Droughtlander Re-Watch: EP101 ("Sassenach")
There are 29 weeks between now and the beginning of September. By coincidence, there are 29 episodes in Seasons 1 and 2. So the idea is to watch one episode per week, starting from the beginning, and post your impressions. For example:
- Has your reaction to the episode changed over time?
- Did you notice things on re-watching that you didn't catch before?
- Is there anything in the episode that seems like foreshadowing of future events?
- What are your favorite (or least favorite) scenes, lines, or moments in the episode?
*** SPOILER WARNING! ***
The opening shot, of the gorgeous Highland scenery, is just breathtaking!
I haven't seen the opening credits of the first half of Season 1 in a long time, and I had forgotten some parts of it, like the glimpse of Frank and Claire sitting on the dock. Seeing Diana's name in the opening credits reminds me what an enormous thrill it was to see this, the first time.
The bit with Frank remembering how he used to doodle the lines in Claire's hand on official reports is cute, and serves to humanize him more than in the book.
Seeing the half-destroyed 1940's Castle Leoch was a shock. I had forgotten that. It looks really WRONG, especially now that i've seen Castle Doune, where they filmed it, with my own eyes.
"You can give me a bath." I still don't care for this. It has to be one of the most un-romantic places ever, for a sex scene! <g>
Good to see the Reverend and Mrs. Graham again. Of course I can't watch the tea-leaf reading scene without hearing the echo of it in Claire's fortune-telling in EP114, "The Search", where she borrows heavily from everything Mrs. Graham told her in this scene.
The mention of Sandringham's death (with the conveniently timed rattle of dishes <g>
I still don't like the ghost scene. It's nearly impossible to make out the ghost in the dark, and I for one can't tell what he's wearing. Maybe Frank just has much better eyesight than I do?
"I love you, and nothing you could ever do could stop my loving you." I know it's a quote from OUTLANDER, but it occurred to me, watching this, that Jamie said something very similar to her in MOHB. <g>
The scene with the dancers at Craigh na Dun is just mesmerizing, eerie and beautiful, and I love the music as much as I did the first time I saw this episode. Watching the sun rise over Craigh na Dun now makes me think of the final scene of Season 2, of course, with the dawn lighting Claire's face as she realizes Jamie didn't die at Culloden after all.
I had forgotten about "Run, Rabbit, Run." <g> I love the long, lingering look Claire gives Frank as he leaves -- take a good look, you won't see him for a while!
Even though I knew it was coming, I still jumped at the sound of the gunshot. Yikes! The music in the chase scene is just wondeful.
The scene with Claire and BJR is terrific! And I had to laugh, this time, when Murtagh whacked Claire over the head -- his specialty, as we found out later. <g>
When I first watched this episode in 2014, I found it nearly impossible to tell the clansmen apart. Now, of course, it's easy to spot Rupert ('We could put her to the test") and Angus.
The first meeting between Jamie and Claire is just wonderful, every bit as I had always imagined it from the book!
And here's the Jamie and Claire theme music, for the first time. <g> I love that!
As they mount up to ride away, it's absolutely pouring rain. I hadn't remembered that, and I feel sorry for the actors having to film in those conditions. But Jamie's "You're shakin' so hard it's making my teeth rattle" is a great line!
When Jamie intercepts Claire as she's trying to escape, I thought of the big argument by the roadside in EP109, "The Reckoning". You can see flashes of that here, especially in Claire's facial expressions and body language.
"That ride through the dark together....", as Jamie recalls much later.<g> Cait is more or less channeling Claire in the scene where she dresses Jamie's wound, and it's amazing to see.
When Claire reached down a hand to help him up, I thought at once of the scene in EP201 where Claire comes down off the plane and we're suddenly in 1744, with Jamie's hand reaching up to clasp hers. <g>
And that "Thank you, Sassenach. Truly." is just wonderful! I've always felt that Jamie was speaking on behalf of all of the fans who waited so many years to see this story come to life on TV.