I enjoyed the episode more than I thought I would. That doesn’t say much because I was going to blow this Bree episode off completely. I won’t comment or delve into the changes from the book because I simply don’t remember most of what happened in the book. So I just watched it all unfold like a new story.
Tobias! Despite my feelings for the Randall men, Tobias is always a joy to have on scene. I like how they fleshed out the story prior to his accident. I think it adds a much needed weight on Bree’s shoulders to help add complexity to her coming relationship with Jamie. I did not like the “ghost/vision” at the end.
Laoghaire – seriously? The only pleasure I got out of those scenes was knowing she is the shrew she’s always been. Ok – not entirely true. I did like the parallels between Frank in his marriage to Claire & Laoghaire’s marriage to Jamie. I like that it gave Bree a little more insight into what her father (Frank) must have been going through. I did not need the pretty little picture she conjured up of “happy times”. Seriously, as if. Jamie was not happy with you blondie. I will not be convinced otherwise.
IAN! That was a very happy surprise. I enjoyed his scenes very much. I don’t recall if that scene happened in the book but I would have liked Jenny to have been there. Oh the pointed questions she would ask.
Stephen Bonnet – there’s the rogue pirate I was looking for! When he first came on scene, I thought he was way too pretty to play the role. But there’s the villain I was looking for. He played the layers of the character perfectly.
Roger without the beard is more tolerable than with. Hopefully that helps him grow on me.
So with all the flashbacks, we couldn’t get a young Jamie flashback (even if it was with that ex-wife of his?) Seriously?! Way to not capitalize on the beauty that is Sam Heughan
The obituary nugget – eh – I’m so so on that. I did like that we get a snapshot of Frank’s feelings for Claire and the blow it must have been that Claire did, in fact, go back to Jamie. I just find it difficult to believe that Bree would have just given it a passing glance – a girl studying History at Harvard? If you want the answer to “who died?” read the damn evidence that your own father pointed out to you. Duh.
Brianna wandering the hillsides in her Sound of Music garb was utterly ridiculous. I was expecting her to break out in song. Girlfriend should have froze to death within hours but clearly she means to disappoint us. Clearly, still not a fan of her character. lol
I can’t say I understand why the writers chose to have Brianna spend most of her time with the wretched ex-wife versus Jamie’s family. I guess it was more to connect her to Frank’s circumstances than to set a foundation for Jamie. I found that unfortunate.