Outlander, Season Two

Outlander, Season Two

DVD - 2016
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Follows the story of Claire Randall, a married combat nurse from 1945 who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743, where she is immediately thrown into an unknown world where her life is threatened. When she is forced to marry Jamie Fraser, a chivalrous and romantic young Scottish warrior, a passionate relationship is ignited that tears Claire's heart between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

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Sep 08, 2017

Entertaining and engrossing continuation of Season 1 of the series. Jamie and Claire Fraser are a fascinating and very attractive couple and you root for them to hold onto each other as they are propelled by fate and circumstances from one misadventure or tragedy to another. "Outlander" is a beautifully rendered romantic costume drama/fantasy played to the hilt by Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan as the lovers and Tobias Menzies as the sociopathic Captain Jonathan "Black Jack" Randall who bedevils them.
This is a five disc set of the complete second season, with 3 to 5 episodes per disc. It's really (really) hard to pick a favorite out of all the interlocking episodes, but the one I watched several times with particular interest was "Je Suis Prest" ("I Am Ready"), episode 9. Here Jamie and Claire bond in new ways as Claire struggles with PTSD from her memories of young men killed during the Second World War, and Jamie steps into his full manhood as both soldier and general, training raw recruits from the countryside for battle while reining in his ambitious, vainglorious uncle Dougal Mackenzie, who keeps testing Jamie's authority and patience.
One of the great things about this series is the deft way the writers often fold moments of levity and comic interplay into episodes of action and high drama. An impossibly young British soldier steals into camp one dark night thinking to capture or kill the notorious "Red Jamie" but is caught.
As Jamie and his men interrogate the soldier, Claire appears, watching with apprehension as Jamie heats a blade, determined to get the frightened but stubborn boy to reveal the location and movement of his fellow soldiers.
Trying to head off what might become a grisly torture session--would her Jamie really do this?--Claire pretends to be a captive, loudly protesting the "barbarian" Highland commander leave the boy alone and release her as well.
Jamie immediately picks up the cue and roughly yanks Claire to him, pretending to molest her to get the horrified young soldier to talk. Jamie's lascivious "assault" is so realistic the ruse works, but not before a furious Claire "accidentally" knees him in the groin. Jamie's reaction is priceless; he winces, moans and shoots Claire a withering look, hissing "Sassenach!" (Gaelic for "English one," by now Jamie's pet name for his wife) as she glares back. (It was supposed to look real but not THAT real!)
The boy, John Grey, is released--sort of--and in sullen gratitude solemnly vows to an amused Jamie a debt of honor for sparing his life. (And young Private Grey is as good as his word; this encounter will wind up being the key to Jamie's surviving the disastrous Battle of Culloden, in the first episode of Season 3.)
And of course there is that heartbreaking goodbye in the season's extended final episode, "Dragonfly in Amber," as Jamie leads a tearful Claire back to the stones, determined to get her and their unborn child to safety.

Bonus materials include deleted or expanded scenes from each episode on the disc introduced by series executive producer-writer Ronald D. Moore, and a funny gag reel of outtakes. There are no commentary tracks included in this set (a puzzling disappointment) but you can find them in the Podcast section on the Starz channel's website for Outlander. (What I did was to play the DVD episodes in my Blu-ray, syncing the episode audio to the website's podcast commentary; a bit tricky, but worth the effort. By season 3 the series creators have figured out a way to make the sync-up much easier.)
Every episode from each season is available on the Starz website as well, and there are lots and lots of fun and interesting extras.

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BlueHippo
Jul 29, 2017

A good continuation of season 1. The last couple of eposiodes are a welcome change from the 18th century and all the troubles there!

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erinsnest
Feb 22, 2017

Feb 22 2017, not finished yet, but finding this series VERY good. I even have to say that Jamie is looking more and more like I pictured him when I read the books. I wasn't too happy with the first season, (he just wasn't JAMIE to me) but this season, yes, that's him.) Now Claire is just too skinny, but they have her hair right this season, so that makes it better, and her acting super as well, so I'm satisfied. That was a hard one to cast, so I really can't complain!

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