Outlander – Season 2 Episode 6

“Best Laid Schemes” The return of “Black Jack” Randall shakes things up significantly in Outlander as his duel with Jamie upsets all the carefully laid plans. Now that we are moving into the halfway point of the season it makes sense that there should be some significant forward momentum on the main plot as well…

Outlander – Season 2 Episode 5

“Untimely Resurrections” The stakes rise in Outlander as Captain “Black Jack” Randall makes his return to show Jamie and Claire that they are not safe in France. It was always going to happen, there’s no way to not have a threat like that still out there and not capitalise on it. I’ll admit that I…

Outlander – Season 2 Episode 4

“La Dame Blanche” Claire and Jamie plot to make Prince Charles look foolish in front of everyone important enough to show him support as other complications get in the way as season 2 of Outlander starts to pick up speed. The main plot of the season is Claire and Jamie’s secret campaign to stop Prince…

Outlander – Season 2 Episode 3

“Useful Occupations and Deceptions” Outlander juggles a few plotlines when Jamie continues his attempts to stop the coming Jacobite Rebellion while Claire struggles to feel useful in French society. It’s immediately clear that some time has passed since the last episode as evidenced by Claire’ growing baby bump as well as the dialogue telling how…

Outlander – Season 2 Episode 2

“Not in Scotland Anymore” After an emotionally intense season opener, Outlander lightens things up considerably as Claire and Jamie induct themselves into the Parisian culture. This is a new setting for the show so spending some time allowing Claire and Jamie -as well as the viewer- some time to take it in and acclimate to…

Outlander – Season 2 Episode 1

“Through A Glass, Darkly” Outlander returns for a second season with some unexpected twists and intricate character exploration that viewers have come to expect from this show. The end of season 1 was a difficult viewing for me as the brutality on display pushed far beyond my comfort zone but I continue to watch this…

Sunset Song

Terence Davies’ Sunset Song is the first feature length film adaptation of the classic Lewis Grassic Gibbon novel favoured by English teachers nationwide -in Scotland anyway-. It tells the story of a young woman coming of age in the early part of the 20th century. This is an incredibly difficult task for me to review…

Outlander – Season 1 Episode 16

“To Ransom a Man’s Soul” Outlander season 1 comes to an end and brings with it a massive level of intensity that holds the audience attention throughout. The previous episode was really graphic in the portrayal of torture that Jamie was experiencing at the hands of “Black Jack” Randall but this episode made that episode…

Outlander – Season 1 Episode 15

“Wentworth Prison” Only one more episode of the first season of Outlander to go and I’m not sure how much more brutality I can handle from this show. I don’t say that as a bad thing because it’s quite the opposite and it’s a testament to how good this show is that I can keep…

Outlander – Season 1 Episode 14

“The Search” Outlander follows up on Jamie’s capture by having Claire and Jenny go looking for him using Jenny’s tracking skills. I often talk about how well this show subverts gender roles and the expectations that come with them for the time period that this is set. The reason it comes up so often is…