Vote For Outlander Cast In The Podcast Awards!

Written by: Blake Larsen


Some may call it "nerdy", some may call it "freakin' awesome!"  Either way, there is such a thing called The Podcast Awards, and yes, there is a big get together with all the podcast geeks when they actually hand out trophies.

Being a podcaster, for some reason, I just think it's the coolest thing ever.

But I write today because I need your help - I would love for you to take a minute and vote for us to win in two categories! TV & Film  AND People's Choice!  All you need to do is hit the jump to find out how you can do it...


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The King of Men Arrives and Meets A Fox: Recap of Episode 208 "The Fox's Lair"

Written by: Sara Mordzynski



From the moment the opening  title sequence emerges, we know that Outlander has closed the door on France and has re-emerged to the lush images of Scotland along with the haunting battle scenes to come.  Even Bear McCreary’s music evokes that return with an ominous undercurrent as we hear the drums and bagpipes. Then, the title card for The Fox’s Lair displays said canine. As far as title cards go—it is a straightforward  introduction to THE  character of episode 208, The Old Fox, Lord Lovat.
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The Scotland Diaries -- May 19-21 -- The Highlands Part 2

Written by: Anne Gavin


I keep saying, “It doesn’t get any better than this.”  And…then…it does. Every location exceeds the location before it and every travel experience touches me deeper than the one before.  I seriously am out of adjectives at a little over the half way point of the trip.  This country is truly life-changing.   And, it’s really not just about Outlander or my love for the show.  Clearly, that was a spark for me to come here.  But, it’s become about the indescribable landscapes, the spackling of the sun (yes, SUN!) off the munros, moors and lochs, the haunting hum of the wind through the scotch pines or the roar of the wind off a ridge that stops as suddenly as it starts.  And, sometimes just waking up to the growling tune of a bagpipe…somewhere.  I only have my words to describe it but nothing really does it justice.  Because every day the experience just gets bigger than me.  Compared to the things I have seen here, nothing seems quite as important or significant.  Read more after the jump…
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LIVE Blog: Episode 2.08 - "The Fox's Lair"

Written by: Ashley Crawley


Do you find yourself obsessively gabbing on about Outlander to your friends and family? Wishing your Saturday nights included a living room full of people with whom to watch, discuss, comment, cheers, jeers and well, experience alllllll the feels? Dinna fash, Obsessenach - you are not alone.

Good news - we can get new family and friends pour ourselves a dram and, through the magic of technology, enjoy it together!  Each Saturday at 9:00 p.m., we'll be LIVE blogging the episodes to bring you a two-screen experience into the world of Outlander.  Like the Outlander Cast podcast, it will be SPOILER FREE for non-book readers.

So get all your post-18th Century gadgets ready and settle in, because the best things in life should be shared with a buddy.  Hi, buddy.

Now let the show begin...


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A Curious look at Outlander's Master Raymond: Who is this guy? *SPOILER WARNING*

Written By: Janet Reynolds



By now we have all — maybe — stopped weeping over episode 7 of Outlander. The script, the set, the ACTING — "Faith" was the episode where season two finally came together in one glorious hour of outstanding television. Move over "The Wedding." "Faith" may supersede you for fan rewatching.

This is the also the episode where, barring Ron D. Moore et al losing their collective minds, we bade farewell to the enigmatic Master Raymond. Like the man himself, his screen minutes may have been small, but he figures large in Claire's life and, ultimately, in the way history plays out.
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Episode 207: "Faith" Can Move Mountains

Written by: Denise Stewart


Going into episode 207 I knew just by the title it was going to be a tear jerker.  But who would have thought it was going to be a total sobfest?  Toni Graphia has brought everything to the table in this one epic hour of television! “Faith” can be as simple as remembering the name of Claire and Jamie’s precious little girl all the way to what Jamie and Claire must have in order to survive this loss with their relationship intact.  Most of the episode was consumed with Claire living through the death of her child, but so much more happened, testing the faith of so many characters on different levels. Let’s take a stroll….with tissues in hand...through some of this episode that we all were so long anticipating with no small amount dread.

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Passing the Crown: How RDM rules over the Outlander fandom.

