Outlander 5×01 Advanced Review: “The Fiery Cross”

It’s finally here, the last Friday before Outlander 5×01 premieres. Droughtlander is all but over! And of course, since this show always gives us so much to talk about, this season I’ll be doing both a Friday advance review – sorta like a preview to the episode – and a full on review on Sunday, so we can discuss every little detail!

Now, of course, there are some spoilers ahead, but it’s mostly impressions and feelings. I don’t want to ruin the enjoyment for you, I just want to try to augment it, if possible. Think of me as a companion on this journey of feelings for these characters we love (and sometimes love to hate)

So, without further ado, here are some takeaways from Outlander 5×01, titled “The Fiery Cross.”

  • This is my favorite season premiere since season 2, at least.
  • Callbacks to the first two seasons are aplenty, and eagle-eyed fans are sure to catch some tiny details that will bring a smile to their faces.
  • Romance is in the air, of course, and you’ll be hard pressed not to look back on the wedding of Brianna’s parents. In fact, maybe it’s time to re-watch “The Wedding” for what, the 50th time?
  • I’m still not a fan of Roger, but he did more to earn my favor in this hour than in all of season 4 combined. I’m not the only one having doubts, though, and with good reason.
  • Once again Outlander is back to what it does best: make us suffer about the fact that our favorites are on the other side of a war we know they have absolutely no chance of winning.
  • There are a few tender moments between Jamie and Claire that feel like they could tide us over till next year. Thankfully, they won’t have to.
  • Also, keep your ears open for a very surprising song choice during what is by far my favorite scene of this episode, once that’s sure to get some replay this week as we wait for next episode.
  • Sam Heughan doesn’t get as much credit for his acting as Caitriona Balfe, but Jamie’s face as he sees his daughter in her wedding dress for the first time should win him an award or five.
  • Jamie and Claire’s family might be complete now with Brianna, Roger and the baby, but this episode makes it clear that Fergus and Marsali are as much a part of the family as Brianna and Roger.
  • There’s mention of a book character everyone – including myself – thought was never going to make an appearance in this adaptation. Not sure yet if that’s good or bad.

Are you excited about the Outlander premiere? What are you looking forward to the most? Share with us in the comments below!

Outlander airs Sundays at 8/7c on Starz.

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