Amy S Media Review

Media Review – Outlander

Cover image for Outlander [DVD]. Season one, volume one / directed by John Dahl and two others ; written by Ronald D. Moore and five others; created by Ronald D. Moore. Cast: Sam Heughan, Caitriona Balfe, Tobias Menzies.

Directed by David Brown

Clare is on holiday with her husband in Scotland in 1945 when she’s suddenly transported back two hundred years in time. Clare is caught in the middle off England’s occupation of Scotland in the 1740s, married off to the hottest man who’s ever worn a kilt, and is forced to find a way in to get back to her home in the 20th Century – all while making sure she doesn’t get burned at the stake as a witch for knowing the future. Outlander is a wild ride of a TV series, based on the book series of the same name by Diana Gabaldon. So far it has five seasons which makes it a wonderful historical drama morsel to sink your teeth into. It is full of amazing performances (my personal stand out is Tobias Menzies as Black Jack Randall, a villain so disturbed that I can’t watch Menzies act in anything else without seeing Black Jack!), broad Scottish accents, and beautiful costumes in every era featured on the show from the court of Louis IV of France, to colonial America of the late 1700s, all the way to America in the 1960s. While this series isn’t always for the faint of heart (it often features steamy sex scenes, bloody battles, and on the occasion sexual violence), fans of historical dramas, sweeping romances with lots of pining, and ripped guys wearing kilts will definitely find something to love about this series.

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Media Review Sam

Media Review – The Curse of Oak Island

Cover image for The curse of Oak Island [DVD]. Season 1.

By Kevin Burns

I don’t usually watch documentaries but a friend recommended this series to me. Follow brothers Marty and Rick Lagina as they attempt to find treasure on Oak Island off the coast of Nova Scotia. Despite the fact that no-one has found treasure (or anything approaching it) in 200 years people are still drawn to the legend of the island and are still looking for it. Theories of what the treasure is grow larger and stranger with each subsequent season. All the usual and some of the unusual suspects are here ranging from, the rather tame, pirate treasure, the lost manuscripts of Shakespeare all the way through to treasures from the temple of Solomon. If you enjoy a good yarn with potential treasure thrown into the mix then do yourself a favour, sit back and enjoy.

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