Outlander 2.12: “The Hail Mary” Review

7 thoughts on “Outlander 2.12: “The Hail Mary” Review”

  1. BJR did not refer to his attack on Fergus in the bar scene. He reminded Claire that he was able to arouse Jamie at Wentworth as an attempt to get her to back off demanding that he wed Mary. This was a sickeningly evil act by Randall and it backfired as Claire used her disgust and hatred to shame him into going along with his brother’s wishes.

  2. Loved it! For me, this episode was about death, dying and denial. Quite obviously, I really liked parallelism between the two sets of brothers–each warrior brother who dealt in death daily losing their other half–the brother who lived a life of the mind. Perhaps Jonathon and Dougal can contemplate their own deaths and accept them, they are soldiers after all, but neither can prepare themselves for the deaths of their brothers even though both have had time to reconcile themselves. Neither death is sudden or unexpected.
    Likewise, on a secondary note, Claire and Jamie are also dealing with an impending death too, although on a more metaphoric note–they have failed to change history and they have seen this disaster coming. They too have failed to reconcile themselves to the inevitable–although for different reasons than Dougal and Jonathon–they feel there still might be a chance. But they’re in a tailspin of denial and desperation. So much so that Jamie spends what could be his last night alive on a midnight raid on Cumberland’s army instead of in his wife’s arms.

    Did not mind at all the editorial changes from the book. In fact, in regards to omitting Jamie from the Randalls-Mary-Claire bit, I liked it BETTER than the book. While I adore the book series, it always felt odd to me that Jamie would (awesome man that he is) touch Randall, grieve with Randall, and take him back to the barracks for a drink. It was always way too touchy feely for me in general considering that this is the man who had violently raped and tortured him and meant to see him hanged afterwards, the man who had tried to rape Jamie’s sister, and would have done any number of horrid things to Jamie’s wife. MUCH later in the book series, Jamie kills someone who does harm Claire (we’re talking book 8 so this is not much of a spoiler, please forgive). Likewise, Randall’s darkness is still very much in evidence in the things (book and TV) he says to Claire. He loves and hates Jamie, still very much wishes to destroy him, especially now that Jamie’s stabbed him the privates (which the book takes a few lines to acknowledge). I can’t/could never see Randall being entirely comfortable with Jamie as humanitarian either.

    Overall, I like how the show has managed condensing some of the traveling the book does–the show omitted all of the Edinburgh scenes which lead up to the visit to Simon Lovat, and then a return visit to Lallybroch to gather the men, then back to Edinburgh and an episode with the Tolbooth, and then off to Callendar house and finally Culloden Moor. The book covers, I think, approximately two to three years. Jamie and Claire travel with the Prince’s army nearly a year before Culloden and in the book there’s a protracted interaction between Jonathon and Claire where there are months of him supplying her with troop information and Alex lingers for the winter, but I ‘m not convinced all that is necessary and the show did a great job of pulling out what was necessary.

    1. Thanks for your awesome comments! I absolutely agree that subbing Murtagh for Jamie Alex’s death scenes makes a lot more sense based on how the show has been working.

    2. As for Jamie being able to commiserate with Randall in the book over the death of his brother Alex, I think you are forgetting that at that point, Jamie had already castrated Black Jack. They seemed to forget that in the TV show, too, although that event has taken place in the TV version. In the book, Black Jack looks weakened, an angry shadow of his former self. In this TV episode, he seems as vigorous and smug as ever. But the reason Jamie could look Black Jack in the eye in the book was in part because Jamie had won their last encounter and had left Black Jack unable to ever rape again–unless he used some foreign object, which should not be put pass him.

  3. I love Outlander so much. I have not seen episode 12, but I’ve read the books. I wish they would continue with more episodes each week for the rest of the year. :o(
    (Kirtan Ajeet Kaur)

  4. Excellent summary. My only lament that the show didn’t convey BJR’s ~love~ for Jamie, sick and twisted though it may be. I really enjoyed how they were able to condense so much and yet still keep the integrity of the story line. I think Column’s speech to brother and nephew should bring the finale the desperation it needs.Here’s hoping. Loved reading your synopsis. Well done.

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