Uncle Dougal sparring with Hamish
[Outlander - 1x02]
Step 1: Imagine mister Dwalin and little Fili and Kili
Step 2: Cry
People disappear all the time. Ask any policeman. Better yet. ask a journalist. Disappearances are bread-and-butter to journalists. Young girls run away from home. Young children stray from their parents and are never seen again. Housewives reach the end of their tether and take the grocery money and a taxi to the station. International financiers change their names and vanish into the smoke of imported cigars. Many of the lost will be found, eventually, dead or alive. Disappearances, after all, have explanations.
If you’re not watching Outlander, you might want to start. The Starz drama revolves around a British World War II combat nurse who accidentally travels back in time to 1743 after touching a magic rock (it’s much better than it sounds) and finds herself in the midst of a Scottish struggle for independence.
With its wonderfully nuanced heroine and female-friendly sex scenes (Jezebel rightly called it the “historical smut of [our] dreams”), the show is being hailed as the feminist’s Game of Thrones. And it more than lived up to its reputation with its latest episode, when leading lady Claire (Caitriona Balfe) schooled a gruff 18th-century Scotsman about rape culture.