Review: 408/Wilmington




I can’t even understand how this episode falls under the banner of Outlander. It is possibly the worse ever episode of Outlander, if Wilmington can still be called Outlander. The sexless sex scene - Roger and Bree - was purely gratuitous. I cringed at the non-existent chemistry and prolonged torturous scene. 

We get crumbs for Jamie and Claire this season; lack of affection and passion, as well as fade-to-black scenes. When we see them, they are either on the verge of dealing with another conflict, be separated, too busy with others, etcetera. When they are together, their dialogues are choppy, their connections are awkward, and their intimate scenes (two of them) are too brief and unsatisfying. But we get endless nudity and sexless sex scenes with the couple that will go down in the history of television as the most uncharismatic couple?  It’s embarrassing if it’s not so maddening that this is what we are getting now.

Claire has nothing to do but look surly and matronly, be dismissive of Jamie, and perform yet another surgery. Jamie has nothing better to do but indulge in political scheming to save his kin - Murtagh - and those he are loyal to. Outlander has no other storyline but drama, conflict, sexual violence, more drama, more conflict and more sexual violence. The essence of the show - Jamie and Claire Fraser - is lost. Enter everyone and everything else to fill the time. 

The theatre, George Washington, and the Regulators - these are scenarios that could have taken a back seat to Jamie meeting his daughter and Bree being reunited with her parents. This could easily be the episode for the Fraser family reunion. 

The rape was what it was. There is nothing to say about it. 

This episode was pointless.  Weak storyline, mediocre acting, lack of coherence and continuity, and more. I don’t even see how production can put out such as episode for the 50th anniversary. I do not see Jamie and Claire Fraser as they should be in Drums of Autumn.

This is not the Outlander that I have been devoted to. This is not the Outlander that I became Obsessable about. I do not recognize this show anymore. 

I lay the blame squarely on the writers and producers. It’s clear that they are hiring a motley crew of inexperienced writers (IMDB and LinkedIn call tell you) and those in charge fail to steer them in the right direction. They have lost the vision and the decline in quality from S1 is soul crushing to witness.

@pissedoffsoka13 Yes. Apart from no understanding of Jamie and Claire’s characters, they all seem to be cynics of love. Toni Graphia has said conflict makes good tv. Matt seems to be the only romantic in there but we are not seeing a hint of that.

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