Outlander 3.04 “Of Things Lost”

As the title suggests, episode four of the season centered around things lost to our favorite characters. This episode is crucial to the direction of future episodes and even seasons. And it cements many of the traits we already know about many of the leads. I am going to center my top five around each character and what they have lost or stand to lose! 1. Claire The simplest thing she had lost was the pearls Jamie gifted her from his mother. She had given them to Mrs. Graham upon…

Outlander 3.03 “All Debts Paid”

This week’s episode of Outlander, “All Debts Paid” got back to the tone I want to see in the show. This episode is full of story and sets up many of the events that will carry through the season. We meet Lord John Grey, a character that will continue to be an important addition for seasons to come. 1. Pacing, Pacing, Pacing The pacing of this week’s episode was excellent. We moved seamlessly through Jamie’s new time at Ardsmuir Prison and Claire’s life in Boston. We cover years of story with…

Outlander 3.02 “Surrender”

Episode 2 of the season is Surrender. It is the perfect title, as many characters do just that. As everyone surrenders to their lives as they are now, the loneliness oozes off the screen. I also found myself longing for some elements of the book that were changed. Overall I have to say this is one of my least favorite episodes. While I feel I am generous in understanding major changes from the books, I feel like several choices in this episode change my long term feelings towards many characters.…

Outlander 3.01 ‘The Battle Joined’

Well, Sassenachs, the day has come and our long droughtlander has concluded. It is time to join the battle. Every now and then I doubt my Outlander obsession. I think that maybe I am just too deep in having gone through the journey of the books countless times. Then I see a new episode and I realize that it really is one of the best crafted shows on television. Every element is consistently breathtaking. From the scripts, to the camera work, to the locations, to the costumes (oh the costumes!),…

Outlander 2.13 “Dragonfly in Amber” Top 6

If you are reading this, I assume you have made it through the stones to the end of the Outlander season 2 finale, Dragonfly in Amber. If you haven’t, then stop now! Go watch it! What are you doing reading posts online? I was completely surprised that they managed to squeeze in every remaining important plot point from the book into these last 90 minutes. I really shouldn’t be surprised at this point. The skill these writers use to make engaging television without losing the major scenes, themes, characters, and…

Outlander 2.12 “The Hail Mary” Top 5

As the title The Hail Mary implies, many of the events of the episode cover the last chance efforts by Claire and Jamie to derail Culloden. In many ways this episode felt like a finale of a season of Doctor Who where we need to clear the path story-wise for the movie to come. I am inclined to think Diana Gabaldon would approve of that comparison since the general idea of Jamie was sparked by an old episode of Doctor Who. The “movie” for this will be July 9 when…

Outlander 2.11 “Vengeance Is Mine” Top 5

Jesus H. Roosevelt Christ! That was quite the episode of Outlander! Written by Diana Gabaldon herself, our race to Culloden continued to take our breath away. The episode covered several events from the book, and we even got a reprieve on a few deaths I was bracing for. This week you can set down the tissues and grab the arms of your chair as I cut right into the top 5 topics of episode 11, Vengeance Is Mine. What a well written episode. Diana really was showing off. What I…

Outlander 2.10 “Prestonpans” Top 5

We are fast approaching the end of the season and the creators of Outlander just won’t let us rest! Another heart pounding, fast paced, and traumatic episode met us in Prestonpans. I spent the first half of the episode wondering who would survive. Somehow, amidst all of this, the episode was able to make me laugh out loud more than once too. I think that is the main appeal of this story for me. The ability to laugh with war looming feels true. We can all relate to the need…

Outlander 2.09 “Je Suis Prest” Top 5

Are you ready? The Frasers are, or they are at least on their way to being ready. This episode was a great step forward in advancing us to war. The first hint to me that the mood was changing was the imagery in the opening titles. The kilted warriors charging into battle was an ominous sign to say the least. All of our favorite Scots are back together as they march to meet up with Charlie’s troops. While this episode definitely dealt in some heavy subject matter, I did not…

Outlander 2.08 “The Fox’s Lair” Top 5

After a few weeks of personal turmoil, this episode jumps strongly back to the political intrigue element of the story. As shown in the preview, we do return to Scotland in this episode. That means we get the chance to see some past favorite characters, as well as a few old foes. We also meet a handful of new characters. Another past character pops up in a twist that surprised book readers everywhere. You know I have thoughts on that, so get your hounds ready as we venture into The…

Outlander 2.07 “Faith” Top 5

How to even begin? This week’s episode was heart wrenching on every possible level. Every time I took a second to breathe, I was hit with a new blow. Faith was one of those episodes that covered so much ground, I don’t even know where to start. Even though we get our entire season in succession this time around, this really felt like a mid-season finale. It definitely wraps up nearly every one of the Paris storylines. There is so much turmoil to cover. I am probably crazy, if nothing…

Outlander 2.06 “Best Laid Schemes” Top 5

Hey fans! Funny story. I really thought I had posted this earlier. Apparently in a fit of post-episode sobbing I forgot to click publish and never posted it. If you are reading this, you have survived the tumultuous episode, Best Laid Schemes. Claire, Jamie, Murtagh and Fergus all have an eventful episode to say the least. Promises are made and broken, plans are made and ruined, and secrets are kept and revealed. Based on the abrupt end to the action in this episode, next week looks to be just as…

Outlander 2.05 “Untimely Resurrection” Top 5

Tonight we experienced an Untimely Resurrection, or as I have decided to title the episode, Emmy Judges Suck and Sam’s Eyes Win Forever. I don’t think that title is too long given the mad skills Sam Heughan brings to this episode. This episode definitely picks up speed as it propels many of the storylines to completion. Even though we are less than halfway through the season, a lot of things need to be set before we can follow Claire through the stones again. Continue on to find out what I…

Outlander 2.04 “La Dame Blanche” Top 5

Whew! If you were like me, you needed a little time to decompress after the newest episode, La Dame Blanche. Poison! Torrid affairs! Secrets revealed! Assault! If your head has stopped spinning, let’s dive in to this top 5 like Fergus at an abandoned dinner table! Comte St. Germaine seems to have come through on his villainous threats. Shortly into the episode Claire is struck down with poison. She quickly jumps to the conversations she had with Master Raymond from last week. He had only sold the bitter cascara to…

Outlander 2.03 “Useful Occupations and Deceptions” Top 5

Hey there fellow Outlander fans! Claire, Jamie and co. had a busy and emotional week! Sorry for the delay on this post, but I had a terrible head cold and couldn’t look at the computer for a while! After 10 hours of sleep I am now ready to dive in to this week’s episode, Useful Occupations and Deceptions. Fergus is here! This character is one of the remaining introductions I alluded to in last week’s post. Hope you enjoy him, because this young pickpocket will be around into adulthood! I…

Outlander 2.02 “Not In Scotland Anymore” Top 5

Hey there Outlander fans! This week’s episode was very important for storytelling. It was actually so information laden that my list items are a bit shorter than normal. I decided it was either that or overly detailed play-by-plays. As always, only continue if you have watched the episode. Spoilers ahead! Let’s get to this week’s top 5 talking points! Supporting characters continue to shine! In this episode we get to meet Prince Charlie, King Louis, Master Raymond, Mary Hawkins, Louise, and Alexander Randall. Honestly it was such a parade of…