Outlander: You Had One Job—A Review of “By the Pricking of My Thumbs,” Episode 110

In my last post, I called attention to the number of parallels among the many Outlander characters’ plot lines. I get to do something similar this week, except instead of plot lines, By the Pricking of My Thumbs delivers a cavalcade of parallel character traits. Namely, we get to see how single-mindedness plays out, for better or for worse, in service of the story.

We’re ten episodes into the season, now. The main characters’ attributes, motivations, and nemeses are largely established. For the most part, the screen adaptations from the novel are not only true to the source material; they enriched by virtue of the visual medium. Whatever few deviations or simplifications there have been, the show has committed to the choices and, essentially, been internally consistent. Ronald D. Moore talked at PaleyFest this April about how, once something new is established on the show, the production is beholden to maintain that new trajectory. This mischief is managed almost entirely, but there are a few instances that leave me a little puzzled as to their purpose and effectiveness.

The Best Part of Waking Up
Scene One is probably the most book-accurate scene of the episode. Butterflies, indeed! Jamie has taken to the ways of love in short order; quite the quick study, he. Let’s just call this the first occasion during the episode in which a character is single-minded in his mission.

What was I saying? I lost my train of thought entirely. Let’s move on…

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