"Paul Levinson's It's Real Life is a page-turning exploration into that multiverse known as rock and roll. But it is much more than a marvelous adventure narrated by a master storyteller...it is also an exquisite meditation on the very nature of alternate history." -- Jack Dann, The Fiction Writer's Guide to Alternate History

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Outlander 4.4: Bears and Worse and the Remedy

Another great episode of Outlander tonight - 4.4 - in which Jamie and Claire come to terms with bears and the Cherokee, and then at the end, we learn something much worse, which apparently they won't be able to come to terms with at all.

And, actually, the bear that Jamie et al were worried about turns out to be a Cherokee made outcast by his people - because he slept with a woman against her will.  He's taken to wearing a bear mask, donning bear claws, and wreaking havoc.  But he's no match for Jamie, who kills him, and wins the uneasy alliance of the Cherokee as a result.  This all makes for a satisfying set piece of frontier life.

But the worst is yet to come, and it's much worse.  Roger (the historian) learns that, according to an historical report, Jamie and Claire die in a blaze in their cabin, some time in the 1770s, or at least two years to more than a decade from when they now are in 1768.  And this, awful as it is, opens up a whole new desperate and exciting gambit in the time travel which is the underpinning of this whole series.

Because there's no way that Roger and Brianna (who doesn't yet know about this, but surely will) are going to just stand by and let this happen.   They'll figure out a way of traveling to 1768  or 1769 Fraser's Ridge and alerting Jamie and Claire to the deadly fire that awaits them.  Either that, or the report than Roger received is in error.  But I'd vastly prefer the narrative to deal with the dire problem by time travel.

Brianna's already in Scotland, intent on seeing her mother, which means travel to the past and a transAtlantic voyage is already on the agenda.  All's that's needed is for Roger to tell Brianna what he knows.  I'm looking forward to seeing this part of the story play out next week, or whenever it happens.

See also Outlander 4.1: The American Dream ... Outlander 4.2: Slavery ... Outlander 4.3: The Silver Filling

And see also Outlander Season 3 Debut: A Tale of Two Times and Places ...Outlander 3.2: Whole Lot of Loving, But ... Outlander 3.3: Free and Sad ... Outlander 3.4: Love Me Tender and Dylan ... Outlander 3.5: The 1960s and the Past ... Outlander 3.6: Reunion ... Outlander 3.7: The Other Wife ... Outlander 3.8: Pirates! ... Outlander 3.9: The Seas ...Outlander 3.10: Typhoid Story ... Outlander 3.11: Claire Crusoe ...Outlander 3.12: Geillis and Benjamin Button ... Outlander 3.13: Triple Ending

And see also Outlander 2.1: Split Hour ... Outlander 2.2: The King and the Forest ... Outlander 2.3: Mother and Dr. Dog ... Outlander 2.5: The Unappreciated Paradox ... Outlander 2.6: The Duel and the Offspring ...Outlander 2.7: Further into the Future ... Outlander 2.8: The Conversation ... Outlander 2.9: Flashbacks of the Future ... Outlander 2.10: One True Prediction and Counting ... Outlander 2.11: London Not Falling ... Outlander 2.12: Stubborn Fate and Scotland On and Off Screen ... Outlander Season 2 Finale: Decades

And see also Outlander 1.1-3: The Hope of Time Travel ... Outlander 1.6:  Outstanding ... Outlander 1.7: Tender Intertemporal Polygamy ...Outlander 1.8: The Other Side ... Outlander 1.9: Spanking Good ... Outlander 1.10: A Glimmer of Paradox ... Outlander 1.11: Vaccination and Time Travel ... Outlander 1.12: Black Jack's Progeny ...Outlander 1.13: Mother's Day ... Outlander 1.14: All That Jazz ... Outlander Season 1 Finale: Let's Change History


It all started in the hot summer of 1960, when Marilyn Monroe walked off the set of The Misfits and began to hear a haunting song in her head, "Goodbye Norma Jean" ...

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