"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, February 23, 2020

Outlander 5.2: Antibiotics and Time Travel

Outlander was firing on all cylinders in episode 5.2 - did they have cylinders back in the 1700s? - of course they did, the cylinder has been known since ancient times, though not in automobiles.  But Outlander 5.2 has an excellent time-travel discussion, and important development of Jamie's story, as well as Brianna's.

Claire, as always, wants to use her 20th-century knowledge of medicine in her 18th-century doctoring.  She worries that her grandson could die of an infection coming from a scraped knee, in a world without antibiotics.   So she starts growing some on moldy bread.

Brianna worries what this "playing God" could do the world and cosmos, resulting in who knows how many people living who would otherwise have died.  Actually, the healing properties of antibiotics were also known in ancient times -- "purefy me with hyssop, and I will be clean" (Psalm 51:7) -- but that knowledge was largely lost by the time of pre-revolutionary America, so Brianna's point is still well taken.

But Claire's response is even better.  She correctly says that every instant she and everyone who came from the future have been in the past has changed history, and broken whatever the pre-ordinations of space and time.  Therefore, in the interest of saving and improving people's lives, let space and time and "history be damned".  Wise words, that certainly as an aficionado of time travel I can heartily agree with.

Meanwhile, Bonnet is back in sadistic play, and Jamie is finding it harder and harder to toe the line between the Redcoats and his own very different principles.   As I said, firing on all cylinders.

See also Outlander 5.1: Father of the Bride

And 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" ... Outlander Season 4 Finale:  Fair Trade

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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