New Vanity Fair article on Outlander, Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan   2 comments

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From Vanity Fair

Is Outlander the weirdest show on TV? I’m sure there are some gonzo Adult Swim cartoons that some might say are weirder than Starz’s time-travel period romance, but from where I’m sitting, rapt with attention, Outlander is the oddest, hardest-to-pin-down series currently airing. I said as much when I reviewed the first half of the first season last summer—it’s weird, in a good way. Watching the first five episodes of the second half of the season (TV execs, we gotta stop doing this) has only reaffirmed my affection for the series, even if I spent some viewing time scratching my head. The more this show refuses to define itself in any concrete terms, the more it swerves between genre and tone—sometimes sweet, sometimes sanctimonious, sometimes startlingly graphic, sometimes proper and reserved—the more I’m drawn in.

And, sure, it helps that there is plenty of “doin’ it” to keep everyone’s unmentionables in a knot. But the show’s sex never feels gratuitous or thrown in just to get tongues wagging. There’s a genuine—and I can’t believe I’m about to say a word I really dislike—sensuality to the show, one that makes the sex more about passion, not just some mechanical turn-on. Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan, who play Claire and Jamie, have a real connection with one another, one I’m tempted to call soulful, but, jeez, that would make me sound like a real sap. They share some kind of on-screen something: chemistry, magic, spark, whatever you want to call it. I like watching them together, and not just in the sexy parts. That’s the simplest way I can put it. They work. It’s good casting.

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2 responses to “New Vanity Fair article on Outlander, Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan

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  1. Reblogged this on Ana Fraser Lallybroch Blog.

  2. Wow VF is my favorite mag…but even if it was not…..well said! Words right out of my mouth,..thanks

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