Written by: Holly Richter-White


When the reigning Queen of England relinquishes her crown, it's expected to be the biggest event in British history in over 70 years.
No such fanfare for HERSELF, Diana Gabaldon, our Queen of Outlander. Although her reign ended in 2014, she is in fact, and thankfully, alive and kicking.  Kicking herself? Hmm.. perhaps? But probably not.  She did in fact sell the rights to the Outlander series, willingly and freely, for the current television series, envisioned and led by showrunner Ronald D. Moore.
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Why Outlander will help Starz win the battle of Sunday night TV

Written By: Janet Reynolds



Starz CEO Chris Albrecht made a startling announcement this week: He's moving the cable channel's original programming from Saturday to Sunday nights, starting in July with Power. That means that season 3 of Outlander — yes, yes it's going to happen! — would go up against the likes of Game of Thrones on HBO and Homeland on Showtime. In other words, Starz is taking on the cable big boys. Move over Jon Snow. Jamie Fraser is coming to town.
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[Relatively] LIVE Blog: Episode 2.07 - "Faith"

Written by: Ashley Crawley


Do you find yourself obsessively gabbing on about Outlander to your friends and family? Wishing your Saturday nights included a living room full of people with whom to watch, discuss, comment, cheers, jeers and well, experience alllllll the feels? Dinna fash, Obsessenach - you are not alone.

Good news - we can get new family and friends pour ourselves a dram and, through the magic of technology, enjoy it together!  Each Saturday at 9:00 p.m., we'll be LIVE blogging the episodes to bring you a two-screen experience into the world of Outlander.  Like the Outlander Cast podcast, it will be SPOILER FREE for non-book readers.

So get all your post-18th Century gadgets ready and settle in, because the best things in life should be shared with a buddy.  Hi, buddy.
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If You Knew, Would You Tell?


Written by: Anne Hawkinson


In “Best Laid Schemes,” Murtagh is finally told the secret Claire and Jamie have been keeping from him. But the timing of the reveal really threw me off.  Wait . . . what?? Claire has just given Jamie her smallpox potion, which means any second now he should be vomiting and pissing blood. After she blots his chest with nettle mash, he makes his way down to the courtyard for one of the most important conversations he and Murtagh will ever have. I know Jamie’s a tough guy, but I don’t think even he can will away the effects of bitter cascara, rosemary essence, and rose madder.

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The Scotland Diaries -- May 15-17 -- Castles, Kirks, Cairns and Culloden

Written by: Anne Gavin


You could almost hear the thump, thump, thump of my heart at we set off from Edinburgh pointed north and west towards the Highlands. I had just met my fellow travelers and we all nervously looked at each other and hoped we would remember faces and names and where everyone journeyed from. It quickly became clear, however, that I was amongst fellow Obsessenachs when talk turned to Jamie and Claire and I saw that familiar light in their eyes. It’s that look of relief when we realize we all have in common a slightly odd but joyful love for an epic story and the equally epic characters that inhabit it. You know the look. It’s the knowledge that we share a wonderful secret and are relieved to have found kindred spirits. So, as we crossed the Forth River Bridge and left the city behind, we all knew that we were about to make our dreams come true as we traveled Jamie and Claire’s path through A' Ghàidhealtachd -- "the place of the Gaels" – the historic Scottish Highlands. Click past the jump to read more…

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Claire's Cruel Compassion

Written by: Anne Hawkinson

Alex Randall is a really good guy, despite the fact that his brother is the sick, perverted Black Jack Randall who abused and tortured Jamie at Wentworth Prison. Alex also happens to be in love with Mary Hawkins, which sets all manner of alarm bells ringing for Claire.
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Despite Recent News - Believe Me, Outlander Season 3 Will Happen

Written by: Blake Larsen


A lot of the Outlander fandom is losing their collective minds about the potential for Outlander Season 3. Why hasn't it been announced yet? is the question I keep hearing.  Another favorite from the so-called "prognosticators" is, well, the ratings are going down. STARZ won't renew a show with declining ratings.  Then, add the recent news of Ron Moore becoming an EP on the new Philip K. Dick miniseries that's being created by Sony Television, and it adds even more fuel to an already useless inferno.  As soon as that jewel hit the interwebs, more people started to feel validation in their concerns.  See!  Ron's already moving on! How can he split his time? He won't give Outlander 100%"  OK ::deep breaths, Blake::

 This sudden panic has literally set my brain ablaze. And quite frankly, I am writing this piece because the misinformation being spewed out by people has aggravated me. I intend on showing you the reasonable outcome here, and not fear mongering like some. Whether or not people are saying these things because they're worried, or they're insecure, or because they want to start a conversation for the sake of conversation, isn't my concern.  All I care about is getting everyone to take a chill pill.

