All photos: Sony/Starz
ahhhghhhhh I hate this episode. Thank goodness I’m doing this post so I can take breaks from watching it. Written by Ira Stephen Behr and directed by Anna Foerster, Episode 115 is intense. Even in the beginning when the implements of torture are being displayed I feel disturbed. Ack, horrid.
It’s the damn cracking necks that I can’t handle. GOD! I watch these episodes on a laptop with headphones and my compliments to the sound effects people because those cracking necks are freaking horrible 😩.
And the poor guys watching. Awful! (It’s just pretend, these are actors, no one was harmed, breathe…)
It was bad enough when Taran squirmed like a bug on the end of that rope forever for opening his big mouth, but when BJR rides in like a (dark) knight in shining armor, you can see Jamie thinking, “maybe I prefer the noose.” The anticipation on BJR’s face is so disgusting.
Even though I’ve read the book many times now, and have even watched this episode more than once, I always think there might be a chance that Claire gets Jamie out of there before the inevitable happens this time. I hope. And then he shows up.
I was busy working on my Outlander In The City post, which is why this one is so late. But if I’m honest, I was happy to put off watching this episode again. Watching this feels like the equivalent of stretching my nerves over a loom. <crack!>
Highlights? I think they’re all lowlights, but here are the moments which stood out in pictures for me:
Taran MacQuarrie as they call his name for the noose
Jamie and the others watch his torturous death
Here comes BJR like some absurd knight in shining armor…
“I won’t surrender… to you, or any man…” Damn, I’m not even sure how Sam got his voice to go that low or gravelly, but in this moment, you believe what he says.
and then he sizes up Marley, and makes his plan of attack while BJR quivers with anticipation over touching his handiwork
But damn it, two against one when one is chained to the wall by one foot really isn’t a fair fight. And then this happens… Look at Tobias’ face here, scary. Even Marley is dreading the smack of that hammer.
I am wondering if Sam has any fillings they had to cover up for this scene. And it does occur to me that he is probably an ideal dental patient or candidate for a strep culture. I’m sure I am using humor to distract myself at this point too.
Horrible scene, well played by Sam and Tobias
Then there’s the sick “why do you make me do this to you” speech. Not to beat a dead horse, but I think Sam and Tobias should’ve gotten awards for this performance.
And for the record, if I were Sam’s mother, I could not watch this. I once played a drug addict who dies in a performance and it was very hard for my mom and husband. Yeah, no.
BJR collects himself, saying “I will not give in to coarse passion.” WHAT??? This guy is such a sicko
Thank goodness for cut aways to these guys and Murtagh and Claire for some relief.
Warden of Wentworth, Sir Fletcher, played by Fraser Hines (whose character Jamie on Dr Who inspired the character of Jamie Fraser long ago)
Thank God for Claire
Such a badass…
But, Jamie’s love for Claire is also his vulnerability, which creepy BJR exploits unfortunately…
Black Jack considers watching Claire and Marley together…
These guys know that there’s some messed up shiz going down, but who wants to be on BJR’s bad list?
Claire and Jamie almost overcome BJR and Marley, but then things escalate…
and Jamie of course says BJR can have him if he let’s Claire go
He’s disgustingly excited about this
And the reality dawns on Jamie
Poor Jamie has to allow BJR to kiss him
Poor Claire. I can’t imagine leaving my husband with this monster
Claire manages to get her last lick in, giving BJR the hour of his death…
before he unceremoniously throws her down the shoot for the dead guys 😬
This photo reminds me of a picture I used to look at in one of my parents’ books of art. It was a rendition of hell.
BJR returns to Jamie and gets his licks in (gross)
Jamie, of course, becomes more and more terrified as things go on, especially when BJR says “shall we begin?” BEGIN????
Meanwhile Claire deals with this tragedy the only way she knows how…
And yet another man gave Ellen MacKenzie a precious wedding gift, she must’ve been some woman. Murtagh’s like, huhhhhh?
And we get some foreshadowing at the end as Murtagh gets an idea from the coooooos
Here is a pretty good little interview with Tobias about BJR. Particularly interesting to me is the bit at 1:27, where we see his body language about being Black Jack… Catharsis is: providing psychological relief through the open expression of strong emotions…
Here is a look inside the episode with Ron. The audio is not great.
That’s it for this week (phew, thank goodness)