Good tidings to all! “Outlander” is back on Starz, so welcome to season 2. Jamie has made a remarkable recovery. He’s a strong soul ready to start a new life in France with Claire. It seems impossible that someone who was repeatedly tortured and raped last season could be moving forward so well, but a loving, supportive spouse goes a long way.
However, we’re getting ahead of ourselves. There’s a twist right from the beginning, and it doesn’t involve Jamie. The beginning of Jamie and Claire’s French adventure is the last half of the show. The first half of the show starts up in the future. We discover that Claire somehow made it to the magic stones and time traveled to 1948. How she did this nobody knows.
So what’s the response to Claire’s sudden reappearance in her own time? Thankfully, Frank is not Jack, and he’s happy to have her back in his life. He never believed she left him, because he trusts her. Who cares if almost everyone else thinks she left him for another guy? So what if some nut jobs think she was kidnapped by fairies? If she says she was sucked back in time by magic stones then so be it.
Unfortunately, there’s just one problem. Claire is pregnant with Jamie’s child. Frank explodes when he finds out and nearly goes full Jack Randall on her. Lucky for Claire, Frank’s soft nature and logic prevails. Jamie is dead and the future child will never know him. The child will accept Frank as his or her father, because no one will refute it. It would be so easy to move to Boston with Claire, have the baby there, and start a new life as part of a family of three. That’s exactly what he and Claire decide to do.
The next half of the show involves Claire and Jaime making waves in France. They don’t know if it’s possible to change history and prevent the destruction of highland culture, but they’re sure going to give it their all. Jaime endears himself to a local Jacobite in the hope of using Claire’s knowledge to influence the course of history.
There’s just one major problem. Because Claire is used to living in the 20th century, she tends to do things that result in 18th century people wanting her burned at the stake. She has such a moment in the premiere. When Claire realizes a merchant ship has come to France with a case of small pox, it results in the destruction of the entire ship and its cargo (for public health reasons). The wealthy owner of that cargo looks like he wouldn’t mind seeing Claire hanged, drawn, and quartered if a stake burning can’t be managed quickly enough. This does not bode well for the rest of the season.