Deep Thoughts Outlander 410: “The Deep Heart’s Core”

And so today, my world it smiles
Your hand in mine, we walk the miles
Thanks to you it will be done
For you to me are the only one
Happiness, no more be sad
Happiness, I’m glad
Led Zeppelin,Thank You

This one’s a little different.  First a general reflection and a bit of a window into my personal life, which I tend to shy away from. I watch TV through a lens of what stories say about people in general. I think it’s a leftover from studying to be an art therapist, looking at the way symbols and gestures represent emotions and the way there are commonalities across ethnicity and gender that speak to the shared emotional ancestry of the human experience. Reading the Outlander novels is so lyrical, I am sometimes drawn into the music of the language, lulled into a rhythm which enables a certain emotional distance. I recognize and process the feelings I read about on a mostly intellectual level more than an emotional one. By causing me to experience those same stories through the actors’ bodies and eyes, their feelings expressed in motion and volume, the series sometimes makes my own emotional reaction harder to process, and I work that out by writing about it. It’s a sort of reciprocal loop, and it gets very, very wordy. Bear with me as I meander. Spoilers ahead for episode 410, “The Deep Heart’s Core” after the jump.



  1. Margot · January 12, 2019

    A fine little essay on love, art, parenting, forgiveness, and Outlander! I’ve enjoyed your commentaries for the last few years; this was the first one that made me wonder what would happen if you focused on your *own* creative work for a time. You can really write, and surely have things to say that go beyond critical commentary. I’d like to see the results.

    • Connie Verzak · January 12, 2019

      Thank you so much for this! I think every person who writes has an idea for a story in them. I have one I go back to every so often.

  2. Beth Wolfe · January 12, 2019

    This is great. So nice to know there is at least one other fan who doesn’t think Jamie is ‘perfect’. Part of why I love this story so much is that the characters are human: they screw up, make bad choices, hurt the people they care about…but find a way to keep moving forward through it all.

    Lots of ‘blame’ to go around in this episode – this is a group that will have to work harder than normal at communication because, IMO, they have so many POV’s to deal with. Not just different people, but different times and knowledge that make no sense to others in the circle.

  3. Connie Verzak · January 12, 2019

    Thanks for the compliment and for reading! I did find myself going to the books this season more so than in seasons past.