TV Club: Outlander enacts sweet, bloody vengeance

“Vengeance Is Mine” has some trouble gathering steam in the very beginning, but once it gets going, it’s an unstoppable force, an episode full of tension that brews into action. It all starts with a high-stakes horse chase and only gets more charged and thrilling from there. After getting trapped in a church by British soldiers, Claire hatches a reckless plan to give herself over to the redcoats, pretending to be a hostage and becoming the bargaining chip Jamie, Dougal, Murtagh, Rupert, and Fergus need to walk free. Jamie first wants to hand himself over, knowing there’s a valuable price on his head, but Dougal exasperatedly tells him to stop being the hero. When he doesn’t back down, Claire jumps in. “Am I not Lady Broch Tuarach?” she booms. “Are these men not my responsibility, too?”

Despite the social politics of their time, Claire and Jamie have …

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