Outlander Season 5: Big House on the Ridge

Starz Outlander The Ridge Big House cast Marsali Fergus Jamie Claire Roger Bree season 5

And so, after almost a year-and-a-half, Droughtlander has finally come to an end, and the Starz drama Outlander Season 5 “Fiery Cross” premier episode dropped last week. And I have opinions. For a bit of recap, this series is based on the wildly popular book series, OUTLANDER, by Diana Gabaldon. The Fiery Cross is the … Read more

Outlander’s River Run: What Would George Washington Do?

Mt. Vernon West Parlor

Okay, so in my previous post on Outlander Season 4, I said that I wasn’t sure about the accuracy of the set design. Accuracy, or lack thereof, is probably a strong word – we are talking about a story that involves time travel. I did, however, think it would be interesting to compare the production’s … Read more

Outlander Season 4: River Run’s Dark Design

Outlander River Run exterior river evening party

So, Season 4 of Outlander on Starz debuted back in November and this is my first post for the season. This season is based on Diana Gabaldon’s fourth Outlander book Drums of Autumn which sees our heroes, Scottish Highlander Jamie Fraser and his twentieth century time-traveling wife Claire Beauchamp Randall Fraser, settling in Colonial America … Read more

What’s wrong and right about Outlander’s Boston

Claire Caitroina Balfe and Frank Tobias Menzies in Boston apartment with floral wallpaper

After a very long “Droughtlander”, the Starz series Outlander has finally made it’s return! Based on Diana Gabaldon’s book series,  Outlander Season 3 (based on Voyager, the 3rd book in the series) focuses on the twenty year separation of our two leads – Claire (Caitroina Balfe) and Jamie (Sam Heughan) – and how they tried … Read more

Outlander: Paris is always a good idea – except for the Frasers

So, we’ve hit the end of the first half of Season 2 of Outlander on Starz, and it’s been an exhausting and emotionally draining experience. I expected that I’d be posting recaps and set design commentary after every episode, but found that it was all so gorgeous as to be overwhelming. And, as we hit … Read more

Outlander 202: Swans and Crocs and Versailles, Oh My!

The official title of the 2nd episode of Outlander in Paris is “Not in Scotland Anymore”, but to take the reference a little further the “Swans and Crocs and Versailles, Oh My!” episode is a feast for the senses and emotions. It’s a kaleidoscope of colors and textures, moving parts and sheer artistry the scale … Read more

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

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

Silver Screen Surroundings: Outlander S1E2 – Wining and dining in 18th century Scotland

In this week’s episode of the Starz series Outlander (S1E2) we get to know Castle Leoch, seat of the clan MacKenzie, and Laird Colum ban Campbell MacKenzie (seen above a dinner with his wife Letitia on the left). Colum has major health issues and his brother Dougal (who brought our heroine Claire to the castle) … Read more

Silver Screen Surroundings: Outlander Ep101 – Ancient Scottish castles

  The premier episode of “Outlander” on Starz has finally aired and it was really, really good and very true to the book. By the end of the first episode, the protagonist Claire Beauchamp Randall has “fallen through time” leaving behind her 20th century husband to wonder what happened to her and falling into the … Read more

Silver Screen Surroundings: Outlander on Starz

For twenty years I’ve been reading, and rereading, Diana Gabaldon’s epic adventure series “Outlander”. They are, as I like to describe them, “bodice ripping, time traveling, romantic historical fictions, filled with warrior poets in a kilt, a take charge heroine, blood, guts, gore and more.” Really, they defy easy description. This is not just chick … Read more