Just look at those beauties!
We are T-Minus one month from season two.
That means it’s not too late to go back and watch Outlander season one.
For those of you who haven’t checked it out, Outlander is the story of two preposterously hot people who get picked on by a bunch of slightly less hot people and one dastardly genius.
I mean, just look at these people.
The snow queen cometh.
What? I’m just an adonis in a Higlander getup leaning against a lichen-covered rock. What of it?
I have to be honest: I didn’t expect to like Outlander, even though I rise to ‘Scotland the Brave’ every morning. It just felt so cheesy when it started. It felt kind of like a period soap opera sponsored by Velveeta.
And then I was like, damn! This is kind of edgy. Huh.
And then I was like: This is porn. This is straight up soft core porn.
And then I was like: This is still porn, and I’m completely okay with it.
And then I was like: This is still kind of odd but it’s not cheesy anymore. Now it’s full of taint-puckering look-away-from-the-screen shit.
And then I was like: Oh, it’s cheesy again. Thank god. Whew. I love this show so much. Maybe we should revisit the porn phase?
And then I was like: Holy Mary, Mother Of Christ, what am I watching? Don’t…don’t…don’t…oh god! Oh sweet merciful god. Game of Thrones wishes it was this fucked up.
And now I just visit the Starz website and crush on Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe (a woman who cannot be shot from a bad angle because she doesn’t have one.)
Just look at this picture from season two. My goodness. I’m fanning my face.
I’m such a fan of their love affair. It does feel epic in scope, but really honest and genuine and wonderful inside of their relationship. Sam Heughan’s ‘Jamie Fraser’ is the most likeable, most easy-to-root-for hero since Mal Reynolds. Yeah, I said it. Unlike other shows where couples get in bullshit fights and allow stupid misunderstandings to be plot points, every time there’s a chance for Jamie Fraser to act like a boy in a situation, he acts like a man. Like a goddamn man, baby! He loves Balfe’s ‘Claire’ so wholly and completely that it transcends time and space. And now they get to travel together…
Next week, Cindy is going to take an in depth look at Outlander season two, so make sure to keep an eye out for that. I just wanted to pop in and stoke the fan fires and get people excited to start binging season one. There’s still time to see Tobias Menzies fucking annihilate the small screen. Just crumple it up and toss it out with the trash.
Because this is a romance show, his performance has largely been lost, but it was nominated for a Golden Globe. Christian Slater won for Mr. Robot. And I grumble because while I like him, and was happy for him, when you compare apples to apples, only Ben Mendelsohn in Bloodline was even in the ballpark of what Tobias Menzies did acting-wise as both Frank Randall and Jonathan Wolverton “Black Jack” Randall. My god, he was fucking incredible.
Just seeing him makes me shudder a little.
Anyway…for those of you just thinking about Outlander for the first time, get ready to enjoy. It’s basically period-piece Fifty Shades of Gray for smart romantics. And right now it feels like the kind of club you want to be in. Just look up any interview with Heughan and Balfe and you’ll see how delightful they are as people. It’s just a cast and a show that feels good to root for.
Can’t wait for season two!
Vive Les Frasers!
Outlander Season Two premieres April 9 at 9pm on Starz