LIVE Blog: Episode 2.01 - "Through a Glass, Darkly"

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 . . .

Episode 2.01: "Through a Glass, Darkly"

[8:59 pm] It's happening. It's really finally flipping happening.  Squeeeeeeeeeal.

[9:00 pm] It’s like I know what happened . . .  we all know what happened . . . and yet this “previously on Outlander” feels like fresh hell all over again.

[9:01 pm] Okay here we go.  Brace for impact.

[9:02 pm] Oh Lord, she’s back.  I mean we all saw the teasing trailer that spoiled it but this seals it. She’s gone back, to the future . . .  (Doc Brown anyone?)

[9:03 pm] And my heart has been ripped out. Again.  Because the triumph of them on that glorious ship, pregnant, joyful, hopeful and headed to Paris was just eclipsed by having to stomach that they’re now apart.

[9:04 pm] The sight of a paved road just made the hubs emit an expletive in shock.  I’ll throw in a couple more words at the sight and sounds of a car.

[9:05 pm] The theme has gotten a French makeover!  We knew this thanks to all the premiere week fun, but to see the opening, hear it and experience it in this context . . . ALL THE FEELS.

[9:06 pm] Is anyone else just in an excited stupor that Droughtlander is finally over? That’s the moment I’m going to have intermittently throughout this episode.  Like, right now.

[9:07 pm] Fraaaaaaaaaaaaank!  It’s been so long! Fandom divided be damned, I LOVE Tobias Menzies, so bring it.

[9:08 pm] Can you even imagine the complete helpless isolation and alienation you’d feel if you were Claire? But I like that she's barking orders already.  Side note – does she realize it’s him that walked in? If so, anticlimactic. 

[9:08 pm] THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY – Holy shit.  She realizes now.

[9:09 pm] She can’t even look at him. She can’t even look at him. She can’t even look at him.  And then she did, and the hubs and I just both flinched back in fear simultaneously.

[9:09 pm] Convalesce. I do love that word. Can we get that brought back?

[9:10 pm] Mrs. Graham and her crazy fortune telling tea leaves. Yep Claire, I’d want her to be my first stop too. Also, I love their timing with each other to pull off, well, everything . . . but him picking up the corset with complete confusion as she says “I’m going to need some clothes.”

[9:11 pm] “She exchanged only pleasantries” – LOL.  Was that really what you’d call pleasant? #AngryClairePleasant

[9:12 pm] “Kidnapped by the Fairies” – the first known printing of the National Enquirer.

[9:13 pm] “There’s always another fucking war!” Anyone think that might have been a subliminal jab at the world we live in?   Also, The f&*king sadist story! We smile when we think of it too, Claire.

[9:14 pm] She told Mrs. Graham! I’m so glad she didn’t struggle silently for months like she did in season one.  Not that it’s an apples to apples comparison but my God, to have an outlet. She must feel the relief that she so visibly felt after telling Jamie in “The Devils Mark.”

[9:15 pm] Bear’s music, this scene. This is going to be a loooooong season for the tear ducts.  And then there's this solid piece of advice: “Don’t spend the rest of your days chasing a ghost”.  Depends on the ghost, lady. In this case, I beg to differ.

[9:16 pm] Tobias’ ability to really play two distinct people is just astounding. When he’s given his time to shine on screen, I proudly wave the Team Frank flag for a bit.  Just a bit.

[9:16 pm] OH MY GOD, THIS ROOM AGAIN! It looks like the room where they had their last “what did you do while we were apart” talk . . .    and damn, he just joined me in that memory.

[9:17 pm] “Of course I remember, it was our last night together . . .  and then I went on to have the most dynamic, earth-shattering intimacy one could ever ask for. But go on.”

[9:18 pm] Annnnnnnd it’s morning. Scotch? Drained it. What a great creative choice by Ron D. Moore to forego her lengthy explanation.  No need.  Well done, Papa Bear!

[9:19 pm] EX WIFE?! I just had that thought too, Frank.

[9:20 pm] The dialogue written for this scene is incredibly powerful.  It's painful to watch, and yet I don't want it to end.

