• Outlander NJ Con 2018 Recap!

    I did it! I made it through my first con! I learned so much! To summarize my time in a few words at the Creation Entertainment New Jersey Con 2018: lotsa cosplay, meeting new friends, seeing old friends, fun at the cast Q&As, blink-and-it’s-over pics with the cast, bad expo center food, and fun that

  • An Outlandish Chat with Photographer Martin Scott Powell

    Earlier this year before I traveled to Scotland, I got a little help from a native Scot named Martin Scott Powell. We met through Ellen Christine a mutual milliner friend (her interview is here). During Outlander‘s Season 2 promotion, I tweeted how beautiful the Departures magazine photos of Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe were. Ellen responded

  • Season 3 Ep 6: “A.Malcolm” but it’s really “The Print Shop”

    Breathe deep! J&C are bringing sexy back. A Thrust by Thrust Analysis: The show checks off the Sam Heughan Ass Shots (also did he get bigger?) but keeps the moments tender and sweet. Claire really lucked out with snagging Jamie who’s smokin in that tricorn! Also, when Diana Gabaldon makes no sense, Caitriona is brave,

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  • Season 3 Episode 4: “Of Lost Things”

    Another one closer to The Print Shop. Yes Isobel, Lord John is REAL interesting. Brianna goes in like BAM with Roger! Put some color into Willie’s hair! And for one moment we were all John Grey. Theories for next ep?

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  • Season 3 Episode 2: “Surrender”

    Episode dos!  Brad Pitt reprises his famous Legends of the Fall role! 😉  Jenny is poppin’ those kids out while filing her nails. Frank – You’re not bringing sexy back. Off Outlander Topic: Caitriona Balfe I want your skin but I’m not paying more than $20 for it.    

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  • Urban in Scotland: A 3 Day Outlander Tour

    Inverness Tours with Hugh Allison I can’t say enough about Hugh Allison! His 2017 tours were largely booked seven months prior to my trip – He’s that good. He’s really wonderful and makes my trip extra special. The depth of his knowledge about Scottish history is bottomless! He’s a tall, avuncular man in his 50s

  • Wrap It Up! The Urban Outlander’s 2016 Posts

    2016? Done. This was the first year of my website and it’s been fun! Earlier this year I was bored (and unemployed) so I thought I might indulge my obsession and begin a blog. Yes there are so many Outlander blogs out there but there’s only one of me! Thanks to any and all who

  • Jumping Over the Moon: “The Making of Outlander” Book

    When I heard that a book was coming out about the making of the first two seasons of Starz’s Outlander, I was over the moon. No I really jumped over the moon that’s how excited I was!   Tara Bennett’s book, “The Making of Outlander”, hits my sweet spots: Production + Outlander = How my

  • There is No Conspiracy. Just Real People Making A Show.

    Photo courtesy of outlander-online.com Following post inspired by “The Making of Outlander” book by Tara Bennett. You can read a review of it here.   In light of appreciation for the hard work that goes into making this show, I really need to give my two cents about some other hot-button Outlander things that I

  • Dragonfly in Amber: Reflections on the book & the TV adaptation

                So Season 2 ended (with a bang I think!) and “Dragonfly in Amber” (aka DIA) beckoned me from my bookshelf as Droughtlander began. I read DIA for the first time after Season 2 ended. This was a theme I began after seeing Season 1 and then reading the first book “Outlander”. All of this

  • How Jen Had A Conversation With Tobias Menzies

    More like, “How I’m About to Have a Conversation with Jen about Tobias Menzies and How He Continues to Slay Us”   “But Tobias. Oh, Tobias. Here’s the thing about Tobias…the sincerity that cuts through your soul, is present in this performance. Almost like the role was created for him… and it’s a wonderful journey

  • When Sparks Light the Fire – Fandom Through My Years

    Cassettes, CDs, posters, live recordings, pins, VHS tapes, concert tickets, t-shirts, baseball hats, magazine clippings, MTV interviews and music videos…   When I was an adolescent, I had an obsession with the band Bush. For any who may not know, this was Gavin Rossdale’s band in the mid to late 90’s (it was never just

  • Season 2 – Ep 13 – Dragonfly in Amber

    It’s the last episode of Season 2! I got my box of tissues but I’m groovin’ to the 60s music. There’s so much to talk about! Great performances by Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan but where’s the Bahston accent Brianna? Claire is still chasing Jamie’s ghost and she pulls a Lady Macbeth. Dougal, we’ll miss

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  • Season 2 – Ep 12 – Praise The Hail Mary!

