I know I risk being called an Outpouter by writing this, but here goes. If I was Claire I’d be more interested in Dougal. At least the Dougal in Outlander Starz. That guy is interesting, complex and sexy. Certainly, Claire finds him irritating, but he definitely is a strong principled man. Jamie? Who? Oh, the kid. Yeah, he’s cute.
Within minutes of episode 5 credits rolling across the screen, I tweeted my confusion and concern. I don’t understand! How could you screw up THIS relationship? Right now I’m not believing Claire could love this guy. The show has taken all of this time to develop Claire as this smart self-assured woman and now she is going to fall in love with THIS Jamie. Not that Claire, not this Jamie. Unless something drastically changes, I’m not buying it. Being a cute gallant puppy dog wouldn’t be enough to catch this Claire and make her choose to stay in the past.
Where did this go wrong? Where is Jamie’s personality? More importantly, where is his spirit? I can’t help but feel that this Jamie needs to get a spine. While reading, I always had the sense that Jamie was an extremely mature young man who indeed picked his battles, but enough is enough! I miss the scene where Jamie confronts Dougal RIGHT AFTER he rips off his shirt. I also miss the scene that follows. There was friendship that happened in that scene between Jamie and Claire and appreciation for Jamie’s skills. Claire got to see Jamie in a different more interesting light. How did we go from steaming hot self-assured “je suis prest” Jamie to “he’s my uncle” just go to bed Jamie?
Ok, so…all the folks who have seen episode 6 rave about it. My understanding is that the two men featured in this episode will be Dougal and Black Jack. I’m sure I’m going to continue to fall in love with these performances. But, here’s the rub. The wedding is episode 7. Is there going to be enough time to fix this? It’s my hope that Dougal’s “reference” scene really is. Maybe some of Jamie’s strong character can be restored by explaining the flogging. I’m scared that every character in the series Claire, Dougal, Black Jack, Murtagh, Rupert, Ned,….will be developed to perfection (and they have) and Jamie will remain the cute kid who Claire has sex with! Arrrgh!
Episode 5 had some wonderful exposition, Culloden, the Black Watch, the Redcoats. And, Scotland indeed became a character. But, I was left disappointed because of the sorely missing fix of Jamie’s guts, spirit and wit. I need to believe this is a guy Claire can’t help but fall in love with. There is nothing wrong with Sam’s performance. He’s doing the best with what he’s been given. But, that’s my point! What are they giving him! I want book Jamie! He’s a man to be reckoned with and…love.
So, here is what is saving me from going into deep dark fangirl depression. Diana likes it. I know it’s an adaptation and not my book and there is a new episode next week. So, I’m holding out hope that the King of Men arrives…soon!