Diana Vacc Sees Outlander Ep 10 “Prestonpans”

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by Diana Vaccarelli

This episode of Outlander is about the big battle of Prestonpans where Jamie leads the Scottish Army to victory over the English.  If you haven’t viewed this episode yet be warned this review may contain spoilers.

THE GOOD:

  • The writing of the episode was brilliant, as usual. Ira Steven Behr brings us an episode steeped in history.  He brings both tears and humor to such an historic event. Tears filled my eyes at the death scene of Angus, our humorous Scot. I couldn’t help but laugh when after the battle Jamie ( Sam Heughan) eases the tension by starting a competition to see if he can pee in a large cup at a far distance. It seemed such a raunchily 21st Century thing to do!
  • The acting in this show continues to amaze me.  Caitriona Balfe’s Claire is especially believable setting up a field hospital and taking control in a time when women had to be obedient. Sam Heughan’s Jamie delivers a performance that shows why his character is known as the King of Men. Talk about demonstrating the personality of a true leader! And Graham McTavish is perfect as Dougal Mackenzie, war chieftain of the clan Mackenzie and Jamie’s Uncle, making us both love and hate him in this episode. The character is our hero earlier in the battle, but we find ourselves hating him afterward when he continues his bloodthirsty ways, killing a wounded soldier.

THE BAD:

  • Once again I couldn’t find one thing to not like about an Outlander episode. The gamut of emotions this show covers is truly extraordinary. Once again, I urge everybody who hasn’t watched it to set your DVR and prepare to be entertained.Happy TV Watching!

    Diana Vaccarelli is the TVWriter™ Critic-at-Large and, in case you haven’t noticed, a HUGE Outlander fan. Learn more about her HERE

Diana Vacc sees “Girl Meets World” Season 3 Premier

by Diana Vaccarelli

I’m a kid at heart. Growing up watching Boy Meets World I was super excited about the spinoff Girl Meets World. I’ve been watching this show for the past two season. Season 3 recently premiered and follows Riley (played by Rowan Blanchard), the daughter of Cory (Ben Savage) and Topanga (Danielle Fishell) and her friends as they start High School.hbt

THE GOOD:

  • The nostalgia that it brings while watching it. It reminds me of the original and brings back great memories of youth. I’m totally stuck in an irresistible groove that keeps me smiling at all the old characters coming back into my life.

THE BAD:

  • Lazy writing in terms of dialog, characterization, and stories. It’s as though the Powers That Be have banned even the slightest effort to truly entertain. It follows the same stories and formula as Boy Meets World only with a Girl. For example, this Season Premier episode, which features our lead, Riley, having to deal with a bully, is precisely the same as the one in which her father, Cory, was bullied over 15 years ago.
  • The writing isn’t the only derivative element of the show. Nothing is original.  The actors’ performances parallel those of the original show – even the performances of the new actors who weren’t in Boy Meets World. The look and style are the same. It’s as though the viewer has entered a parallel universe where the ’90s will never end.

There are so many great creative minds out there with original ideas I know that Hollywood can do better. So why doesn’t it even try?

Happy TV Watching!


Diana Vaccarelli is the TVWriter™ Critic-at-Large and, in case you haven’t noticed, a HUGE Outlander fan. Learn more about her HERE

Diana Vacc Sees “Outlander” Episode 9 “Je Suis Prest”

by Diana Vaccarelli

04outlander2-master768This recent episode of Outlander titled “Je Suis Prest” follows Jamie (Sam Heughan)training his men to be soldiers and fight for Bonnie Prince Charlie, while Claire (Caitriona Balfe) tries to deal with a dramatic event from her past. (I mean her future. I mean the future but still her past…oh well, if  you’re a fan you know the premise, right?)

To Those Who Haven’t Viewed This Episode: Be warned. This review may contain spoilers.

THE GOOD:

  • The writing of the episode by Matt B. Roberts brings us both humor and drama. The delves into post traumatic stress with Claire having to deal with her time as a combat Nurse during WW II. The humor comes from bringing back our favorite duo of Rupert (Grant O’Rourke) and Angus (Stephen Walters). How these two are written brings back the old days of Laurel and Hardy. The humor in this episode breaks up the seriousness of preparing for impending war. There is one scene with Jamie and Claire when he comes back from a mission and tells her he was on a commando raid. It made me giggle.
  • Caitriona Balfe gives her all with this performance as we witness Claire deal with PTSD. She gives everything in this episode and you feel as if you are going through it yourself. Sam Heughan delivers perfectly as Jamie. You’d want to go to war for him.

