Saturday, January 16, 2021     Volume: 21, Issue: 46
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Santa Maria Sun / Film

This weeks review
A VIGILANTE
BEST WISHES, WARMEST REGARDS: A SCHITT’S CREEK FAREWELL
BINGABLE: ABANDONED (2016)
BINGEABLE: BARRY
BINGEABLE: FLEABAG
BINGEABLE: NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DOCUMENTARIES
BINGEABLE: OUTLANDER (2014-present)
BINGEABLE: STRANGER THINGS 3
BINGEABLE: THE SINNER (SEASON 2)
BLAST FROM THE PAST: COOL RUNNINGS (1993)
BLAST FROM THE PAST: RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (1981)
BLAST FROM THE PAST: THE MATRIX
BLAST FROM THE PAST: THE PRESTIGE (2006)
BLAST FROM THE PAST: WILD AT HEART (1990)
BORAT SUBSEQUENT MOVIEFILM
DA 5 BLOODS
ENOLA HOLMES
FIRST COW
GUILTY PLEASURES: CHEER (2020)
HAPPIEST SEASON
HAVE A GOOD TRIP: ADVENTURES IN PSYCHEDELICS
HEARST CASTLE: BUILDING THE DREAM
HONEST THIEF
I’M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS
LYING AND STEALING
MANK
SHUT UP LITTLE MAN! AN AUDIO MISADVENTURE (2011)
SOUL
SUPERINTELLIGENCE
THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM
THE MIDNIGHT SKY
THE OPERATIVE
THE PROFESSOR AND THE MADMAN
THE PROM
THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO SEVEN
THE VAST OF NIGHT
TREAD
TV REVIEW: BOSCH
TV REVIEW: DEFENDING JACOB
TV REVIEW: EVIL
TV REVIEW: FEAR CITY
TV REVIEW: HELL ON WHEELS (2011-2016)
TV REVIEW: HOMECOMING
TV REVIEW: I KNOW THIS MUCH IS TRUE
TV REVIEW: I MAY DESTROY YOU
TV REVIEW: I’LL BE GONE IN THE DARK
TV REVIEW: JULIE AND THE PHANTOMS
TV REVIEW: LENOX HILL
TV REVIEW: LITTLE AMERICA
TV REVIEW: LOVECRAFT COUNTRY
TV REVIEW: MRS. AMERICA
TV REVIEW: RAMY
TV REVIEW: RUN
TV REVIEW: SPACE FORCE
TV REVIEW: TABOO
TV REVIEW: THE BOYS
TV REVIEW: THE END OF THE F***ING WORLD
TV REVIEW: THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT
TV REVIEW: THE GREAT BRITISH BAKING SHOW (SEASON 11)
TV REVIEW: THE HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR
TV REVIEW: THE LAST KINGDOM
TV REVIEW: THE MIDNIGHT GOSPEL
TV REVIEW: THE MORNING SHOW
TV REVIEW: THE MOST DANGEROUS ANIMAL OF ALL
TV REVIEW: THE PLOT AGAINST AMERICA
TV REVIEW: THE QUEEN’S GAMBIT
TV REVIEW: THE THIRD DAY
TV REVIEW: THE VOW
TV REVIEW: TREADSTONE (2019)
TV REVIEW: UNDONE
TV REVIEW: WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS
TV REVIEW: ZEROZEROZERO
UNDERRATED: BATMAN BEGINS (2005)
UNDERRATED: THE BATTERED BASTARDS OF BASEBALL (2014)
WONDER WOMAN 1984

BINGEABLE: OUTLANDER (2014-present)

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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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