LIVE Blog: Episode 2.10 - "Prestonpans"

Written by: Ashley Crawley


Do you find yourself obsessively gabbing on about Outlander to your friends and family? Wishing your Saturday nights included a living room full of people with whom to watch, discuss, comment, cheers, jeers and well, experience alllllll the feels? Dinna fash, Obsessenach - you are not alone.

Good news - we can get new family and friends pour ourselves a dram and, through the magic of technology, enjoy it together!  Each Saturday at 9:00 p.m., we'll be LIVE blogging the episodes to bring you a two-screen experience into the world of Outlander.  Like the Outlander Cast podcast, it will be SPOILER FREE for non-book readers.

So get all your post-18th Century gadgets ready and settle in, because the best things in life should be shared with a buddy.  Hi, buddy.

Now let the show begin...


[9:00 pm] If some of the stills released in advance from this episode are any indication, hold me.  Just hold me now. Whoaaaa, warm my heart. Stay with me, oh won’t you stay with me? Gratuitous ‘80s jam moment.  You’re welcome.

[9:01 pm] There is so much Red Jamie-War Chief Dougal friction highlighted in this recap… me thinks the power struggle shite is about to hit the fan. On an unrelated but positive note, Ira Steven Behr and his purple goatee penned this episode so we’re in for a well-crafted doozy. 

[9:02 pm] Weekly title card riddle isn’t much of a riddle today, Obsessenachs – we’re going to war. 

[9:03 pm] I’m grieving the brutal death of this Highlander alongside Claire, I swear… but damn she looks good in that plaid.  Is there anything Caitriona Balfe can’t wear? (That’s rhetorical, since the answer is unequivocally “no.”) 

[9:05p] “Mark me.” – Five minutes in. Welcome back, Bonnie Prince Charlie.  Phew, and here I feared we’d have to wait a while to get our first one, what with him making sweet, sweet love to that pear. He was starting to remind me of Brad Pitt’s character in Ocean’s Eleven – always eating while others mastermind the plan.  

[9:07 pm] “Oh nice, a good old fashioned male pissing contest.” – my hubs, summing up this testosterone-oozing battle strategy scene.

[9:09 pm] Gag me. You don’t know where that hand has been, Jamie.  It makes me squeamish every time the squirrely Bonnie Prince Charlie extends those digits for praise. If thrown into a game of "would you rather", I’d kiss Angus’ grimy hand. 

[9:12 pm] How about that hospitable Scottish weather they’re having? It looks colder than a white witch’s teat out there. And yet, our boys look right at home.  

[9:14 pm] Not to go all West Virginia native on you, but this is quite the “canary in the coal mine” game Dougal is braving.  Let’s hope his math is better than his pre-game chat with Jamie let on.  

[9:18 pm] “Extraordinary fellow.” – Bonnie Prince Charlie, acknowledging ogling Dougal.  Mark me, we agree… though maybe it’s my love for Graham McTavish blurring the lines……(moments later)…..Nope, it’s Dougal.  This scene is his to claim.  Well done, sir. 

[9:19 pm] “And now I’m off to change my breeks, because the hero of the hour has shat his pants.” – Dougal has snatched the crown for my favorite (and most honest) line of the episode.  

[9:21 pm] It does my heart just as good to see General Claire in command leading her “troops” as it does to see Red Jamie in charge of his warriors. Everyone is in the zone, and I’m a nervous wreck. Side note: Claire with Fergus just channeled every day of my life with a toddler.  And like she, I wouldn't change a thing. 

[9:23 pm] Leave it to a good country boy to find a shortcut through the field.

[9:26 pm] I'm not sure how it's possible, but I've now fallen more in love with our Highlander minions, Rupert and Angus.  Sweet Angus bequeathing Rupert all his worldly possessions in case he dies, including his whooooore…err, I mean part time-whooore, full-time barmaid. #BromanceGoals

[9:28 pm] Actually Jamie, I have something to get off my chest.  It's about how we all need more praise heaped upon the enormously talented Duncan LaCroix.  If there's ever a chance that he could be in the running for an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor, it’d be due to his work this season.  And this scene, among others, would make a tremendous submission clip in my humble, Murtagh-obsessed opinion.

[9:29 pm] In the name of all things dry spell for Jamie and Claire fans, FERGUS! Right now? Seriously?! This is starting to become a whole new form of Droughtlander. Okay fiiiiiiiine.  Your curly mop, doe eyes and promise to look after Claire spare you our wrath for busting up a potentially delightful "to bed or to sleep" scene.

[9:30 pm] My anxiety cannot handle all of Angus’ foreshadowing banter of demise.  Please.

[9:31 pm] Sweet Severus Snape, Murtagh's "always" just put me back at Hogwarts.  Also, book purists, take note – this clever scene is the benefit of Ron D. Moore deviating from the book to allow Murtagh in on Claire’s time traveling trip through the DeLorean standing stones.  He wants to confirm that the Highlanders do win this battle because Jamie Ron D. Moore let him in on the spoiler alert. And we know he knows Claire knows (Friends anyone?).

