Despite a few middling episodes, Outlander has quickly become a popular and well-written show, perhaps one of the best on television now. If you, like me, are following it weekly since its UK premiere on Prime, then you’ll have heard rumours of story lines to come. And articles that solidify the fact that Outlander continues to defy and has transcended into a smart, emotional and riveting television series. This episode sees it fully unhinge the middling episodes that were weighing it down at the belt. With ferocity, it leads off into a second half of the series much stronger than the first.
The procedural aspect of the series those channel the likes of Law and Order but with the air of period drama. Though that isn’t entirely important here, what is pivotal to the episode is the extraordinary acting by the pair. Caitriona Balfe has made Claire less of an irritating character as she used to be (the narration has been heavily dialled down which and has evolved her into this engaging woman, strewn on the lines of different times. Her story isn’t even centred on Jamie or Frank but more on which time would make her happiest and that is important to the evolution of Outlander, away from the films it is compared to.
The finale of the episode is the most crucial though and brings Jamie and Claire closer than they could ever imagine. The Devil’s Mark is an impressive episode and gifts Outlander with more excitement and promise that it ever could.