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Outlander: “The Fiery Cross” Review

Outlander Season 5 2020
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Synopsis:

Following celebrations in honor of Brianna and Roger’s wedding, Governor Tryon reminds Jamie of his obligation to hunt down and kill Murtagh Fitzgibbons.

Droughtlander is finally over, and what a way to start the season, then with Bree and Roger’s wedding. This episode had it’s good and bad moments, but all in all, I can safely say, that I’m liking the tone of this season way better than last season. The Fraser’s are finally settled in America, and sorry to say, but I’m glad we don’t have to deal with the Native Americans anymore. We can move on to more juicy drama, such as the hunt for Murtagh, and the Revolutionary War. Looking at the episode as a whole, I like that the conflict between Jamie and Murtagh, sandwiched the entire episode. This relationship is so meaningful to the fans and it was interesting that we see Murtagh pledging his life to Jamie as a child, and then seeing Jamie release him of that at the end. It was a full-circle moment, and I thought it really had an impact. It showed how matured Jamie has become, and how he doesn’t need his elders to help him anymore. It was heartbreaking to see Jamie break down at the end, because Murtagh is his godfather, and the fact that Jamie has been told to hunt one of his own down, is devastating. I’m wondering how this storyline is going to play out because if Murtagh ends up getting killed in the end, I won’t know what to do with myself.

But on a happier note, we had the wedding, which was really sweet. I do have to say, that I’m not really a Bree and Roger fan, after the many fights that they had last season, so I’m waiting for them to win me over. I loved that they tied in a lot of similarities between Bree and Roger’s wedding, and Jamie and Claire’s wedding. It was nice to reminisce about Season 1 and see Jamie and Claire get married again. We also got a nice shot of Jamie and Bree walking out of the house, which was the same perspective as when Jamie and Claire went outside to their wedding. We also got to see some nice moments between the Fraser’s. Jamie organizing Bree’s bridal heirlooms, him and Claire sharing their feelings over Bree and Roger getting married, and that sweet moment between Jamie and Bree. Thank god that they’re back on the same page, and can have some nice father/daughter moments. Jamie is so adorable as a nervous father. He wants the best for his daughter, and it makes me so happy. On the other hand, you gotta love those funny Jamie and Roger moments. Jamie was cracking me up throughout the episode, because he always had his eye on Roger, and wanted Roger to know, that he wanted the best for her. When he gave Roger the wedding ring, and Roger was so shocked that it was so intricate, there was proud Jamie, to say that Bree deserved better than just a silver and copper ring. The rest of the ceremony was cute, but when it came to the sex scenes, that’s when things got iffy for me. First off, I’m really not into Roger singing. It just seems sappy to me, and the song he sang was also not my favorite. It felt out of place because he was singing a more modern song, in a not so modern place. I would have rather heard the orchestra musical or something more of that time instead. And I’m not sure how I feel about seeing so many sex scenes going on at once. It felt odd, and the Jamie/Claire lover in me, only wanted to see them get it on, but I know we had to see Bree and Roger consummate their marriage for a “second” time.

Some not so happy moments we witnessed, was hearing Roger say to Bree, that he hoped they got married properly when they returned back to their time. You could see Bree’s face fall immediately, and I feel bad for her because she wants to stay with her parents, but in Roger’s eyes, he has no reason to be there. He has his wife and his son, and now he wants to go home. I feel like that might be conflict down the road. Also, poor Roger can’t catch a break from Jacosta. I feel like he thinks he’s being attacked from all angles, and he can’t really do much about it. We found out that Bonnet is still alive from John Grey, and poor Bree, had to overhear that. Now, I feel like she’s back to square one again, and is traumatized by just hearing his name. Lastly, Jamie has to deal with the British yet again. He has to be on their good side, but in order to do that, he has to do things that he is fully against. Like I said before, he has to hunt his godfather down, which is not going to be easy, and he has to begin preparations for the war to come. And speaking of preparations, can we just talk about Jamie putting his kilt back on. Thank you Jesus! That whole scene made me so giddy, because we haven’t seen Jamie in a kilt in forever, and we needed that back in our lives. I felt like I was being reminded of Season 1 again, and now Jamie was taking on the Dougal position. He is now the leader and has his people, swear an oath to follow him into battle. I thought he did a good job, but yet again, poor Roger had to be brought into it. I was surprised that Jamie made him Captain, but it does make sense, that that way, he would be close to Jamie, and be protected by him since he has no idea how to fight. I’m just nervous about when the time comes for Roger to enter the war. Hopefully, something happens, where he doesn’t have to.

All in all, this episode was sweet and was a good start to the new season. It wasn’t too in your face, and I think it was a nice way to set things in motion for the rest of the season. My wishes, are for this season to be a million times better than last season, and when there’s a war, there’s a lot of good drama and surprises to come. Slàinte!

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