TV Club: Outlander: “Wentworth Prison”

At the end of last week’s episode, so many characters told Claire she’s crazy to try and break Jamie out of Wentworth Prison. But nothing could have quite prepared her—or us—for the agony that comes in “Wentworth Prison.” In retrospect, it’s a good thing we had last week’s episode to lighten the mood at least a little bit, because saying this week’s Outlander is dark is a pretty big understatement. The aesthetics of the episode reflect its dark tone: We don’t get any of those sweeping, bright shots of the beautiful highlands. Instead, the episode is full of browns, grays, haunting blues, and, of course, blood red, the color that marks both Captain Jack Randall’s uniform and his sadistic desires.

There’s no doubt in my mind that Tobias Menzies’s Black Jack Randall is the most terrifying villain on television …

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