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  1. Clarence! I heard that bray and knew that our mule friend was about to make his appearance. I really enjoyed this episode. The only buzzkill was a Roger and Brianna’s fight. I love Roger, but he came across as really possessive, just assuming Brianna was his. That scene didn’t play well, but I don’t think it was meant to. I enjoyed seeing Ernie. He always struck me as a book character I wish we’d get more of. No idea why. They sure handled the “Young Ian Is A Man” thing quickly. I got whiplash from Jamie’s 180 in that scene. I really loved the parallel narratives and cinem
  2. I think the mob knew. They couldn’t kill him, as he was already dead. But they COULD demonstrate their power over him by hanging his lifeless body. It wasn’t just about revenge - or even the law. It was about power. And showing that to everyone else, as well.
  3. After “To Ransom a Man’s Soul”, this might have been hardest-to-watch episode of this show. I was sick to my stomach the whole time. The impaling, the lynching, the fear in the eyes of the house slaves, the privileged class above it all... That combined with all the hate crimes that have been happening lately... Yeah, this was not one I need to rewatch any time soon. But I guess I appreciate that they showed it for the ugliness it is. We have to remember evil that has happened, so we can see it and call it out when it happens now. A couple things: I did enjoy Jamie with both pistols out.
  4. It was quite good. It stuck really close to the book. I think what I like the most is the slower pace. There are more opportunities for small but vital character interactions. Earlier seasons had so much to cover, those moments were often lost. The cold open was inspired. So haunting and beautiful. It plants a very important seed. They did the caithris! An example how the small moments are so special. I loved Young Ian’s PTSD. The writers continue to honor the effects. I’m sure we’ll see the same thing with Brianna’s rape. Rollo is great! So glad we get 5 seasons of th
  5. Hi, Everyone! Good to be back! I just finished 401, as well. The ending was... hmm. It’s interesting watching this less than 72 hours from a huge election. I wonder how much intentionality was put into scheduling the show to start this weekend. More later in the episode thread. Just a wee reminder to the fellow Americans - vote! It’s a freedom we can’t take for granted.
  6. I’m from Prior Lake. I know where the house is, but I won’t say where. (Minnesotan protecting fellow Minnesotan’s privacy.) I heard wonderful things about Becca’s mom; she worked directly with my mom’s friends. Up until this season, I’ve hate-watched this show. Now I’m genuinely wishing good things for someone, from one Laker to another.
  7. That was great. Solid, all the way around. "But, first, I must hold you both." Family-man Jamie Fraser is my favorite. I loved the dance scene. It really expressed how cultures can vary, but there are universal realities and experiences. David Berry. Seriously. Please make a Lord John spin-off. He is liquid charisma, and the camera loves him. And David has gravitas to match Sam. The hurricane effects were fabulous. It's good to know that Starz and Sony support this show enough to have a budget like that. Loved that they kept the "plan" scene from the book. It's the in
  8. Oh, you’re right! My bad. I blame it on the stuffy head and cold medicine. #FluShotFail
  9. Something else happened in this episode: we had the POV of Young Ian. "The Reckoning" was the first POV episode of Jamie. We've had POV with both Bree and Roger. This episode had a LONG cold-open, from Young Ian's perspective. That's a really strong and subtle way to suggest how central a character he becomes. The Fraser [of the Soon-To-Be-Ridge] Clan continues to grow.
  10. Cait looks gorgeous with the grey streaks. Sam is fitting into Jamie's age as well. I could watch David Berry all day long. I never really felt the Lord John Grey love in the books, like some readers. Yet, with David Berry embodying the role, I need to read all the novellas. Lotte really goes for it. Wow. Temeraire has more agency; credit to the writers on that one. Casting for slaves is one job I would never want. I see why they cast that gal for Margaret. Her "reading" eyes were disconcerting. I hope we hear Bree next week! And I look forward to Sam reaching for Cait's h
  11. Best title card ever? The wedding was great. Not as fun as the book, but it'll do. Lauren Lyle continues to impress. She does a lot with little dialogue. I want to see more César. There was a sweetness to this episode. Not as much outright humor as the book, but the genuine sentiment was beautiful. Yup. I'm trying to get my sister-in-law, who is in town for Thanksgiving, into the show. She went to bed during those 27 never-ending minutes and missed the best parts. I kept saying, "There are 2 scenes in this episode that will be wonderful!" Still, understandably, she couldn't
  12. Agreed. And kudos to the casting, as usual. I felt like I was truly looking at older Romann Berrux. César has won my heart, and I love the strength that Lauren Lyle is bringing to Marsali. They're an equal team, just like Jamie and Claire. Moreover, Fergus' love for Jamie is, well, beautiful. "Perhaps I love too much." Double-meaning. I can't wait to see César's reaction in the next episode for the single word of "Fraser". I love father-figure Jamie Fraser. Both Sam and Cait were stellar in this episode; they hit all the right notes. They own these characters now. They embody the roles. D
  13. I like Ben. He’s been through a lot. I’m pissed at Joe, on his behalf. Saying Ben was swearing on the Marines is well-nigh a personal attack. Yes, this is a game, but you should still respect a person’s being. Joe needs to go asap.
  14. That was Elias Pound. I don’t think Claire recognized him; I think she was taken aback to see someone that young. With so many of the older and more experienced crew dead or ill, it’s the youth who have to become leaders beyond their years.
  15. Can Shannon Gross write every other episode? Most important: Hello, Book Jamie and Book Claire! That was perfect. This is the on-the-same-level, tag-team I've been waiting for. Woo hoo! I adored everything about this episode. The credits were great, and Bear's music was sublime. Marsali has always been one of my favorite characters, and I love how Lauren Lyle is playing her. Special kudos to Gary Young. His Yi Tien Cho is brilliant. And shout-out to Ping An! I have to assume more than one person crafted this plot. "A story told is a life lived." Cue Claire's voiceover. We f
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