For me, looking at the show as a whole (from season 1 to now), this seems to be the point where the production team loses me most. I mean, don't get me wrong... I love the show, and will continue to watch. It's just that they rarely seem to let the emotions breathe in the scene. I know they've got a lot of plot to get through. I just get the most disappointed when it's one of these giant turning-point scenes, and we're missing the emotional depth that the scenes in the book deliver. And they promised, teased, and all but directly affirmed that this particular episode would be allowed to breathe! Which I guess to them means, watching people slowly disrobe then have sex.
Yes, yes, Outlander has sex. And I'm not a prude. But emotions happen, people talk, people go quietly to pieces. All they need to do is pause at the emotional scene. Give it a chance. When there's a hug, linger for a second. Take a breath! (Sam didn't need to sob. He needed to do more than he did though, in my opinion. It didn't have to be melodramatic. It just had to be something more than "yep, she's cool, here's my son.") 15 extra seconds would have helped. Camera focus on shaking hands would have helped. Sam taking some deep breaths to compose himself after having his world shaken, would have helped. Just give us a few seconds to breathe that in.
When they don't woo us, it feels a little like checking boxes, and "Wham, bam, thank-you ma'am." And it leaves non-book-readers wondering what the big deal is. I'll say one thing for Diana... when she's writing an emotional scene, she knows how to linger without making me, as a reader, feel like I'm just there to watch two pretty bodies getting it on. She definitely shows-not-tells the depth of connection between Jamie and Claire. Of course, that skill is counter-balanced with the lingering over battles and surgeries, which makes me tired.