Silver Screen Surroundings: Outlander, S1E8, Both Sides Now

“I’ve looked at love from both sides now…” as the song goes. This weeks 8th episode of Outlander marked the “mid-season finale” of Season 1, which won’t return until April with eight more episodes covering Book 1 (also called Outlander) of the now eight book series. Starz has already announced their commitment to Season 2 … Read more

Silver Screen Surroundings: Outlander S1E7: The Wedding

So, in this week’s Outlander, we finally get to the episode all Outlander book fans have been waiting for. The wedding! It’s an arranged marriage, basically forced upon Claire, in order to make her Scottish and protect her from the evil British Army Captain Randall. (Meanwhile, she still has a 20th century husband whom she … Read more

Everyone’s a Critic: The Harshness of Online Commentary

House Beautiful magazine recently posted an article on their website called The Ugly Side of Beautiful Rooms: Design in the Age of Internet Comments. The article, written by Annmarie Dooling, talks about the invective spewed online in comments sections and why people feel that it’s okay to say things online that they wouldn’t say in … Read more

Silver Screen Surroundings: Outlander, S1E6 The Garrison Commander

For the most part, Outlander is very much an “outside” story. There’s lots of sleeping rough on the road, horse riding through the Highlands, campfires and buggy roadside inns. In other words, unlike Downton Abbey, there’s not much in the way of fine interiors and “Get that look” opportunities.  So, while I adore the story … Read more

Silver Screen Surroundings: Outlander S1E5 – “The Rent” plus, visiting a wattle house

In this week’s episode, our heroine Claire is taken on the road with a pack of MacKenzie men to collect the rents from outlying tenant farmers who hadn’t been able to make it to The Gathering at Castle Leoch. War Chieftan Dougal figures it would be good to have a healer along and Claire sees … Read more

Silver Screen Surroundings: Outlander, S1E4 The Gathering, and scenic insider

This week’s installment of Starz TV’s production of Outlander brings us the famous “Gathering” of the Clan MacKenzie where all the men under laird Colum MacKenzie come to the castle to swear their oath of fidelity to him and to the clan (and to pay their rents and proceeds from the farms they tend). The event … Read more