It's easy to see why people get swept up into this fervor - you want your favorite show and you want it to be totally safe and secure for the future.  But for some reason, this fervor is totally blind of context and history. So, let me quell your fears with some history, much needed context, and a little bit of how the business of recent television works. Let me tell you why you needn't worry about Outlander season 3 and why it IS coming to your family room television.
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Murtagh Hits a Rough Spot

Written by: Anne Hawkinson



Murtagh is a man who makes you feel safe, no matter the circumstance. He stands quietly (for the most part) in the background, surveying the situation, alert to any potential danger. He’s got your back, no matter what. He’s loyal to the end - underneath that scowl and tough exterior is a tender heart of pure gold. His dedication to Jamie is unwavering, so when things start to go wrong for Murtagh, my heart goes out to him.
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The Scotland Diaries -- May 13-14 Edinburgh

Written by: Anne Gavin



My trip across the pond could not have gone any smoother, save for a short gap leaving Newark, New Jersey due to air traffic delays over the busy skies of New York.  Not surprising!   But, the moment I landed in Scotland, the spirit and the soul of this amazing country seeped into me and my first couple of days here have exceeded ALL expectations… Read more about my visit to Scotland’s capital city after the jump…
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LIVE Blog: Episode 2.06 - "Best Laid Schemes..."

Written by: Ashley Crawley


Do you find yourself obsessively gabbing on about Outlander to your friends and family? Wishing your Saturday nights included a living room full of people with whom to watch, discuss, comment, cheers, jeers and well, experience alllllll the feels? Dinna fash, Obsessenach - you are not alone.

Good news - we can get new family and friends pour ourselves a dram and, through the magic of technology, enjoy it together!  Each Saturday at 9:00 p.m., we'll be LIVE blogging the episodes to bring you a two-screen experience into the world of Outlander.  Like the Outlander Cast podcast, it will be SPOILER FREE for non-book readers.

So get all your post-18th Century gadgets ready and settle in, because the best things in life should be shared with a buddy.  Hi, buddy.

Now let the show begin . . .
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The Man With the Mark

Written by: Anne K. Hawkinson



Who is the man with the port wine stain on his hand? He knows something of the way carriages are constructed as he removes the pin from the wheel of Jared’s carriage, ensuring its breakdown later in the day. How does he gain access to the carriage so easily, without suspicion or questioning from anyone? Is he one of Jared’s “trusted” servants? I wouldn’t think just anyone could walk up to a carriage and start tinkering with its wheel without drawing unwanted attention. He uses a tool to remove the pin, so some amount of planning must have gone into the plan to disable the carriage – he wasn’t merely strolling by and decided to tamper with it. He must have known who the carriage belonged to, and who it would be transporting. It’s all part of a plan. Whose plan?



When the carriage breaks down in front of the hospital, Murtagh sends Fergus home to warn Jamie that they will be late in arriving for the dinner party. Then he, Claire, and Mary set off on foot for home. At this point, I wondered about carriages for hire – was that not an option available to them? Was there no one else they knew (between the hospital and home) who could loan them one or give them a ride? It appeared to be a significant distance - it looks to be late afternoon when they leave the hospital, and when they finally arrive home, it is after eight o’clock. But, I digress. If there was a carriage available, then no attack could ensue.

When the attack takes place in the alley, Murtagh is knocked unconscious, and Mary and Claire are at the mercy of three men. One of them has the marked hand, and is planning to rape Claire until he recognizes her as “La Dame Blanche.” He knows her “title” and knows her by sight. So, he’s seen her somewhere before. Where? How did he learn of the story of “La Dame Blanche?”

According to the book, the men have “manicured hands” and “silk hose.” These are not your everyday, low-life, neighborhood thugs. They are high class thugs, ready and willing to attack and rape. In the book, Claire sees the mark on the man’s hand and makes a mental note (amidst the chaos) to remember it.

She’s convinced that Le Comte St. Germain is involved somehow, especially after the incident at Versailles when she became violently ill after drinking wine laced with bitter cascara. (He simply stares at her with a satisfied look on his face as she doubles over in pain and is rushed from the room in Jamie’s arms.) Claire is seated next to St. Germain at dinner and wonders how he can sip his soup so calmly after what he’s orchestrated (she concludes), and the pain and suffering he’s inflicted. I looked for the mark on St. Germain’s hand (and didn’t see it), but he would have distanced himself from any direct involvement in the attack, if he’s the one behind it.


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Which brings me back to my original question. 

Who is the man with the port wine stain, and who is he working for? Will Claire see the mark again and make the connection?
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Do you obsessively rewatch Outlander? You're in good company!

