Everyone Needs To Watch The Show 'Outlander' This Year

Everyone Needs To Watch The Show 'Outlander' This Year

History and time-travel mixed with love and adventure, what else could you want in a TV show?

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A 20th-century British woman accidentally falls back in time through Scottish stones and falls madly in love with an 18th-century Scotsman.

Sounds perfect right, but with that love comes death, adventure, and twenty-years spent apart due to war. This show is filled with so much that it makes you wonder how they filled it all so far into only four seasons. Without giving away any spoilers, I want to convince you that this show is worth your binge-watching time.

The show started out as an amazing book series, written by the one and only Diana Gabaldon.

First releasing in 1991, her books did not receive the praise it deserved until the TV production company "Starz" picked up the television show contract on Outlander and started bringing Diana's amazing story to life.

The casting for the main characters, Jamie Fraser and Claire Fraser, really made the story come to life. Sam Heughan as Jamie Fraser was the absolute perfect match as he really brings the character to life. Jamie Fraser is a strong/Built man who shows so much emotion and Sam Heughan delivers that and more during every episode.

It shocks me that this man does not have a golden globe or an Emmy yet. The casting of Caitriona Balfe as Claire Fraser was a bit controversial to the "Outlander" fans due to the fact that Claire in the book is a short curvy woman but the actress is tall and skinny. Caitriona may look absolutely nothing like Claire in the book's description but Caitriona has delivered the true mental embodiment of Claire in her humor and how Claire thinks and acts.

In fact, her amazing performance as Claire Fraser has brought her four Golden Globe nominations.

It's no secret that the two main characters in the book are the love interest to one another and get married very early on in the story. These two characters have a level of passion for each other that is what everyone wants in a marriage and relationship, and Sam and Caitriona bring this passion and love to life in the most amazing way possible.

You can really see how much love these characters have for one another on the screen. With the amount of passion the two actors bring on screen with these characters, it shocks me that they are not together in real life.

The show itself brings together real-life historical people, places, and events and blends it with a fantasy twist, time-travel. Claire, being from the 20th-century, travels accidentally to the 18th-century where the perils of highlander life, love, and a war, causes her to return to her time multiple years later.

Whether you're a fantasy person or a history person, the story blends together these two very different themes in a way that creates a beautiful story that almost seems real. The characters make it so easy to fall in love with due to their witty personalities and the trials and tribulations you see them go through and the people they become because of them.

I highly recommend watching the story of "Outlander" come to life in the television show and see two completely different themes blend together and create such a beautiful story.

While they are currently airing their fourth season on television at the moment, the show is already guaranteed the next two seasons and I can only imagine the show is going to exceed expectations from here!

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13 Meaningful 'Supernatural' Quotes

This show is about more than just monster-hunting.
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Supernatural has proven its greatness once again by being renewed for a 13th season. Anyone who’s watched the show, and has most likely fallen in love with it, knows why it is immortal. The show that involves killing in each episode, yet can’t be killed, survives because of the messages underlying it. Messages of hope, of perseverance, of love, of family, and more broadly speaking, of life, are the fiber of Supernatural. The words of beloved characters like Sam, Dean, and Castiel can change people’s lives. Countless fans post on social media about how the show inspired them to tenaciously push through hardships and to keep fighting no matter what. How incredible is that?

So thank you Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, and the rest of the wonderful cast for continuing to bring such powerful, imperfectly perfect characters to life. Characters that make mistakes. Characters that fall, but always get back up. Characters that will live on long past the show’s eventual ending. Until then, we will continue tuning in to the journey of our two favorite brothers and the angel they consider family, learning from impactful quotes, such as the following, along the way.

1. "If you’re going to have faith, you can’t just have it when miracles happen, you have to have it when they don’t.” (Layla, 1x12)

2. "Now I realize that there is no righteous path, it’s just people trying to do their best in a world where it is far too easy to do your worst." (Castiel, 10x09)

3. "We make our own future." (Dean, 5x04)

4. "You're wrong about humanity. They are your greatest creation because they're better than you are. Sure, they're weak, and they cheat and steal and destroy and disappoint, but they also give and create, and they sing and dance and love. Above all, they never give up." (Metatron, 11x20)

5. "Who cares where happiness comes from? Look, we're all a little weird, we're all a little wacky—some more than others—but...if it works, it works." (Dean, 9x12)

6. “It doesn’t matter what you are, it only matters what you do. It’s your choice.” (Sam, 4x04)