[9:21 pm] “I married another man.  And I loved him deeply for two years, as his wife.” Translation: We had the sex. A lot of it.  There were meadows. And dirks. And Jamie alarm clocks.

[9:22 pm] Tobias for the Emmy, please.  This scene alone.

[9:23 pm] “I’m pregnant.” – And there it is.  Non-book readers are right now wondering why she’s not SUPER pregnant.  I spoil not.  Also, Get there quicker, Frank.  Get there quicker.

And it sunk in.  Ouch.

[9:24 pm] Did I mention Tobias for the win? Like, for all the awards available. All of them.
Side note: My husband totally called it, “He’s going to go after that place like Tommy Lee in a late '80s hotel room.”   

[9:25 pm] Funniest segue ever, “Um forgive me. I do apologize for the damage.” 

[9:27 pm] I prefer Frank’s flashes of intense hallucinatory joy to BJR’s flashes of sadistic villainy.

[9:29 pm] And I’ve gone ahead and locked up my choice for best line of the episode - less than 30 minutes in: “I’m not Joseph. She’s not Mary. And I’m very certain that the father is not God Almighty. He was a man, and he fucked my wife.”  

[9:30 pm] “Children accept the world as it is presented to them.” As the parent of a three-year old, thank you for this beautiful reminder.  #TheMoreYouKnow

[9:31 pm] They’re going to Boston, and I just heard Outlander Cast host Blake squealing.

[9:31 pm] Usually, I’d say “eh, semantics.”  But in this case, I’m with her – don’t use the word "flogging." Ever.

[9:32 pm] I love me some Jamie, but I'd say these are pretty reasonable conditions Frank is offering. You know, given that his wife fell through time, married another man, got pregnant by said other man and is outwardly bitter about now having to play “forever after” with Mr. Second Place.

[9:34 pm]  Report from the hubs 34 minutes in, “Brutal. This is BRUTAL.” He’s also now spewing anger that she never took Frank’s ring off for Jamie, but she’s ditching Jamie’s!  I agree.

[9:35 pm] "It’s alright, when you’re ready” – Frank, winner for most understanding second place husband.  But truthfully, none of us are ready, Frank.  Leave that bling on, Claire. It’s too soon for me.  Side note: Should we know what that other ring is? I’m drawing a blank.  Comment below (but write “SPOILER” super big if it’s something only a book reader would know)

[9:36 pm] Take your time, Claire . . . I’ll just be down here BURNING THE LAST PHYSICAL EVIDENCE OF YOUR TIME THERE WITH HIM.

[9:37 pm] I like the convenience and ease of modern transportation, but I’d take saddled up to Jamie under his plaid on a horse to a plane any day. Also, cue the panic attack at Claire seeing yet another new world. Can you even imagine?!? 

[9:38 pm] “One more step” . . . oh wow . . . this hand move is going to be awesome, I can just feel it.
Daaaaaaaaaaaamn, that move worked.  Brilliantly done, RDM.  That will definitely be the first thing I go back to in this episode for replay.

[9:39 pm] Murtagh! I missed you, old friend. I have no idea what he just mumbled, but dammit keep going. He can mumble the phone book and I’d watch an hour of it.  Unrelated side note: How do we get Sam to embrace the Jamie hair? Maybe for a few appearances. Just let it flow, let it floooooooooooow.

[9:40 pm] I’ve jammed fingers before and thought I might die. We all know what that bandage and brace are healing and, holy. I shall never whine about a hangnail again. 

[9:41 pm] Sam Heughan and his Jamie eye expression game are on point in this scene.

[9:44 pm] Their theme, their theme! Anytime I hear it, it makes me pay attention more . . . As if I wasn’t already. Although, Bear sucked my attention away from this blog for this entire scene with that incredible score.  I need this season's soundtrack to be released ASAP.  What, too soon?

[9:45 pm] “Purpose vs. Reason – A Thesis by Murtagh Fraser.”  I’d read.
Side note: Did Murtagh get a blow out? His hair in this scene looks like it's been freshly flat ironed.

[9:47 pm]  Sturdy?  That’s the tip of the iceberg, pal.

[9:48 pm] This feels like a redo of “The Rent”, showing Jamie’s wounds to gain favorable sentiment for the Jacobite Rebellion.

