[SPOILER WARNING: Episode 'Through a Glass, Darkly' of Outlander is discussed here. Turn back if you don't want it to be spoiled for you]
Claire is back. To 1948, that is.
#OutlanderSeason2 takes off with Claire having to deal with the repercussions of her time-travelling once more, as she's left 1745 Scotland behind. You might be wondering when it happened, but let me put your mind at ease and tell you that you haven't missed it. It just hasn't happened yet. Yes, it's complicated. I get it.
Jumping Through Time
For the book readers, Dragonfly in Amber - the second book in the series - starts in a pretty confusing way, with different characters and at a different time, something that certainly takes some getting used to. The TV show handles that switch in a much lighter way, easing us into that background story of Claire and Frank, as they pick up the life they once led.
One of the best things about this show is #BearMcCreary and his score. In this premiere, music plays a huge part in making us mourn Jamie's loss as Claire reminisces on her "extraordinary adventure". On a side note, the opening credits have changed as well, with the lovely opening song being sung partly in French now. The sound effects also act as a means to readjust us to the noisier era Claire is now. Quite the brilliant move, if you ask me!
Beloved Frank Randall
The first half of 'Through A Glass, Darkly', revolves around 1948, with Frank accepting Claire back with open arms and heart - even after he finds out she's pregnant with Jamie's child. Frank Randall is the ultimate husband, though. He hears patiently while Claire relays her time with Jamie and, although it clearly pains him, Frank decides to accept Claire and her story because of his love for her. As Claire struggles to keep her feet in the present and let Jamie and their memories go, she and Frank move to New York, to start anew.
And that is, by far, the best part of this whole premiere.
In a memorable scene - which I'm not going to spoil here - the story switches back to Jamie and Claire arriving in France, after they fled Scotland during the last season finale. And, although we don't yet get to see Paris in all its glory, we settle in quite fast.
Jamie is yet dealing with the aftermath of Jack Randall's torture, his hand is in pain and his relationship with Claire is paying the price. There's also the small matter of stopping the Jacobite rebellion that will lead to the massacre of Culloden Moor, and the Frasers's attempt at changing the future. He enlists his cousin Jared's help and manages to, not only obtain his approval to join the Jacobite cause, but also to be put in charge of Jared's wine business while he's away. You go, Jamie.
Through Claire's interference in an event in the Le Havre harbor, we're introduced to Comte San Germain, their new nemesis. Since Jack Randall is back in Scotland and can no longer harm them - for now, that is - the Frasers unwillingly make another enemy in foreign lands. Interestingly, San German is Jared's business competitor, and since Jamie will temporarily be taking over the wine business for his cousin, the two will probably have a standoff at some point.
For a series premiere, this episode moved a little slowly at times, but even that contributed to help us settle into the new state of affairs. If the producers keep up this back-and-forth between 1948 and 1745 throughout the season, we're bound to have some more emotional moments.
As Jamie wisely put it, "life with Claire is certainly never dull".
Outlander airs every Saturday, at 9pm, on Starz.