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‘Outlander’ Review: “Dragonfly in Amber”

Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan in the Outlander episode "Dragonfly in Amber." Photo Credit: Starz
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  1. Nancy Conner says:

    Love this series!!!!But reading ALL of the books is a MUST!!!!Gabledon is a genius, and the cast IS WONDERFUL!!! Thank you for bringing the characters to life for me!!!

    1. I totally agree! MUST read the books! There is so much more that can’t be put on the screen. :-) <3 <3 <3

  2. myrnaberry says:

    Thank you for your thoughtful review. I couldn’t agree more with virtually all of your observations. I am not a big consumer of cable episodic tv, although I really like what is being done in that arena. But I sense that Outlander is something special in terms of production values, writing, acting, directing…the whole nine yards. No doubt my appreciation is informed by my love of the source material as a book fan from eons ago. However, as Diana Gabaldon has said numerous times, the novel and the show are two different mediums and should be judged on their own merits. I certainly agree that Sam Heughan has delivered a thoughtful, nuanced portrayal of Jamie that, for me, enhance the books as I now re-read them in all their glory. This is true, as well, of Cait and Tobias, although accolades for them have been more forthcoming. The selection of the actors for the roles or Roger and Bree is yet another in a series of brilliant casting decisions. For some time now, I have thought that some portion of the success of this endeavor is the fact that it is not being made in the US. The UK/Scottish/Euro influence has brought a sensibility that might have otherwise been lost. Just another genius decision by Ron Moore.

  3. Neela says:

    Great review, but just a minor correction – the Battle of Culloden was 1746, not 1745. :) The Rising started in 1745 so it’s an easy mistake to make and I know the document they signed said 1745, but they specifically mention in the episode it was purposefully dated a year in the past. That said, I loved Rankin as Roger! I can’t wait to see more of him. I was not so enamoured of Brianna, but then I didn’t warm to her character until about book 4 anyway.

  4. Joe Coleman says:

    It is so obvious this is written by a woman. The no heroics no valor no thought of any sort of how to achieve victory in the battle there is only conniving plotting and scheming to undermine it. So many chances Claire could have killed Randell but it never seems to occur to her but she has no problem plotting to murder Prince Charles. I won’t be wasting my time on season 3

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