Outlander Episode 3 Review : Logic and Faith

To better understand the analysis in this review, be sure to read this synopsis Of “The Way Out” (Outlander Episode 3) before reading it if you haven’t seen it yet! Go watch Outlander on Starz through Amazon Prime! As a woman who embraces her career as a nurse, Claire bases her beliefs on scientific fact. When she lands in the 18th century Scottish Highlands, she finds a culture who’s beliefs are firmly rooted in an odd marriage of Catholicism and superstition. Claire knows that she must tread lightly where the Highlanders’ beliefs are concerned or risk being labeled a heretical witch. In looking at the multitude of situations that are centered around the clash between faith and fact in Episode 103 of Outlander, one can better understand the impact it will have on Claire and the series’ other characters. In adding a scene that doesn’t appear in the Outlander Novel, Executive Producer Ron D. Moore both answers the question of why Claire didn’t try to enlist someone to her her with her plight, and also shows the fear that she’s experiencing in this new world. When Mrs. Fitz slaps Claire in her daydream, it’s symbolic of the assault that her…

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Outlander Episode 103 “The Way Out” SYNOPSIS

For the Synopsis of the previous episode, read THIS first, and for more in-depth analysis of that same episode, please read THIS. Outlander Episode 103 opens with a flashback scene where Frank and Claire are in their military uniforms in the trains station. Claire has received an assignment to work on the front lines as a field nurse, and Frank is trying to convince her to let him call in a favor to get her assignment changed, but she won’t let him. Claire says “Welcome to the 20th Century” in regards to the her, as the wife, going off to war and leaving her husband behind. He says “Promise you’ll return to me”, which is foreshadowing on her future time traveling escapade. In the next scene, Mrs. Fitz is washing and dressing Claire for the day. Fitz remarks that Claire has the most beautiful skin she’s ever seen on a woman her age, and that her next husband would be very lucky. Claire hesitantly tells Fitz about her time travel plight, by starting out with explaining that her husband, Frank, has not yet been born. Mrs. Fitz looks very confused, and after getting over the initial shock of what Claire…

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Outlander Episode 2 Review: 200 Years Makes a Difference

When watching the second episode (read the “Castle Leoch” episode synopsis first, if needed) of the riveting Outlander series by Starz, it’s fascinating to see the carefully-crafted depictions of life in 18th century Scotland. The costuming (by designer Terry Dresbach) intricately shows not only the large volume of clothing that women wore during that time period, but also the lengthy process that a lady endured, daily, in dressing. Dresbach also gives us a glimpse of both work clothes, as the characters go about their daily work in the castle or outdoors, and dressier outfits in the assembly at the Great Hall. It’s like an amazing 18th Century fashion show! Under the direction of producer, Ron D. Moore, the set designers illustrate life without electricity through all of the candles and torches that are used for lighting, as well as the food that would’ve been consumed and the detailed, historically-accurate furnishings that fill the castle. The combination of the very convincing visual selections mentally draw the viewers into the show and help them to feel a fraction of Claire’s bewilderment and awe at what she’s seeing. However, the most interesting illustration is the comparison and contrast of Claire and 18th century…

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