Category Archives: Outlander Season 6

Outlander’s Wolf’s Brother and The Devil’s Work

youngian604Episode 604 “Hour of the Wolf” gives fans the backstory of what happened to Ian during his year with the Mowhawk tribe when he traded himself for Roger Mac. It’s the time many Young Ian fans have been waiting for, the “What happened with Ian in the year of the Mohawk,” episode. While book readers know the backstory of Ian’s life with the Mohawk. Series fans have seen a brooding Young Ian who has come back as half the man of worth he thought he was when he sacrificed himself for Roger. We open with the elaborate ritual of how he was cleansed of his whiteness, became a Mohawk, and was adopted into the tribe. We also see the deep pain he experienced when his wife Emily/She-Who-Works-With-Her-Hands, leaves him for his friend.

John Hunter Bell is really coming into himself as an actor, and brings a lot of emotion showing the real Ian, and that he can be a man of two people, one Mowhawk and a Fraser-Murray. Rather than going through the whole summary, check out this BTS where Sam Heughan and John Hunter Bell discuss Ian’s transformation from “pure joy to a devastating loss”.

Claire’s Experiments with Invisible Forces, Invites the Devil to Play

clairemalva604Claire trains the ever-fixated Malva on administering ether, testing it on Lizzie and Josiah Beardsley in turns. Malva becomes more fascinated with the power behind the ether and its being “Devil’s Work”. She also asks Claire about her writing in the book for medical notes. Claire explains it’s to share knowledge to help others who may come after her. Perhaps a little foreshadowing with the book, Dr. Rawlings original medical journal. Will get her in trouble or Malva will gain some knowledge she shouldn’t.

Also, it was very hard not to think that Claire was creating a co-conspirators club with the young people of The Ridge, and we just won’t go into the ethics. Because we know Claire is just going to step into it big time very soon.

Truly Rebel at Heart

ianjamie604Jamie and Young Ian deliver the much-debated long rifles and muskets to Peace Chief Bird-Who-Sings-In-The-Morning of the Snowbird Cherokee. Jamie meets another Indian Agent and fellow Scott, called Scotchie by the tribe. The two could not be more different, as Scotchie proves to be trouble and drunk on Jamie’s whiskey, challenges Ian’s former Mowhawk friend to a duel. 

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Before Jamie and Ian leave, Jamie feels that the information Brianna has shared with him about the Cherokee and The Trail of Tears coming in 60 years, needs to be given to Bird-Who-Sings-In-The-Morning. He tries to explain as best he can that his wife and daughters can see the future and warns Bird-Who-Sings-In-The-Morning that he should pass along the information to the next generations. 

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After Ian has told Jamie about the loss of his children, in which Jamie shares the loss of his daughter Faith, and sees how other Indian Agents abuse the position, he makes a decision upon returning to Fraser’s Ridge. It’s time for Jamie to set aside the Indian Agent role, and come to terms with the fact he has been pretending to be a Loyalist when he is really a rebel. Of course, he and Claire must get it on in the tack room, not knowing that Malva is upping her voyeurism skills.

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Lord John Grey and Auntie Jocasta are back, and trouble is brewing for Briana and the ever-helpful Roger. Really Roger, must you get into trouble in every episode?

Outlander Episode 605 “Give Me Liberty” Claire and Jamie attend a Loyalist event in Wilmington to honor Flora MacDonald, the woman who saved Bonnie Prince Charlie.

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Malva’s Machinations

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Villans come in all forms, and none seemingly so innocent as Malva Christie, played by Jessica Reynolds. However, for those that are wise to such things Outlander, a darkly pretty smile can hide many things. Is Malva Christie a Geillis Duncan in the making? Does she pose a future Laoghaire? I say a combination or conflagration of these characters comes to mind. For what turns a young woman into such a foe? Women had very little power in the 18th century, as Claire and Brianna are constantly up against, trying to not draw attention to themselves, but they just cannot shake off their 20th-century selves. So how does a poor young woman gain power and status in these times? Just watch Malva’s moves.

When I first read “A Breath of Snow and Ashes” by Diana Gabaldon, my first reflection on Malva is that she reminded me of some of the young girls from the Salem Witch Trials, the young girls who acted as if they saw spirits and familiars, devils, and pointed a finger at older women. However, much of this was put down to mold in the rye as a hallucinogen, along with other political colonial issues. Note: Political Colonial Issues and superstition. If you are familiar with the stories, it was the one side of the river pointing at another, it was sanctioned land grabs in others, it was superstition and fears. But what it really was, was a situation where a much younger girl, with very little power in the household, could control someone else’s fate. The young girls felt their power over adults, manipulating them into doing their bidding by acting possessed.

Whether it was a combination of all things, Outlander is always dealing with superstitions and fear in the fact that the Scottish are always a superstitious lot. 

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Malva lives with her self-righteous father, which as the Fraser’s noted, there was some question as to Malva being Tom’s child, and a brother already known to be a thief and harboring a grudge against Jamie Fraser. She is interested, starving for something of a better life. She latches on to Claire’s knowledge of healing and plants, and in becoming an apprentice to Claire, she can be in defiance of Tom, who takes a strap to her for being wicked, daily. 

