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How important are the costumes in a show like Outlander

For a period show like "Outlander," atmosphere—the look and feel of the whole production—is critical. The audience has to believe, from exterior landscape shots free of cell phone towers to the interiors lit as if by candlelight or oil lamps. Costumes serve this purpose as well, but are also strong points of characterization and storytelling. The costumes transform the actor into her fictional character, both for the actor herself and for the audience. Terry Dresbach, the brilliant costume designer on "Outlander," told the New York Times, “You put on a costume to become a different person.”

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Why is “Outlander’s” use of voice over a problem? Or is it

The use of voice over has been one of the nagging criticisms (like in this early review from Indiewire ) of "Outlander" from the beginning of the first season. Claire, the series’ time traveling heroine, can often be heard explaining the action on the screen. The problem is that these explanations are not particularly insightful or helpful. More often than not, they are simply descriptions of exactly what is happening on screen.

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What is the deal with the music during Outlander’s difficult strapping scene

"Outlander’s" massive, and rabid, fan base knew what was coming. The show’s producers, creative team, and actors had been preparing the viewers for what fans of the book have often referred to as “the strapping.” While the book’s author, Diana Gabaldon, has long defended the scene in her book where Jamie beats Claire with a leather strap as simply Highland justice for the heroine’s reckless disobedience, there is a world of difference between reading an uncomfortable scene (that oddly ends in an even more uncomfortable sex scene) and watching it play out on a TV series. This is tricky stuff, even for pay cable, which partially explains the odd musical cue that kicks in halfway through.