In Episode 210: PRESTONPANS, Jamie leads us into battle and faces the loss of a friend. This is a gritty, bloodthirsty episode with our first up close and personal look at Highlander warfare, tempered with moments of combat companionship.
With every episode, Sam Heughan‘s man-no-longer-a-lad grows more mature, commanding, responsible, charming and especially irresistible. This episode is particularly engaging because of all the characters – Dougal’s gallant ride into the bog under enemy fire, Murtagh’s somber reflection on the significance of life and death, Angus and Rupert’s battle banter on and off the field, the Prince’s noble gestures and acknowledgment of his subjects, Fergus’ first-hand introduction to war, Claire’s life-saving measures (except when it comes to Angus, but what could she do?) and Jamie, Jamie, Jamie in the war room, on the field, beside the Prince and all over Dougal.
I must admit my favorite scenes are between Jamie and Prince Charles Edward Stuart (Andrew Gower). Like Simon Callow‘s performance as the Duke of Sandringham, I have thoroughly enjoyed both gentlemen in the roles. Andrew portrays the Prince exactly how I would have imagined him – perfectly entitled and unwittingly delightful.
Due to forces beyond my control, I present to you a very late Jamie’s Top 30 Looks for Episode 210. I may be tardy, but at least I can offer something new to read during Droughtlander.
#30: Jamie’s Prayer For Angus Face – First man down . . .
#29: Jamie’s Battle Charge Face – Thank goodness Dougal didn’t do his battle cry and wake up all the bloody English.
#28: Jamie’s War Council Face – Not that I’m complaining, but why is Jamie the only young, good-looking commander in the room? Oh. I guess I am complaining.
#27: Jamie’s Not So Much A General Face – But still the King . . .
#26: Jamie’s Brits Come First Face – Has Charlie ever actually lived in Scotland?
#25: Jamie’s Pluck The Dougal Face – Jamie loves him. Jamie loves him not. Jamie loves him. Jamie loves him not. Jamie loves him.
#24: Jamie’s Caught In The Middle Face – Eh. Screw Dougal. He killed Lieutenant Foster.
#23: Jamie’s Horseshoe On The Back Face – Just no stepping on the front, please.
#22: Jamie’s Lord And Master Face – Jamie is Claire’s lord and master? The Prince doesn’t know Claire . . . at all.
#21: Jamie’s Eve Of Battle Face – Cool as a dram of Hendrick’s cucumber gin. [Even if you don’t like gin, the website is verra entertaining.]
#20: Jamie’s Stay Out Of Range Face – Who the heck picked this crappy spot anyway?
#19: Jamie’s Kissing the Prince Face – The Prince shoulda checked that wig at the Scottish border.
#18: Jamie’s Protective Commandment Face – Warrior Prince, Charlie is not. Warrior Princess? Maybe.
#17: Jamie’s Touching Sentiment Face – It’s so cute how dumb the Prince is.
#16: Jamie’s Damp Chill Over The Prince’s Heart Face – But Jamie’s not feeling it.
#15: Jamie’s Unless Ye Ken Where To Look Face – I know exactly where to look, ye ken?
#14: Jamie’s Ingenious Mind Face – Yep. The Prince should put Jamie in charge all the time.
#13: Jamie’s Conquering Heroes Face – No one should look this adorable after cutting down a horde of English soldiers . . . but they do.
#12: Jamie’s Coulda Woulda Shoulda Ended The War Face – Coulda woulda shoulda stayed in France.
#11: Jamie’s Promotion Of Dougal Face – With every episode, Graham’s man-no-longer-a-war-chief grows less mature, more demanding, more irresponsible, less charming and especially obnoxious.
#10: Jamie’s Bloody Urine Face – I never wanted to be a urine sample jar . . . and I still don’t.
#9: Jamie’s No Good Deed Goes Unpunished Face – Until Ep. 211 when the other commanders get rid of him because they’re all whiney babies who are jealous of Jamie.
#8: Jamie’s Longest Day Face – Okay. So it only took 15 minutes to defeat the red coats.
#7: Jamie’s Exiling Of Dougal Face – Feels so good.
#6: Jamie’s Goodbye Soldier Face – If Daryl dies . . . er, Jamie, we riot.
#5: Jamie’s Time For Talk Is Done Face – If these guys are done talking, may we have a nooky scene, please? Make love, not war.
#4: Jamie’s Benevolent Face – The Prince says benevolent, I say white elephant.
#3: Jamie’s Intractable Scots Face – Definitely cut from different tartans.
#2: Jamie’s Battle Commander Face – And all the dandies from the war council stay behind the line of scrimmage.
#1: Jamie’s Victory Shall Be Ours Face – With the first of many payments. Not so funny but then war sucks.