Thoughts on S04E12 – “Providence”

kalendraashtar:

I caught myself thinking about wildlife twice during this episode, which is not something that should happen unless you’re watching a documentary on National Geographic. 

- This right here was the moment I knew this episode was doomed.

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Karen Campbell needs to be removed from the premises and have a restraining order in place, just in case she gets any ideas about writing an Outlander episode ever again. Although this might actually be the less mediocre of all her episodes, it’s still a hellhole of bad pacing and bad choices, solely based on pointless plot points.

- Not even the natives think Roger is worth their salt (and by then I was thinking about the mating rituals of King Penguins), so he ends on the summer colony for idiots The Prison Hut that will become The Idiot Hut. Here takes place a side story that would be borderline okay if the show had 16 episodes and lots of time to spare. I cannot forgive that we missed SO MANY moments between Jamie and Claire/ Jamie and Brianna/ Jamie and Claire and Brianna/ Claire and Brianna, so this could be included. Yeah, I see where they are trying to go with this in Roger’s arc (him being a merciful idiot does not absolve him from all his shortcomings, but nice try show) and in showing that idiocy when it comes to feelings/love is a hard cycle to break, but the cost of getting this on our screens is too damn high.

- Super interesting digging montage in Idiot Cabana. At this point I was thinking about why pandas only eat bamboo to the point they are endangered (because bamboo forests are disappearing), why wouldn’t they adapt and change their diet? Maybe I’ve come full circle and pandas are idiots too, therefore part of the brotherhood, and this makes some kind of sense.

- The letter was a beautiful moment, but I’m still firmly on the train that it would have been much better if placed in the last episode. It lost plenty of impact to me.

- I liked Bree and LJG’s scenes, as I almost always do. I think Sophie did well in the scenes with Bonnet, although I don’t think the dialogue between them was very on point. Can we keep David around and give him a house on the Ridge?? Also #FindJohnAGoodMan2019.

- Marsali is a BAMF worthy of being part of the Fraser fam. I STAN HER. Side characters can be loved if they are well played, show.

- OMG THEY ARE CARRYING WEE GERMAIN IN THE  BASKET ON THE BACK OF THE WAGON AND I’M NOT OKAY WITH THIS ACCIDENT HAZARD.

- I honestly don’t see how they can make things not feel rushed on the last episode with everything that’s left to solve. Then on to Droughtlander and maybe this fandom can begin to heal and hope again. 

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