I totally feel for Maril Davis, Matt Roberts, Ron Moore and the other writers of Outlander because breaking a book into episodes is bloody difficult! Trying to find a break point, an end point, and fill the episode with relevant storyline without meandering all over the place is mind-exploding. Anyway, bored and sick as I was, I gave it a red hot shot. I’ve kept it short enough to scan through quickly over a cuppa. Please tell me your own ideas too! I’ll an episode every couple of days, but lets start, as they say in the classics, at the beginning.
EPISODE 1 – Battle, and the Loves of Men
Jamie awakens on the battlefield, unaware if he is alive or dead, the corpse of Jack Randall across his body. (Flashback to the battle where Jamie kills Jack). Some Highlander survivors find him and they take refuge in a farmhouse where they are eventually discovered by Redcoats led by Lord Melton. As the Highlanders give their names before their execution Melton realises he has captured Red Jamie, who had spared the life of his younger brother John William Grey, and he owes him a debt of honour. He sends him home to Lallybroch.
Picking up exactly where the finale of season 2 left off, Claire asks Roger to look into what happened to Jamie after Culloden. She talks to him about what happened when she came back through the stones, and their life in Boston.
Flashback – Claire is not adjusting well to being back and being a new mother. They fight and eventually they make love on the nursery floor, the first time since she has returned.
Brianna discovers the legend of the Dunbonnet and realises it is Jamie.
Jamie (“The Dunbonnet”) has been living in a cave not far from Lallybroch for the past 6 years. He comes to the house to wash and shave once a month when it is safe. Jenny is pregnant again, but Ian has been taken to Inverness under suspicion of being a Jacobite sympathiser so Jamie says they must come for him when her time comes. Fergus fetches him but while he is with Jenny and her newborn, Redcoats arrive looking for illegal weapons and Jamie has to hide in the cupboard with baby Ian, trying to keep him quiet as Jenny tells them the bairn died. Young Jamie overhears and is hysterical and in the resulting stramash the soldiers depart. A couple of months later, Fergus is intercepted bringing Jamie supplies and has his hand cut off. Jamie decides to have himself recaptured to save his family and the people of Lallybroch. Mary McNab comes to him with food and offers herself as comfort.
What will be changed?
Although it was fine to omit it in the books, I think viewers will feel they have earned the right to see Black Jack’s death, and it also gives the creators the chance to show a bit of the Culloden battle, as it is not actually included in the book. They could also include Murtagh’s death in there as well.
What can be left out?
Although there’s a good chance the entire sex scene on the nursery floor will be shown, if they decide to do the flashback, I don’t think viewers are ready to see Jamie with Mary McNab so I expect we will just see him take her hand in acceptance and the rest will be implied, as it is in the book.
What CAN’T be left out?
Fergus losing his hand – that’s a must!
What are we looking forward to most?
The scene with Jamie and baby Ian in the cupboard is a tense, emotional and even slightly funny scene – classic Diana! I for one can’t wait to see that on screen!
Most anticipated dialogue:
“I dinna want to go home! I want to be shot!” – Jamie to Melton
Tissue Rating: ¼ box (for Fergus alone – maybe more if they up the emotional tone on Jamie wanting to die).
Sexy Times Rating: ** – well, it’s not Jamie and Claire…..