In the seventh installment of our ongoing video series, senior editor Rob Licuria and “Outlander” fan Paula Licuria dish the highs and lows of each episode week to week of this chapter of the fantasy romance saga based on “Drums of Autumn,” Diana Gabaldon’s fourth novel in the series of books (watch above). We’ve also hosted recap and analysis videos for the first episode, second episode, third episode, fourth episode, fifth episode and sixth episode.
In “Down the Rabbit Hole,” the seventh episode of season four of the Starz hit drama “Outlander,” we pick up with Brianna (Sophie Skelton) in the 18th century, struggling to make her way to the Colonies, intending to reunite with her mother, Claire (Caitriona Balfe), but quickly finds herself lost and injured in the Scottish countryside. Brianna’s prospects of finding her parents looks dire, until an unexpected Good Samaritan generously provides her with food and shelter. Meanwhile, Roger (Richard Rankin) decides to follow Brianna into the past and travels through the stones at Craigh na Dun. The novelty of experiencing 19th century history firsthand wears off when Roger finds himself under the thumb of a merciless sea captain, Stephen Bonnet (Ed Speelers). The episode was written by Shannon Goss and directed by Jennifer Getzinger.
Although the episode gave viewers payoff in spades, as Brianna and Roger travel back in time, it was a bit divisive as Rob and Paula debate the merits of the show effectively “fast-forwarding” the young couple appearing in 18th century America. “Did this episode meet your expectations?,” Rob asks, noting that he “thought that they got to Roger and Brianna in the 18th century so quickly [and] I was expecting them to draw it out a little bit more and ramp up the tension, and they didn’t. It was just bing, bang, boom, they’re together,” he explains.
“Yeah, you said that when we were watching it, that you wanted to see them going through the stones, you wanted to experience what they experience going through the stones,” Paula says. “But in the books, that is not really detailed,” she explains. “It just is what it is. You go through the stones, you hear a rushing noise, and you’re in another century.”
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