THE BAD:

  • There is not one thing I didn’t like about this episode. It made me laugh and tear up all at the same time.

Outlander is amazing! It should be on everyone’s must watch list!

Happy TV Watching!


Diana Vaccarelli is the TVWriter™ Critic-at-Large and, in case you haven’t noticed, a HUGE Outlander fan. Learn more about her HERE

Diana Vacc Sees Outlander Episode 8 “The Fox’s Lair”

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by Diana Vaccareilli

This episode of Outlander entitled “The Fox’s Lair” finds Claire and Jamie returning to Scotland after the tragedies they went through in France and meeting Jamie’s Grandfather Lord Lovatt. If you haven’t viewed this episode yet be warned: this review may contain spoilers.

THE GOOD:

  • The writing of the episode was good but not “oh boy, gosh wow, fantastic” as previous episodes have been. Anne Kenney writes beautiful scenes between our two leads, showing them healing after losing their child, which was quite moving to watch but lacked the dynamism present in previous episodes. One scene in particular, showing Jamie (Sam Heughan) holding his newborn niece was touching and heartbreaking at the same time.
  • Clive Russell was fantastic as Jamie’s devious Grandfather. I was amazed at how his performance presented the character exactly as I’d pictured him while reading the book.

THE BAD:

  • The pace of the episode was much slower than that of past episodes, seeming to be mostly a set-up episode for the rest of the season.

Get on the Outlander band wagon and watch and see for yourself.

Happy TV Watching!


Diana Vaccarelli is the TVWriter™ Critic-at-Large and, in case you haven’t noticed, a HUGE Outlander fan. Learn more about her HERE

Diana Vacc Sees OUTLANDER Episode 7 “Faith”

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by Diana Vaccarelli

This episode of Outlander entitled “Faith” finds Claire at the hospital where there are attempts by the Doctors to save her life and the life of her unborn child. So much happens in this episode. If you haven’t viewed this episode yet be warned this review may contain spoilers.

THE GOOD:

  • The writing of the episode is fantastic. It really delves into the tragedy of losing a child and the how a couple copes and at the same time increases the pressure by showing what one must go through to save the one you love from prison. Toni Graphia writes an episode in which you feel the pain of each character.
  • The Acting continues to be A-1. Caitriona Balfe AKA our heroine Claire can deserves every award we can give her for this week’s performance. She holds nothing back. Sam Heughan’s Jamie is nothing sort of fantastic. As he apologies for going back on the important promise he made we see, hear, and feel his self hatred for letting things happen as they did. Romann Berrux, who plays a young boy raped by Black Jack, completes the trifecta of great performances. This is definitely a young actor to keep our eyes on.
  • The places this show goes to are not only original; they are breathtaking in terms of how they handle such difficult subject matters

THE BAD:

  • There is not one thing I didn’t like about this episode. It made me cry from start to finish.

Happy TV Watching!


Diana Vaccarelli is the TVWriter™ Critic-at-Large. Learn more about her HERE

Diana Vacc Sees “Outlander” Episode 6 “Best Laid Schemes”

by Diana Vaccarelli

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The “Best Laid Schemes”episode of “Outlander” finds Jamie and Claire trying to stop Bonnie Prince Charlie from getting the funds necessary to start the Jacobite rebellion. If you haven’t viewed this episode yet be warned this review does contain some spoilers.

THE GOOD:

  • The writing of this episode was the most dramatic and emotional to date. Matthew B. Roberts writes an episode that made me both laugh and cry. The drama was so powerful that I don’t think I could have made it through the show without the funny moments Roberts gave the character Murtagh.
  • The hard-hitting dialogue gives the actors so much to play, and they went all the way with it. Caitriona Balfe’s Claire goes through a major betrayal in a performance that made me feel her pain as though it was my own. Sam Heughan’s Jamie is nothing short of fantastic. The scene where he makes Claire promise to go through the stones if anything happens to him would bring tears to, well, a stone.
  • I’m so glad that Black Jack is back! I keep saying there is no one better to play this well written villain then Tobias Menzies, and he proved it again this time out. During the crucial duel scene between Jamie and Black Jack, Menzies taunts Jamie with words far stronger than their swords. To me, that scene was perfect.

THE BAD:

  • Once again, there was one scene I could have done without. That was a scene with Claire and her friends gossiping. It was unnecessary and brought nothing to the episode.

OVERALL:

I’ve said it before and I must say it again. If you haven’t watched “Outlander” you truly need to start. It has everything.

Happy TV watching!


Diana Vaccarelli is the TVWriter™ Critic-at-Large. Learn more about her HERE