'Outlander' season 4 episode 7 review: Roger's life spared on board with Stephen Bonnet, Brianna lands at Laoghaire's home
The fate driven drama has its best episode of the season with 'Down the Rabbit Hole' where Brianna ended up at Laoghaire's house and Roger on Stephen Bonnet's ship
'Outlander' turns into "hoplander" for Brianna Randall Fraser whose journey in the 18th century is like venturing through a series of unfortunate events, starting right from the place she lands, through the stones, which is literally in the middle of nowhere surrounded by picturesque snowcapped hills. Not long after walking through the narrow roads, relying on the 18th-century map of Scotland, our Alice in Wonderland, falls from the cliff and ends up spraining her ankle.
Maybe because Brianna thought her time-travel journey wouldn't be met with adversity, she hadn't carried any first aid tools, warm jackets, or even a flashlight. So, off she hops into the woods and lights a fire to keep herself warm.
The next day, she hops more, powered only by the sandwich she ate the other night. The fate driven drama, as expected, leads her to a cozy home, which belongs to none other than her mother's mortal enemy, Laoghaire, who also happens to be Brianna's father's ex-wife. No sight of Jamie and Claire Fraser features in the episode, but we had plenty of familiar faces starting right from Laoghaire.
At first, Laoghaire is the kindest host ever, tucking Brianna into bed, serving her breakfast in bed, and sharing Bible stories along with her youngest daughter, Joan. However, the happiness does not last long, because, in passing, Brianna mentions that her mother's name is Claire Fraser.
That is enough for Laoghaire to turn from hospitable host into full-throttle villain, locking Brianna in the house and calling her a witch, just like she had done to her mother. Thank god, Laoghaire's teenage daughter, who has the same beautiful auburn hair as Brianna, helps her escape from the room and drops her at Lallybroch, introducing her to Ian. On reaching there, Brianna meets her first family member, and as generous they are, hands Brianna a handful of money to help her sail to North Carolina.
When Brianna is about to set sail, a man approaches her to take his daughter away to North Carolina, so the girl can be spared the life of a concubine. She does, and to acknowledge the move, her dead father comes back to life, as a glimpse, or as a ghost, just smiling at her and disappearing into thin air.
That is not all we see of Frank Randall, he abounds in this episode, as Brianna's flashback takes us to the moment before he died and his concrete decision to divorce Claire. Turns out Frank had found the obituary, the same one Roger MacKenzie did, years earlier and knew that Claire was going to go back to Jamie Fraser.
Coming to Roger, he also successfully time-travels, but unlike Brianna's fate, he lands in a harbor full of people. However, his fate also seems to be a grim one because he persists on getting on to the boat, with none other than the villain of the season, Stephen Bonnet. Yup! The same Bonnet who robbed, raided and killed in the first episode of season 4.
Now that Roger is in the boat with Stephen Bonnet, we see more of his evilness, including murdering a child because she had a rash, which according to Bonnet was definitely Small Pox and would've plagued the entire boat. Pushing the child off from his boat in the middle of the sea at night, the child's mother also takes a plunge.
Bonnet orders his men to examine every passenger and Roger realizes there's another MacKenzie on board with a newborn baby that has a minor rash and nothing Small Pox related, it's, in fact, because of teething. He hides the lady and the baby only to be discovered by Bonnet himself, who almost kills Roger but is spared by the fate-game of Heads or Tails.
The future in the past looks grim for both Roger and Brianna, but in this fate-driven drama, you never know what unfolds. I am just curious as to how the stones in Craigh na Dun randomly drop Roger and Brianna to two different sites? Roger fated to meet Bonnet and Brianna to meet Laoghaire. How sad of a fate is that?