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Sunday, March 29, 2020

Outlander 5.7: The Paradoxical Spark

A momentous, grim episode 5.7 of Outlander tonight, which portrays what is said to be the spark of the American Revolution, seen through the eyes of - and animated by - our time travelers.

Brianna says the battle in North Carolina, in 1771, will have profound repercussions. The Regulators (the Americans fighting the Crown) will be badly beaten by the Redcoats and their American allies, and some historians say this will be the "spark" that ignited the American Revolution five years later. Should Brianna warn the Regulators?  Tempting, but might that not risk removing the spark and therein changing history, with the result of no American Revolution?  This time-travel paradox is as fundamental as it comes: with no American Revolution, and no USA in which Brianna will be born, there would be no Brianna to travel to the past in the first place.  My favorite kind of paradox.

But, of course, Roger volunteers to try warn the Regulators, anyway, in the hope that people they know and love could be saved - such as Murtaugh - but simmering resentments will foment the American Revolution nonetheless.   A neat way of beating the paradox, but ...

Before the hour is over, Murtaugh is dead and Roger may be hanging from a tree.  The British indeed slaughtered the Regulators, so the spark has been preserved.  But at what price?  Murtaugh is definitely gone.

As for Roger, as I say many a time in my reviews of all kinds of television series, I'm a great believer in the principle that if you don't actually see the character shot in the heart or the head, he or she might somehow survive.   We didn't see Roger's face on the rope.  We saw a body wearing his clothes.  But that leaves open the possibility that the Regulators stripped him of his clothes, and the body hanging from the tree was someone else's.

Again, I haven't read the books, and I'm an eternal optimist, so I'm thinking Roger is alive.  But he may not be well, and who knows where he is.  We'll just have to see in the weeks ahead.

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 ... Outlander 5.5: Lessons in Penicillin and Locusts ... Outlander 5.6: Locusts, Jocasta, and Bonnet

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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