12:59 PM EDT 10/01/2014
Originally posted 09/27/2014 10:00PM
Last week's blissful episode of Outlander was too good to last. Back on the road again after their quickie marriage, Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie (Sam Heughan) start off Saturday's episode like any newlywed couple: hardly able to keep their hands off each other.
But in contrast to Claire's matrimonial happiness is Frank's (Tobias Menzies) overwhelming hopelessness at the loss of his wife. For the first time since the series kicked off, we get a look at what's going on back in 1945.
Originally posted 09/20/2014 10:40PM
You don't have to have read Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series to know this was the episode we've all been waiting for.
To protect herself from Capt. Jack Randall (Tobias Menzies) and the English, Claire (Caitriona Balfe) must wed Jamie (Sam Heughan) and consummate the marriage to become a part of Clan MacKenzie.
The key word here is "consummate." This week's episode of Outlander was all about sex: awkward, "I'm a virgin" sex; passionate, "women have orgasms too?" sex; tender "I just gave you my dead mother's necklace" sex. But this wasn't just gratuitous cable intercourse, this sex was earned over the past six episodes, and, boy, did it feel good.
Originally posted 09/17/2014 04:00PM
Here comes the bride!
Originally posted 09/14/2014 08:15AM
"Are you here by your own choice?" a redcoat asks Claire (Caitriona Balfe) at the start of this week's episode of Outlander.
It's a vital question for Claire – she waits to respond and everyone looks shifty while waiting for her to answer. "I am a guest of the Clan MacKenzie," she says at last, surprising Dougal (Graham McTavish).
The British decide to take her back to their general anyways, and Dougal insists on accompanying her. Once they reach the garrison, however, he's relentlessly mocked by the British. Claire defends Dougal, coming dangerously close to outing herself as a Scottish sympathizer. The British are so charmed by the English rose that Claire's words don't initially raise any suspicion – until Capt. Jack Randall (Tobias Menzies) shows up.
Originally posted 08/31/2014 09:10AM
At the end of last episode, Claire (Caitriona Balfe) vowed to make her escape from Castle Leoch. So catching sight of her already running through the woods at the start of this one is a bit of a surprise. Turns out, however, she's just playing with the castle kids – while reconnoitering the terrain for any possible escape routes. And she's already found two.
Originally posted 08/23/2014 10:25PM
Just in case you thought Claire (Caitriona Balfe) had forgotten Frank (Tobias Menzies), she hasn't. Saturday's episode of Outlander kicked off with a heartfelt flashback to when the newlyweds parted ways during World War II. "Promise that you'll return to me," Frank calls to Claire as her train shepherds her away. "I promise," she says.
Back in the 18th century, Claire is taking the Ice Bucket Challenge or, as it was known then, a shower. "Your next husband will be a lucky man," Mrs. Fitz (Annette Badland) says while dousing Claire in freezing water. In a rare moment of desperation, Claire confesses everything, telling Mrs. Fitz that she's a visitor from the future. Mrs. Fitz, understandably, freaks out and accuses Claire of being a witch. Fortunately for Claire, this entire sequence is all a dream. Whew!
Originally posted 08/16/2014 10:15PM
"The last time I was here, Frank and I simply took a car," remarks Claire (Caitriona Balfe) as she looks up at the gloomy Castle Leoch on Saturday's episode of Outlander. In 1945, the trip from Inverness was a matter of hours. But in 1743, it takes days. Claire has no idea where she is, nor how to get back to the standing stones that transported her in time.
Walking through the halls of dark castle, she gets flashes of her visit with Frank. As Claire tends to Jamie's wounds, she wonders what her husband must think of her. Is she injured? Is she dead? Or has she just left him for another man? Claire breaks down in tears when Jamie (Sam Heughan) brings up her husband. "Is he not alive?" he asks. No, Claire answers. And he's not. Yet.
Jamie leaves Claire to get some sleep, which she does until she's rudely awakened by Mrs. Fitz, Castle Leoch's chatelaine. The older woman helps Claire get dressed, marveling over the younger's brassiere. "It's from France," Claire explains. Mrs. Fitz (Annette Badland) seems unimpressed.
Originally posted 08/16/2014 03:00PM
We already know that Sam Heughan is a breakout star on Outlander, an adaptation of Diana Gabaldon's best-selling book series. But there's a lot more to learn – and love! – about the Scottish heartthrob who plays the dashing Jamie Fraser.
Here are five things to know:
Originally posted 08/09/2014 10:30PM
Things Claire Randall wishes she had been able to do before time-traveling to the 18th-century: Pack disinfectant, brush up on her Scottish and English history, not wear white.
When Outlander, the new Starz series based on Diana Gabaldon's hit book series of the same name, kicks off, World War II has just ended and our heroine Claire has finally reunited with her husband Frank after spending the war serving as a British Army nurse. The couple goes on a second honeymoon to Inverness, Scotland, where Frank researches his family history.
Life's a little awkward for the pair. "When the war ended, we both thought things would return to the way they once were. But they hadn't," Claire says in voiceover. Still, the chemistry between them is unmistakable. Things may not be the way they once were, but you get the sense that they could be, given more time. Unfortunately, time's the last thing that Claire and Frank have.
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