Outlander – Season 4 Episode 5

“Savages” Outlander reintroduces an old friend while continuing to explore the tension between the settlers of North Carolina, those who claim to own the land and the indigenous population. I talked at length about the problematic nature of Claire and Jamie’s characterisation in “Do No Harm” during that review and this episode suggests it’s going…

Outlander – Season 4 Episode 4

“Common Ground” Outlander starts to look at the reality of Claire and Jamie building a life together in America including the hardships that will challenge them. The early part of this episode has a palpable sense of optimism to it. Claire and Jamie are both excited about building a home together from scratch in a…

Outlander – Season 4 Episode 1

“America The Beautiful” Outlander returns for a fourth season with a change in location, different problems and reflections on the consequences of the previous season. This show is always at its best in the quieter character driven moments. The characters are so richly developed that any time they spend being introspective is a joy to…

Outlander – Season 3 Episode 13

“Eye of the Storm” Outlander brings an end to season 3 by closing off the Jamaica arc and setting up a new location for the next season. Like so many things this season the Jamaica arc has felt very rushed. The reintroduction of Geillis last week and the reveal that she is manipulating pretty much…

Outlander – Season 3 Episode 12

“The Bakra” Outlander moves the action to Jamaica when the Artemis finally arrives allowing Claire and Jamie to proceed with the business of finding Ian. The beauty of this show is that it can be a great many things without being jarring. Claire and Jamie are frequently removed from their comfort zone and forced to…

Outlander – Season 3 Episode 11

“Uncharted” Outlander follows on from Claire jumping overboard at the end of the previous episode and explores the difficulties that come with that. Claire leaving the relative safety of the Porpoise in an attempt to reunite with the Artemis so that she can warn Jamie about his upcoming arrest could definitely be seen as a…

Outlander – Season 3 Episode 10

“Heaven and Earth” Outlander continues its voyage with Claire and Jamie newly split apart and problems aplenty cropping up on both vessels. I mentioned last week that the cliffhanger ending lacked impact thanks to pointing out that the two ships were bound for the same place. Claire is essentially kidnapped and forcibly separated from Jamie…

Outlander – Season 3 Episode 9

“The Doldrums” Outlander takes to the high seas when Jamie and Claire set sail for Jamaica on a mission to rescue young Ian. This episode is best described as a bit of a novelty as it completely takes the show away from what is familiar. More or less an entire episode set on a ship…

Outlander – Season 3 Episode 7

“Crème de Menthe “ Outlander continues the reunion of Jamie and Claire as Jamie’s dodgy dealings catch up with him in a big way. Last week was all about long lost lovers and soulmates reconnecting after 20 years of not seeing one another but since TV thrives on drama there’s no way that could last…