‘Outlander’ (Season 1) – Droughtlander is Over!

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For six and ½ months the fans of the new Starz time-travel, romance, adventure, swashbuckling (you name it, it’s in there) series Outlander have been waiting with bated breath to find out what happens to heroine Claire Beauchamp Randall Fraser (series lead Caitriona Balfe), who unfortunately landed into the hands of sadistic Black Jack Randall (series regular Tobias Menzies) at the end of the show’s mid-season finale, which aired “way back” on September 27.

As of last week, viewers got to see the side of that particular story from Jamie Fraser’s (series lead Sam Heughan) perspective, as he and Angus, Murtagh and Rupert (recurring guest stars Stephen Walter, Duncan Lacroix and Grant O’Rourke respectively) took Fort William by surprise to rescue his brand new bride.

The man was crazy enough to not only go back to Fort William – the very place where he was held prisoner and flogged twice in one week by Black Jack – but also go their virtually empty-handed, using “his bare hands and an empty pistol” to free Claire. That takes some serious balls and a hell of a lot of love on his part.

Rescue Claire he did, though, but then came the aftermath: Claire was in the dog house with the all of the men, getting the cold shoulder from all of them; being inflicted with a spanking (that belt of Jamie’s had to hurt like hell, by the way!) by her husband [a typical practice for 1743 that we know all too well would not “sit” well with modern times, but the story isn’t set in modern times] and Jamie not being allowed anywhere near his wife – at least for a little while she made him pay for “raising a hand to her”.

The couple, obviously, made up – their sex is perhaps one of the most realistic depictions of a new couple learning their way with each other – and, if last night’s opening scene is any indication, well, Jamie certainly has learned very quickly how to please his wife: hearts are racing each time these two “get together” to say the least!

But, the underlying problems are these: Laoghaire (recurring guest star Nell Hudson) is not going to give up her crusade that Jamie “was and is” hers, going so far as to trick Claire into seeking out Geillis Duncan (series regular Lotte Verbeek) just as the woman is taken by the warden’s (basically being arrested by the local police, if you will) for the crime of witchcraft. Oh, and that other problem? Jamie is still wanted for murder and with his undermining Black Jack at Fort William that man will be out for more that Jamie’s back or his blood.

The situations for both Claire and Jamie are precarious at best since Claire was on her way to the “Thief’s Hole” with Geillis while Jamie was relegated to guard dog status, making sure that Dougal (series regular Graham McTavish) goes to his home to bury his recently departed wife and not return to Castle Leoch until older brother Colum (series regular Gary Lewis) gives permission for him to do so.

Things are not going to go well for the couple, for sure, as the remaining episodes of the back-half of the first season play out; and those who have read the books know what to anticipate. For those of you who haven’t read the first book in the Diana Gabaldon series, fair warning!, what is coming down the pike for these two is not going to be pleasant at all.

‘Outlander’ will air a new episode of its debut season on Starz on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 9/8c.