Outlander

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AIRED ON 9/27/2014

Season 1 : Episode 8

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Ronald D. Moore's "Outlander" is based on bestseller book series by Diana Gabaldon. The show follows the story of World War II nurse, Claire Randall who time travels to 18th century war-torn Scotland. There she meets young Jamie Fraser, a man who will change her life forever.

Sam Heughan

Sam Heughan

Jamie Fraser

Caitriona Balfe

Caitriona Balfe

Claire Randall

Graham McTavish

Graham McTavish

Dougal MacKenzie

Tobias Menzies

Tobias Menzies

Frank / Jonathan Randall

Laura Donnelly

Laura Donnelly

Jenny Fraser Murray

Lotte Verbeek

Lotte Verbeek

Gellis Duncan

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  • OUTside the Window, Door & Stone

    9.0
    I've seen this show compared to Game of Thrones and I thought what? Maybe they're slighty in the same genres and the lead guy (Jamie haha) has apparently auditioned 7xs for roles on GoT including Renly, Loras and members of the Night's Watch. Which is funny because before I knew that and watching the wedding episode, I was saying to myself gosh this guy looks like Loras/ would've made a great Loras. Anyway I devoured all eight aired episodes in a day. I love period dramas. I love the slight fantastical elements. Yes for strong, smart & cunning female leads. The lead guy is just dashing and I love the shade of red his hair is. There wasn't an overload of sex nor did I think any of it was gratuitous, I thought it was very tasteful & well shot. This story is clearly for a mature audience not horny teenage boys or stuffy old prudes. As for the violence, the only bit that was quite severe for me was when our main guy was scourged in the town square by Edmure Tully. I didn't think the story moved too slow either, sometimes it's really nice just to have two characters in a room talking, esp when they're going back & forth in an exchange of wits & words. I wonder if Claire's narration of certain events are just that or if she's keeping a record of her adventures somewhere. I for one cannot wait til the second half of season 1 returns and very much glad that its already been given a season 2! Only thing is it returns in April smh just like GoT.





    PS- This show is visually stunning! Like idk where they shoot (I could just wiki it duh) but I would live there. And the politics are hardcore. Honestly Outlander has a nice touch of everything which is great, obvs ;-)moreless
  • As A Woman, Everything I Could Want In A Time Travel TV Show

    10
    I was considering getting the books, but based on the derogatory comments people who have read them made I don't want to contaminate the show I fell in love with. I love the idea that history still has things to teach us. What would a person learn about their current life having to jump back into the past? Claire has faced several obstacles with quite a bit of grace and class. Being as independent as I am I would have turned some of the men who have tried to sexually assault her into sopranos without a second thought were I in her situation. I'd probably also be dead by now. I look forward to seeing more of Claire's strength and the way she implements standing up for herself in an age when women were basically thought of as disposable property.





    While I do think the whole attraction to Jamie arc was well done based on the freakishness of the situation (having to get married to stay out of someone's clutches and her original attraction to him), post wedding it's my personal opinion the director is a little too obsessed with boobs. You're not catering to a crowd of 13 year old boys Starz. The whole bodice ripping thing is very "last decade" if you ask me. The premise of the story from what I've seen so far is Jaime respecting and cherishing Claire. He believes their love to be a sacrament. "Let's see how many times we can trot out those boobs" doesn't really support that statement.





    When is it a good time to bring the girls out? 1) Any time she is in control and overtly seducing him, 2) Any time they're going to be sexually involved where he is naked as well, 3) A partial reveal goes much further if they're just tossing down in a field of green. He can put his hand, mouth, whatever on it without exposing her entire breast. Some times less is more guys. When should you NOT be exposing the girls? ANY TIME SHE'S BEING SEXUALLY ASSAULTED. I'm well aware women were treated like crap during that era. You don't need to try and marry the idea of sexual assault with a woman's breasts. Men are fixated on them enough.





    I don't really want to see the full-on gore either. I understand someone wanting to get people to realize the times were brutal back then, but one glance at his torn back is enough. I don't need to see it for so long I could use it as my application piece for art school. The dynamic in those scenes is the power play, which happens in their facial expressions and body language. I don't need to see boobs or torn flesh. I want to know what the heck that idiot was thinking through WHAT THE ACTOR BRINGS TO THE SCENE. Don't think you have to keep up with the "Game of Thrones" to be relevant. It's not a contest. Let the actors use their craft to imply what needs to be seen. It's what they get paid for.





