Jen & Drew- Live Chat, Episode 2×1: Through a Glass, Darkly

Aaaaannnnddd, we’re back! It feels good to dust this thing off again. The hiatus definitely dampened my all-consuming love for this show, but this episode started us off strong, and I feel things starting to ramp up again. I think  the show may have lost Drew a bit during the last two episodes of last season, and the long hiatus didn’t help. But we’re getting back in with the live chats, and at least my review will follow.

Jen:

SEASON TWOOOOOOOOOOO

Ok are you on?

Drew:

Okay, so before we begin, I feel it is important that we each take a moment to recap what happened last season.  

We start typing at the same time.

Go.

Jen:

Claire is a smart and pretty lady from the 1940s. She accidentally goes back in time, but it’s ok because even though the past is stinky and some people are mean and/or creepy, it’s also kind of cool because their clothes are The Best and there are real castles to live in. She meets Jamie Fraser, and they have adventures and danger lurks around every corner. They get married and things should be awesome but the past is super dangerous and people (people named Black Jack Randall) are the worst. Claire rescues Jamie and they leave beautiful Scotland for France. 

Drew:

There is a nurse of dubious quality who goes on vacation to Scotland with her spy husband. They break a bed and make friends with a local priest. After sexing, they go to a show where hot ladies touch stones. The nurse, being a hot lady, decides to touch one of those stones. She goes back in time. In the past, she is surrounded by jerks who are not total jerks because they just don’t leave her to starve to death. Maybe she gets locked in a basement? Anyways, there’s a hot drifter who falls off things who she ends up being locked in with. Sexually. A bunch of side plots that turn out not to matter happen, including her grieving husband mourning his missing wife. She helps kill someone that looks like him and hops on the first boat to Paris?

Sounds like we are on the same page.

Jen:

Good to see you still have your wit

OMG, it’s time!

This episode is called Through A Glass Darkly, which by the way, is the title of a really great historical fiction epic

Drew:

Here we go! Finally! No more Xfinity On Demand ads for the show where they only let the dudes (Ron Moore, Samwise) talk!

Uh. That’s a Star Trek episode.

wots happening

Jen:

That’s exactly what we book readers through back in like 1994

Drew:

Yelling at stones?

Jen:

Scotland is still so pretty, I want to go back!

A car! Going beep beep

Drew: Why is she weirded out by a car when she was walking on a paved road?

Good thing Car Rando knows his Scots history otherwise Claire would have gouged out his eyes.

Jen:

Oh boy, is the song the same?

Oh no, it’s different!

Drew:

It’s FRANCH

Jen:

I have a pavlovian response to this song

Drew:

Get used to FRANCH

Jen:

OMG it IS FRENCH

Genius

Drew:

FRANCH

Cookie Kid!

Jen:

Eeee, wee Roger Wakefield

Drew:

No, Claire! Don’t believe the radio! This is like the end of Captain America: The First Avenger!

Jen:

Outlander – Captain America crossover, I need it!

Ugh, show, don’t make me feel bad for Frank who is probably going to be sad that she’s not happy to see him.

Drew:

Bucky is a Scottish warrior with complicated feelings.

I want to know that photographer’s story.

“Weirdo found by road!? I’ll be there with me knickers on!”

Jen:

How awesome would it be if they had some of the actors of the Scottish dudes from the past playing their descendents in the 40s? Like, Rupert’s great-great-grandson? That would be sweet.

Drew:

Creepy cloth sniffing there, Frank.

Jen:

Seriously

Drew:

Like, it’s been there for awhile given you hand enough time to mail stuff away.

Whatever Clairestank was there is long gone.

A week!

Fuck you, Ron Moore! I can believe time travel but nit mail travel!

Fallout 6: War. There’s Always Another Fucking War.

Jen:

Caitriona Balfe is doing a great job

Drew:

where is the ghost

Jen:

D Gabs doesn’t even know where the ghost is

Drew:

Maybe the ghost moved to America in order to keep a book series going?

Jen:

Ok, I’m feeling bad for Frank 

I know they are going to never include some of the stuff from the book series that is the reason why I hate him so much

Drew:

That will pass. Frank is about to kick a puppy or stomp on a bunny or something.

This is the framing for my trip to FRANCH

Wait.. we skipped it? We skipped the recap?

Frank is acting like me after your latest rewatch. Team Frank lives again!

Jen:

The recap was ALL OF LAST SEASON 

Drew:

Do a master cut.

Jen:

Oh, and by the way, Frank, your ancestor is the total worst

Drew:

Like the Godfather Saga or Chronicle or whatever.

Tobias is focusing all his rage at not being tapped for a bigger part in Game of Thrones into this bit. TULLY!? An also-ran again!? 

So season one was 2 years? Wha?

Jen:

How is that possible? Oh, Frank. 

Season one was not 2 years, but all will be explained

Drew:

Evil Frank!

This is like the time when you forgot to buy more salsa. My rage!

