Diana Vacc sees Outlander Episode 12 “The Hail Mary”

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by Diana Vaccarelli

This episode of Outlander, entitled “The Hail Mary,” is Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire’s (Caitriona Balfe) last chance to stop the brutal Battle of Culloden.

If you haven’t viewed this episode yet be warned this review may contain spoilers.

THE GOOD:

  • This episode, athough it tugs at my heart strings, was not the show’s best. The only praise I have for this episode is the return of our badass villain Black Jack Randall (Tobias Menzies). Black Jack’s brother Alex is ill and needs help to relieve pain. Black Jack turns to Claire for help. Tobias’ performance is nothing short of brilliant. He brings caring and nurturing to a nasty character. As the viewer, I could identify with him and feel the pain he goes through.

THE BAD:

  • The writing by Ira Behr and Anne Kenney is weak and shuffles between story lines. It’s not as focused as previous episodes and feels rushed, as though hurrying to an arbitrary season ending not properly prepared for. It’s quite disappointing to feel so badly treated by the writing so close to the end of the season.
  • As a reader of the novels there was a big change in the storyline of this episode that really bothered me. The character of Jamie was not at the wedding of Black Jack to Mary Hawkins. In the book he was there and it shows the strength of Jamie’s character to forgive and have compassion. Here, that wonderful touch of characterization is non-existent.
  • I understand time constraints and you can’t have a character in two places. Maybe if the show had one more episode on the mix it could have been done properly.

One more episode of Outlander left this season. Happy TV Watching!


Diana Vaccarelli is the TVWriter™ Critic-at-Large and, in case you haven’t noticed, a HUGE Outlander fan. Learn more about her HERE