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Date Posted: 11:18:21 05/07/16 Sat
Author: Shadow
Subject: Episode 205 - Untimely Resurrection

written by Richard Kahan, directed by Douglas MacKinnon

This was a pretty good episode, overall. It covered a lot of setup for later important action and had a few moments of good tension and solid acting in addition to the standard visual lushness that characterizes this season. The brown and yellow dress makes its appearance---very sharp, that outfit! And Jamie had this cream on cream colored waistcoat I thought was stunning. I was a bit blinded by all the red and blues in the King's party at Versailles. Alex's clerical black was perfect.

Synopsis with commentary:
The show opens with the servants cleaning up the aftermath of the disastrous dinner party and voiceover explanation of the arrival of the g'endarmes and arrest of Jamie, Murtagh, and the now-unemployed Alex Randall.

In the course of the episode we learn that the party was successful in getting Sandringham to view Charles as an idiot but that Charles and Saint-Germain have struck up an association leading to their joint venture in wine import (as in the book) and Jamie and Claire begin to plan to thwart it by simulating another smallpox incident. There are a couple of great scenes with Charles asking Jamie to sell his share and with Jamie and Saint-Germain in the brothel politely snarling at one another over wine.

Jamie explains to Claire about naming her La Dame Blanche, to her extreme annoyance. I suppose, since we didn't do all the White Lady stuff in Scotland that it makes sense that she would feel scared by being painted a witch again. Murtagh makes his abject apologies to Jamie for failing to protect Claire and Mary, pledges to lay vengeance at his feet, and starts tailing Le Comte. Claire visits Mary to offer medical advice and learns that she and Alex plan to marry.

The trip to the country to witness horse breeding has been converted a trip to Versailles to purchase horses, where Jamie's evaluation skills have been requested by Sandringham. I think this was mostly just to give Sandringham more screen time because the actor is so good and the horses are beautiful. Claire, meanwhile, has decided to derail Alex and Mary's plans by convincing Alex that the girl deserves a better life than he can offer. It seems really odd to me that she interferes here, but that may simply be because I know the books so well and the writers are trying very hard to speed everything up to get the entire book into a single season. Claire is convinced that it's Jack that has to be Mary's baby daddy, even though Alex is clearly the same bloodline. I suppose that because the relationship is so much further advanced in the series than in the book by this point, something had to prevent it. I'm just not comfortable with it being Claire.

And of course, the "Untimely Resurrection" is BJR, who shows up at Versailles. It was...bizarre. Tense, but bizarre. What the heck was he doing there? How did he get an invitation? Can just any yahoo show up at court? I didn't think this made a lot of sense. For that matter, having Annalise escorting Claire around was rather odd, and their conversation was...weird. But hey, it got everyone there, gave Jack the chance to squick Claire out in a venue where she could do little, and let King Louis and his sycophants make Jack squirm. It was all very contrived, but it got the job done. Jamie meets BJR in a setting where he must act restrained and they agree to duel, whereupon Claire runs off and swears out a complaint to have Jack tossed in the Bastille while she argues Jamie into waiting a year to kill the man, allowing Frank's ancestor to be conceived.

It was a lot of plot points to pack into a single hour. Mostly, it worked. It wasn't a great episode, but it was a good episode and it moved really fast. I think I need to sit down and watch it again. I'm looking forward to seeing what you folks thought of it.

