Diana Vacc sees Outlander Episode 12 “The Hail Mary”

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by Diana Vaccarelli

This episode of Outlander, entitled “The Hail Mary,” is Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire’s (Caitriona Balfe) last chance to stop the brutal Battle of Culloden.

If you haven’t viewed this episode yet be warned this review may contain spoilers.

THE GOOD:

  • This episode, athough it tugs at my heart strings, was not the show’s best. The only praise I have for this episode is the return of our badass villain Black Jack Randall (Tobias Menzies). Black Jack’s brother Alex is ill and needs help to relieve pain. Black Jack turns to Claire for help. Tobias’ performance is nothing short of brilliant. He brings caring and nurturing to a nasty character. As the viewer, I could identify with him and feel the pain he goes through.

THE BAD:

  • The writing by Ira Behr and Anne Kenney is weak and shuffles between story lines. It’s not as focused as previous episodes and feels rushed, as though hurrying to an arbitrary season ending not properly prepared for. It’s quite disappointing to feel so badly treated by the writing so close to the end of the season.
  • As a reader of the novels there was a big change in the storyline of this episode that really bothered me. The character of Jamie was not at the wedding of Black Jack to Mary Hawkins. In the book he was there and it shows the strength of Jamie’s character to forgive and have compassion. Here, that wonderful touch of characterization is non-existent.
  • I understand time constraints and you can’t have a character in two places. Maybe if the show had one more episode on the mix it could have been done properly.

One more episode of Outlander left this season. Happy TV Watching!


Diana Vaccarelli is the TVWriter™ Critic-at-Large and, in case you haven’t noticed, a HUGE Outlander fan. Learn more about her HERE

Diana Vacc Sees “Outlander” Episode 9 “Je Suis Prest”

by Diana Vaccarelli

04outlander2-master768This recent episode of Outlander titled “Je Suis Prest” follows Jamie (Sam Heughan)training his men to be soldiers and fight for Bonnie Prince Charlie, while Claire (Caitriona Balfe) tries to deal with a dramatic event from her past. (I mean her future. I mean the future but still her past…oh well, if  you’re a fan you know the premise, right?)

To Those Who Haven’t Viewed This Episode: Be warned. This review may contain spoilers.

THE GOOD:

  • The writing of the episode by Matt B. Roberts brings us both humor and drama. The delves into post traumatic stress with Claire having to deal with her time as a combat Nurse during WW II. The humor comes from bringing back our favorite duo of Rupert (Grant O’Rourke) and Angus (Stephen Walters). How these two are written brings back the old days of Laurel and Hardy. The humor in this episode breaks up the seriousness of preparing for impending war. There is one scene with Jamie and Claire when he comes back from a mission and tells her he was on a commando raid. It made me giggle.
  • Caitriona Balfe gives her all with this performance as we witness Claire deal with PTSD. She gives everything in this episode and you feel as if you are going through it yourself. Sam Heughan delivers perfectly as Jamie. You’d want to go to war for him.

THE BAD:

  • There is not one thing I didn’t like about this episode. It made me laugh and tear up all at the same time.

Outlander is amazing! It should be on everyone’s must watch list!

Happy TV Watching!


Diana Vaccarelli is the TVWriter™ Critic-at-Large and, in case you haven’t noticed, a HUGE Outlander fan. Learn more about her HERE