Charles Dickens says …

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair…” Charles Dickens’ opening to A Tale of Two Cities is one of my all-time favorites. Today, it’s more relatable and relevant than ever. If you’re tired of politics, feel free to stop reading now. I won’t be offended.

A True Fan’s View of #Outlander Ep. 301: THE BATTLE JOINED

One of the many things you’ll notice about Ron D. Moore‘s scripted Outlander Episode 301: THE BATTLE JOINED is the silence. Though it’s not without battle scenes on Culloden Moor and in Boston, silence is the name of the game. Firstly, they’ll be no juicy spoilers in this glimpse of Episode 301. My lips are sealed out of respect for the show and its fans. Secondly, there is no Claire or Jamie voiceover, nor any “Look Who’s Talking” voiceover from baby Bree. Nope. No voiceover from Frank, either.

Winter is Here … Then the Fall

My three favorite shows (of all time) begin their 7th, 3rd and 8th seasons this year. As I wait for the Season 7 premiere of Game of Thrones to begin, I can’t help but compare it to Outlander (premiering its 3rd season on September 10th) and The Walking Dead (most likely premiering sometime in October on its 8th season). The first fact which stands out is that all three shows are adaptations. All three shows are fantasy-based yet completely different. While Game of Thrones bounces between multiple storylines, Outlander is centered on the story between Jamie and Claire but will start…

Pardon my French, but …. Oh la vache!

Politics. Politics. Politics. Everyone in the United States hasn’t been as passionate about politics since probably around 1776 (I’m sad and sorry to say). It’s both a good and a bad thing. But I don’t want to talk about the geopolitical ramifications of the G7 Summit taking place in Italy. I want to talk about something much more important … The budding new bromance between Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (move over Justin Timberlake for the new JT) and the new President of France Emmanuel Jean-Michel Frédéric Macron.

22 Peeks at Outlander Season 3

The first official Outlander Season 3 trailer premiered on Sunday and because you haven’t all been hiding out in Jamie’s dunbonnet cave, I know you’ve watched it over and over . . . and over . . . and then a few more times. You’ve freeze-framed and feasted your eyes on every image. Analyzed the whole kilt and caboodle. But just in case you haven’t had your head stuck in the sand, here it is again:

Shakespeare Saves Lives

“Shakespeare has the power to educate convicted killers and help them examine the choices they made that landed them here – and how to avoid making those choices again.” No one would be more surprised than William Shakespeare to learn his words could mean so much to a group of inmates 400 years after his very own death. Shakespeare Saved My Life by Indiana State University professor Dr. Laura Bates is a fascinating and unique memoir about a group of supermax inmates (“the baddest of the bad”) which I read on a whim but share with a purpose.

Top 20 Redux Tips for Walkers from Outlander Ep. 105: RENT

As you may or may not know, I am not only a HUGE Outlander fan but am also a BIG fan of The Walking Dead. While on Friday, March 31st Outlander Episode 105: RENT reduxed, The Walking Dead aired its spectacular season 7 finale on Sunday, April 2nd. As I am in Atlanta (home base for The Walking Dead production company & crew) for the week, I have walkers! Walkers! WALKERS! on my delicious brain.

Top 20 Redux Tips for Dummies from Outlander Ep. 104: THE GATHERING

Outlander Episode 104: THE GATHERING reduxed last Friday, March 24th. This is still one of my favorite episodes of Season 1 for many reasons – the music, the je suis prest moment-of-moments, the tension, the action, the costumes, the comedy. Oodles and oodles of good stuff. What am I forgetting? … oh, yes. Diana Gabaldon’s small-screen appearance, not to mention show handler Ron Moore looking dapper in blue velvet.

Top 20 Redux Tips for Dummies from Outlander Ep. 103: THE WAY OUT

And we shorten our wait for the Season 3 premiere by one more week. Outlander Episode 103: THE WAY OUT reduxed on Friday, March 17th. In this episode, Jamie gets himself into a bit of hot water – not with Claire but with the fans. Watching Jamie swap spit with Laoghaire never gets any easier. It’ll be interesting to see what the writers do with Jamhaire? Laogmie? Leermie? Jameery? ‘s relationship in future seasons. Meanwhile, Claire tries to make the best of a bad situation playing doctor with Jamie (I wish!), spending girl-time with her besties Geillis and the Fitz (I don’t know…) and butting heads with…

Top 20 Redux Tips for Dummies from Outlander Ep. 102: CASTLE LEOCH

Two episodes down, twenty-seven to go. Outlander Episode 102: CASTLE LEOCH reduxed on Friday, March 10th in the U.S. only. But just because other countries aren’t reduxing the show doesn’t mean you can’t all follow along with Jamie and Claire’s helpful tips. Up until the very end, Claire still thinks she’s going to make a clean get away, rush back to the stones and return to Frank’s loving arms all in time for dinner. Her stop in Jamieville hasn’t hit home yet though she doesn’t completely hate the detour whenever they’re alone.