Airs: Sundays at 8 p.m. Eastern
Starring: Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan
Reviewer: Sammie Gregg
FA Scorecard: A
Well this season certainly isn’t backing down or shying away from anything. Episode one started out with a massive bang and didn’t slow down. Episode two, Do No Harm, followed in those same footsteps.
Something I’m enjoying about this season so far is the divergence from the books. Don’t get me wrong, I love the books. But there are storylines that tend to be a little problematic. Most of the changes the tv series has made, on the whole, aren’t awful. I don’t want to spoil anything if you haven’t watched this season yet, but the changes don’t upset me. I think the one major change in episode one will have a lot of interesting consequences in the future. As for the things changed in episode two? I honestly thought it was well done.
Wee bit of a spoiler warning here.
In the book, I remember the scene with the slave that Claire tried to save being much shorter. It was a quick, split second decision that didn’t seem to carry the same amount of emotional weight. In this episode, however, that changes. The ultimate decision that Claire has to make feels like a lot more thought went into it. Maybe that’s just me.
One thing I will say about the last scene. It made me sick to my stomach. But, as a friend pointed out to me, that’s a good thing. Getting that sort of reaction from me means I’m not unaware of what things used to be like. It means I’m not desensitized to the mistreatment and suffering of whole groups of people. So, as hard as it was to watch, I’m glad I did.