[9:49 pm] Gee, Jamie’s really let himself go during this convalescence period. See what I did there? Bringing it back.  While we’re on the topic of the King of Men’s assets, in my head Cousin Jared is all like “Daaaamn, Cuz – you work out?”

[9:50 pm] The hubs is a wine and spirits broker.  He’s just finally found his sticking point with this show. I don’t know whether to shed a tear, ecstatic . . . or shake my head in disgust that it took 16 and 2/3 episodes to find his “hook.”

[9:51 pm] Me, referring to the dock sets: “Whoa, that’s gorgeous!”
The hubs, cutting the magic: “Green screen, and that crap looks like the Popeye movie from the '80s.” Okay maybe we don’t fully have him on board yet. Baby steps.

[9:52 pm] I love when healer Claire springs into action. Also, go Cait! Your French sounds lovely.

[9:53 pm] Le Comte St. Germain – otherwise known as Hottie McHotterson himself, Stanley Weber.  It's good to finally see him in action!  Also, he can read the phone book to me in French if he'd like.

[9:55 pm] “Only an English woman would be so ill-bred and vulgar.” – Man, we've come a long way.

[9:56 pm] We paused for a quick moment and I saw the time stamp on the screen. Here's the conversation that ensued:
Me, “Ahhh, there’s only four minutes left. I’m not ready for it to be done already. I missed our Claire and Jamie." 
The hubs, “Good thing there’s more, just play the next one.”
Me, “Honey, this is on Starz.”
The hubs, *blank stare*
Me, “As in, they didn’t drop all the episodes at once.”
The hubs, “Well that blows.”

Side note: He’s been watching a lot of Netflix.

[9:57 pm] I just heard notes of the song that went with the famous “I want you so much I can scarcely breathe, Claire” moment.  And my heart thumped all over again for that scene.

[9:58 pm] Ships ablaze.  Well you two certainly know how to make an entrance.  Welcome, Frasers!

[9:59 pm] Versailles and the dress are next. So much yes.

[10:00 pm] And just like that, quickest hour ever.  I want more!

[10:01 pm] Final thought: The first half with Frank was better for me than the return to “present day” with Jamie. There, I said it.  *ducks*

Thank you for diving into the two screen experience with us. See you next week, Obsessenachs, as we live blog "Not in Scotland Anymore"!

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"


  1. I LOVE MRS. GRAHAM! (except when she pimps for Frank!)

  2. And, she's having HIS BABY, Frank. Because apparently you were shooting blanks.

    1. Right?1? For someone so scholarly, it took me off guard that he thought that kid was his. Hallucinatory joy indeed.

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  4. Seriously, though, I want to put Frank in my pocket. *sob*

  5. Frank: "I'm your husband and you're my wife." This is reminiscent of Claire with Jamie in the abbey.

  6. I feel sorry for him but he's still a weenie.

  7. Love how Tobias shows pieces of BJR sometimes

  8. Tobias was brilliant in those scenes.

  9. Replies
    1. Those scenes were made so much stronger (and that's saying a lot!) but his incredible music.

  10. Replies
    1. When he does that, I want to take a note out of the Kendra playbook and offer to put him in my pocket. For safe keeping.

  11. Hey! That's a move from Dougal's Bag of tricks!

  12. We know what happens when Claire goes for a walk... uh, oh.

  13. Want to rename Jared "Captain Obvious"

  14. Replies
    1. Frank burned the clothing to end the "kidnapped by the fairies" storyline. Frank was in MI6. He knows the government would have a field day with a time traveler. If the roles were reversed, Jamie would burn Claire's 40's frock!

    2. You are so right. Also I am beginning to think maybe Frank never left MI6.

  15. I'm knew to the series. Never read the books. During a recent illness I was in bed and watched the entire first series. I was hooked. But I'm confused. Claire and Jaime were on a ship to France and the next thing I know shes back in 1948! How did this happen? Did she sneak off to the stones on her own? What did I miss?

    1. Don't worry, you're in the same boat as all TV watchers. They've clearly done a flash forward showing you where she ends up at the end of this season, but have now taken you back to show you how she got to that point. It's quite the leap - but I'm glad you've taken it with the rest of us!

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