Sam Heughan is TV Line’s ‘Performer of the Week’   6 comments

TV Line’s Performer of the Week – Sam Heughan

From TV Line:

THE PERFORMER | Sam Heughan

THE SHOW | Outlander

THE EPISODE | “To Ransom a Man’s Soul” (May 30)

THE PERFORMANCE | You can just imagine the thoughts that must’ve crossed the mind of Outlander‘s Sam Heughan upon hearing his character’s trajectory at the end of the season: “I’m going to do what? And they’re going to show every minute of it?” Indeed, Jamie’s rape by Black Jack Randall in the finale was a nasty, graphic, terrifying violation rendered heartbreakingly honest by Heughan’s performance. The fearless actor shifted Jamie from defiant to resigned to seemingly removed from the proceedings, until Randall — not satisfied with merely ravaging the Highlander’s body — decided to sully his soul, as well. As a disoriented and gravely injured Jamie realized that he’d inadvertenly experienced a moment of pleasure at his rapist’s hand, Heughan infused one facial expression with enough regret and sorrow to last several lifetimes.

After his rescue from the prison, the actor played Jamie’s torment and shame unflinchingly, relating his attack to Caitriona Balfe’s Claire in detached manner far removed from Jamie’s normal vibrance. And though the episode ended on a positive note — Heughan’s smile as Jamie learned he will be a father was like seeing your porch light suddenly come into view after a long time away from home — here’s hoping that Outlander allots the space and time in Season 2 to properly process what’s happened to its hero. Heughan is more than capable of handling it.

6 responses to “Sam Heughan is TV Line’s ‘Performer of the Week’

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  1. Sam Heughan is undoubtedly one of the most gifted actors to emerge to the forefront of the acting community in recent memory. He’s nailed the character of James Alexander Malcom MacKenzie Fraser to a tee. Best wishes for the future to you, we will be watching.

  2. Well written that facial expression on Sam’s face is hauntingly painful. It is burned in my memory… The porch light analogy is brilliantly written… Caitriona played her part like a nurse in a Trauma Center would; tough when she needed to be; tender when she must! BRAVO of an outstanding cast, director, producers, writers and all others that had the courage to portray the real betrayal of Jamie’s body by responding to rape in the matter in which he did.

  3. His work has been truly outstanding, and in the last two episodes, he was exceptional. I hope he gets the recognition he so richly deserves.

  4. Yes he is! Sam Heughan is a fabulous actor and person! So happy he is being recognized for his craft!

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  5. Reblogged this on Ana Fraser Lallybroch Blog.

  6. After seeing the end of the series, I am still shaken from the rape scene with Sam and Tobias. What phenomonol acting on Sam’s part and Tobias Menzies, as well. All three, Claire included, stepped up and overwhelmed us all. Sam, et al, you need an award for these moments of great acting!!! Always a fan of yours, A.

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