The Sassenach Files: An Outlander Podcast
You Have Made My Life Whole

You Have Made My Life Whole

May 16, 2022

Welcome back Obsassenachs! This week I’m discussing 511: “Journeycake”. Come along for the ride as I chat about everything from the slight differences I’ve noticed in the episodes written by Diana Gabaldon, to the giant head fake of the episode–Roger and Bree’s leap through the stones (or not), to why the cold open was so critical to understanding our main characters. I also dive deep into all of the call backs surrounding previous episodes, the critical role Lord John plays in raising William, and how this was the perfect time for Ian to learn about this crazy thing call time travel.

Two Sides to Every Story

Two Sides to Every Story

May 8, 2022

After a long hiatus to enjoy Season Six, I’m back to continue my break down of all things Outlander. This week I’m taking on 510: “Mercy Shall Follow Me”. Join me as I discuss, Stephen Bonnet’s complexity as a villain, Jamie and Roger’s adorable father/son relationship status, and the question everyone wants answers to: Why did Brianna really kill Stephen Bonnet? I also chat about the major themes of this episode including what motivates our characters and the use of iconic pieces of literature as allegories for the stories being told in this episode.

You Tried to Die on Me, Didn’t You?

You Tried to Die on Me, Didn’t You?

February 20, 2022

Welcome back for another episode of The Sassenach Files! This is my last episode before I go on hiatus for Season Six, and it’s a doozy. Join me as I chat 509: “Monsters and Heroes” in all its wonder. This episode is very character driven and centers around the life Jamie and Claire have built for themselves. So, dust off your earbuds and settle in as I talk about Roger and Bree’s marriage growth, the similarities between Claire and Bree as modern career women, and that fantastic scene between Ian and Fergus. Saving the best for last, of course I discuss Jamie and Roger’s ever evolving relationship. They have finally worked out their differences and that is certainly something worth celebrating on my 75th episode!

I Will Always Sing For You

I Will Always Sing For You

February 13, 2022

Greetings Obsassenachs!! This week on The Sassenach Files I’m chatting about 508: “Famous Last Words”, and it is a doozy. From Roger’s struggle back towards normalcy, to Jamie’s grief over Murtagh, and Ian’s return to The Ridge, this episode is full of dark material worth discussing. I also chat about the use of the Silent Film technique, Brianna’s much improved communication skills, and an issue very close to my heart, mental health and veteran suicide. In this episode I mention the Til Valhala Project, and you can find the link below if you would like to support this wonderful cause!

https://tilvalhallaproject.com/

Countdown to Season Six

Countdown to Season Six

February 7, 2022

Hello all! This week I have a very special episode for you. My dear friend Angela dropped by The Sassenach Files to discuss everything we know about the upcoming season of Outlander in a LIVE event. Join us as we talk about the look and feel of the season so far, all the interview deets we were able to glean from our time in Seattle at Outlandish Vancouver, and everything Starz has given us ahead of the Season Six premiere! We also took the opportunity to break down all eight of the episode titles and try to sort out the plot of A Breath of Snow and Ashes. We had a lot of fun, and we can’t wait to see what this season has in store. ONE MONTH TO GO Obsassenachs!!

It Doesna Hurt A Bit To Die

It Doesna Hurt A Bit To Die

January 31, 2022

Hey Obsassenachs! Welcome back to another episode of The Sassenach Files. This week I’m discussing my favorite episode of season five “The Ballad of Roger Mac”. Come along for the ride as I gush over Sam Heughan’s amazing skills in this episode. I also chat about the multitude of historic details included in the lead up to Alamance, Roger’s increasing confidence and interaction with Murtagh, and the mind blowing experience of watching JAMMF don a red coat. There was a lot to unpack this week, so hang on tight!

I Ken What This Life Is

I Ken What This Life Is

January 16, 2022

This week on The Sassenach Files, I’m here to discuss 506: “Better to Marry than Burn”. Join me as I chat about the three main couples in this episode. Roger and Brianna take a giant leap toward finding their place in the 18th century. Jamie and Claire are walking a dangerous line between their government allegiances, fondness for Murtagh, and desire for revenge on Stephen Bonnet. Murtagh and Jocasta are struggling with the reality of being star-crossed lovers. This episode had it’s high and lows, and I’m here to talk about ALL of it.

You Never Really Know What’s Coming

You Never Really Know What’s Coming

January 9, 2022

Welcome back to another episode of The Sassenach Files. This week I’m chatting about 505: “Perpetual Adoration”. The concept of time and space is on full display this week as I ponder the idea of a “butterfly effect” rippling down through the ages to impact the past, present, and future. Come along for the ride as I discuss how the writers play with the idea of these time ripples. I also chat about the complex morality of Lieutenant Knox’s murder, the growth of Roger and Brianna’s marriage, and how the character of Graham Menzies served as a catalyst for the show as we know it.

Love Makes Fools of Us All

Love Makes Fools of Us All

January 2, 2022

Happy New Year Obsassenachs! This week on The Sassenach Files, I’m discussing 504: “The Company We Keep”. Join me as I break down the complexities of Jamie and Roger’s evolving relationship, Brianna’s fight for control over her PTSD, and the little things I enjoyed about this episode like sword dancing and cider making. Of course, we can’t discuss 504 without broaching the subject of The Browns. Come along as I chat about the family’s bipolar tendency toward mercy and judgement along with the key differences between Lionel and Richard Brown – who remind me a wee bit of Colum and Dougal MacKenzie.

By All Accounts A Wicked Man

By All Accounts A Wicked Man

December 19, 2021

Welcome back for another episode of The Sassenach Files. This week I’m chatting about 503: “Free Will” in all it’s creepy glory. Join me as I discuss the cinematic balm of Jamie’s return, Roger and Brianna’s right to know that Bonnet is alive, and whether I consider Francis Beardsley to be a villain or a victim. I also give some behind the scenes deets about The Beardsley cabin set and the special effects used to pull off this “Halloween Edition” of Outlander.

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