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Outlander: Meet the Man Who Played the Biggest Jerk in Scotland

Full spoilers for Outlander's Season 2 episode "The Fox's Lair" continue below.

Outlander viewers finally met an important and infamous figure in Jamie Fraser's past: his grandfather Simon Fraser, the current Lord Lovat. There's a lot of dark history between the two that comes into play when Jamie tries to convince his grandfather to join Bonnie Prince Charlie's cause, and the interactions offer new depths to Sam Heughan's character.

Adding to the excitement about the introduction of Simon Fraser is the actor who played him: Clive Russell. Russell has starred in Ripper Street, Sherlock Holmes and The Wolfman, but is perhaps best known by fans as the Blackfish (Catelyn Stark's uncle Brynden Tully) on Game of Thrones. He got to sink his teeth into Lord Lovat, who not only is Jamie's grandfather in the fictional Outlander world but was a real-life Scottish figure, and rather infamous in actual history as well.

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Outlander: "The Fox's Lair" Review

Full spoilers for Outlander continue below.

War is coming to Scotland, and Claire and Jamie are getting more and more desperate to make sure the Highlanders come out on the right side of Culloden.

Outlander offered the Frasers a needed time jump after the tragedy in last week's "Faith." When we pick back up with Claire and Jamie in "The Fox's Lair," they've recovered from the trauma of losing their unborn child and seem to have healed their relationship upon their return to Lallybroch. One of the most impactful scenes in the episode involved the linger effect of their loss, with Claire looking on as Jamie cuddled and spoke to Jenny's newest child.

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GOTD 5/29/2016: Robo Aleste (Sega CD)
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When people talk Sega CD, the discussion in my experience tends to stick to just a handful of topics... Working Designs games, FMV mistakes, Snatcher, and Keio Flying Squadron. However, the system had quite a few solid shooters localized outside of Keio, and while most aren't particularly cheap per se, they deserve a bit more recognition. Robo Aleste is one of those games that is often overshadowed by those marquee collector's pieces, not to mention its own cousin, MUSHA. Still, it's a high quality blaster worth a closer look.

As everyone knows from basic world history, warring ninja clans typically did battle in giant robots flying through the sky. In that respect, Robo Aleste is a remarkably faithful historical reinactment of one of these ancient conflicts. You control the mighty Aleste, shooting your way through vertically scrolling, ninja-laden stages in an effort to bring peace to the world by blowing everyone else to hell. Fortunately, the Aleste is a capable destroyer like other vaunted robots, such as Go Nagai's Getter Robo and La Cosa Notroid's Bitch Magnet.

The game plays out very much like MUSHA before it, as you collect falling capsules that gradually accumulate to raise the level of your main forward fire, which resembles grouped shuriken. You also have a secondary weapon represented by colored orbs. Collecting multiple of the same color will make your weapons more effective, and can level three times. I prefer the yellow orb, which turns your options into homing attack shields that can tear even strong foes to pieces in seconds while absorbing bullets they hit along the way, but there are others such as a laser that are useful as well. Dying costs you your power-ups, and even though they can be quickly rebuilt, it can be tough to rebuild the secondary weapon you like.

Graphically, the game is quite colorful, with huge bosses and occasional scaling effects. The backgrounds can get a little muddier and earthy at times, but overall it still has a slick arcade flavor, good music, and smooth control. I like games like this that allow you to manually change your speed for situational dodging or precision, as it lets the player decide how the Aleste feels. The Aleste itself is bigger than the MUSHA Aleste, though, which comes with a bigger hit box and increased challenge. Still what's here is pretty fair, and it's still easier than a lot of shooters.

Robo Aleste is a nice, polished little game that does what it sets out to do correctly, and its biggest weakness is the goofy-sounding narrator. Any MUSHA or shooter fan will find something to like here, and it should be a part of any arcade fan's Sega CD experience.

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Outlander: "The Fox's Lair" Review

Full spoilers for Outlander continue below.

War is coming to Scotland, and Claire and Jamie are getting more and more desperate to make sure the Highlanders come out on the right side of Culloden.

Outlander offered the Frasers a needed time jump after the tragedy in last week's "Faith." When we pick back up with Claire and Jamie in "The Fox's Lair," they've recovered from the trauma of losing their unborn child and seem to have healed their relationship upon their return to Lallybroch. One of the most impactful scenes in the episode involved the linger effect of their loss, with Claire looking on as Jamie cuddled and spoke to Jenny's newest child.

Continue reading…

Outlander: Meet the Man Who Played the Biggest Jerk in Scotland

Full spoilers for Outlander's Season 2 episode "The Fox's Lair" continue below.

Outlander viewers finally met an important and infamous figure in Jamie Fraser's past: his grandfather Simon Fraser, the current Lord Lovat. There's a lot of dark history between the two that comes into play when Jamie tries to convince his grandfather to join Bonnie Prince Charlie's cause, and the interactions offer new depths to Sam Heughan's character.

Adding to the excitement about the introduction of Simon Fraser is the actor who played him: Clive Russell. Russell has starred in Ripper Street, Sherlock Holmes and The Wolfman, but is perhaps best known by fans as the Blackfish (Catelyn Stark's uncle Brynden Tully) on Game of Thrones. He got to sink his teeth into Lord Lovat, who not only is Jamie's grandfather in the fictional Outlander world but was a real-life Scottish figure, and rather infamous in actual history as well.

Continue reading…

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