at the local church. Stupidly, because by now all the viewers know that there is something off with this Stephen Bonnet, they help Stephen escape. Stephen is like a bad penny.

Let’s get back to the Frasers, before I tell you of the notorious Stephen Bonnet.

The Frasers have planned to go back to Scotland and the only way to do so was to sell the ruby that Jamie and Claire have. When they attend a party at the Governor’s home, Jamie is told of a plot of land that was his for the taking via a land grant. All he has to do his give his oath of loyalty to the majesty.

Claire warns Jamie that the Revolutionary War is coming and that the Brits will lose. If he agrees to take the land that the Governor has offered to him, they will lose it. But, because his daughter was born in America, he wants to stay.

Fergus and Marsali are also wanting to stay and are thrilled to do so because they are with child.

On the way to visit Jamie’s Aunt, who lives as River Run, Jamie gifts Claire a medical kit, then his family is attacked by the murderer, pirate, and smuggler, Stephen Bonnet. He steals the wedding ring that Jamie gave to Claire, kills one of their friends, and pummel Jamie to within an inch of his life. This is a traumatic beginning to a new chapter in the lives of this beloved literary couple.

Yes, we all know that in the book Stephen stole Frank’s ring. But, would that have made as an emotional punch for Claire and Jamie. Also, Brianna will come across the ring and she knows how much her mother cherished that ring, Remember to never fear that the love that Jamie and Claire will have for one another trumps whatever outside forces that might tear their dream to settle down apart.

In the next episode, Claire and Jamie visit his Aunt Jocasta at her plantation, River Run. When tragedy strikes at the plantation, Jamie and Claire find themselves caught between what’s right and the law of the land.

What You Missed…

Season 4 of Outlander will start November 4th, but Starz want the show’s fans to start tooting their bag pipes with the release of the official trailer for the new season.

How can you not love Claire and Jamie. They better get a happily ever after.

Gotham is still rounding out its cast for the final season of the show. Shane West will be playing Eduardo Dorrance, an old Army buddy of Jim Gordon’s (Ben McKenzie). Eduardo Dorrance is Bane. Where is Tom Hardy when you need him? Deadline

A site that I follow on Twitter asked what three shows made an impact on me. I listed the original runs of Twin Peaks and the X-Files as my first two because they changed my view of what TV can be. True Blood was my third and that I feel like True Blood changed TV programming and changed what people wanted to watch on the small screen. But, I could not list another show that changed how we think and how we watch TV. Not many shows can make a person question everything and still make them wanting more. Mr. Robot is one of these types of shows.

While I was on vacation, I heard that Mr. Robot was ending its run after the next season. This is one of the few shows that became a part of a bunch of noir-esque shows that did not shy away from delving into topics like mental health, political strife and the impact it has on society as a whole. We will have to wait for a bit to see Elliot’s journey’s end, I hope he gets the resolution he needs to be healthy.

~M.

Can’t Make It To New York Comic-Con, But Want To See Your Favorite Shows?

New York Comic-Con is one of the largest entertainment events in the United States. Shows, Movies, and Games, of all kinds, are shown at the Con in hopes of creating momentum by fans across the tri-state area.Like any entertainment driven event, trying to get tickets can be hard. However, if you do not have a badge to any of the days, that does not mean you can’t see some of the hottest entertainment guests.

If you love Dungeons and Dragons and know who Matt Mercer is and what Critical Role is, than you are in luck. Critical Role will be in Little DR on the 4th at the United Palace Theatre, which is located at 4140 Broadway in Manhattan. Even though the prices are a bit steep, if you love this type of gaming than how can you say no? For more details about the event, go here.

If you do have tickets to Comic-Con and want to see what the schedule is for Critical Role, than click here.

P.S. This show and this game has taken up almost every Saturday night of the last six months. Family dinner has segued into family game nights. BTW, I am a Cleric and my husband is a Ranger. Smh.

For those of you that love TV, the east coast branch of the Paley Center will be having their PaleyFest around the same time as Comic-Con. Some of the shows that might pique your interest are The Walking Dead, Outlander, Murphy Brown, The Conners, and that is just to name a few. If you love David Tennant (Doctor Who, Jessica Jones), here is your moment to profess how much you love the shows that he has worked on.

Just so you know, the venue is nice and intimate and you might get a chance to rub elbows with your favorite show’s cast before or after the event.

If you are interested in going to one of these events, please be mindful that members of The Paley Center get first stab and then the general public will get a shot to get tickets. For more information, click here.

