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Outlander - S02E04

Sci-Fi . Romance . Fantasy . Drama . Adventure

Outlander follows the story of Claire Randall, a married combat nurse from 1945 who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743, where she is immediately thrown into an unknown world where her life is threatened. When she is forced to marry Jamie, a chivalrous and romantic young Scottish warrior, a passionate affair is ignited that tears Claire's heart between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives. Outlander spans the genres of romance, science fiction, history, and adventure into one epic tale.

Episode Title: La Dame Blanche
Airs: 2016-04-30 at 21:00
  • Alan Jones

    It may be possible to do something similar with Outlander, using feudal highland politics as a place to comment on contemporary issues, but so far the series only hints at this potential, leaving plenty of room for it to embrace its worst traits instead.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    The show is mildly entertaining at best, with a few pluses--unusual story lines, particularly the one set after World War II, some gorgeous scenery, and one or two likable performances--counterbalanced by a few negatives. Least tolerable among the negatives: the occasional Harlequin Romance moments that have you waiting for the lass to shed her corset while the evening wind blows through Fabio’s hair.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    Viewers drawn to star-crossed romance are most likely to get absorbed in Outlander, which benefits from beautiful production design--great location work with filming in Scotland--but the show also suffers from some egregious exaggerations, especially the mustache-twirling Black Jack Randall, who couldn’t be more like Satan if he had pointy red horns.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    Once the show tones down the voice-overs, Balfe is quite good in the part of a time-tossed lassie.... Heughan swaggers in his kilt about as well as “The Simpsons’” Groundskeeper Willie (that is not a dis), but he and Balfe generate about as much heat as two piles of wet peat.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Zach Hollwedel

    The premise provides an interesting hook for a period drama, but the show straddles too many lines, as far as tone and genre go. If it committed more fully to any one direction, it would be exponentially stronger. As it is, it feels too concerned with casting as wide a net as possible and could fail to catch many return viewers.

    Under The Radar Full Review
  • Maureen Ryan

    There are times when Outlander shows glimmerings of that vitality and emotional depth, and if we're lucky, this earnest drama will keep heading in that direction.

    The Huffington Post Full Review
  • Willa Paskin

    The early episodes are a mix of lesser world-building and sometimes dull, sometimes trite, sometimes appealing fish-out-of-water tales as Claire’s knowledge of the future gets her into and out of scrape after scrape.

    Slate Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    Outlander is beautifully shot throughout, which somewhat makes up for some of the early tedium. It may not ever rise to the level of enthralling. But by the second episode, the story at hand is flexing a firmer grip.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Mike Hale

    Ms. Balfe, Mr. Heughan and Tobias Menzies as the modern husband (who also pops up, inconveniently, in 1743) acquit themselves well, sharing the screen with the scenery and costumes and keeping straight faces through all the fantasy-romance conceits. They seem to be having a good time, and if you have a weakness for muskets, accents and the occasional roll in the heather, you probably will too.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    There is very little urgency in the storytelling--layers of voiceover bits don't help, even--and therefore Outlander can hardly be described as compelling. In many ways, this is a story well and thoroughly told but with almost none of the smart pacing of similarly dense fictions like Game of Thrones. And yet the world created in Outlander is not without interest.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Chuck Barney

    Saturday's opening episode has a frustratingly deliberate pace. But "Outlander" eventually gains traction and becomes good escapist fun with doses of intrigue, suspense and, of course, steamy romance.

    San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    There’s something instantly likable about Outlander’s commitment to its themes and sensibilities.... Not having read the book, I find the show sort of charming and sufficiently thrilling.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Joanne Ostrow

    After a very slow start, Outlander, from the book series by Diana Gabaldon, is a bodice-ripper with a sprinkling of science fiction, a fantasy drama with a bit of action-adventure.

    Denver Post Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    Once they buy into the richly charactered story, it'll be an even bigger challenge to let go.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    The swords and the muck may bring Game of Thrones to mind, but where Game has no heroes, Outlander has at least three, with the foremost being the one Balfe imbues with beauty, brains and spunk.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Kristi Turnquist

    Based on that limited sampling [of two episodes], the premise strikes me as both fresh and familiar enough to make me want to see more.

    The Oregonian Full Review
  • Nancy DeWolf Smith

    It takes a while to build up satisfying dramatic steam, so it may require more patience than some are willing to give.... but there has to be something great about a show that keeps you staring at it episode after episode, waiting for attraction to take its course.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    Far a more escapist and pleasurable time, look to Starz, which travels the high (or Highlander) road of historical-romantic fantasy in the appealing and gorgeously filmed Outlander.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Lori Rackl

    Some episodes chug along faster than others, but the stellar production values render even the slower-paced installments worthwhile viewing.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    Adventure lovers of both sexes should want Outlander.

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • James Poniewozik

    The result is the most promising show in years for Starz, which since Party Down’s glory days has focused on blood-heavy spectacles like Spartacus and Black Sails or morose antihero dramas like Boss and Magic City.

    Time Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    It’s period drama, unfolding at a period pace. It’s Starz, so it’s got some skin. Whether you get hooked probably depends on how you like Claire. It’s hard not to.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Matt Zoller Seitz

    Outlander is never more engrossing than when a scene emphasizes Claire's reactions as she's forced to decide whether to say what she really thinks of a man's behavior or assertion or recitation of policy, or err on the side of silence.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Emily Nussbaum

    The show is more than tit for tat: it’s sheer pleasure, no guilt allowed.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • David Hiltbrand

    The show is wonderfully conceived and executed (if a little pokey pace-wise).

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Robert Lloyd

    It's delightful, all in all.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Diane Werts

    Yes, Outlander can occasionally be a bit much for those not already enamored of its romance-novel leanings. (I plead guilty.) But for those open to textured historical sweep and/or time travel what-ifs (guilty on both counts), it's easy to lose yourself in this gritty production's pungent sense of place, character and dilemma.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Alan Sepinwall

    Outlander is by far the best of these Starz costume dramas I've seen. It knows the stories it wants to tell and the strongest way to tell them.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • Gail Pennington

    By the end of Episode 2, you’re likely to be so invested in the characters, you’d stick with them forever, just as book readers have.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Jeff Korbelik

    It has the look and feel of a sweeping “Game of Thrones” kind of epic filled with romance, intrigue and violence.

    The Lincoln Journal Star Full Review
  • Jeff Jensen

    What makes it just plain good is the escapist fun of a romance told uncommonly well.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Curt Wagner

    Despite its supporting cast of international actors who bring even thinly drawn characters to life, Outlander truly shines when Balfe shares the screen with either Heughan or Menzies.

    RedEye Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    The resulting series is a bit of a snooze--handsome, yes, but about as dramatically compelling as the cover of a Harlequin Romance, and too flaccid to make hearts go pitter-pat.

    Variety Full Review
  • Sonia Saraiya

    Outlander succeeds admirably, and partly that’s because it follows the bent of both of its creators: It refuses to sit comfortably in any genre.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
Add Soundtrack
  • 14. Outlander - The Skye Boat Song (Extended) [feat. Raya Yarbrough] Performer: Bear McCreary Stream Music Online
  • 21. The Woman of Balnain (feat. Gillebride MacMillan) Performer: Bear McCreary Stream Music Online
  • 27. Outlander - The Skye Boat Song (Castle Leoch Version) [feat. Raya Yarbrough] Performer: Bear McCreary Stream Music Online