Top positive review
INCREASINGLY PREPOSTEROUS, BUT ENJOYABLY SO
1 August 2018
Despite their attempts to alter history, Culloden was not avoided. The new season begins with horrendous scenes of carnage, Jamie himself seriously wounded. Pregnant Claire is back in her own time of two hundred years later - but now in Boston, America, where husband Frank is a university professor.
Twenty years pass until Jamie and Claire are together again - cue for much pulsating passion and adventures that may seem a bit much even for most ardent fans. (Critics claiming absurdities certainly have a point, especially on Disc 5. Others will simply shrug off the ludicrous excesses, regarding them as part of the fun.)
Yes, there is fun - despite that truly grim start and further horrors experienced en route. As ever, the show is visually stunning (more so in the past than in the present). Helping everything to work are the charismatic leads, Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan - their chemistry so evident. Spare a thought for Tobias Menzies as Frank, aware his wife Claire loves somebody else far more. Many other characters make impact, viewers no doubt to have their favourites. (Mine? Chinaman Mr Willoughby, increasingly full of surprises.)
Thirteen episodes of varying length, one of them seventy five minutes. Commentaries (here called podcasts). Interesting other bonus features, including the farewell to a major member of the cast.
For maximum enjoyment, best to ignore those whopping coincidences (they presumably all in the books on which the series is based). Instead just sit back and wallow in this over the top love story that knows no boundaries.