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Despite introducing new, nuanced supporting characters, "Do No Harm" still suffers from its protagonist reoccurring white savior complex.
No, I am not saying that Hollywood should sugarcoat the history. What I am saying is that there are plenty of ways to depict slavery without the visceral reminders that Outlander delved into here.
There is a brightness to come. Unfortunately, Outlander Season 4 Episode 2 offered another dark look at America.
Outlander is at its best when it is tackling these issues with historical accuracy and topical poignancy - which is especially true for this episode.
Outlander never feels more like the adaptation of a 15-year-old book series than it does in episodes like this one...
Oh, but there is a new character who isn't wholly detestable!
While I hate to say it, Claire does sometimes reek of white savior complex.
Despite my initial misgivings, I think it handled its slavery plot the best way it could've in "Do No Harm."
There's still something off in the way Outlander handles this story, continuing to place Claire and Jamie on pedestals as it introduces Black characters solely for the purpose of peddling this plot.
It feels sometimes as if the slaves's tribulations are there merely to unsettle our heroes, calling to mind the season's overarching question.
For Claire, Jamie, and audiences, "Do No Harm" took pains to demonstrate that we're not in Scotland anymore.