Any Outlander fan worth her smelling salts will tell you, rather emphatically, that the Starz drama and the source material upon which it is based, written by Diana Gabaldon is most certainly not a bodice-ripper. Outlander blends historical fiction, action, and, yes, romance to tell the story of former World War II combat nurse Claire Randall Caitriona Balfean Englishwoman who inadvertently travels through time and falls in love with an 18th-century Highland warrior named Jamie Fraser Sam Heughan. And so the series is a bit of a genre-buster, luring male and female viewers in nearly equal numbers.
One of the book's most harrowing scenes follows Jamie rescuing Claire from the clutches of Black Jack in the midseason premiere. The doe-eyed hunk suited up for battle, convincing the men to storm the British fort with him to save his feisty bride. Jamie managed to break into the shoddily guarded fort with a few threats of castration.
Well, technically, several smacks and one nice long sweaty bang. It will also inspire fan-created GIFs to which women the world over will feverishly masturbate. A great many watchers will be both outraged and turned-on.
Outlander : we're back! And we're dumped right back into the action and also a morass of feelings about spanking and gazes and women's stories and oh Jesus, let's gird our chunky knits and do this thing. First we backtrack, to see poor Jamie's horrified face when he learns Claire has been captured. But the fellas quickly organize a rescue and so our hero bursts through the window in the nick of time.
When I was a lad, I saw no path before me. I simply took a step and then another; never forward, never toward some place I knew not where. And then one day I turned around and looked back, and saw that each step that I had taken was a choice: to go right, to go forward, or even to not go at all…The sum of those choices become your life.
For Heughan, that fight was a way of vocalizing all the stress and terror Jamie had been feeling after discovering that Claire was missing. It was kind of the first time I really got to do some gritty actingand it was great. We sort of tore it out of each other.
Let's be honest: The best part about Outlander is the sex. The love scenes on this hit Starz series are some of the best on TV, and there are several reasons. For one, there's the way in which these scenes are framed: They're completely dictated by Caitriona Balfe's character, Claire.