I rarely watch a show as it airs, but I’m making an exception for Outlander. I’ve really enjoyed this series by Diana Gabaldon and am eager to follow the TV adaptation. Since I’m both excited and opinionated, I thought I’d share my thoughts after each episode. This will be a running commentary, so I’d expect some spoilers. With that in mind, I’ll plan on doing these posts on the Thursday afternoon after the episode has aired, giving a fair amount of time to watch before reading. I’m not a professional television reviewer or critiquer by any means, so know that all views come from a book worm enjoying one of her favorite series coming to life on the screen. Enjoy & feel free to weigh in 🙂
“The Wedding” S1:E7
Episode Synopsis: Claire and Jamie are thrown together in marriage, but as their emotional and physical relationship unfolds, deeper feelings arise. Claire is ultimately torn between two men in two very different times.
Original Air Date: September 20, 2014
Length: 57 minutes
Overall thoughts about “The Wedding”
I’m late with this because of my blog break, but I couldn’t not talk about “The Wedding”!!! I think the general description for this episode would just have to be HOT!
I rate “The Wedding” a 4.5 / 5
The Nitty-Gritty on “The Wedding”
I love that they started this episode with Claire and Frank’s wedding. I felt like it reminded us that at this moment Claire isn’t just marrying the amazing Jamie Fraser – she’s making a decision that changes everything about her relationship with Frank. When/if she gets back, she won’t have remained faithful to him.
You may remember way back in the first episode when Frank saw the man in the rain staring up at Claire in her room, he questioned her faithfulness. He was willing to forgive, but it was a non-issue. All those years at war and she’d remained faithful. Not any more.
So I thought starting us there was smart – as were the several moments focusing on Frank’s ring. Though I didn’t like the impromptu wedding at the court. I could have sworn from the book that she and Frank had been married at the same church as she and Jamie are married at now. Perhaps they felt that was a bit too much of a stretch? Or maybe I’m remembering wrong?
And then we get to the awkwardness of Jamie and Claire, post-wedding, pre-deed. Needless to say I was giggling at Claire, the way she kept drinking – and sighing at Jamie, toasting his bride and telling her she didn’t need to be afraid of him.
I liked the way they revealed everything involved with how the wedding came about as Jamie told Claire, maintaining Claire’s point of view. Not to mention that all the side stories gave us an interesting view of all the men and a bit of humor.
I think this was the part of the book where I understood how AMAZING Jamie is. He says the sweetest things – marrying her for her safety, insisting she have the complete wedding, telling her she has his name, his clan, etc.
Sam did such a good job in this episode – he was everything I imagined in Jamie. The mannerisms, the facial expressions, the tenderness, and the way he morphs into a story teller. It was just fantastic!
And then the sexual chemistry between Jamie/Sam and Claire/Cait!! Geez! Anyone else blush? It felt almost too private – like we were looking in on such an intimate moment and were intruding.
I have to admit, their first time I laughed a bit,but I think there was meant to be some humor. I mean, this IS Jamie’s first time… He can’t start a pro. Claire tells him he’s crushing her and then a few moments later, it was over. My BF said, “That’s it?” And I busted out. And when Jamie asked if she liked it, my BF said, “Of course she didn’t! What was that?” So my BF’s comments, mixed in with Jamie’s talking about horses – I was laughing so hard I was crying. But layer on… Yeah no laughing, definite blushing! Jamie’s a quick study, huh?
I have to say, I’m so glad our culture no longer treats marriage and the wedding night like this – the awkwardness of people sitting outside, waiting for you to make it official would be too much! The way they came and checked in them, teased them, and picked on Jamie… Clearly not a system to make people feel comfortable on their wedding night, huh?
I was so glad when we finally got to see the wedding – Claire’s dress was lovely & Jamie looked fantastic all done up (not surprising). I particularly liked the part in Gaelic with the blood exchange ritual – it really transported you to another time and culture.
And then there’s Dougal! Every now and then I like him a bit, but then we have episodes like this one that remind me what an ass he is. Between telling Jamie he should be thankful to him for Claire and then pouncing on Claire – this is the 2nd time now! – I wanted to knock him about a bit! What an infuriating man!
My final thoughts on “The Wedding”
For the most part this was a very intimate episode, but it had some moments of comedic relief and some perfectly timed, haunting reminders of Frank – making it an awesome episode. I actually haven’t seen the final one yet – so I’m really looking forward to that!
What did you think of “The Wedding”? Did it live up?