Review of 'Outlander' 4.6

by Paul Levinson 8 months ago in tv review

Jamie's Son

Review of 'Outlander' 4.6

Another outstanding episode of Outlander—4.6—in what has been my favorite season by far so far. Indeed, there hasn't been a single episode that hasn't been riveting and memorable at this point.

The best scene, I thought, was when William spears a fish in Cherokee territory, which brings the Cherokees quickly down on him in retribution. Jamie has just arrived and argues that they shouldn't take William's life, because William is his son—something William doesn't know (or maybe doesn't consciously know, but on some level suspects)—and when William protests that Jamie is not his father, the Cherokees let him off with a very minor cut, out of respect for his courage. Lots of powerful action and profundity packed into that one short scene.

Otherwise, back at the homestead, Claire's tending of John, stricken with measles (which easily can be deadly for an adult), leads to some excellent heart-to-heart conversations between those two, too. Placing Jamie and Claire in the New World in the late 1760s is a great set-up for visits from various people in their tumultuous past. What this does, in effect, is allow us to catch up with earlier stories and "ken" how the characters are doing now (hey, that language is cool and catching).

Not yet on hand, though, yet, is Brianna, whom we last saw going back in time through those stones in Scotland. Her appearance in North Carolina in the years just prior to the American Revolution will likely be the climax of this season, though with Outlander, you never know what other surprises wait in store. As I've mentioned many times, I haven't read the books, so all of this is genuinely new and especially surprising and enjoyable to me.

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Paul Levinson's novels include The Silk Code (winner Locus Award, Best 1st Science Fiction Novel of 1999) & The Plot To Save Socrates. His nonfiction including Fake News in Real Context has been translated into 15 languages. 

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