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After a middling start, “Uncharted” sets Outlander back on course

After slogging through Claire vs. wild for its first few acts, Outlander gets back to what it does best in “Uncharted.” Outlander is as much a romance as it is an adventure story, and the show has settled into a predictable but nonetheless satisfying pattern: The universe pulls Jamie and Claire apart, but they always…

Outlander boards a ship to put Claire and Jamie’s relationship problems on pause

Jamie and Claire’s rescue mission to save Young Ian from his Jamaica-bound kidnappers injects Outlander with some much needed adventure. The show has been dragging along since Claire’s return, and their voyage promises some high-stakes drama on the high seas. But it also acts as an excuse for the writers to just sort…

Jenny Fraser Murray is the only person with any good sense on Outlander

The main issue with “First Wife” is that it’s just sort of...boring. The episode at least attempts to fill in some of the blanks of Jamie’s life between Helwater and Edinburgh and is the first episode since the reunion to truly recognize how difficult it is for two people to just resume their lives together after 20…

Jamie and Claire’s sexy and awkward reunion on Outlander unevenly acknowledges the passing of time

At last, Jamie and Claire are together again. Despite the dramatic action of their initial reunion (Jamie fainting), their first few interactions with each other are awkward, lilting, uncertain. Jamie asks Claire to turn around so he can change the pants he spilled on, and she nervously reminds him she’s his wife.…

Outlander serves up freedom, whisky, and stilted scenes

In “Freedom & Whisky,” Outlander finally departs from the structure of its season three episodes thus far. For the past four episodes, we’ve bounced between Jamie and Claire’s storylines. One (usually Jamie’s) has dragged more than the other, making it difficult to view each episode as a cohesive story. In “Freedom &…

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As Outlander continues to race through time, some characters never find their footing

Outlander’s moving so quickly through years and years of story that it’s difficult for the character development, especially for the new characters and new relationships, to really sink in and carry emotional weight. But at the same time, Outlander has to move forward quickly. Because it has to get to the point of…

Even when separated by time and space, Claire and Jamie's connection pulsates on Outlander

Outlander has trapped itself in a bit of a pacing pickle. “Surrender” takes place a few years after the season premiere, but Claire and Jamie are very much so in the same emotional place as they were last week. It seems little has happened despite the time jump that takes place outside of Jamie growing out his beard…