Thursday, February 20, 2020     Volume: 20, Issue: 51
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Santa Maria Sun / Film

This weeks review
1917
A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD
AD ASTRA
AVENGERS: ENDGAME
BAD BOYS FOR LIFE
BINGEABLE: Barry
BINGEABLE: CASA DE LAS FLORES
BINGEABLE: FLEABAG
BINGEABLE: GRACE AND FRANKIE
BINGEABLE: INTO THE DARK
BINGEABLE: MAGIC FOR HUMANS
BINGEABLE: NATHAN FOR YOU
BINGEABLE: OUTLANDER (2014-present)
BINGEABLE: RUSSIAN DOLL
BINGEABLE: STRANGER THINGS 3
BINGEABLE: THE PEOPLE V. O.J. SIMPSON: AMERICAN CRIME STORY
BINGEABLE: THE SINNER (SEASON 2)
BLAST FROM THE PAST: COOL RUNNINGS (1993)
BLAST FROM THE PAST: FISH TANK (2009)
BLAST FROM THE PAST: FRIENDS
BLAST FROM THE PAST: HOUSE
BLAST FROM THE PAST: LONE WOLF MCQUADE
BLAST FROM THE PAST: OLDBOY
BLAST FROM THE PAST: RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK
BLAST FROM THE PAST: ROBOCOP
BLAST FROM THE PAST: THE MATRIX
BLAST FROM THE PAST: THE PRESTIGE (2006)
BLAST FROM THE PAST: WILD AT HEART
BLAST FROM THE PAST: YOU’VE GOT MAIL
BRITTANY RUNS A MARATHON
CATS
DOCTOR SLEEP
DOLITTLE
DOWNHILL
DOWNTON ABBEY
FANTASY ISLAND
FORD V FERRARI
FROZEN II
GUILTY PLEASURE: THE HANGOVER
GUILTY PLEASURES: BARBIE LIFE IN THE DREAMHOUSE
GUILTY PLEASURES: CHEER (2020)
GUILTY PLEASURES: GIRL MEETS WORLD (2014-2017)
HATEWATCH: 92ND ACADEMY AWARDS (2020)
HATEWATCH: CHOPPED
HATEWATCH: FRANKENSTEIN’S MONSTER’S MONSTER, FRANKENSTEIN
HATEWATCH: NAILED IT!
HATEWATCH: THE WITCHER (2019)
HEARST CASTLE: BUILDING THE DREAM
JOJO RABBIT
JOKER
JUMANJI: THE NEXT LEVEL
JUST MERCY
KNIVES OUT
LITTLE WOMEN
MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DOCUMENTARIES
ONCE UPON A TIME … IN HOLLYWOOD
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG
SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME (EXTENDED CUT)
STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER
THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN
THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM
THE GENTLEMEN
THE LAST FULL MEASURE
THE LIGHTHOUSE
THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON
THE RHYTHM SECTION
THE TURNING
UNCUT GEMS
UNDERRATED: BATMAN BEGINS
UNDERRATED: INSOMNIA
UNDERRATED: SHUTTER ISLAND
UNDERRATED: THE BATTERED BASTARDS OF BASEBALL
UNDERRATED: THE FALLING
YESTERDAY
ZOMBIELAND: DOUBLE TAP

BINGEABLE: OUTLANDER (2014-present)

PHOTO BY COURTESY OF TALL SHIP PRODUCTIONS

BINGEABLE: OUTLANDER (2014-present)


Where is it playing?: Starz, Netflix, Hulu, YouTube

What's it rated?: TV-MA

User Rating: 0.00 (0 Votes)

It’s taken me a while to get around to Outlander, a period romance-drama about Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe), an English combat nurse we meet in 1945 just as World War II has ended. She’s finally able to reunite with her husband, Frank (Tobias Menzies), who was off fighting the war, and to rekindle their romance, they travel to Scotland, where Claire is transported back in time to 1743 Scotland. There she finds herself caught in the skirmish between Scottish clansmen and occupying British soldiers. How is this possible? Magic Stonehenge-like stones! Go with it! It’s a fantasy series!

Claire meets wounded clansman Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan), and since she’s a combat nurse with 20th century medical knowledge, she patches him up and gets caught up in the fomenting Jacobite rebellion, which she knows is doomed to fail because, you know, history and stuff! To the people of the 18th century, she’s akin to a witch. Between her magical healing skills and her uncanny precognition, she’s got advantages, and she’ll need them now that she’s living in a violent patriarchal society.

To add some spice to the already steamy melodrama, she also meets her husband Frank’s ancestor, Captain Jonathan “Black Jack” Randall (also played by Menzies), a sadist who seems to have a hard-on for Claire’s new love Jamie, who we learn has an ugly past with Black Jack.

It’s one of those rare series that both my wife and I enjoy. Between rooting for the noble underdogs of clans facing off against the Redcoats and rooting for the strong leading lady as she stands up to the domineering men of the era, we’re both interested, plus there’s some rousing action sequences and steamy sex scenes—hubba-hubba.

We’re partway into the second season, and Claire and Jamie have escaped Scotland and Black Jack’s pursuit to travel to France, where they’re in proximity to the court of King Louis XV (Lionel Lingelser), a real ponce with a mean streak, as well as Prince Charles Edward Stuart (Andrew Gower), who the Jacobites consider the rightful heir to the English throne even though he’s a simpering putz. The series recently wrapped up its fourth season, so we have plenty more to watch.

We haven’t gotten to it yet, but apparently Claire manages to travel back and forth through time, so she’s eventually reunited with Frank, and then back again with Jamie. The series also changes settings, eventually moving to a British colony in North Carolina, where Claire witnesses slavery firsthand. She is not pleased!

Apparently Season 5 is coming in about a month. I doubt we’ll catch up by then, but we’re trying! (53 to 90 min. episodes) 

—Glen Starkey








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