Malva notices her growing power over men, her beauty and guile soon have many men of Fraser’s Ridges who do not have wives, and some that do, very interested in taking a stroll with Malva. She is also learning about herbs and medicinals from Claire, and as we see, she wants to be Claire. Watch out for Malva to see just how much more power she will grab. We see her walking with Young Ian, and giving clues to her past. We also see Jamie taking a walk with her. How many more men will  Malva wrap around her fingers before she strikes?

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Outlander Episode 601 BTS On Ardsmuir Prison Filming

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Go behind the scenes as the cast gives us some insight into what it was like filming the Ardsmuir scene from the first episode of the season. Matt B. Roberts, Writer, and Showrunner of the episode takes you to Glencoe, Scotland, where the scenes were filmed.

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Outlander Season 6, The Echoes Just Keep Coming

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Outlander Season 6 Episode 601 Echoes, Written by Mathew B. Roberts, Directed by Kate Cheeseman

We begin the break from the longest Droughlanders on record with a back story after a long intro by Claire (Caitriona Balfe) talking of echoes, and how they always come back, memories are like echos, and usually interchangable in discription. A long “previously on” montage opens the episode, ending with a backstory of when Jamie first arrived, broken, at Ardsmuir prison.

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And now we have one of the most contentious and bizarre conflicts of the Outlander Universe, the Jamie Fraser v. Tom Christie (Mark Lewis Jones) for the control of Frazer’s Ridge. After waiting nearly two years for a new Outlander season, we get a wam, bam, backstory to this contentious pairing from the Aurdsmuir prison days for Jamie (Sam Heughan). While we get some welcome characters back from Ardsmuir days, echos being as they are, Hayes (James Allenby-Kirk) and Lesley (Keith Fleming) butting heads with the Protestants, Tom Christie is a whole other kettle of fish.

Freemasonry is one of author Diana Gabaldon’s ways of dealing with the obvious frictions of so many people coming together with so many political and religious beliefs, in the confines of a prison, and later the powder keg of the American Colonies. Jamie, being the clever man he is, always adept at learning new languages and cultures of any kind, sees the creation of a lodge in the prison as a way to get the Governor of the prison on side, who has shown masonic signs when communicating with Tom Christie in his chambers that Jamie picked up on, and the prisoners all as equals to stop the feuding. Jamie uses this knowledge later after a conflict between the work gangs of opposing Catholics and Protestants ends with the death of one of the prisoners. Jamie claims he will make a lodge of all prisoners regardless of politics or religion, and challenges Tom to join in, with the consent of the Governor. This is also his way of having an upper hand with Christie over his power with the Governor. By uniting all under a brotherhood where cooperation instead of conflict could happen, Jamie sees a may to managing the mayhem. We see that Tom Christie is seeing Jamie as out smarting him, and using his ways to have the upper hand. A sort of truce is brokered with the men. Of course Jamie get’s flogged again, taking the blame for something he did not do at the prison. Winning the praise of many prisoners. Tom just can’t win.

Can I just say this now, where the heck is Murtagh? This is a flashback to Ardsmuir, and in TV Outlander, Murtagh was there with Jamie after Culloden. Just saying what we were all thinking. Maybe there will be another flashback. I can only assume that the writers did not want to detract from the conflict of Jamie and Tom at the prison. Maybe Murtagh shows up later?

Bad Pennies Turn Up

Unknowingly Roger and Brianna receive Tom Christie in 1773 on Fraser’s Ridge while Jamie is away. Tom Christie turns up with one of the posters that Fergus had printed inviting men from Ardsmuir Prison to settle the Ridge with the Frasers. Unknowingly and in their usual youthful exuberance, Roger and Brianna welcome Tom, his family Alan (Alexander Vlahos) and Malva, and the fisher folk that are his flock, to settle on the Ridge. Later Jamie and Claire return and Jamie is shocked to find Tom Christie in the parlor with the MacKenzies. There is some clipped and not so suble animosity between the two, and Jamie reluctantly welcomes the newcomers. Roger appologizes to Jamie, he did not know that Christie was atrouble maker, as Jamie had never mentioned the man. Jamie makes the best of the situation and rounds up the men of Frasers Ridge to make a cabin building party for the new fisher folk who are obviously used to shoreline living, not deep woods with winter snows beginning.

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Pride Before Sense

Later they are invited to meet with Christie’s flock. When the MacKenzies and Fraser’s arrive to hear Tom’s breaking of the bread speech, where Tom rallies the bedraggled fisher flock with a symbolic loaf, quoting scriptures and declaring that they will build a church. Jamie takes acception right away, stating that is not how we do things on the Ridge. While being a fact of necessity, the folk must have cabins to live in before they begin building any large structures that they have no experience with building. But as often is with religious fervor, it’s about being seen to be giving and giving big to the community, before helping the community to actually survive the winter. And there is a bit of ego involved. Jamie rightly puts Tom in his place in a matter of fact pragmatism. We can see Tom processing this deflating of his pride.

