Saturday, July 9, 2016

TV Show Review: Outlander (Season 2)

The second season of Outlander ended with an epic finale that explored the time travel nature and concluded Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe) first jaunt back in time. This season explored new annals of history traveling to Paris then back to Scotland and jumping back and forth through time. There was a bit of a slow down when Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan) and Claire first returned to Scotland. 

In Paris, Jamie and Claire sought to prevent the slaughter at Culloden Moor by ending the Jacobite rebellion at the source, the bonny Prince Charlie (Andrew Gower). This season delved into the gritty maneuverings of the monarchy through the brothels of Paris. There Jamie encounters the young boy pickpocket Fergus (Romann Berrux) while Claire's pronunciation of smallpox on a shipment of wine makes an enemy of  Comte St. Germain (Stanley Weber).

Their negotiations and bribes are not enough to stop the tide of history  and Jamie mortal enemy Black Jack Randall (Tobias Menzies), the ancestor of Claire's present day husband Frank, shows up in Paris to see to his cousin and generally cause trouble for Jamie who immediately challenges him to a duel though Claire knows that if he dies, then Frank will never exist.

The bodies started piling up when they returned to Scotland but I'll spare all the major names as things steadily grow out of hand. Bloodlines are revealed to be more complicated than the straight forward path, and I was engaged by all the plot twists in this season pushing it above the amazing first. 

The time travel drama of the finale really brought it home for me, reminding viewers why they love this show and the complicated mystery. I picked up the first four books in the series and believe the series has already been renewed for two more. I think there are already eight books in the continuing series. Next year when the third season starts, I plan to be a lot more informed. I would recommend this show to fans of historical fiction, faithful book adaptations, and epic romances. I am hooked and will try to keep up with it from now on, anticipating the premier of season three!

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