[9:32 pm] “On your way, soldier.” – The combo of Ira Steven Behr’s words, Bear McCreary’s music and Catriona Balfe’s emotional delivery attempting to pull the beating heart out of my body like Monsieur Forez.  Is it too early in the episode for ugly girl crying? Asking for a friend.

[9:33 pm] Jesus H. Roosevelt Christ, FERGUS! No. Just NO. Somewhere fellow writer Denise is adding this to the running total of times Jamie has said “stay put” to no avail.

[9:35 pm] If last week’s battle training sequence was Jamie’s William Wallace/Henry V moment, this is General Claire’s.  For the mix of anxiety and dread that must be coursing through her body, she’s one unflappable leader.

[9:36 pm] The music fading to silence to allow the deafening sound of stampede to bring the audio back in . . . all the adrenaline. All of it, and I'm sitting unscathed on my couch with my feet up.

[9:37 pm] Oh sweet Laird, Red Jamie takes on a whole new meaning after this battle. So. Much. Blood. The prosthetic and makeup team is working overtime on this – wow.  Just wow. The production value for one single sequence of television is unreal.

[9:38 pm] I JUST GOT GUTTED PLEASE NOT RUPERT NOT RUPERT THE EMOTION IS SO MUCH IT MAKES ME DO THAT YELLING IN RUN-ON SENTENCES THING.

[9:40 pm] I’m not sure which is eliciting more tears from me – Rupert’s severely gaping wound or Angus’ BFF tears.  No contest, actually. Both, equally. I have barely recovered from Louise's scene with Claire in "Faith" and this is ringing too familiar.

[9:41 pm] Oh hell, I spoke too soon. No no no. It’s Angus’ silent killer of an internal wound. That damage is coming, I can feel it.  And I know I canna bear it.

[9:43 pm] This feels like a victory on a string – one where the sweetness of celebration is laced with something bitter.

[9:44 pm] Go ahead and add this to Fergus’ growing PTSD tab.  First, a heinous assault at the hands of Black Jack Randall. And now THIS.  And again I remind you – because it’s easy to forget with him always in cahoots with adults – HE’S JUST A CHILD.

[9:47 pm] Friendly PSA: when in dire straits and in desperate need of help, try not to follow up your plea for assistance with a candid verbal smack to the helper’s ego.  It could, you know, avoid you being gutted through with a sword.  Just sayin’. Farewell, dreamy British lieutenant.  #TheMoreYouKnow

[9:48 pm] When my three-year old steps on me, I feel I might die. Yet, A HORSE STEPPED ON THE KING OF MEN. 

[9:49 pm] Boys will be boys. No matter the age.

[9:51 pm] Slow your roll, Dougal. Pipe down. Know your audience. And every other clichΓ© I can throw in here.  He's not looking so shiny now - is he, Chuck?

[9:53 pm] A promotion! Well hell, that’s one way to do it. Just like in Office Space when The Bobs decide that I-gave-away-my-last-eff Peter was a heck of a straight shooter with upper management written all over him.

[9:55 pm] We all saw it coming and I'm still not ready. Not even a wee bit. That bloody cannon blast. We've lost a loyal friend. You'll be dearly missed Angus and actor Stephen Walters.

[9:57 pm] knaw3p98rh;qb34orf8hy0'     Apologies, my keyboard temporarily shorted out due to the FLOOD OF TEARS THAT RAINED DOWN ON IT.  That was a fresh assault on the ducts, Rupert (Grant O'Rourke) and Bear McCreary.

[9:58 pm] “I expected the flavor of victory to taste sweeter.” – Murtagh and I, apparently sharing a brain.

[9:59 pm] This is exactly the way Angus would have mourned his fellow mates, and he'd want no different for himself.  Raising a dram to you, Angus.

[10:05 pm]  I'm gonna need a minute.  Actually go ahead and make mine a double.  Hold the ice. That was brutally intense to bear, but so worth it.  Ron D. Moore and his team as well as the incredible ensemble cast delivered a powerfully jaw-dropping hour of television that did not disappoint. Will I be able to watch it multiple times? It's not likely. But, I also have a weak stomach - not for blood, but for emotional pain.  Sure, I'm a book reader and knew what was coming, but I still choked up with greater anxiety for Angus and Rupert's friendship and its fate more than the notion of Claire and Jamie parted by battle.  The Wolf Pack has lost a good one.  And now I have to run call my besties. So until next week...    


