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Hiya, great to see you back and great to see J & C back. I'm 40 minutes in to your breakdown and feel moved to comment. I am pretty sure that there was a deleted scene on a previous season which told the book version of the tartan and flogging incident. The display of flogging I think explains some of the animosity TC feels about Jamie as his prejudice against Papist Jacobites, and highlanders especially, was re-inforced as he assumed the scars on Jamie's back were a just punishment for a criminal offence in Jamie's past. Scotland had a history of religious conflict and the Scots Presbyterians and Catholics really did not get on, Presbyterians looking down on Papists as Heretics (as well as some good old fashioned snobbery that Highlanders were uneducated barbarians). Add in TC's inflated ego and ambition cloaked in his religious self righteousness and his clear jealousy of Jamie's warrior notoriety and ability to inspire loyalty in his men - it was always going to be a power struggle. Poor TC never realised how out of depth he was!
Hiya,The whole ether issue is a little weak. Claire tried controlled experiments if I remember correctly on Lizzie and Bobbie Higgins? As well as later when she removed, was is Aiden's appendix? Anyway one thing Claire would not have been doing was manufacturing something in house with lots of candles and ether wafting with her dead to the world! I wait to see episode 2 as I am hoping they are not going down the route of Claire finding oblivion in ether - that is just SO not Claire and a little trite.
Yes now I am at your fisher folk comments and - they did not in the book arrive with TC and their real problem is that they all came from the northern isles and spoke only Gaelic. They also had absolutely no idea of farming - hence Jamie's comments about building cabins although he would have been speaking Gaelic, which if I remember rightly TC did not speak. Loved Roger and Bree connecting with the young widow - although that becomes a real problem later. Do think Alex Vlahos is going to get a larger role as he is quite a popular actor following Versailles and Sanditon and they must have needed to offer him something to sign on as Allen Christie did not feature much in the book apart from being a damaged side character that caused mayhem.
OK guys,Fergus, suddenly putting him centre stage drunk was really jarring, but he was really disconnected in the Ridge because he really couldn't wheel and deal which is what he did best in the city (Paris and Edinburgh) he was just not physically able to farm - which he found. I so hope Fersali get to really have some on screen time.
OMG - I so agree with the abundant picnic - J & C constantly struggled with EVERYTHING, I know DG liked to have Mrs Bug come up with the goods in the book but it was grits and not real quiche and pies and salad and veg and meat and and and !
Lastly, I would so like to them show Jamie be supportive of Fergus and help him through this. I really don't want it to be about women being oppressed. Not denying womens' struggle just acknowledging men's too.