    Bottom line, this is a great show that is still in the tweaking stages. It's a classic love story, a solid romp filled with action-adventure, a story of survival, a 3D experience of what it might be like to live as your great-great-grandparents did and it's a story about loyalty to family and land all set in the most beautiful scenery the world has to offer. I hope the producers and directors find that fine line so those of us who fell in love with the TV version are able to stay for the long haul. Gore really isn't my genre.moreless
  • Amazing Show

    10
    I am not a fan of period shows in general, so I was a little skeptical going into it. However, this show is wonderful. Definitely for those who love a good romance, though! DO NOT MISTAKE THIS. This story is a romance story with a side of drama, action, and history. Not the other way around! At the core of it is Claire's struggle for her love for two men. So people who are watching it expecting something else - WELL, you got what they made, and that's your own fault.



    That being said - it's a wonderful romance story! The chemistry between the two leads, Claire and Jamie, is just off the charts. From the moment they first meet to the growth of their relationship is amazing. And even her former (current?) husband Frank is not to be discounted at all. The way the actor portrays this truly in love historian and his ancestor who is a complete and utter monster without skipping a beat is wonderful!



    And another star of the show - the setting - cannot be dismissed. This show is BEAUTIFUL to watch. I definitely recommend watching it in HD on the big screen. I bet it would soak up ever inch of this beauty. All of the costumes, sets, and scenery of Scotland is just wondrous behold.



    If you are a romantic at heart and you don't mind a little adventure, definitely give Outlander a try. You won't be disappointed!moreless
  • It's my favorite show, but I have to complain.

    7.0
    I was very bored with the episode of The Wedding. I got the idea that the writers completely ran out of ideas and so it was necessary for there to be three very long sex scenes that took up most of the show. A little bit of sex is cool, but the entire show? Eh, I was bored. Not to mention that I watch this show with both of my parents. It was a bit awkward and it wasn't long before all of us lost interest, and when the sex didn't stop we fast-forwarded through it. I just don't see how this episode had much to do with the storyline. Marry them and then get on with it! The episode Both Sides Now was also disappointing. Two rape scenes in one episode was a little much for me. Scenes like this bother a lot of people, including myself. I'm sure that much of the audience is female. I just don't understand why these graphic scenes are nessecary. They don't make me want to watch the show. They make me want to fast forward, and I did. It seems to me that Claire becomes more submissive as the show goes on and I'm wondering what happened to the strong character she was in the beginning? She focuses so much on her two marriages, but I think she has many other problems that greatly outweigh this one. It would be more interesting and it would serve her character more if she focused on something more important. All this being said, I've loved the show from the beginning. I think Claire is a great character and its overall fun to watch. I just hope it picks up from this point.moreless
  • Loved the episode, and the sex too.

    10
    Frankly, I am more bothered by watching violent and gruesome scenes of rape, murder and killing than watching two handsome people having sex. Violence has become so trivial in movies, tv shows and even games that it has become somewhat "normal". Nobody complains. Look at all those post-atomic, post apocalyptic shows where guns and violence seem the only way to start discussion (or end it, altogether). On the other end the showing of a little flesh causes disproportionated reactions...



    Anyway, I loved the episode, the "Both sides now" concept was carried out brilliantly, from the opening shot with the two maps - ancient and modern - laid across the table in continuity, and I think there were some great ideas in the editing - when Frank returns to Craigh na Dun and "hears" Claire from beyond time : the thought that they could have been at the same place, at the same time... but in different times made me giggle.



    I have read the books, and found them boring sometimes. I totally welcome the way they have changed the story in some places in order to speed up the action or put emphasis on a character or an idea. Sometimes things that work in a book don't work cinematically and as long as the show stays true to the main plot, I'm game.

    They've even changed scenes in Gone With the Wind back then, for Christ's sake !

    It's going to be a long winter without the weekly fixing of Jamie and Claire!moreless
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