SPOILER ALARM: Do not read if you have not seen "America the Beautiful," the premiere of the fourth season of Outlander.
The slogan for "Outlander," the fourth season, is "Brave the New World," and the premiere episode wasted no time in bringing Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie (Sam Heughan) to the not-so-beautiful America where they landed in the season three finals.
First, they witnessed the hanging of Jamie's Ardsmuir prison-mate Gavin Hayes (James Allenby-Kirk) and saw several men who would have been sent to their death if no close combat had broken out on the gallows. Regardless of whether the men are criminals and whether they should be sentenced to death, this was a sobering look at the borderline life in the early United States, which is a recurrent theme in the premiere. It is not for nothing that the episode is titled "America the Beautiful" – it's a commentary on how they are in this vast, beautiful country, and yet there is ugliness on every corner.
Since Hayes was a criminal, the British can not even bury him properly, and Jamie and his company began to bury Hayes himself under the cover of darkness.
During the funeral we learned that the young Ian was still fighting what he went through when Geillis Duncan (Lotte Verbeek) held him captive. Not only did she rap him, but her dark magic scared him to death. Ian still felt extremely guilty about the fact that his body responded to Geillis' touch even though he did not want to sleep with her, which he obviously felt ashamed of his uncle Jamie. But Jamie knew exactly what Ian was talking about, assuring him that it was not his fault he reacted to Geillis the way he did. It was a beautiful scene between the two and serves as a good reminder that Ian is still a very small boy in many ways.
After burying Hayes, Jamie, Claire, and the rest of their crew, they headed north to visit Jamie's Aunt Jocasta (Maria Doyle Kennedy) but found an unwelcome stowaway on their car – a Stephen Bonnet ( Ed Speleers), the book reader If you hate sight, at the end of the episode, viewers who have not read the books have an idea of how disgusting a man Bonnet is.
Before revealing his true colors, Bonnet simply wanted the help of Jamie and Claire in escaping the British soldiers who sought him out after escaping from the gallows during the chaos. He swore that he was not a murderer and that he would never disturb her again if they helped him free himself from Charleston – the spoiler alert: he was lying on both counts.
But Jamie and Claire could not help themselves when faced with someone who looked harmless and needed help, and they helped Bonnet escape. This will be something she will pursue for a while.
However, before Bonnet's unwelcome reappearance, Claire and Jamie faced the task of figuring out what to do with themselves. Are you going back to Scotland? Do you settle in America? You're in North Carolina because Aunt Jocasta lives there and Governor Tryon (Tim Downie) made Jamie a tempting proposition – swear loyalty to King George of England, and Jamie receives a land grant. The catch? He can not participate in the American Revolution and would expect him to defeat civil unrest on his neck.
On the one hand, Jamie and Claire certainly did not want to go to war after the Scottish uprising 20 years ago. On the other hand, Jamie knew that the United States was ultimately the land of his daughter Brianna (Sophie Skelton), and he liked the idea of making a small contribution to help her future country drop England's ruling fist. It probably also has not hurt that the Scots still hate the British at this time – and not without a good reason, as we saw in the previous "Outlander" seasons.
Jamie and Claire decided they did not have to make a final decision yet and would call Jocasta first. After leaving Fergus (Cesar Domboy) and Marsali (Lauren Lyle) in Wilmington (because she is pregnant), the group set off to reach Jocasta's plantation, complete with her new Rollo, a beautiful traveling companion young dog Ian won in a dice game.
It turned out that Ian's acquisition of Rollo was quite coincidental, because when the barge was used by Bonnet and his men, Rollo took down at least one of the bandits. Unfortunately, as the modern cover of "America the Beautiful" was ironically played over the montage, the rest of the robbers struck Jamie to pulp and Bonnet himself killed Jamie's friend Lesley (Keith Fleming), who traveled with them. Bonnet also tried to steal Claire's two wedding rings. She tried to swallow her to keep him from taking her, but Bonnet managed to fish one out of her mouth – the silver ring Jamie had given her when they got married in the first season.
Bonnet also stole her gem bag, which was basically all the money they had. Now the dauntless heroes will appear on Jocasta's huge plantation with nothing but the clothes on their backs, which will certainly give the impression. The episode ended with Claire sobbing and clutching her last remaining wedding ring while Lesley lay dead on the floor, beginning the credits of "From the Sea to the Shining Sea." Again ugliness on every corner.
"Outlander" will air on Sundays at 8pm. on Starz.