We’re only two episodes into Outlander and I’ve already had to order myself noise-canceling headphones thanks to Roger’s bursting out into song with literally no warning whatsoever. Yet, despite this auditory hazard to society’s ears, Roger is actually making a lot of sense lately. No, he can’t hunt, farm, fight, or do … well, anything useful, but this week made me realize that he truly has his family’s best interests at heart, poor dude. But before we get to Roger “Sorry to This Man” MacKenzie, we need to discuss Jamie and Murtagh because war. is. coming.
^Me @ Roger every time he speaks.
Murtagh Is Out for Vengeance.
So, remember last week when Jamie released Murtagh from his oath and encouraged him to leave Fraser’s Ridge? Yeah, well Murtagh interpreted that as “go on a Regulator rampage in a nearby town” and now Jamie’s dealing with the fallout.
In case you weren’t paying attention in middle school history class (same), the Regulators were a group of real life colonists who opposed taxation—and many view their cause as a precursor to the Revolutionary War. In other words, Murtagh is playing a hugely important part in American history, and Jamie’s in the tricky position of being on the other side. Much like Roger’s new low ponytail, it’s an awkward situation to say the least—especially when Jamie and his new frenemy Lieutenant Knox come face to face with three imprisoned Scottish Regulators that are extremely unimpressed with Jamie playing for the other team.
To make an already bad situation worse, one of the prisoners declares, “I am Murtagh Fitzgibbons” and Knox runs him through with a damn sword in a rage. While Knox is busy having an emo breakdown about his violent outburst, a conflicted Jamie secretly frees the remaining prisoners, who head back to Murtagh’s camp. Looks like both sides are preparing for war at this point, and history tells us that 1771’s Battle of Alamance is around the corner—so get ready.
Claire Is Playing God.
This week’s episode started with a man dying from appendicitis on Claire’s operating table, and instead of, ya know, burying him and moving on with her life, she loads up his casket with rocks and performs an autopsy on him. Normal! As a reminder, doctors were not performing autopsies during this era, but it looks like Claire’s determined to bring advanced medicine to the region. Oh, and she ropes poor Marsali into her plans after seeing her butcher a deer. Like, Marsali would very much like to be removed from this narrative, one that she never asked to be a part of.
Anyway, on top of burying fake bodies and performing random autopsies in the name of “science,” Claire decides she might as well invent penicillin real quick using moldy bread—despite the fact that it won’t be invented for over 100 years. Cool, cool, cool, what could possibly go wrong?
Roger Continues to Be Terrible at Every Single Thing.
On the off chance that you’re actually a fan of Roger, please form a prayer circle for him because … it’s all just very bleak. Poor Roger gets left behind while Jamie’s dealing with the Regulators, and because he’s a terrible shot he can’t even successfully hunt a turkey. In fact, the only thing Roger seems capable of doing is playing the guitar at inopportune moments and complaining. His chief concern this week is actually surprisingly legitimate. Roger wants to go back to the future with Brianna and their baby boy, and Claire’s actually right there with him, telling Roger in a candid moment that the 1700s simply aren’t safe for their family. Gotta say I agree with Roger on this one, especially since….
Bonnet Is Back and Clearly Coming for Brianna’s Baby.
Last week, Brianna overheard news that Bonnet was back during her wedding, and it’s clear she’s being haunted by his memory—even drawing pictures of him in her sketchbook.
And in an ugh update, it looks like Bonnet might be coming for Brianna and her baby. We find him gambling at a women’s wrestling match towards the end of the episode, and not only is he up to his usual slimy business dealings, he also straight-up cuts someone’s eye out for accusing him of cheating. And get this: When asked why he didn’t just kill the man, Bonnet replies, “I considered it but I must set a better example; I’m a father now.” Chilling.
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