I'm not even sure why were attempting to boil down all of the fantastic moments from Outlander Season One involving Jamie into our Top 10 Favorites. Every Jamie moment is a top moment, in my eyes, but I'm going to attempt to make this Top 10 superfan-worthy.
Superfans will tell you that James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser is a God amongst men, and they will be apt to ramble aff a dozen or so reasons that he is the definitive Man of Men and favorite amongst TV/Bookish heartthrobs.
Before the TV show, us nerdy book reading types had to rely on trying to explain to people who had never heard of Outlander what exactly Outlander was (and *was not*) AND THEN try to explain Jamie. Good luck to us, too, because explaining Outlander as a thing usually took an obnoxious amount of time.
The TV show is great, though, because it offers fans a portal into a physical Outlander world, and with that comes all the great moments we've shared with our favorite Highlander in a tangible, physical sense.
So instead of going hoarse trying to explain it all to those who don't have the pleasure of knowing, we can just hop over to YouTube and *show* people.
So, here you go. 10 Reasons we all love Jamie Fraser, or, his Top 10 Moments from Season One. Enjoy.
#10: "Yer comin' with me."
From Season 1, Episode 1 "Sassenach".
Air date: August 9, 2014
Claire has traveled back in time through the standing stones at Craigh na Dun, but she isn't really aware of that, yet. Or, she is, but is in denial, or shock, or... Jamie and his crew of highlanders have rescued her from Black Jack Randall's skeezy hands, but when she tries to escape, Jamie all but forces her back to camp with the others.
I chose this moment because it highlights the fiery temper and control he (tries to, sometimes fails to) exudes in high-stress, high-emotion situations.
#9: "He chooses fists."
From Season 1, Episode 2 "Castle Leoch".
Air Date: August 16, 2014
Jamie steps up to protect Laoghaire from a punishment she well deserved. But because he's a good guy and a "braw lad," he knows he can take it better than she can. His big heart (and muscles) are just so... ahem... lovable? Yeah, we'll go with "lovable."
I chose this moment because 1) it shows a great character trait (and flaw) in Jamie, 2) You get to hear him speaking Gaelic (swoon), and 3) it does a great job of showing his sense of humor and honor.
#8: "Je suis prest."
From Season 1, Episode 4 "The Gathering".
Air Date: August 30, 2014
When Claire tries a daring escape during the MacKenzie clan gathering, Jamie is outed and must pledge his loyalty to Collum before the entire clan. That is a problem, and the explanation is lengthy so just take my word for it, for now. In this clip, we see him readying himself for what will either be a great plan or a stupid plan that will ruin whatever he has going for him at Castle Leoch. And he says the Fraser clan motto.
Je suis prest.
Uh, yes please.
7. "The boy would not beg."
From Season 1, Episode 6 "The Garrison Commander".
Air Date: September 13, 2014
Skip to about :50 seconds to get to the part I want to highlight (It's shockingly hard to find clips of JUST Jamie's flogging... what's up with that?). In this clip, we get a flashback of Jamie's flogging at the hands of Black Jack Randall (Tobias Menzies).
I chose this moment for obvious reasons. This is one of the- if not THE- pentacle moments in this character's life. The flogging will come back again and again as the books (and show, I presume) progress.
6. "Blood of my blood."
From Season 1, Episode 7 "The Wedding".
Air Date: September 20th, 2014
This isn't so much one moment as a collection of moments.
Claire is pretty much forced into marrying SOMEONE who's Scottish so that she becomes a Scottish citizen, by law, and therefore is not able to be detained and taken back to England by Black Jack. I've watered down that explanation, but there you have it.
The entire wedding episode makes up this moment, from Jamie's dapper formal kilt to the vows to the wedding night. The whole thing is just... yeah...
5. The Spanking
From Season 1, Episode 9 "The Reckoning".
Air Date: April 4, 2015
I am having a helluva time finding a video of the spanking scene, but there (up there ^) is a pretty good screen capture of the scene. Jamie has finally wrangled that feisty Claire, and is giving her the "punishment" she "deserves."
Regardless of your thoughts about corporal punishment, this scene stands out. Claire is being punished because of the trouble she's caused the group, and Jamie is only doing what he thought he should... Doesn't help any that he was pressured into it by his friends.
It was one of the most highly anticipated scenes, and will live on in Outlander history as one of the greatest to go from page to screen.
4. "Different from other men."
From Season 1, Episode 9 "The Reckoning".
Air Date: April 4, 2015
This episode was huge for Jamie (Sam Heughan) because it was the first that was told from his point of view. Technically speaking it was the ONLY episode told entirely from his point of view, and executive producer Ron Moore explained this to us in countless videos. It was the first episode in the second half of Season 1 and bridged the gap between Claire's story and Jamie's story and THEIR collective story.
The opening scene, which is included in the video above is an excellent monologue and gives us the perfect inside look into Jamie's mind and the type of man he is.
3. "Take yer hands off my wife."
From Season 1, Episode 8 "Both Sides Now".
Air Date: September 27, 2014
Talk about an entrance. Just as Claire is facing the wrath of Black Jack, Jamie appears in the window with a pistol. We find out later that the pistol was not loaded, and Jamie basically waltzed in there with nothing more than his bravery and wits.
It's one of my all-time favorite moments and definitely worthy of re-watching (if not the entire episode, then definitely just this clip. Over and over and over and...).
2. "To be sure that you're safe."
From Season 1, Episode 11 "The Devil's Mark".
Air Date: April 18, 2015
In one of the most heart-breaking scenes to watch (up until Wentworth Prison and then To Ransom A Man's Soul), Jamie gives Claire the choice to go back to her own time. Not only does he believe her outlandish story (see what I did there...) he gives her the chance to have her old life back, despite loving her so deeply that he'd risk literally everything for her.
It's beautiful. It's painful. It's wonderful.
Of course they end up together, in the end, because Claire loves him, too.
From Season 1, Episode 15 'Wentworth Prison".
Air Date: May 16, 2015
In one of the most intense on-screen moments, probably in TV history (EVER), Jamie is raped by Black Jack Randall and for both Jamie and Sam Heughan, this is one of the most heartbreaking and horrific moments ever.
For Jamie, this is something that will be carried with him for the rest of the series. Even in Book 8 "Written In My Own Heart's Blood", Jamie suffers repercussions of his time with Black Jack and what happened to him, so this moment had to make the list. Just as if this were an actual story (not fiction, I mean) this moment would be carried with a person for the rest of their lives. I appreciate Diana Gabaldon for writing it realistically. And to Sam and the production/ writing crew, I'm glad we were able to share this moment with Jamie.
So there you have it! Our Top 10 Jamie Moments from Season 1! Did we miss your favorite? Let us know!
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