The interesting thing that hasn’t been quite addressed is the time travel aspect of Claire’s journey. Sure, we’ve dealt with the clash of personalities as she struggles to come to terms with the layout of Scotland in the 1700s. But we’ve never really sat down and thought, “Oh yeah, she’s gone back in time. Erm, how?” And more importantly, we’ve completely forgotten about Frank. The reason this is interesting is that, back in her post-war life, Frank is looking for his wife. Does this mean they are going sideways in time, just hundreds of years between them? Why? Couldn’t the stones just take her back to the day she left? Then Frank needn’t look for her at all.
…Well, they are not wrong.
The interesting thing here, that I don’t think has been touched upon enough, is how spitting in image Frank is to Jack, but not in personality. A lot of the acting strength this episode comes from Tobias Menzies who is able to shift through them both and only slicing them with little similarities such as their sense of entitlement. The problem here is how much pain Randall has inflicted on Claire and how that is bound to affect her relationship with Frank when she finds her way back home. It’s interesting to muse upon seeing as Randall has beaten her and attempted to rape her…twice. Is there any way that, despite her desperation to go back to him, that Claire can set aside her past? Has she really thought this going back home malarkey through?
Outlander, though tepid to begin with, is vastly becoming an interesting television show that grapples with difficult subjects without throwing female characters under its mercy. It’s fantastic and finally in a powerful story arc as things get heated in the clan and between Jamie, Claire and Frank.