Welcome to a new edition of Outlander notes, and as it turns out, we have plenty to discuss via Tuesday night’s “Do No Harm.”
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There are two different videos that are worth sharing below that are very much relevant to this subject matter. The first one here features Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan discussing some of the events of “Do No Harm” from a performance standpoint. The two clearly recognize the importance of trying to get this story right, even though doing so is incredibly difficult when you think about the subject matter. Slavery is a painful, difficult, and polarizing subject; yet, the writers couldn’t gloss over it and what Balfe and Heughan could do is try to bring some truth to the material.
For Caitriona, she had to find a way to channel Claire’s steadfast feelings towards slavery in a difficult situation — one where nobody else fully understood her view as a 20th-century woman. She understood where history was going but no matter what she said, it just didn’t matter. We believe that this had to be unbelievably frustrating for someone like her, someone who is so used to fighting for some of the things that she believes in and seeing some sort of results.
For Heughan, it’s about Jamie joining Claire in the fight — he doesn’t understand history, but he does all understand right from wrong and wanting to do the right thing for others in need.
As for the producers…
Below, executive producers Matthew B. Roberts and Maril Davis discuss some of the production challenges that come with plotting out River Run, Aunt Jocasta, and everything that happens here. The events with the slave Rufus on the show are essential in getting Claire and Jamie to understand that this is not a place that they wanted to be. They are now going to be moving out towards the Blue Ridge Mountains, an area that could become incredibly important for their future.
It seems as though we’re going to get weekly insights from Roberts and Davis throughout the season and that is absolutely something we endorse. After all, this marks a rather-great opportunity to understand the many difficult challenges that come with making this show as great as possible. There’s even more than usual this season, given that Scotland now has to double for North Carolina. It requires finding different locations and also using some of the country’s forest to their advantage.
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