After Outlander’s stunning wedding, it’s only natural to be eager to see where the relationship between Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire (Caitriona Balfe) goes when the show returns April 4. An exclusive featurette gives audiences a hint of what to come, and it’s not all pretty—even though Jamie and Claire are. “You’re tearing my guts out, Claire,” Jamie says in one clip. Still, there’s also some kissing.
With only a few short weeks until Outlander returns, the cast and creative team behind the show appeared at the Paley Center for Media Thursday night to reveal a few details from the upcoming second half of the first season. There were many double entendres—the liquid courage probably had something to do with that.
The latest trailer Starz has released for the return of its time-traveling Scottish tale Outlander is perfect for Valentine’s Day: It’s all about the show’s central lovers Claire and Jamie. Narrated by Jamie, the trailer highlights their romantic escapades. At the end, he says: “You are my home now.”
Now that we’ve officially made it through the entertainment dry spell that kicks off every new year, EW is looking forward to what 2015 really has to offer. And in order to start your year off right, we’re rounding up our staff picks for what we’re most looking forward to this spring. For the next six weeks, six different staff members will provide their lists of entertainment musts.
I’d like to believe that even the purest of source-material purists among us would agree that the small-screen adaptation of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander has benefited greatly from the increased presence of Claire’s left-behind-love Frank. After all, how tortured can a love triangle really be when the third party is missing in action? Ever since our heroine disappeared through the standing stones, we’ve been reminded—through both bittersweet flashbacks and pained present-day moments—what really is at stake if Claire decides to stay in 1743 Scotland with Jamie.
Note: Due to an editing gaffe, this recap was accidentally posted early. EW regrets the error.
This show is full of spectacular butts.
Sorry—I was struggling with how to start this recap. After all, “The Wedding” (alternate title: “9 1/2 Weeks in the Highlands”) is a big episode, and arguably the most anticipated of the season. So much pressure! So many things to say! So I just went with the first thing that popped to mind. (But seriously: If Caitriona Balfe’s personal trainer is reading this, please call me.)
Though we’re only six episodes deep into a 16-episode first season, I’d bet a dozen of the Laird’s finest horses that Outlander producers will submit “The Garrison Commander” for Emmy consideration. Indeed, it’s a quality hour of television: artful directing, strong writing, and rousing performances by both Caitriona Balfe and Tobias Menzies. Especially Menzies, who’s so far only been able to showcase slivers of what he’s capable of.
There comes a moment in every young time-traveler’s journey when she must ask herself the question: “Will I use the knowledge I have of the future to affect past events?” And that moment for Claire Beauchamp is now. Sure, she’s been using her 20th-century skills to remedy 18th-century ails, but one could argue that the impact of those ministrations is minimal.
As the events of “The Gathering” unfolded, I couldn’t help but yearn for my very own 18th-century Emily Post (MacPost?) to explain the intricacies of Highland etiquette. After all, one misplaced oath could mean your head. (I can’t even begin to imagine the punishment for eating all of the Laird’s biscuits!) Our heroine could have used some customs training as well, seeing as it was Claire’s (understandable) naïvete that put Jamie in mortal peril (and after she spent weeks tending to his wounds).
Despite several juicy plot points—exorcism! clandestine makeouts! rescue missions!—Outlander’s third episode was the first to only negligibly drive the overall narrative forward. Which wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing if it didn’t feel as though “The Way Out” were hitting us about the head with The Great Bagpipes of Scottish History, going to great lengths to illuminate the customs and superstitions of the time. Two events specifically (one from Diana Gabaldon’s source material and one seemingly cooked up by executive producer-writer Ronald D.
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