Thanks for reading! Please be sure to catch up on all live blogs from Season 2:

Episode 2.01: "Through a Glass Darkly"
Episode 2.02: "Not in Scotland Anymore
Episode 2.04: "La Dame Blanche"
Episode 2.05: "Untimely Resurrection
Episode 2.06: "Best Laid Schemes..."
Episode 2.07: "Faith"
Episode 2.08: "The Fox's Lair"
Episode 2.09: "Je Suis Prest"
Episode 2.10: "Prestonpans
Episode 2.11: "Vengeance is Mine"
Episode 2.12 "The Hail Mary"
Episode 2.13 "Dragonfly in Amber"

39 comments

  1. Hey, very nice site. I came across this on Google, and I am stoked that I did. I will definitely be coming back here more often. Wish I could add to the conversation and bring a bit more to the table, but am just taking in as much info as I can at the moment. Thanks for sharing.
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    Keep Posting:)

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    1. I'm so glad you stumbled upon our blog! It's a complementary forum for the awesome Outlander Cast podcast, hosted by Mary & Blake. Definitely give it a listen in iTunes or through the website. You add to the conversation and bring to the table just by being a fan and by supporting our efforts to geek out about it with fellow fans. So definitely keep coming and exploring the great posts my fellow writers create. Much appreciated!

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  2. I'm ready for this "rodeo" to start 😱 I can't believe we only have 3 more episodes to go 😞

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    1. Why is it that the most enjoyable things in life always FLY BY?

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  3. "Damn my Liver" -- fave new line. Seems to me I could use this quite a bit...

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    1. seems to me that was my motto for my entire sabbatical.

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  4. Agh!!!! all that wine spitting looked disgusting 😝😷

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  5. Matt and RDM said it was wicked windy at the filming location. Took out a few tent props overnight.

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  6. Say what you want about Dougal but all his scenes with Jamie are OUTSTANDING. Sam and Cat aren't the only ones with chemistry. Graham and Sam sizzle, too!

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  7. Surrender!!!! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Ohhh Bonnie Prince lol

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  8. Claire is having a toddler moment here with Fergus πŸ˜… How adorable

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    1. I love this. We all need reminders that FERGUS IS A CHILD.

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  9. Scarlet, the "part-time" whore πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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    1. OF COURSE HER NAME IS SCARLET. Too funny!

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  10. TOTES RIGHT about Duncan. Outstanding season for our Murtagh. He is the ultimate wing-man. Love, love, LOVE him.

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    1. My favorite. I'm still working on my Pocket Murtagh.

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  11. Ha, ha. Love this line "I don't believe my father is all that fond of me!". You do say, BPC!?!? OK...that heart beat, drum thing before the charge. ARGH. BEAR. YOU KILL ME.

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  12. OK. here is where we find out if the overcomplicated garden tools really work!

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  13. Yes, British soldier... playing dead is a good strategy right about now.

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  14. Not trying to be crude here but does anyone else think that war stuff gives Jamie a hard-on? He gets awful frisky when he comes back from any sort of maneuvers.

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  15. I'd have Lt. Foster's babies. Too bad Dirty Dog killed him. Waste of a good man.

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    1. I'll definitely be googling what his non-18th Century self looks like.

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  16. Actor that plays Foster is on IG. Follow him. Hot in real life, too!

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  17. RIP Angus. I'll miss your bursts of anger, fist pumps, funny faces, salt over your shoulder gesture, overall disheveled-ness and giant heart. Stephen Walters -- BRAVO to you, sir.

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    1. At the episode? Or that Angus died? Do tell!

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  19. Ashley, this is the BEST live blog to date in my opinion. I like Anderson. Why do I like these characters that will go nowhere (ie Willie)?
    YES!!!! Just listen to Jamie! Stay put!
    And #TheMoreYouKnow!!!! Perfect!
    Keyboard malfunction....awesome stuff!

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  20. Ashley, this is the BEST live blog to date in my opinion. I like Anderson. Why do I like these characters that will go nowhere (ie Willie)?
    YES!!!! Just listen to Jamie! Stay put!
    And #TheMoreYouKnow!!!! Perfect!
    Keyboard malfunction....awesome stuff!

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    1. Thank you, Denise! Willie. Sigh. I'm still reeling from him "hauling off to America with an Irish bride." From now on, you're not allowed to fall for likable characters. Stick with ones we want to see disappear. :)

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  21. Thank You Ashley,great insight to ep.10!Loved to see the book Jamie here & also so hot&sexy looking in Scotland!A.Gower playing BPC just perfectly.Dougal is just a mistery to me turning fr brave to cruel&vile,maybe there is a reason for it!loved the interaction of Claire&Fergus.Very sad about Angus our Highlanders will cease to exist very soon!Cannot believe there is only 3 more eps!

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    1. Why did this season go by so fast?! I'm not ready for it to be over. And I plan to throw a tantrum that would rival my toddler's. Hmmph! Thanks for reading!

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  22. I just want to say that your play-by-play blogging is awesome....so well written and funny and great insights....Bravo!

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    1. Janet, I heart you. Have I reminded you of that lately? Because I do. Thank you! From you, whoa - such a compliment.

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