Repercussions from Season One come to a head in this episode. The political aspirations of the Jacobites and the Sassenach wedding cause problems in the MacKenzie clan.
But enough about Outlander’s utterly boring politics. So far it’s been nothing but angry men shouting at each other over who pledged loyalty to whom. Let’s talk character development and romance.
Yet as hot as the sex scenes are, why do they feel so awkward?
In the words of Murtagh Fraser, “It’s getting a wee bit uncomfortable around here for my taste.” I hope they work out their tensions in a believable way, because I can’t get into makeup sex when I know the reason for the conflict is because Jamie beat Claire with a belt to punish her - and enjoyed it. Even if he does randomly flip-flop the next day, over-apologizing by dramatically swearing his fealty to Claire and swearing to never hit her again.
Okay, does Jamie really have to get into yet another brawl and get his bare torso patched up AGAIN? **Eyeroll.** I mean, it’s been done, but… don’t take his bare torso scenes away or anything.
…And then she suffers the consequences. Of course, as soon as Colum sends Jamie away from home, Claire gets into trouble. Jamie warns her to stay away from black sheep Geillis, which obviously means Claire goes straight to Geillis. The end of Episode 2 shows Claire on her way to the slammer, thanks to high school mean girl Laoghaire setting her up.
Let’s hope Sunday’s episode veers away from plot points that are quickly becoming tired Outlander tropes. The romance seems forced, and the setting is bleak. The characters have room to grow, so I am still optimistic that Season Two will introduce some new and interesting action (in and out of the bedroom) and lay off the cheese.