The opening scene was a cute flashback to Frank and Claire saying goodbye at the beginning of WWII! Lots of those scenes are going to be necessary if the showrunners want this to actually be a love triangle and not just the Claire & Kilty show.
I loved that Frank confirmed it was Claire’s self-confidence and self-assertion that he loves about her, rather than him loving her despite her feminist streak. And of course she was super charming as usual, flirtatiously refusing to let him dissuade her from going to the front lines. Frank voiced concern over their gender role reversal (he was an intelligence officer working away from the immediate violence), but didn’t hold her back. It gave us a dose of the late 1930s without shoving sexism in our faces (that’s to come later).
Did it make my clothes fall off? No. But the chemistry was clearly there and it was sweet. Unfortunately that flirtation was all we got from these two this time. No knickerless oral sex in Scottish ruins.
Also for any Canadian readers it totally reminded me of that “Heritage Minutes” commercial series from the 90s, the one about Superman!
When the dialogue wasn’t working toward character development it was a little heavy handed. Frank made Claire promise to return to him, that was their parting moment. While of course it makes sense in the context, we get it. She wants to get home and she doesn’t want her husband to think she’s run away or dead. Kinda dampened the romantic feels because it was so obvious.
What are your thoughts on Claire and Frank?
Actually, first I want to talk about the credits, because those are pretty wicked. Love the song. Love the decision to use loads of shots from the show as background for the credits. One of the few credits I’ll actually watch all the way through.
Anyway, yes, as for the Claire and Frank scene… Claire and Frank are just so sweet together. I really want those two kids to work it out somehow. Like, maybe Clarie could meet The Doctor and he could use the Tardis to help her carry on some sort of time travelling polyamorous relationship with Frank and Kilty. Other than that, you pretty much summed up the pros of this bit.
Yeah the goodbye dialogue was a bit heavy handed. Reminded me a bit of the Titanic, “I’ll never let go, Jack” moment…and not in a good way. Other than that, though, I can’t really fault anything in this scene.