If I hear of any new events that may coincide with The Con, I will post it on the site!

~M.

 

 

 

The Doctor is Going to a Galaxy Far, Far Away and More…

Quiet day, news-wise.

However, we did get the best news about our favorite Doctor, Eleven, and that is that Matt Smith has been cast in the last chapter of the Skywalker saga. No details, as of yet, about his character. Is he a rebel or is he part of the First Order? We shall see… Variety

Luckily, this comes as Matt Smith has taken his bow as Prince Philip in The Crown. Who is taking over for him? Outlander‘s Tobias Menzies.

Tobias

Casting News:

Luke Cage‘s Karen Pittman has been cast in a recurring role in NOS4A2 (Do you get it?). She will play Angela Brewster,  a.k.a Willa’s mother. Angela is a beautifully put together Northeast liberal. Vic’ McQueen’s, a young, working class artist who discovers she has a supernatural ability to track the seemingly immortal Charlie Manx, mother is her cleaning lady, and she is warm and welcoming to Vic. Manx feeds off the souls of children, then deposits what remains of them into Christmasland – a twisted Christmas Village of Manx’s imagination where every day is Christmas day and unhappiness is against the law. The show will air on AMC. Deadline

Tom Stevens has joined SYFY’s Deadly Class. He will portray Stevens will play Chester ‘F*ckface’ Wilson, a volatile, vengeful school attendee with a bone to pick with Marcus, the show’s main character. Deadline

Both Even Peters and Emma Roberts will be back for the latest installment of American Horror Story. They will play the ghosts of their characters from the Murder House series. EW

New Shows w/ Casting: 

Press Release from Netflix – Tyler Hoechlin, Justin Chatwin, Samuel Anderson, and Elizabeth Faith Ludlow join the cast of ANOTHER LIFE

Omar Madha to direct first two episodes of the series

  • Tyler Hoechlin, Justin Chatwin, Samuel Anderson and Elizabeth Faith Ludlow have boarded the Netflix sci-fi drama series Another Life, from creator/showrunner Aaron Martin (Slasher, Saving HopeDegrassi: The Next Generation) and producer Noreen Halpern (Alias Grace) through her Halfire Entertainment shingle, both of whom are executive producing.
  • The four join previously announced Katee Sackhoff and Selma Blair.
  • Prolific television director Omar Madha will direct the first two episodes of the 10-episode series, which Netflix ordered to series last April.
  • Another Life centers on astronaut Niko Breckinridge (Sackhoff) who is focused on searching for alien intelligence. She leads a crew on a mission to explore the genesis of an alien artifact. As Niko and her young crew investigate, they face unimaginable danger on what might very well be a one-way mission.
  • Hoechlin (“Supergirl,” “Can You Keep A Secret,” “Bigger,” “Everybody Wants Some”) plays ‘Ian Yerxa,’ the former commander of The Salvare space explorations ship, who loses the post to Niko.
  • Chatwin (“Shameless,” “Orphan Black”) plays ‘Erik Wallace,’ part of the United States Interstellar Command, dedicated to finding intelligent life out in the universe and husband of Commander Niko Breckenridge (Sackhoff).
  • Anderson (“Loaded,” “Dr. Who,” “Trollied”) plays ‘William,” a holographic interface of a sentient A.I. Neither a futuristic Tin Man, nor a robot who pines to be human, William is a new form of life with the knowledge of all humanity at his disposal.
  • Ludlow (“The Walking Dead,” “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”, “Godzilla: King of the Monsters”) plays ‘Cas Isakovic,’ Niko’s second-in-command and staunchest ally, filled with courage and moral conviction.
  • Omar Madha’s credits include the series “Scorpion,” “Turn,” “24: Live Another Day,” “Person of Interest,” “The Blacklist” and the pilot of Dick Wolf’s “Law & Order: UK.
Miscellaneous:

EW has been posting some pics of upcoming shows. The latest batch is from The Vampire Diaries spin-off, Legacies. Click on the image to see more. EW.png

There are some people that are upset that DC’s Legends of Tomorrow will not be participating in the annual crossover event that, until now, has involved all of the Arrowverse shows. Yet, they forget that we will be meeting both Batgirl and Lois Lane. We will also have Superman involved. Loop in the full casts of Arrow, The Flash, and Supergirl and their story line for this crossover event, well…there would be no real air time to devote to our favorite superhero misfits.

Mind you, LoT will have their hands full with Constantine as one of the newest members of the team. So, do not be too sad.