Show/Episode: Outlander Season 2, Episode 10, “Prestonpans”
Last week, a few favorites from Clan MacKenzie joined Jamie and Claire to help train and build their army. The army they need to fight the British and support Bonny Prince Charlie’s rebellion. The training proved useful, but Claire kept flashing back to WWII and the lives lost then. Often we forget she’s lived through war already, and now she must prepare for another, one where she’s trying to change history and not lose the man she loves.
Big events on the line in Season 2, Episode 10, “Prestonpans.”
While there was a lot of buildup about this episode for Jamie and Claire, they didn’t have many scenes together. This was about making progress in the rebellion and not the Frasers working on making another baby.
Claire spends much the episode getting the field hospital ready and doing her damnedest not to think about who she might lose that day. Jamie on the other hand is just trying to come up with a way for them to win. He wants to keep his friends, his kin, and his wife safe, and knowing what’s supposed to happen with the rebellion can’t make that easy.
So they spend the majority of the episode apart, but when they’re together, oh are they together.
Jamie knows how to say goodbye properly. As he leaves for battle he and Claire share a kiss that’s powerful and spontaneous and holds all the vows that one can’t say aloud when doing so makes the fear of the unknown too real. The connection between these two is plain, and it’s so beautiful to see how completely connected they are. After how much strain Paris put on their marriage, they are solid again in Scotland and so obviously in love.
Now if that didn’t have that awful history to combat and the fear of Jamie dying while fighting in the rebellion, it would make all this much sweeter. Instead he has to leave to lead his army to fight against the British. They should win this battle, but who will come back alive is a fear that blatantly plagues them both.
The Scots win their battle, and Jamie’s welcome home kiss was pretty sweet, too. Jamie is high on victory, but Claire is busy worrying over Fergus and has to run out to find him. While the lad is uninjured, he’s certainly changed for having been in battle.
Claire does her best trying to save lives, and they thought they’d been successful. Angus sat over Rupert and he was improving. Until we discover that Angus hid his injury and everyone had to watch him painfully die. Claire may have been right about who won the Prestonpans battle, but our group can hardly celebrate after losing such a friend.
While we had little Jamie/Claire time this episode, it’s important to look for the good points. For example: Jamie took a knee so often in this episode that it was hard not to pause and swoon. Kilt sexy is real.
Angus: Did you hear that? I’m talking to the prince!
Rupert: What use would I have for a sword that’s never been used?
Fergus: A general cannot fight without his sword.
Next week we’ll see Season 2, Episode 11, “Vengeance is Mine”
Charting the Course:
This was only our first battle with the British. More will come, and Jamie and Claire will be in the thick of it.