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Monday, March 7, 2022

Outlander 6.1: Ether That Won't Put You to Sleep

Outlander was back on Starz yesterday with the debut of its sixth season after a two-year wait.  It was great to see our favorite characters back in action, but this wasn't the strongest episode in the series.

[Spoilers follow ...]  

I thought the Intro took way too long to introduce Tom Christie.  Also, it's a little lame to introduce an important new character in a flashback, this far into the series.

The single most interesting and at this point significant development is Claire's relationship with ether.  It's a very valuable medical accomplishment, but Claire's taking it at the very end of the episode was suggestive of something more than medical interest.  Were we seeing another scientific test, or is Claire becoming addicted to the substance?  (Just a reminder that I haven't read the books, so all I know is what I see on the screen.) A little research reveals that ether can indeed be habit-forming, if not addictive (caffeine is habit forming, crack cocaine is addictive).  If Claire is becoming dependent upon ether, that certainly bears watching and won't put us to sleep.

It was also good to see Claire and Jamie together, in all possible ways.  The two continue to make a great couple.   They've aged well together.  In fact, they seem more comfortable in each other's arms and lives in this season than in any previous narrative.

As readers of my reviews of Outlander will recall, I've always been more interested in the time travel aspects of the story than the romance.   Claire makes a few sage statements about time travel, but, otherwise, we saw none of it in this first episode of the new season.  But there's plenty of time for that to be rectified, and I'm looking forward to more.

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 ... Outlander 5.7: The Paradoxical Spark ... Outlander 5.8: Breaking Out of the Silence ... Outlander 5.9: Buffalo, Snake, Tooth ... Outlander 5.10: Finally! ... Outlander 5.11: The Ballpoint Pen ... Outlander Season 5 Finale: The Cost of Stolen Time

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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