Season two of Outlander premiered tonight and it didn’t start the way I thought it would.
Instead of Claire (Caitriona Balfe) waking up in 1745 with Jamie (Sam Heughan), she is somehow transported back to the late 1940s. There is no explanation as to how she got back to her time, but I’m thinking that they’ll walk us through that throughout the season.
Right after realizing that she is no longer with Jamie, she soon find out that Great Britain won the Battle of Culloden.
If you remember, the whole reason why she and Jamie were sailing to France was to try to stop the rebellion from happening, so that news proves that she and Jamie, somehow, failed. We don’t know how yet, but I’m sure that in time all will be revealed.
Claire is reunited with her first husband, Frank Randall (Tobias Menzies). He is, of course, glad that she has returned, but she is a little overwhelmed with all that has happened to her. He takes her back to Rev. Dr. Reginald Wakefield’s (James Fleet) home so that she can calm down and also so that he can get her away from the reporters, who have been hounding her. After a little encouragement, she eventually decides to confide in Frank about where she’s been for the last two years. He listens and accepts what she told him, but I think that was mostly because he was just so happy to have her back. He said that so many people had tried to convince him, over the last couple years, that she willingly left him for another man, but, now that he knows that that wasn’t true, he’s ready to pick up where they left of. Sadly, it’s not that easy for Claire.
She is still very much in love with Jamie and, in her head, she was just with him a short while ago. Her love for him is still very fresh and it also doesn’t help that she’s pregnant with his child. I felt so bad for Frank when she revealed that she was pregnant. According to Frank, they tried and failed to start a family in the past, but they weren’t successful, so they went to a doctor and that’s how they found out that he was sterile. They accepted that fact and moved on, but now that she’s pregnant and it’s not his, it brings back those old pains. He’ll finally get to raise a child but, it won’t be biologically his. That’s a tough pill to swallow.
After having a little tantrum and having a much needed talk with the reverend, he decided to accept the blessing that he was given. He approaches her and agrees to raise the child with her, but she has to abide by some rules: 1) They raise the child as theirs. Meaning, she will not tell the child about Jamie and all her Scottish tales. 2) She will let Jaime go, completely.
She agrees and they leave Scotland for America, where Frank has a new job waiting.
I was a little sad that she accepted Frank’s terms because I love Jamie and Claire together and I don’t want her to move on from him. I want her to fight for them by finding a way back to him, so that he and his child can know one another. I don’t think it’s fair to keep those secrets from the child.
Right as Claire is about to set foot on American soil, we are once again taken through a time warp. This time, we are taken back to 1745. This is where I expected the episode to start from. Claire and Jamie have just docked in France and they are still hoping to use Claire’s knowledge of the future to try to stop the Jacobite rebellion.
Claire has to talk Jamie into it, but he eventually agrees to talk to his cousin. His cousin agrees to help in many ways then one and this begins the start of their complicated and next to impossible quest. The said impossible quest was made even more impossible after Claire makes an enemy days after they arrive in France. I understand that she was only doing the right thing, but I know that the guy that she pissed off will start trouble for them, somehow, later on in the season.
Overall, this was a good episode to start off the season. I can already tell that we are going to be bouncing back and forth between the 1740s and the 1940s. I’m not bothered by this because I knew from the beginning that this would happen. We still need to find out how Claire skipped through time and we won’t figure that out without going back in time.
I can’t wait to see how this season turns out. I hope Jamie and Claire end up back together.
What did you guys think about the premiere episode of Outlander.
Outlander airs on Saturdays at 9 p.m. on Starz.