"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, January 20, 2019

Outlander 4.12: "Through Time and Space"

A powerful episode 4.12 of Outlander tonight, with the best line offered by Roger, who explains to the priest who "sinned" by sleeping with a Mohawk woman and fathering her child, that he (Roger) has traveled through time and space.  I like that kind of talk in a time-travel story.

Roger also reveals to the priest and us that he had a chance to escape, but decided to stay.  This means that the stones he saw in the forest were not a dream, just his 20th-century shower was.  I'm very glad, for the sake of future stories, that there are time-travel stones in America after all.

Plot-wise, it's also good that Bonnet (likely) escaped.  He's a man who does horrible things, but his survival is also good for future stories.  Same with Murtagh - who is a good man - surviving.

But the Mohawk part of the story had some unbelievable aspects - or parts which required more explanation.  Why should they care so much about the priest baptizing his child?  They don't believe in the priest's religion.  And it's also a little difficult to believe that Roger would run back to save or help the priest, when he could have kept on running, back to his own time, or, even better, to Brianna.   Indeed, unless he no longer loves Brianna, he would not sacrifice his own life, or so blatantly risk sacrificing it, which is what running back to Shadow Lake did for him.

And one last point - Fergus and Marsali going to Fraser's Ridge puts them right in line for that fire which started Brianna on her trip to save her parents in the first place.   Looking forward to seeing how this turns out next week.

See also Outlander 4.1: The American Dream ... Outlander 4.2: Slavery ...Outlander 4.3: The Silver Filling ... Outlander 4.4: Bears and Worse and the Remedy ... Outlander 4.5: Chickens Coming Home to Roost ... Outlander 4.6: Jamie's Son ... Outlander 4.7: Brianna's Journey and Daddy ... Outlander 4.8: Ecstasy and Agony ... Outlander 4.9: Reunions ... Outlander 4.10: American Stone ... Outlander 4.11: Meets Pride and Prejudice

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


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