Thoughts on S04.E13 – Man of Worth


Y’all…! This production needs not only Jesus, but Mary, Joseph, the cow, the donkey, the three kings, the 12 apostles, God himself and probably a couple of helpful demons. Let them be spoilers.

- Young Ian is adorable, a true MVP of this episode (along with Jamie/Sam) and the ultimate proof that you can build secondary characters that people will care for and like to see on screen. His scene of saying goodbye to his auntie and uncle and the ritual were incredible. Looking forward to see what JHB will do next season, portraying a very changed Ian. 

- I actually liked the first half of the episode - good action sequences, okay pacing, just enough emotional moments. My eyebrows started to lose the battle against my hairline when Roger, once again, failed to hold himself accountable for the things that happened to him and Bree. Sam Heughan SLAYED the scene where they tell Roger everything - his rage is our rage, and I chanted “YAAAAAAS” pretty much along everything he said. You might be out of the Hut, but you are still an Idiot, Roger Mackenzie. 

- I think I’d have survived without the birth scene, IF they had given Jamie and Bree/Jamie and Jem a few moments to actually talk, heal and bond. They arrive, once again Claire has a few moments alone with Bree (and rightfully so), while Jamie lurks like a stranger danger near a kindergarten. There is no closure to the rift with a daughter he loves enough to sacrifice body, soul and heart for. Does he even know she has forgiven him??? He doesn’t get to hold the promise of his blood. This right here is one of the most abhorrent decisions ever made by this show. There is no excuse, none.

- I’ll put Jamie and Bree’s relationship at the top of things lost this season, alongside Jamie and Claire. You can’t tell a story about “an extended family” when you decide to skip the notion of family altogether. 

- The fandom is Claire’s face when she realizes Murts has been shagging the Scottish version of a praying mantis - which surprised, literally, just the characters on screen. 

- Bree goes all Birdbox on Jem, calling him “baby/boy” for 2 months. That’s cool, I sometimes wish my parents had done the same, instead of what they went with.

- There is running across the lawn (unfortunately, no tripping this time around for Bree), there is passionate (?) kissing without a hint of how badly Roger must have smelt, there is redemption the characters haven’t earned and ALL IS WELL, folks. I almost expected a rising sun on that shot and will confess my disappointment. 

- This is the worst cliffhanger ever to be placed on a final episode of Outlander.

- I feel like this season failed pretty much every character. It started with Down The Rabbit Hole (even if there were a few problems before) and it never recovered. There was a way to tell the exact same story, to embrace Bree and Roger and all the other characters, while protecting the integrity and organic-feel of these relationships. It’s with a heavy heart that I say that I probably wouldn’t be watching anymore, if this product didn’t have the stamp of “Outlander”. 

There is time and a path to save season 5 and everything else going forward, but it will/would involve deep changes in writing, directing and editing. 

Let it be so.

Genuine question. I’m confused whether Bree forgave the rapist sooner than her own father. Did I miss anything?

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