Jen:

OMG. I just laughed so much

Drew:

I stormed out of the house, knocking shit over, and fucked up some dude’s garage.

Jen:

Oh yeah, that’s not even their house

Take that, kind reverend’s stuff

Drew:

SALSAAAAA

Then I sniffed my hand for like… awhile.

Jen:

This is a loooooong time of Frank fiction, but I grudgingly admit that their acting is really good and it’s probably necessary character development

Drew:

Rev: “We need to focus on what’s important… How are you going to pay me for all my stuff you broke?”

Jen:

Also, where’s that kid with the cookies?

Drew:

Frank: “SALSAAAAAAAA!!!!!!”

Oh. Frank’s sterile. So no salsa verde there.

Jen:

Just dudes talking about their fertility, like dudes do. 

Drew:

Well, he is a kindly priest Frank met briefly then overstayed his welcome with two years ago.

So bros before you knows.

Biscuit Kid!

Jen:

Ahhh that kid is so cute I can’t stand it

We need to get our kid a tiny tweed jacket

Drew:

Biscuit Kid is waving his loins at Frank a bit too much. Rubbing his masculinity in, there.

Seriously what is the priest’s deal. That house is hyuge, there are posh knick-knacks on the mantle, he has money for extra waifs…

Jen:

Eeee, moving to Boston!! 

Drew:

Oh man. Hard cut to Shipping Up To Boston montage and Claire yelling out a window for Sully.

So Frank’s two conditions are… “Do everything I say.”

Jen:

Pretty much. And that’s not even the jerky stuff that makes me hate him

Drew:

His hand is shaking. C’mon. A lil luve for the ole Frankenstein.

So when do we get to the weird aging stuff.

Jen:

No spoilers!

Drew:

This book is 20+ years old and three people read this blog.

(Hi Mom.)

Jen:

He’s burning the clothes?! WTF Frank. Take it to a museum

For crying out loud. That is just mistreatment of past objects for spite

Drew:

Also, Bear needs to be more careful there. The score almost went full on Force Theme.

In Frank’s eyes, he just rescued his wife from the Ren Fest. Those are not old clothes.

A matte painting of New York!

Jen:

Ohhh, New York. I was getting all bent out of shape that it wasn’t a real Bosto nskyline

Drew:

Whhaaaaaaaa

Jen:

FINALLY. Back in the past where we belong

Murtagh!

Hooray!

Drew:

OH GOOD BACK TO THE STINKY PAST

Jen:

The one thing I wish they had gone off-book for: Jamie’s hair. It’s looking tragic

Drew:

Why is Jamokie flipping us off again?

Jen:

Black Jack broke his hand

Drew:

So from Black Jackin it.

Jen:

Gross

Drew:

The body is a natural thing.

Claire does not know that “Charge with swords against guns” is bad tactics?

She could be all like “buy more guns you dungus!” and be more helpful.

Jen:

That would make for a short book and a short tv season dude

Drew:

Really? Claire as mysterious arms merchant would make for a short season of TV?

Jen:

Oh that would be awesome

Well, this is what’s happening

Drew:

Ron Moore is already going off book with killing off biscuit kid.

Murtugh Muretag Murtagh or whatver seemed to find a comb on that boat.

Broaghs before?

THEY WENT TO JARED

<Mic Drop>

Time for the scarback roadshow.

Jen:

It seems to be the key to stirring up Jacobite rebellion

Drew:

Maybe Jamie’s Back should have been their battleflag. 

Wait. What. Jamie gets a wine business and a posh place? Because he did maths?

Jen:

Totally!

Drew:

FUCK THE 1%

Jen:

Oh man, I want to go for a walk in old timey Paris 

I just want to be time travel tourist for like a week

Drew:

Yeah, they do have the narrow row houses looking cool.

You should read Anubis Gates.

Jen:

Is that a real guy from history?

Drew:

The Comte St. Germaine! He’s an immortal who stole the secrets of Thoth! And has his own booze!

Jen:

That sounds about right for the books, too

Drew:

Seriously, St. Germaine shows up a bunch in fringe history.

Also, in snooty cocktails.

Jen:

Well, he shows up a bunch in Outlander, too!  I knew there would be a hook to get you back into this dang show

Also, shouldn’t she be worried about Jamie catching smallpox being in the warehouse with the sickies?

Drew:

Yeah, but now I’m imagining him as a deathless alchemist. 

Jen:

I love it when Claire gets feisty

Drew:

Le Bad Gui, domes and frittes! Le Bad Gui!

“You made an enemy here today. Still, I’m going to trust you with my wine business while I go off to India who are known for their uh wines oh shit I’m a plot contrivance they never needed to go to JARED anyways..” 

Jen:

That was such a packed episode! I can’t wait to watch it four more times!

Drew:

In order to find out what happened?

Jen:

Lots of stuff will happen. It will be awesome. 

Drew:

“Claire arrives in two places and has issues with the people she meets theres.”

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