I could really go for a bowl of that turtle soup while I try and sort out my feelings about "Uncharted." Anybody else up for a cup?
Frankly, I felt very ambivalent about Outlander Season 3 Episode 11. When I consider it on its own merits, I really liked it. There was humor, there was romance, there was that amazing line from Jamie at the wedding.
But this isn't a movie, it's television. And Uncharted is part of a larger whole. And so while the scenes of Claire wandering in the jungle were beautifully shot, they were also a waste of precious time.
Once again, it all comes down to pacing. The end of the Voyager season is coming, and I can hear the tick of the clock louder with each passing moment. With the end so near, after every scene I find myself wondering if it was really necessary; how it moved us closer to the end goal.
And I believe a lot could have been skipped.
Claire spent 15 whole minutes roaming around on her own. Yes, the snake was cool, but that's a full quarter of an installment. That's ime that could have been spent furthering the overall journey instead of standing still.
Father Fogden: Take care not to drink too quickly.
Claire: I know. I'm a doctor.
Father Fogden: A woman?
Claire: From the American colonies. It's more common there.
And let's ignore the ridiculous moments like Claire literally tripping over a piece of flint and a piece of iron pyrite RIGHT NEXT TO EACH OTHER.
Not unless she found them next to a human skeleton.
I enjoyed Nick Fletcher as Father Fogden, particularly during his discussions with Coco, but was he necessary?
Okay, so he did marry Marsali and Fergus in an absolutely hilarious ceremony and helped Claire connect Margaret Campbell's warning about Abandawe to her present situation. But couldn't that all have been accomplished in a much shorter time frame?
Really, why not have Claire stumble upon the wrecked Artemis instead? Fogden still could have been found to marry the young couple, and Claire still could have been injured, but we would have bypassed some unnecessary steps.
Speaking of the wrecked Artemis, how on earth did Jamie go from being driven mad with concern for Claire on Outlander Season 3 Episode 10 to so accepting of the situation after the Artemis is damaged? His desperation has waned; he's now just "eager" to reunite with her.
You may argue that Raines' death and Jamie's resulting command of the ship led to his laid-back disposition, but then I would expect him to be pushing the Artemis to sail immediately, not to be contentedly waiting for the tar to harden.
I was also surprised that we didn't get Jamie jumping over the side of the ship and swimming to Claire once he spotted her. Surprised and disappointed because, of course, then I couldn't stop thinking about how long it would take for the little dinghy to make it to shore.
Lesley: Mac Dubh's wife turns up in the most unlikely of places, does she no?
Hayes: Aye. She just drops in out of nowhere.
Claire and Jamie reuniting were super romantic, and the sex scene was downright hilarious, but I found Fergus and Marsali's wedding (and preparations) to be the highlight.
Obviously, the best scene was Jamie claiming Fergus as his son, which was long overdue but still amazingly touching. I'm pretty sure the only reason I didn't tear up was because I was still laughing at Father Fogden and his cock jokes.
Father Fogden: Him? Are you sure? He's missing a hand. Will the bride mind?
Marsali: I will not.
Father Fogden: Don't suppose that's an impediment. Not as though he's lost his cock.
A close second for best scene had to be Claire helping Marsali prepare for the wedding. The two women still aren't on completely solid ground with one another, but they took some massive strides in improving their relationship. Maybe Marsali isn't completely terrible after all.
I mean, not only does she love Fergus, which shows her good judgment, but her snarky attitude with Fogden endeared her to me. As long as she's not turning her sharp wit on Claire, she can stick around.
Marsali: I want to be happy wi' Fergus, the way you are wi' Daddy, without having to worry about a bairn. You being a wisewoman, I thought you'd be worth asking.
Claire: When we get back to the ship, I'll explain to you how it's done, hm?
Marsali: So there is a way? [Claire nods] Maybe you're no the Devil after all.
Expect that pace to pick up even more on Outlander Season 3 Episode 12. We'll finally find out what happened to Ian, and Claire will get a chance to break out her Parisian wardrobe once more. You didn't think that Fergus brought that chest for sentimental reasons, did you?
But Jamaica won't all be silk ball gowns and keeping Jamie out of Captain Leonard's clutches. Claire will witness some truly horrific aspects of history, and her 20th Century sensibilities won't allow her to stay quiet.
They'll also run into someone they can trust from their past -- but who could that be?
Jamie: Leonard canna arrest a man he canna find. Dinna fash, Sassenach. I was a wanted man when first we met.
Claire: Yes, well, I didn't like it much then either.
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Elizabeth Harlow was a staff writer for TV Fanatic. She left the organization in October 2018.