Claire’s Top 10 Looks from Outlander Ep. 207: FAITH

In Episode 207: FAITH, Caitriona Balfe‘s talent radiates even more than usual as Claire Elizabeth Beauchamp Randall Fraser. Sam Heughan makes a cameo appearance at the end (insert chuckle) so will have to wait his turn to take back over his reign of Top 30. It’s either that or a list of Jamie’s Top 2 – with and without the Gettysburg beard.

I’m happy to feature Caitriona for this episode because she’s every bit as brilliant a shining star as Sam. I just don’t want to make out with her, though I do have a girl crush on Le Dame Balfe – not embarrassed to admit it.

So, until clean shaven Jamie returns for an entire episode and we head back to Scotland, let’s have a quick bit of fun with Claire, shall we?

#10: Claire’s Hot Chocolate Face – Yeah . . . not the face of a woman who’s craving hot chocolate while her husband sits, rotting in the Bastille.

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A True Fan’s Review of Outlander Ep. 207: FAITH

In Outlander Episode 207: FAITHCaitriona Balfe does all the heavy lifting while Sam Heughan is off growing a Gettysburg beard. (If you’ve seen the 1993 film of which I speak, you know what I mean. If you haven’t, you must. It’s a great film based on the even better Pulitzer Prize-winning classic Civil War novel: The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara. Check out both mediums.)

But the show isn’t ready for rebellion quite yet . . .

This episode is about power – the power of healing, the power of hate, the power of physical strength, the power to grant life or death, the power of accusation, and the power of forgiveness. It’s about who has the power and who doesn’t.

Claire is put to the ultimate test – losing both husbands, her baby, one of two enemies, her best friend, and finally her virtue (which happens to be a synonym for faith, so there’s that).

Written by Toni Graphia with returning director , FAITH is on par with Ep. 116: TO RANSOM A MAN’S SOUL in that it rips your heart out – again and again. Standing ovations for all but especially Caitriona BalfeRomann Berrux, and the master of music Bear McCreary.

While Bear’s Outlander compositions are all lovely, I don’t always pay close attention to the music during my initial viewing of Outlander. To be honest, I think I’ve paid more attention to Bear’s music in The Walking Dead because it’s jarring, powerful and quite formidable at times. However, the music in FAITH is (if I may borrow a thought from the Duke) sublime perfection.

Caitriona and Romann’s outstanding performances shall be discussed in more detail throughout the recap/review.

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Jamie’s Top 30 Looks from Outlander Ep. 206: BEST LAID SCHEMES

In Episode 206: BEST LAID SCHEMES, Sam Heughan‘s Jamie reaches across the spectrum of emotions – sharing his tender side with Claire (Caitriona Balfe), staring down the Comte (Stanley Weber) and finally letting loose his fury against Randall (Tobias Menzies). Sam and Jamie get quite a workout in this episode in so many ways . . . as does their hair.

I’m happy to say, even after the hundreds of selections I’ve made for Top 30, Sam continually amazes with the breadth of expressions he displays. “Not just another pretty face” applies to everyone on the show, but especially to  Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe  and especially in this particular episode.

I’m less happy to say, we’re halfway to the end of Season 2. The good news is, we’re that much closer to the introduction of Roger Mac and Brianna! Until then, I hope you continue to enjoy Jamie’s Top 30 until some other young, attractive Scot takes over the Top spot. Here we go . . .

#30: Jamie’s Under The Weather Face – Aww. Don’t you just want to rub Jamie’s belly . . . and a few other spots?

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A True Fan’s Review of Outlander Ep. 206: BEST LAID SCHEMES

In Outlander Episode 206: BEST LAID SCHEMES all hell breaks loose. Claire becomes a pregnant force to be reckoned with. Hooyah! Murtagh is finally brought into the fold. Yay!  The Prince has a meltdown. Boo hoo! The Comte gets sexier and sexier. Yeehaw! Randall is badder than ever. Hiss! And Jamie’s well laid plan is destroyed with one, well-aimed thrust. Kudos!

Written by Matt Roberts and directed by , this episode does well handling one of the most disturbing scenes in Diana Gabaldon‘s Dragonfly in Amber novel. Of course, we’re not actually to that part yet, but I’ve no doubt the producers and writers will continue to handle the subject matter with respect. Each week, the story has unfolded around the Fraser’s tenuous and complicated plan to change the future, alter history, control people’s destinies – especially their own. With masterful writing, directing and acting, we watch it all come crashing down.

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Jamie’s Top 30 Looks from Outlander Ep. 205: UNTIMELY RESURRECTION

In Episode 205: UNTIMELY RESURRECTION, Sam Heughan takes us back to serious Jamie. He has very little time for humor, being forced by the Prince to partner with St. Germain and broadsided by the return of Captain Randall. To top it all off, Claire makes a demand he never thought possible given his very recent experience. But he pulls himself together and makes a promise even we know is not possible to keep.

We have Tender Jamie, B/Romantic Jamie, Duty Jamie, Business Jamie, Intense Jamie and even Scary Jamie in this episode. It may be a while before we see Sexy/Steamy Jamie in an episode, but he still looks great no matter what. Presented here are my Top 30 Looks for Episode 205. I hope you enjoy Jamie’s many faces on this Mother’s Day 2016.

#30: Jamie’s Do Not Touch Me Face – Thought I’d start with the worst thing Jamie could say to Claire. We all felt it.

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A True Fan’s Review of Outlander Ep. 205: UNTIMELY RESURRECTION

Outlander Episode 205: UNTIMELY RESURRECTION throws down the gauntlet. Just when Claire thinks the only thing she has to worry about is an old lover, a dark figure from the Frasers’ past returns with a wicked smirk and a matching ego. Claire and Jamie’s newfound harmony is placed into jeopardy when Frank’s imperiled past collides with Claire’s dubious future and Jamie’s destructive present.

With the episode written by Richarch Kahan and under the direction of Douglas MackinnonCaitriona Balfe takes on Randall, the King of France, two lovesick puppies and an enraged Jamie in her boldest and most intense performance yet. It doesn’t get much better than this.

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A True Fan’s Review of Outlander Episode 204: LA DAME BLANCHE

Episode #204: LA DAME BLANCHE is a treat for book lovers, showcasing several favorite scenes straight from the novel – Jamie’s “blade of grass” monologue being the most noteworthy. The moment he finds out Randall is still alive, the energy of the show changes dramatically. The isolation and gloominess subside. Even Murtagh recognizes the change.

Written by Toni Graphia (who also wrote the wonderful THE WATCH and THE DEVIL’S MARK)  and directed by Douglas Mackinnon, this episode feels more like the novel than any this season. The scenes and dialogue dance off the pages of Diana Gabaldon‘s Dragonfly in Amber so perfectly, it’s impossible not to make the comparison. But I won’t get carried away. A lot happens in this episode, so let’s not dilly or dally.


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