"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 27, 2019

Outlander Season 4 Finale: Fair Trade

A really satisfying and superb finale to Season 4 of Outlander tonight, concluding the best season of the series so far.   Among the highlights (spoilers aplenty follow):

  • The Mohawk "fair trade" that resulted in Ian for Roger: the whole Mohawk segment, especially the stone originally around the time-traveler's neck, was excellent.  It looked like we saw him sitting on the bench in the present, (actually looked like some-when in the 1960s) before he time traveled to the 1700s, with that stone around his neck.  This ties up the loose end from earlier in the season when Claire discovered a skull with that stone, and dental work which showed the teeth had been worked on in the 20th century.  Time travel stuff like that is always my favorite part of this series.
  • Ian staying with the Mohawk - a full member of the tribe, after he successfully runs the gauntlet - was also a just-right ending, at least to this part of Ian's story.  He was never completely comfortable, even with Jamie, because he was still a boy in that context.  With the Mohawk, Ian can be, as they say, his own man (I have no idea in what century that phrase arose).
  • Murtagh and Jocasta together in bed was also a great ending, or a beginning, or maybe continuation, would be a better word.
  • And best of all, in terms of the human relationships, is Roger coming back to Brianna.   That took long enough to happen, but the wait made his return all the more satisfying.
Of course, there will be another season, which means some big things had to be left unresolved this year.  We still don't know who fathered Brianna's baby, which makes Roger stepping up for the woman he loves all the more admirable.  For that matter, we still don't know what happened to Bonnet.  I have a feeling we'll be seeing both Ian and Bonnet next season.

And, back to the time travel, we still don't know much about the American monoliths.  Was it a coincidence that a Native American from our age is the only person we know who actually traveled back in time, or do Native Americans have a special connection to the big stones?

Something to think about until Season 5.

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 ... Outlander 4.12: "Through Time and Space"

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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