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[> Black Jack got to Versailles through Sandringham who is his 'patron' whatever that means in this context. I loved this episode and feel that it kitted itself together better than last week. Sandringham and the horses was so good. What a smarmy man. Heheheh. He'll get his.And the final scene was gloriously acted. -- Swarl, 13:12:54 05/07/16 Sat

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[> I really enjoyed this one too. There's just two things getting on my nerves......... do we really need to hear again ........you can't draw a sword in front of the King, I think this is the third time we've heard it. And Claire always saying she doesn't feel well. I thought Sam did a wonderful job with the scene telling Claire she have the year. That was just so great. -- M&M, 20:59:42 05/08/16 Sun

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[> [> Yep those two things and that Mary's bedroom sets! I missed Master Raymond and Mother Hildegard...wish we could have a had a glimpse of them and perhaps as Shadow mentions it would have been more natural for Claire to walk in Versailles gardens with Louise rather than Annalies...but then maybe talking about Jaime like that they felt Louise would have already known and not set the stage for BJR return--but overall I thought it flowed very very well from last week and impressed that they are going back to the book more often than not....AND they are not throwing in gratuitous sex...could have gone there this episode but they settled for a kiss and move the plot along! Not that I don't like the sex scenes because OMG I think they are amazing but I don't want this show known just for great sex...that's always the something I add on when telling about the books - LOL! -- BetsyG, 05:31:54 05/09/16 Mon

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[> I thought the scenes between Jamie and Claire were very strong and emotional this week. The episode moves the story along, but I have to say the appearance of BJR and the confrontation was a letdown. It was so much more shocking in the book. I did smile when Tobais appeared, glad to have him back. I liked seeing the King put BJR on his knees. What is the significance of the "Apostle Spoons" do you think? Can I say how much I love Claire's hats. I'd love to wear each one, although I thinik I would be overdressed for my trips to Panera Bread or Walmart. :) -- CarolSR, 06:22:45 05/09/16 Mon

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[> Does anyone else feel like we are missing the famous Fraser Rage? I don't feel like Sam's Jamie gets sufficiently out of control when Claire confronts him about the duel. I suppose it's a directorial choice, but part of what makes Jamie interesting to me is the way he explodes and then pulls it back under control. Maybe that's just me. -- Shads, 12:19:44 05/09/16 Mon

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[> [> Hugs tags and his humor. A friend commented on how Jamie isn't very manly in this series, at first I didn't get it, but now I am. He seems more Claire's lap dog. -- M&M, 14:00:19 05/09/16 Mon

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[> [> [> How did humor turn into hugs tags :) -- M&M, 14:02:11 05/09/16 Mon

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[> [> [> [> Don't you love auto correct?! I think it's hard me to see young Jamie (sometimes he seems smirky) because I know older, wiser Jamie. Overall I am still amazed at how well they are bringing the books to the screen. But if I hadn't read them, I'm not sure I'd get everything that's going on. DH is watching and really enjoying it with me. He's impressed with the sets. -- Kathy in PA, 16:54:29 05/09/16 Mon

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[> [> [> They are working on the strong woman so much that everyone is turning into Claire's lapdog! -- BetsyG, 06:29:24 05/11/16 Wed

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[> [> [> M&M, I felt the same way. For the first time, Sam H. isn't coming up to snuff for me. And when he gets enthused about something - don't shoot me - he seems a wee bit dorky to me. -- LollyS, 12:50:59 05/13/16 Fri

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[> [> I was waiting for Jamie to really lose it and felt disappointed that he didn't smash his fist through the stained glass window at the feet of Aphrodite - that was such vivid imagery in The Book. I guess it wouldn't have been quite so obvious in screen. I need to watch it again for it's own sake. I enjoyed watching Jack squirm in front of the king and I love Tobias, he's amazing, but I'm hoping for less restraint from the characters. Everyone has to be on their best behavior at the palace.. -- kgp, 07:47:29 05/10/16 Tue

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[> Hopefully we'll see Jamie lose it when he finds BJR and Fergus, and also when Claire collapses at the duel in the Bois de Bologna. -- CarolSR, 09:45:25 05/10/16 Tue

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[> [> I hope so -- kgp, 10:13:57 05/10/16 Tue

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[> Anyone here who doesn't have a facebook or twitter account should really consider getting one, if only to read DG's commentaries under the #DailyLines and #filmenrichment hashtags. I find interesting to see her opinions on many of the same topics we've touched upon here. -- Shads, 08:18:14 05/11/16 Wed

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