Season 3

DVD - 2018
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The third season picks up right after Claire travels through the stones to return to her life in 1948. Now pregnant, she struggles with the fallout of her sudden reappearance and its effect on her marriage to her first husband, Frank. Meanwhile, in the eighteenth century, Jamie suffers from the aftermath of his doomed last stand at the historic battle of Culloden, as well as the loss of Claire.
Publisher: [Culver City, California] : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, [2018]
Branch Call Number: Out Seas3
Characteristics: 5 videodiscs (745 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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May 10, 2018

Not surprisingly, this is the most wrenching season of Outlander by far.
Claire and Jamie, separated by circumstance and centuries, struggle to make new lives for themselves. They have no expectation of ever seeing each other again, since both believed Jamie was destined to die on Culloden Moor fighting a doomed battle for the Scottish cause.

On the eve of battle, determined to safeguard his beloved wife and unborn child, Jamie forces a grief-stricken Claire to return through the standing stones to her own time in the 20th Century and to her first husband, the bewildered Frank. Meanwhile by a quirk of fate, Jamie survives Culloden. He is returned to his family home, Lalllybroch, but is so devastated by his losses (Claire and his child most of all), he exists as a shell of his former dashing, rebellious self until tragedy gives him a new sense of purpose.

Though we get interesting glimpses of Claire's "new" life--the trials and tribulations of her 20th Century marriage and her accomplishments as a physician in her own right--Jamie's struggles are at the heart of this season. The acting is wonderful, exceptional even, particularly the core cast of Heughan as Jamie, Caitriona Balfe as Claire, and Tobias Menzies, outstanding in the dual roles of the heartbroken Frank and his malevolent 18th Century ancestor, Capt. John Randall. Special mention to Laura Donnelly as Jamie's loving, fiery sister Jenny. Among the season's newcomers, David Berry and Gary Young are inspired additions as the dashing Lord John Grey, and the romantic, intuitive "Mr. Willoughby" respectively.

As usual my big complaint with the Outlander series is the pacing. Why the Starz executives who greenlight these things refuse to allow fuller, longer seasons remains a mystery and continuing source of frustration to me. We are hurried through storylines and plot changes that really should have been given more time and space to develop. "Outlander" is a remarkable cable series; it deserves more respect and care than it's getting from the Starz TV Powers That Be.

That said, here at last is Season 3 of the wonderful "Outlander." As with the previous seasons' DVD sets, some terrific bonus material is included here; I greatly enjoyed the lively and illuminating commentary tracks provided by the series thoughtful (and wryly funny) showrunners.

Looking forward to Season 4!


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