Warning: Spoilers Ahead. If you plan to watch Season One of Outlander but haven't found time you, stop here. You can watch the first season for free on the Starz site. If you are caught up, read on, friend!
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I’m a little late to the party. I know. This is the story of my life. I have two kids. I’m always a little late EVERYWHERE. But I knew I had to make time to watch Outlander, the Starz series that debuted to rave, panty-flaming reviews last year. After all, I’d read the books, and as a devotee of historical fiction with a penchant for romance, I’d be embarrassed to have missed it. So I waited until my husband was out of town on business, sat down with a ginormous bowl of kettle corn, and just about guilty pleasured myself to death. But now, dear friends, I have questions. Many, many questions.
10. That Song
Is there anyone who can hear the swelling notes of that theme song and not feel shivers up and down their spine? Anyone? I would argue if that opening ditty full of bagpipe melodrama does not make you feel even a twinge of sentiment, you are dead inside. DEAD.
9. That Accent
Did you know there was a man on earth that could make “Sassenach” sound like a term of endearment? Neither did I. After all, it’s a derogatory term that historically was used by the Scottish to describe a person of English descent. But the man who can turn that phrase into a word that rolls off the tongue like sticky, sweet honey exists and his name is Sam Hueghan.8. That Man
Is there a Team Frank? I mean really, how could there be? Is there anyone who really believes that Claire ought to end up with that twit? I want to know who these people are. I need names.7. Seriously, That Accent
Did you believe that there might be an accent on this Earth that isn’t as sexy as a good Scottish brogue? Welp, you were wrong. Behold the beauty that is those words uttered by a highlander behind a veil of hair with smoldering intensity.6. Team Jamie
Is Claire a nitwit? I would strongly suggest that she is. How many hours did it take her to decide to come off that damn hillside and back into Jamie’s arms? And really, what was she contemplating up there? Was there ANYTHING to consider. I can’t think of anything. The woman possibly has brain damage. It’s gotta be the time travel.5. That Sexual Assault Episode
Can we all collectively decide to just pretend the last two episodes didn’t happen? God that was difficult and heart wrenching to watch a man’s dignity get ripped away from him in that way. But really, it makes you consider- why is it not as difficult to watch women get raped in every other show on television? Hmmmm…. This is a really excellent point. I bet they did that on purpose.4. That Chemistry
Can fully clothed sex scenes be arousing? Holy hell. Yes. Outlander has proved that you can put the tantalizing suggestiveness of the scene forward without exposing one inch of flesh. And make it tongue tyingly erotic. That’s what happens when you focus on the intimacy rather than the mechanics of sex. Directors, take note.3. Did I Mention That Man? Let Me Say It Again. That Man.
Isn’t it refreshing to watch male nudity as unapologetically on display as female nudity typically is? I think so. It’s not that I am a great admirer of male genitalia. It’s just that it’s nice to see it exposed in equal measure.2. That Emotion
Is it possible for men to cry in a way that makes shedding tears look like a monumental act of masculinity? Jamie Fraser certainly has it down. His depiction of the Scottish highlander’s character as more emotionally aware and sensitive than his female counterpart makes his sex appeal sizzle.1. That Story
Is it possible that Outlander, while being a titillating bit of romance fantasy, is also something of a feminist manifesto? It’s looking that way. Few shows on television are handling sex in quite this way, focusing on a women’s pleasure and flipping gender stereotypes about intimacy and relationships. Even their handling of sexual assault is knocking down norms and forcing audiences to face the reality of rape instead of the desensitized violence towards women TV has made so blase. It’s satisfying to watch from more than just an eye candy perspective.
If you're eager to get your own questions answered, the current season of Outlander debuted on Starz earlier this month. Season Two promises a whirlwind affair in France full of intrigue, politics and the continuing complexity of an unusual love story. I'll probably get to it sometime next fall when my kids decide to let me have a life. In the meantime,,, shhhh... no spoilers!
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