Outlander Season 5

‘Outlander’ 5×02 Advanced Review: “Between Two Fires”

We’re back to weekly episodes of Outlander, and if we’re being honest, it feels good. At least, most of the time it does. But we’re not going to go into the issues with Outlander right now, no. Instead, we’re going to enjoy talking about “Between Two Fires.”

It is the beginning of the season, after all. The setup. Time to lay the foundation for what’s coming next. And boy, what foundations those are.

So, without further ado, here are some takeaways from Outlander 5×02, titled “Between Two Fires”:

  • This cast is uncommonly pretty. How are they all so good looking? And how can Sam and Cait look, at the same time, even better than in season 1, and both as young as they did, but also older? It’s magic.
  • No one expects this business with Murtagh to go well, right? Right.
  • There’s another funny callback to the future – the past for us – in the form of a song.
  • Marsali gets a chance to shine this episode, and the kind of setup that means big things are coming.
  • As much as this episode did the necessary work to move along the plot, it feels a bit like filler, or maybe the calm before the storm.
  • Bree and Roger get some nice moments, but there’s very little in the way of advancing the plot re: everyone’s feelings for Roger, or vice-versa.
  • This show hasn’t really explored the idea of changing the future too much, though the fact that they are all where they are is already changing the future. That might be about to change.
  • It is awfully refreshing to realize that, no matter what you think, Murtagh hasn’t really changed.
  • There’s a lot of hypocrisy going around in this episode.
  • I groaned at loud at the last scene in this hour. Out loud.

Are you excited about Outlander 5×02 “Between Two Fires”? 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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