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Tom Christie later comes injured to Claire’s surgery and in helping to address his wounds, notices some disfigurement. Tom, the ever conflicted man, has his sense of propriety, no alcohol shall pass his lips, bettered by Jamie factual praticality. Take a dram or something while she fixes your wounds. Tom gives in a bit and we see some softening when Claire matter of factly takes charge, tossing two male egos aside to do her work. She mentions that she can also see to the other long term injury of his hand, and make Tom’s hand work better at a later date. There are a few more Snapping Turtle bites, but Christie leaves possibly falling under Claire’s spell.

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And of course why have one conflict when you can have two bad echos at once? Latter the Brown boys show up, Richard Brown (Chris Larkin) as you will remember as being the head of Clan Brown, is now head of a Committee of Safety, which is the colonial version of The Watch from Season 1. Earlier his men had spotted Alan Christie with Young Ian hunting and noticed a particular stolen powder horn. When confronting Jamie about this, who is annoyed that they have come to the Ridge as it sets Claire on edge as she goes in the house.

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Tom finally steps up and states that if the horn has been stolen, young Alan will punished for this. A whole lot of testosterone is flying about and finally Jamie, in aserting his leadership bargains with Brown, that he will lash the boy himself. All Jamie can do is try to control a situation that can get well out of hand. And one that get’s young Alan, who was obviously petrified of his father, beaten publicly and humiliated. We’ll see how he get’s his revenge on Jamie, later.

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So begins the long awaited and quiet contentious introduction to The Christies and the havoc they will bring to the Ridge.

Watch a preview of Episode 602 “Allegience”, where Jamie struggles with his Indian Agent Role and Marsali survives a dificult birth. And where the heck is that drunk, Fergus. Sundays at 9 pm EST on Starz®

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The Fraser’s Set the Christie’s Straight

The Fraser’s School the Christie’s and their flock on the realities of the life on the Ridge. Cabins before churches are built, or the people will not survive the winter. Just goes to show you what damage Zealots can do from the get-go. Join us tonight as Jamie and Roger try to educate the newcomers that you can’t worship or serve your lord if you are not able to survive to do so. Religion will be a big force of conflict, just goes to show what our founding fathers pointed out at the beginning of this nation. Tolerance is best.

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Outlander Season Six is Here

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Sam Heughan as Jamie Fraser and Caitriona Balfe as Claire Fraser

For some of us, it will be one more sleep, for some overseas, it will be two. Of course, that depends on your time zone. And if you have the Starz App it’s a mere 10 hours away, dropping at midnight.

Where ever you are, it’s a day to catch up, plan your viewing parties, finish rereading that last bit. Pull out that copy of ETs Outlander special edition, which has turned back up everywhere, including my local checkout counters.

Back in stores now.

So, there have been many interviews, premieres, and fun events around the globe to celebrate.

Have fun with Sam mixing up where the Eiffel Tower is, and his seeing Val Kilmer.

Caitriona Balfe talks about Belfast and the SAG awards, Outlander, her screen son geeking at the awards. And also, her very younger rabble-rouser years.

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Outlander Season 6 London Premiere Panel

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On February 24, 2022 fans were treated to a live premiere or Outlander Season 6.

Full Facebook links for Red Carpet Event on February 24, 2022, at the Royal Festival Hall in London UK. The online tickets were of course crashing the system again. However, you can watch the event from this link on Facebook. Of course actor Sam Heughan had his Sassanach Brand Whiskey hosting the party.

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Sadly, some fans were a bit unkind on the Socials about Catriona Balfe not being there. She was in LA, California for an awards week, celebrating her film Belfast, and did discuss having to travel with a baby was not as easy jetting about the world as when she was just on her own. We hear you, Cait.

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And the many stills from the evening, with new and old faces.

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New Outlander Season 6 Teaser: Brianna and Roger’s Musings on Coffee, Tea, or Me?

And just how hard is it going to be, not to think of all that wasted tea? And yes who’s side are you on, Roger. The answer is, the wining side, hopefully.

Roger (Richard Rankin) has traveled through time, to pursue Brianna ( Sophie Skelton). They have had a rocky season 4 and 5 together. They first arrived in the New World and their future selves had to be repressed and hidden to not be branded witch, as hopefully they learned from Claire experiences about what a little future can do to ruin your day.

So, what are Roger and Brianna to do with their university educations and the hard reality of colonial existance hitting them every day? It’s a dangerous world for them and young Jemmy. They tried to go back to the future in season 5, and ended up right where they were, the home they had adopted. Did they flunk “Return to Your Time 101?” Or will they be learning a lot more about time travel this season? Hint: You have to have a good anchor to project yourself in time travel.

You will see that Brianna’s mind is not getting occupied enough as she dabbles with a little modern convenience science, a little chemistry this season. And Roger will start becoming more spiritual, or guiding of people on the ridge. And if they are following the book, another Mackenzie may be on the way? 

So how do two people who really know about the history of the colonies and how the future war, or wars will go, deal with this knowledge? Could the world really change if they changed something. Jamie and Claire tried to and failed miserably. But what could happen if you did change the world somehow with future knowledge? 

Stay tuned, it’s just a few more sleeps and Ourtander Season 6 will be here March 6, on Starz® and Starz® app.

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