As your resident Outlander nerd, yes this post should have come sooner! However I was out of town all weekend, so I just got to watch the first episode of Season 2 (electric boogaloo) of Outlander. Sarah and I will be recapping every episode this season, both in blog post AND podcast — Sarah is still catching up on season 1, so she’ll be joining Kendra starting with episode 2 next week. We’ll be focusing mostly on the costumes — designed by Terry Dresbach — in our blog posts, but probably tackling both the costumes and the story itself in our podcasts.
You can find the podcast at the bottom of this post, or on iTunes!
For those who aren’t regular Frock Flicks readers: this blog and podcast is all about costumes in historical movies and TV shows, and we approach things from the angle of history. So, expect us to be talking about the costumes primarily from the point of view of comparison with the real history of the 1740s. We’ll also talk about costume in terms of story, and the deviations that come with this one having the fantasy element of time travel. But, know that when we talk about that dreaded phrase “historical accuracy,” we’re not doing it to be mean or judgy. It’s just one lens through which to watch this fabulous show.
I did think for a moment about going back and costume-recapping all of episode one … but then realized we didn’t have enough time. We do have lots of coverage, including a podcast, on the first season, so if you’re interested, check out those posts!
So, let’s tighten our stays, slap on a wig, grab a glass of champagne, and get this soirée started…
Claire wakes up at Craigh na Dun, the standing stones through which she originally traveled through the past. She picks up something metal — I’m unclear whether it’s a bullet shell or something modern?
She stumbles down a paved road (dun dun DUN) until a car arrives behind her…
Claire immediately asks the driver what the year is, and then who won Culloden. He’s confused. She’s traumatized. I’m sniffly.
Frank has gotten word that Claire has been found, and arrives at the Scottish hospital in which she’s being held.
Claire’s in a hospital gown and she’s not happy about it.
Awfully conveniently, the hospital has left Claire’s 18th century wardrobe on the chair next to her bed. This allows Frank to puzzle and us to peer at her stays.
Claire and Frank go to stay with the Reverend Wakefield. Claire confides in Mrs. Graham, while poring through books on Culloden.
A week goes by, and Claire is finally ready to have a heart-to-heart with Frank.
Who’s this cute little boy? Oh, it’s Roger Mac for those who’ve read the books!
Claire and Frank come to an agreement. Despite the fact that’s traveled to the past, married another man (who is now dead), and is pregnant with his child, they’ll go forward in life together.
Claire agrees to let go of the past, but Frank agrees she can keep Jamie’s wedding ring til she’s ready. WHICH WILL BE NEVER.
Claire has a moment looking at herself in a mirror, which is reminiscent of her getting dressed in the 18th century scene in episode 1 (or is that 2?).
Frank is outside burning Claire’s 18th century wardrobe, a symbolic act for them. Couldn’t he have just dropped it off at a local museum so that we could study it today?
Frank and Claire head off to their new life in Boston.
Claire’s in a practical brown suit, with a printed scarf and green hat.
And finally, we’re back in the 18th century — 1743 I believe? Claire, Jamie, and Murtagh are just off the boat from Scotland — now they’re in Le Havre, France. Both are in very nubby Scottish outfits.
Jamie’s in a natural-colored waistcoat and dark blue coat:
Murtagh is all Scot, all the time in his tam and layers of coats:
Claire is wearing a brown wool gown with spangled embroidery on the stomacher.
Jamie and Claire agree to try to stop the Jacobite Rising of 1745 in order to save all the lives that will be lost and the crushing of Scotland. Murtagh agrees to help, although he’s uneasy about not knowing why.
Jasper Jared comes to visit. Jared, a fellow Scot, lives in Paris where he is a wine merchant. He’s also a Jacobite. He agrees to get Jamie into the Jacobite circle in Paris. Jamie also agrees to take over Jared’s business while his cousin is in the West Indies.
I LOVE this coat. That color green is one of my favorites, and the silk satin is lovely.
In order to explain to his cousin why he’s suddenly pro-Jacobite, Jamie shows Jared his scars. I appreciate the front view.
Jared is wearing a wig, a touch I appreciated — it’s unpowdered, and the front hair around the face should be cut shorter, but I’ll deal.
Down by the docks, Claire spots some sick men coming off a boat. She follows them into a warehouse, identifies that they have smallpox, and pisses off the Comte Ste Germain in the process.
The Comte is rocking the grey wig and pink waistcoat. DOUBLE ROWR.
Finally, a shout-out to the effects team for the beautifully believable shots of Le Havre’s seaside buildings. I LOVED these!
Sadly, no shagging this episode!
What did you think of episode 1? Are you ready for Paris and shiny???
Outlander Season Two, Episode One, Podcast Recap
Listen to our podcast recap of the episode here or on iTunes!