TV Review: Outlander (Season 3, Episode 10)
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In Heaven and Earth, Claire makes friends and enemies aboard The Porpoise, whilst Jamie finds himself imprisoned once again. With Claire sequestered on The Porpoise in attempt to stop the typhoid outbreak, Jamie demands that they pursue his kidnapped wife. Captain Raines refuses for safety reasons, and Jamie makes the gallant (but very stupid) decision to attack him. For his pains, Jamie’s carted off to the brig. On The Porpoise, Claire’s not letting her captivity get her down, and busies herself treating the sickly crew. She’s joined by an unlikely ally, a fourteen-year-old midshipman turned Claire Fraser hype man named Elias Pound. Claire’s suitably impressed by his diligence and the two quickly become friends. It’s pretty obvious that Elias is destined to die, and Heaven and Earth spends a lot of time humanising the young midshipman, so the typhoid epidemic has some kind of emotional pay off. It’s lucky then that Albie Marber and Caitriona Balfe have great chemistry, otherwise the predictability of events would ruin the episode. After identifying and quarantining a potential carrier of the disease, Claire angers the ship’s cook Mr. Cosworth, who’s left without his final galley-hand. Following an emotional sequence where the dead crew are buried at sea, Cosworth questions whether Claire is really helping stop the epidemic. Elias asks Claire how she can be so calm in the face of death, and she explains that she’s compartmentalising for the sake of her work. Now Elias, Claire’s number one fan, gives his new BFF the lucky rabbit foot his mother once gave him. Oh, Elias. You are so, so doomed. Back on The Artemis, Jamie pitches a poorly-thought through mutiny to Fergus, who reluctantly agrees to steal the jail’s keys in exchange for Jamie’s permission to marry Marsali. Despite successfully stealing the keys, Fergus decides Marsali would be in too much danger if the mutiny fails. Fergus rejects Jamie’s plan once again, accepting that this means he may never marry his fiancée. Somewhere in another bit of ocean, Claire treats a man for alcohol poisoning and discovers a Portuguese flag covering a sailor below deck. Claire goes in search of Captain Leonard, but finding his office empty, decides to look through his ledgers for clues. Although the flag wasn’t taken from the ship that took Young Ian, Claire does learn that a crew member of The Porpoise named Harry Tompkins recognised Jamie’s true identity and informed the captain of his seditious past. Oops. So much for the Frasers’ peaceful Caribbean holiday.
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