Tobias Menzies

'Outlander' recap: Vengeance is Mary's

'Outlander' recap: Vengeance is Mary's

About midway through “Vengeance Is Mine,” the 11th episode of the second season of “Outlander,” I realized that nearly every issue I’ve had with the season boils down to a single element. That element? The very first scenes of the season.

Back in “Through a Glass, Darkly” we see Claire (Caitriona Balfe) return to the future to take up with her original husband, Frank (Tobias Menzies). Claire is newly pregnant, unsure whether or not the love of her life, Jamie (Sam Heughan), survived the battle she left behind, but she is determined to raise their child in a loving environment, committing to a new life with Frank in America.

This choice to begin the season in this fashion,...

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