Written By: Janet Reynolds




It was the weekend Outlander episode 4 of season two aired. I was home alone. So many options for this rare moment! What should I do? Curl up with a good book? Catch up with family and friends on my phone? Get a good night's sleep for a change?

All good possibilities. Instead, I obsessively watched and rewatched (four times) Outlander episode 4.

It's a behavior that's not unusual at my house. My rewatching (and rereading) Outlander has reached a point where my husband looks at me periodically with more than a little concern. "But you know what's going to happen?" he says, trying hard not to shake his head but maybe not always succeeding. I simply look at him and say, "You just don't get it."

The good news is that diehard Outlander fans would defend me in a heartbeat and I now have the (semi)scientific proof. I did a survey asking Outlander fans about their TV show viewing habits and the results are clear. Almost 100 percent of respondents rewatch every episode (with one interesting exception) multiple times.
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Ready, Set, Scotland! – Stylish Travel Tips for the Hopeless Over-Packer

Written by: Anne Gavin



#2 in a series of Diary Entries documenting my May, 2016 trip to Scotland.
Go here for Diary Entry #1

Hello.  My name is Anne and I'm an over-packer.  They say that the first step on the road to recovery is to admit you have a problem.  So, there.  I said it.  I am famously known among friends and family for packing for every occasion -- known and unknown -- and for traveling with at least 8-10 pairs of shoes.  True confessions -- I am also a shoe-aholic.  But, reality came crashing in when it was made very clear by my Scottish tour guides that only one very  small suitcase would be tolerated.  They even sent acceptable dimensions.  Bigger than the size limit (48 linear inches total) and you'll be left behind.  Gulp.  Apparently they don't have Sherpas in Scotland so we will be doing our own schlepping.  OK.  I can handle it.  I can do this.  Maybe..

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Jack is Back and other “Oh, #$%&*%#!” moments from Episode 2.05

Written by: Anne Gavin


The Devil’s Spawn was bound to show up some time.  We all knew it.  No less a surprise whether a Book Reader or Show Watcher.   But, how, when and under what circumstances we wondered?  And, how would Jamie react?  Say what you will about the Starz adaptation, but it is genius to me that even Book Readers found themselves on the edge of their seats pondering how Jack Randall would orchestrate his “Untimely Resurrection.”  Indeed, he landed with a thud on the manicured lawns of Versailles but what happened before and after that momentous occasion has kept us wanting more and continuing to wring our collective hands.  Click past the jump for a full re-cap of Episode 2.05...

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LIVE Blog: Episode 2.05 - "Untimely Resurrection"

Written by: Ashley Crawley


Do you find yourself obsessively gabbing on about Outlander to your friends and family? Wishing your Saturday nights included a living room full of people with whom to watch, discuss, comment, cheers, jeers and well, experience alllllll the feels? Dinna fash, Obsessenach - you are not alone.

Good news - we can get new family and friends pour ourselves a dram and, through the magic of technology, enjoy it together!  Each Saturday at 9:00 p.m., we'll be LIVE blogging the episodes to bring you a two-screen experience into the world of Outlander.  Like the Outlander Cast podcast, it will be SPOILER FREE for non-book readers.

So get all your post-18th Century gadgets ready and settle in, because the best things in life should be shared with a buddy.  Hi, buddy.

Now let the show begin . . .

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Conflicted Healing

Written by: Anne Hawkinson





My mind jolted at Jamie’s reaction when Claire told him BJR was still alive. “That can’t be right,” I said. I was waiting for some sort of flashback (if not a Wentworth Prison scene, then some expression on Jamie’s face) of the physical and emotional abuse he suffered, and up to this point, is still trying to recover from. Instead, he’s happy, grateful, and wishes Claire would have told him sooner. The reaction was not at all what I expected, and it isn’t until later in the episode that Jamie provides Claire with an explanation of where his mind has been. His recovery seems too immediate – all of that torment gone with the knowledge that BJR lives. I know he’s still carrying some baggage, and I would have liked to have seen some of it right then and there. An expression, or that tormented look in his eyes, letting us know he is still affected by what BJR did to him.
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Lurking and Listening?

Written by: Anne K. Hawkinson



Jared’s home in Paris is fully staffed with capable and loyal (so we’re told) servants. We see them in every part of the house, attending to Claire, Jamie, and Murtagh’s every need. When they are not attending to their respective charges, they stand at quiet attention, within earshot of private, potentially dangerous conversations. They appear proper and professional. But can they be trusted?

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