As this is a special day – my one-year anniversary with wordpress – I’d like to dedicate this 116th post to all #Outlander fans who have visited this site from 163 countries. According to wikipedia, that means, at least 66% of the world’s sovereign states have lovers of #Outlander residing within their borders.
Thanks for your support this past year. Here’s hoping we reach all 247 countries over the next twelve months! Now, on to my recap.
Outlander Episode 112: LALLYBROCH introduces two well-loved and vital characters to the Outlander story – Janet “Jenny” Flora Arabella Fraser Murray, Jamie’s older sister, and Ian Alastair Robert MacLeod Murray, Jamie’s best friend from childhood. In case there’s any doubt, SPOILERS are ahead.
The episode also welcomes back a popular character – Captain Jonathan Wolverton Randall, Esq. – in all his sadistic grandeur. Each confrontation delves deeper into the fascinating mind of this troubled man who “dwells in darkness.” Most of what we know of him lives on the surface which may be the main reason for his dreadfulness. The unknown factors of his past make him an enigma difficult to solve.
LALLYBROCH is a much anticipated episode as it also introduces a sentimental location – home. I’ll make mention now of Lallybroch’s unexpected opulence as envisioned by production designer Jon Gary Steele. He holds nothing back in the design of the estate’s interiors – from the baroque parlor with its wraparound staircase and comfy-looking seating, to the ornate dining room with its wall-to-wall medieval tapestries and Jacobean furniture, to the Laird’s luscious bedroom with it’s to-die-for-fireplace and blue forested toile walls. It may not be how we envisioned Lallybroch, but there can be no argument regarding its beauty.
This episode concentrates primarily on the rekindling of Jamie and Jenny’s awkward reunion and Jamie and Randall’s treacherous history. With Jamie’s return to Lallybroch come the many haunting memories of that “one day in October” and the tragic days which followed, including the death of his father – Brian “Black Brian” Robert David Fraser. Jamie’s homecoming is overshadowed by those remembrances, as well as the many painful thoughts of his sister’s assumed welfare.
LALLYBROCH is directed by two-timer Mike Barker, who has the unusual challenge of weaving the sheer darkness of Captain Randall flashbacks in-between some rather cumbersome comedic moments. The flashbacks do well, setting the stage for WENTWORTH PRISON. I’ve mentioned Ep 115 quite a few times over the past weeks because I believe it will be the most groundbreaking episode of the series with heroic performances by all.
Anne Kenney penned this jam-packed episode. She also wrote Ep 103: THE WAY OUT and Ep 107: THE WEDDING, episodes with two vastly different storylines. LALLYBROCH is disparate from both those scripts, having to progress the story arc along more than one subplot in a short amount of time while manipulating a bevy of raw emotions.