America the Beautiful

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Critic Consensus: "America the Beautiful" shines, showcasing both burden-lifting love between trauma survivors and the horrific violence of the show's new colonial landscape.

Episode Info

Claire and Jamie Fraser try to make a home for themselves in the New World of Colonial America.

Cast

Caitriona Balfe
as Claire Randall
Sam Heughan
as Jamie Fraser
Tobias Menzies
as Frank Randall/Jonathan "Black Jack" Randall
Graham McTavish
as Dougal MacKenzie
Gary Lewis
as Colum MacKenzie
Duncan Lacroix
as Murtagh Fitzgibbons Fraser
Annette Badland
as Mrs. Fitzgibbons
Lotte Verbeek
as Geillis Duncan
David Berry
as Lord John William Grey
Wil Johnson
as Joe Abernathy
John Bell
as Young Ian Murray
Hannah James
as Geneva Dunsany
Tanya Reynolds
as Isobel Dunsany
Ed Speleers
as Stephen Bonnet
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Critic Reviews for America the Beautiful

To its credit, Outlander doesn't shy away from dealing with these issues, but flounders a bit in trying to ensure that yes, the white people of this era may be filled with racism and prejudice, but Jamie and Claire are different...

Nov 5, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…

The first episode does NOT skimp on the steaminess between Claire and Jamie.

Jan 14, 2019 | Full Review…

There's an ominous feeling that's settled over Outlander's fourth season already... I suppose at least we'll get some steamy "let's make love now while we have a single moment of peace" scenes to soften the blow.

Nov 6, 2018 | Full Review…

These two [Jamie and Claire] are always doing The Absolute Most all the time, but they also look real good doing it.

Nov 5, 2018 | Full Review…

Ian jumping into an open grave was a strange thing to set off his memories of her and an awkward time for him to bond over rape with his Uncle Jamie. Still, it was touching how Jamie helped him in a manly way.

Nov 5, 2018 | Rating: 3.75/5 | Full Review…

It's the best scene of the entire episode, and one that not only subverts the idea that boys and men aren't victims of sexual assault, but also gives both male characters a chance to be vulnerable...

Nov 5, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The cyclical nature of Outlander is part of its charm. Amid the plot twists, violence and new characters, we know that at the end of the day, Claire and Jamie are meant to be.

Nov 5, 2018 | Full Review…

Men! Processing their emotions while coping with physical and sexual trauma! Sharing words of comfort and solidarity and advice! I was extremely moved!

Nov 5, 2018 | Full Review…

It's a big red flag that the show is already equating Highlanders with Native Americans - particularly in using Claire, who has the historical context to understand the scale of the American genocide.

Nov 5, 2018 | Full Review…

The episode isn't titled "America the Beautiful" for nothing - it's a commentary about how they're in this vast, beautiful country and yet there is ugliness at every turn.

Nov 5, 2018 | Full Review…