7. "They say you can’t protect your loved ones forever. Well, I say screw that. What else is family for?” (Ellen, 2x10)

8. “A wise man once told me, 'family don't end in blood.' But it doesn't start there either. Family cares about you, not what you can do for them. Family is there, for the good, bad, all of it. They got your back, even when it hurts. That's family.” (Dean quoting Bobby, 10x17)

9. “You don’t have to be ruled by fate. You can choose freedom.” (Castiel, 6x17)

10. "I will keep fighting. I'll keep swinging until I got nothing left." (Dean, 10x20)

11. "The human soul is not a rubber ball. It's vulnerable, impermanent, but stronger than you know. And more valuable than you can imagine." (Death, 6.11)

12. "We're far from perfect, but we are good." (Sam, 10x23)

13. "No matter how much it hurts, no matter how hard it gets, you gotta keep grinding." (Dean, 11x15)

~Carry On~



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'Shrill' Is A Giant Middle Finger To Unhealthy Body Image, Sexuality, And More

Aidy Bryant kicks off the pilot episode of her new show on Hulu with a bat of her eyelashes and middle finger to negative social standards.

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When I was scrolling through Facebook the other day looking for content to write about at work, I stumbled across a post about a new comedy show on Hulu called "Shrill." I didn't know much about it other than that it stars Aidy Bryant, who I love, and immediately put it on my radar.

As a quick premise, if you don't know who Aidy is, she stars on Saturday Night Live and is one of the most nonchalantly hilarious women in comedy. She's known for her effortless way in sliding in jokes under her breath and for being a downright awesome advocate for women. Tie that all together, and I knew the show would be iconic.

The start of the pilot episode gives you a warm feeling, almost a sense of familiarity. It has that same "this premise is going to be about women who live their lives for themselves," much to how I felt watching "Broad City" and "Girls." With the latter already ended and the former coming to its close, I was hoping a new show would come out, and "Shrill" seems to already be hitting more nails on the head.

Spoiler alerts ahead.

In the first episode, we see Aidy take on topics that are heavy, controversial and very transparent in nature.

First and foremost, she talks about her body image issues and how it plays a role in her relationships. Because of her plus-sized figure, she explained how she always used it to scrutinize every aspect of her life. How because she was always bigger, she felt the need to prove herself in other ways, like being constantly kind, giving and nice to everyone around her. Don't get me wrong, these are great attributes to have, but she realized that by constantly making sure everyone around her was happy, she lost herself in the process.

She stopped standing up for herself out of fear of creating a wake for other people. She stopped demanding more for her worth and settled for what could be good. And she stopped seeing herself as a person worthy of anything real outside of her weight. Her body constantly played a role in her choices and became shackles holding her down from making true actions throughout her life.

We see her ask for a job promotion and get humiliated in the process. It's not till the end of the episode when she realizes her worth that she begins to fight for herself, her goals and her future.

In the midst of it all is a man who she sleeps with and clearly wants more from him. She felt that because she had a man want her, she needed to do everything in her power to keep him around, which included allowing him to have sex with her without protection. In the process, she didn't realize that Plan B pills aren't applicable to anyone over 175 lbs and got pregnant as a result of it.

What a brave woman that Aidy Bryant is. Because also in this first episode, her character has an abortion as a way of claiming her truth and womanhood. She made a decision to terminate her pregnancy, and in this day and age of politics, that will absolutely come with its fair share of backlash.

But instead of the abortion being clueless, haste or uneducated, she shares the experience from an authentic perspective. She talks about claiming back her life and how she didn't have the procedure for anyone other than herself.

I can already hear pro-life advocates screaming at their TVs calling her selfish and inconsiderate of the baby, but what's impressive to me is that Aidy didn't care to go into more detail. In the show, she didn't feel the need to plead her case. She simply said it was for herself, and left it at that. With an understanding friend and supportive family, she knew it was all she needed to get through. I'm sure women everywhere felt the depth of this answer or lack thereof.

Without spoiling too much, we see her come to terms with tormentors in her life: her weight, the lack of respect from the man she sleeps with and the absurdity of the woman/trainer who pushes the narrative that in order to be a respectable human Aidy must lose weight.

It was a standard pilot episode in the archetypical timeline of it all: Woman has issues; woman has major life lesson; woman changes her perspective and the show kicks off to really begin in episode two. Although I've seen this plotline before, the actual content this one carries has me drawn in and eager to watch more. I'm curious to know what other hard-hitting topics the show will introduce in its 6 episodes, and I plan on writing a season recap/reaction to it all in the end.

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