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This Week’s Most Exquisite TV Moment

December 30-January 5
“The Birds and The Bees” | Outlander

Outlander Season 4 2018
Source: Starz

Welcome to the new year, darling readers. I hope you’re all well and that 2019’s treating you superbly so far. The TV season hasn’t fully resumed from the much-needed holiday hiatus, but that’s okay because I’m pretty sure Outlander would’ve taken the crown no matter what aired this week. These posts will be a bit more sporadic throughout the year, but they have not been retired—I just need TV series to step it up, y’know?

This is the most I’ve ever loved Outlander, and it’s the longest the show’s had my undivided attention. I hate to admit that I haven’t enjoyed the show much this season drifting further away from it, and ultimately neglecting to catch up. But we all know how much I love a good a reunion and the episode gave us an impeccable one—plus, it’s the buzz behind it that finally inspired me to catch up and I’m thrilled to have done so. I don’t know which moment had me crying hardest, Brianna finally meeting Jamie or Brianna reuniting with Claire, all I know is that Outlander has never made me happy sob, and I’m glad a moment filled with this much purity was the first. There’s a lot I want to say about the episode as an entirety, but there’s a time and place for that. (Cough 2019 year-end reviews cough.) But this moment, oh my heart, Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe did a remarkable job of reminding viewers where their greatest skills lie, and Sophie Skelton acutely displayed just how fitted she is for the role of Brianna Randall-Fraser. Heughan and Balfe are wondrous when they play off one another’s sincerity, and no episode could’ve brought forth such gratifying sincerity as their first, real moments as a family. Both seeing the other with their daughter, and both in a state of incandescent bliss made for a familial moment that’ll be remembered for ages.

And my goodness, Sophie Skelton exhibited so much light in Brianna—the warmth brought to life through the stunning display of a myriad of emotions broke me. She’s waited so long for this moment and Jamie’s sincerity towards her opened the door for a type of vulnerability that could only be described as utterly innocent. And that’s what this moment was, a purely innocent display of a grown woman finding comfort in the arms of her parents. And the genuine, heartfelt reactions from each character served as the gorgeous proof that these actors have embodied their characters to the t. It was raw, captivating, and the series at its most profoundly moving. There’s a lot that happens on Outlander that I personally find unnecessary, but compelling and immaculately natural moments like the Fraser family being whole at least are what save it and pave the road for better, more heartfelt episodes.

What was the most exquisite thing you watched this week?

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