Outlander’s A. Malcolm breathes new life into the series and sets it up for a long and dazzling run. Episodes one through five were remarkably well done, but they canna hold a candle to seeing Claire and Jamie embrace after 20 years of separation. For Outlander fans the period between seasons, or what is fondly referred to as #Droughtlander, has been long and filled with anticipation for the reunion between Claire and Jamie. And Episode 6, A. Malcolm, doesna disappoint! It is filled with a satisfying mix of heartwarming dialogue, humorous circumstances, and passionate encounters between the pair.
Claire may be the star and narrator of the Outlander saga, but it is Jamie who shines in Season 3. Sam Heughan must be lauded for the way he completely disappears into the role of a tortured Jamie who is but a shell of the robust and canty character we knew in Seasons 1 and 2. Heughan portrays the transformation of Jamie’s character from the shell-shocked and broken “dunnbonnet” hiding in a hole to avoid capture to the strong, capable, and wise printer of seditious pamphlets with delicacy, nuance, and care.