"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, March 15, 2020

Outlander 5.5: Lessons in Penicillin and Locusts

Another outstanding episode - 5.5 - of Outlander, in this truly outstanding season, in which penicillin plays yet another crucial role.

Ironically, it's penicillin that doesn't work for Claire's patient in Boston in the 1960s.  He turns out to be one of the small percentage of people who have deathly allergies to the antibiotic.  And he's a Scot, in America.  The result gets Claire to want to go to London, and bring Briana along, which sets in motion the re-discovery of Jamie and everything else that has happened in the past few years of this series.   Claire knows about time and its workings indeed.

And there are two other important threads in this episode.  Roger discovers Bonnet's gem, and Brianna tells him the whole story.   Truth can hurt, as Claire tells Roger, but it can also be a powerful disinfectant, and it's good for Roger and Brianna that there's now truth between them about Bonnet, including his being alive.

The other thread has Jamie in action, and he's forced to kill the Brit who learns that Jamie and Murtagh are relatives.  What's not clear is why Jamie told him about Murtagh - was it because Jamie figured the Brit would find out about this anyway, given that the messenger had just delivered that incriminating list?  I guess so.  But this should have been made a little more clear.

The dominant theme of Outlander, over and over again, are unintended consequences.  These of course are ubiquitous in time travel.  But in Outlander they even extend to a sweet little kitten Jamie brings back home to Claire - which, if I got the coming attractions right, brings locusts to the farm?

See you here next week.

See also Outlander 5.1: Father of the Bride ... Outlander 5.2: Antibiotics and Time Travel ... Outlander 5.3: Misery ... Outlander 5.4: Accidental Information and the Future

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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