- awesome female main characters
- awesome poc main characters
- realistic depiction of a gay main character struggling with coming out, internalized homophobia, and homophobia from those around him (but he is supported by his friends)
- one ep had a girl who was sexually assaulted and one of the main characters talked about how it wasn’t her fault, no matter what she was wearing or doing
- the men on the show respect the women
- realistic depictions of friendship
- realistic depictions of mental illness including PTSD and eating disorders
- the characters will often call themselves and each other out on their biases
- shows the struggle of being gay in the military
- one ep has a character spy on his daughter through the phone somehow and he ends up getting reprimanded by his wife for not trusting his kid and not respecting his kid’s privacy
- is genuinely funny and has very endearing characters
- combats unnecessary gender roles, for example, has male nurses, female doctors, female military personnel and EMTs, and a male character going into pediatrics
- has characters talk about their background as children of immigrants, has a character’s daughter having her quinceñera, doesn’t erase poc character’s culture but doesn’t force it as a novelty
- stresses that it isn’t shameful to get help when you need it, whether it’s for mental illness, physical illness, or anything
- still has all the drama and angst that a lot of people like in their shows
I think it’s safe to admit my favorite scenes from A. Malcom, the printshop episode, were the sex scenes.
Listen, I’m no perv (okay - fine, maybe a little bit) and I genuinely enjoyed the episode as a whole very much, but it is undeniable that those two scenes carried within them the true and profound meaning of the reunion, and therefore of the entire episode. The first time they were getting reacquainted with the other’s body after 20 years. Claire’s shyness at showing her “new body” to Jamie and Jamie being all clumsy and awkward. But then they fall back into that old sinuous rhythm and something just clicks. Everything changes. The pent up need collected for 20 years explodes and they get almost primordial. The way Claire tells Jaime to cut the foreplay short, “Do it now and don’t be gentle!” was the absolute highlight of the entire episode for me.
Yes to women getting what they want when they want it and how they want it! We seldom see women on TV in sex scenes sort of commanding their partners. They usually lay there, moan for a few moments and then it’s over. But not on Outlander. No ma'am. The two partners are equals here and Claire’s needs are just as important as Jamie’s. Claire Beauchamp Randall Fraser Malcolm proves to be, once again, the feminist heroine we all need.
I personally loved that their first time wasn’t a slow and gentle kind of thing. Imagine spending 20 years apart from your one true love, knowing you’ll never see each other again. And now imagine having a hard time being physical with anyone else, the frustration that entails, especially when you literally dream at night of having sex with that special someone over and over and over again. Now it’s 20 years later and you finally get to make your dreams a reality. It would have been utterly unrealistic if they said, “hey, let’s take it slow.”
The way they clung to the other person’s body, just to make sure that they were there, holding on to the other for dear life. It was raw, it was rough, it was real and it was beautiful. Not quite sure yet how I’m gonna recover from the way Sam delivered that “give me your mouth, Sassenach!” but if that turns out to be how I’ve lost my last shred of sanity, I don’t mind one bit. Kudos to Caitriona, Sam and Matthew B. Roberts for bringing to life a scene that was already pretty damn awesome on paper.
The second scene was a slow burn and just as beautiful as the first one. They stare into each other’s eyes the whole time happy to see the person they used to know in them, but also curious to get to know the new person that hides behind them now. It’s clear they’re trying to contain themselves and really savor the moment, to make it last as long as they can. It’s like they’re having an entire silent conversation right then and there, no words needed. That’s the moment they sealed the deal for me. No going back now.
The sex in Outlander is not used to command the audience’s attention or to bring in big ratings numbers. It always always serves a purpose. It moves the plot ahead, storytelling wise it is a formidable tool. Think about the first time Jamie and Claire are intimate again after Randall’s violence in season 2. I don’t think we would have fully understood how difficult yet natural, dreamy yet realistic this reunion would have been if they hadn’t shown the physical aspect of it all. It was necessary, I believe, to see them reconnect like that - exactly like that - to understand that yes these two are now back together, but 20 years have passed and the person they once knew is long gone by now. I am just so happy to be a fan of a show in which sexuality is not a taboo, but it is also not exploited, where the female character’s point of you is taken into consideration just as much as the male character’s one. I’m proud to support a show that doesn’t put only the actress’ body on the spot but also the actor’s, where the two are both asked to deliver powerful performances. It is clear they’ve all (the actors, the writers, the director, the whole crew) poured their hearts and souls into this episode to make it as special and as perfect as it was and I’m immensely grateful for that. Bravi!