    Ira Steven Behr and Anne Kenney write a kick ass episode! M-m-m-marvelous Mary is back and she’s brought along the Randall Brothers. I respectfully decline my invitation to this wedding. Dougal and Black Jack’s relationships with their respective brothers delves deeper into their connections. We see tender and affection in new ways from these two.

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  • How are you gearing up for Season 2 Finale?

    This DIA virgin is so nervous for the impending finale to Season 2! How are you getting ready? I’m speculating! Outlander fandom is full of the book readers but I’ll get to Dragonfly in Amber in good time. What will the Battle of Culloden really be like? It’s about the battle of our hearts. Jamie, stop

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  • Season 2 – Ep 10 – Vengeance is Mine Pt 1

    It’s Ep 11 of Outlander’s Season 2! Diana Gabaldon “Herself” penned this week’s ep and I’m counting a few Gabaldonisms. Surprised? Sam/Jamie and Cait/Claire are all mixed up but that’s cause they’re my friends…in my head. The Duke of Sandringham and m-m-m-marvelous Mary are back but…Wherefore art thou, Alex Randall??

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  • Season 2 – Ep 10 – “Prestonpans” We are Brothers Pt 2 – The Sad Stuff

    It’s “Prestonpans” Ep10 part two! Alright we talked about the happier stuff (Jamie and that bow!) but we gotta get to the sad stuff. We love these characters! Dougal the complex tragic hero, the shameless but still loveable Angus and his demise, the loss of innocence and some great battle sequences! Leave a comment! Battle too

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  • Season 2 – Ep 10 – “Prestonpans” We are Brothers Pt 1

    Let’s just start with the fun stuff before it gets REAL. Jamie, why must you live only in fantasy? So many intense looks and that bow as you say goodbye? I can’t even. Lt.Foster is back but for a moment before Dougal smotes him. And he was so cute… Nurse Beecham tarries a little too

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  • Season 2 – Ep 9 – Pt 2 Claire/Dougal/Dragonflies/Mystery lines

    Did you believe Claire when she claims to have told Jamie about her and Dougal’s previous arrangement? She’s calling Dougal’s bluff! I don’t know who this William Grey is but I guess he’s a big deal. Also what is up with the dragonfly in amber?! I gotta know! There are some mysterious lines in this

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  • Season 2 – Ep 9 – No Turning Back Now!

    It’s Ep 209 – “Je Suis Prest” Are you ready? The Rebellion is coming in strong and so is the sun in my video. Someday I’ll have a studio and someone else can worry about the lighting! In the meantime, I got a new Outlander t-shirt and I’m talking about Claire’s PTSD and the ep’s

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  • Season 2 – Ep 8 – “The Fox’s Lair” and all its foxiness

    We’re back in Scotland in Episode 208 but can we stay a little longer in Lallybroch to see our friends? We’re over the “mid season” hump and the opening titles have some mystery images: 1960s cars and soldiers! Laoghaire returns and I’m wondering if she has really reformed or trying to convince herself? And can

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  • Season 2 – Ep 7 – Close Your Eyes and Think of Scotland

    In this episode title “Faith”, how many tissues did you go through? My face is still puffy from crying. Claire and Jamie are tested once more and their Faith carries them through. Catriona Balfe’s performance is nothing short of a tour de force. I don’t need to see anymore from Black Jack Randall. Let’s just

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  • An Outlandish Hat Chat with Ellen Christine Couture

      Ellen Christine is a very cool lady. She’s a milliner and for those of us who are not familiar with that term (I for one!), it basically means that she makes hats for women. Nestled in a corner of the West Village in New York City, her atelier is a wonderland of fabrics, ribbons,

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