In Outlander Episode 114: THE SEARCH, a brave turn is taken, in that two of the most powerful characters are absent throughout the entire show. Jamie Fraser is missing – obviously – and Captain Randall is lurking just off screen.
Taking Jamie’s place is his sister, Jenny – a woman we are just getting to know and starting to love. Murtagh returns in full force, showing not only his comedic side, but also his most vulnerable. However, every episode requires a villain. In this case we have two: Seoirse Warden – the gypsy king with a heart of slightly tarnished gold, and Dougal MacKenzie – the war chief back to claim his unwilling prize.
Given the many Jamie point-of-view scenes added this half of the season, one might ask: Why is Jamie missing from this episode? I’m sure that question has been answered already by important people like Ron D. Moore. In my humble opinion, I think adding scenes of Jamie in the clutches of the English, making his escape, on the run in the Scottish countryside, hiding out in villages, chasing after Claire and Murtagh, and finally being recaptured – how’s that for a recap in a nutshell? – much, if not all, of the suspense would have been diminished.
This episode takes me back to SASSENACH and RENT – back to Claire’s single perspective on the road. We’re supposed to bite our nails, pull out our hair, sit on the edge of our seat, and worry with our heroine – and we do, all while learning a little more about Jamie through Murtagh and Dougal.
Matt Roberts is back with, what I consider to be, one of the most challenging scripts of the season. Luckily for us, it’s placed in the right hands – in those of a long-time and knowledgable fan of all Diana Gabaldon‘s novels. Matt’s appreciation and understanding of the material shows in this episode.
Metin Hüseyin, who is currently busy directing Episode 201, helms THE SEARCH. He draws the lighter edge of Murtagh out for our entertainment, lets loose the dark side of scheming Dougal, and coaxes Jenny’s loving ruthlessness to the forefront. He also marshals us between several different locales – from the intimacy of Lallybroch, across Scotland’s countryside and seaside shores, through village after village, and finally into the gloom of Dougal’s den.
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