Today’s post covers the Starz Original series, Outlander! The series is based on the multi-genred book series written by Diana Gabaldon.
NOTE: I have yet to read the books but have recently gotten my hands on them.
I used to work in a library where I came across the books quite often. However, their size was quite intimidating to me. I’m sure now it would be a rare sighting to see the books on the shelves.
I’d been hearing for quite a while that there was a TV adaptation of the books. So about nearly a month ago I decided to watch Outlander. I had little to no knowledge of what the show would entail. I did know time travel was involved but I didn’t know to what capacity. I also recalled when trying to find a specific genre for the books it was difficult to put a label on. I figured the show would be the same. Having watched it- I was correct.
Let’s see where to begin?
You see the lady below?
Well this is Claire (née Beauchamp) Randall. She’s a combat nurse during World War II. It’s mentioned that she and her husband, Frank Randall have been apart for 5 years due to the war & the parts they both played. When the war was over, Claire and Frank reunited for a second honeymoon in Scotland. They stayed at a bed and breakfast in Inverness (a city in the Scottish Highlands). The city was located nearby an ancient stone circle known as Craigh na Dun. Although, the Randall’s had been apart so long they still loved each other and wanted to make their marriage work. Frank took an interest in genealogy while Claire takes an interest in botany (both important clues). So there’s a ritual being performed at Craigh na Dun by druids. Frank took Claire so they can observe & they’re both enchanted by the ritual.
Later, Claire searches through books on botany for the plant she fancied but cannot find it. Frank insists that Claire (because he wasn’t able to join her) go back to Craigh na Dun to retrieve the plant. While at Craigh na Dun, Claire finds the plant but begins to experience a strange feeling when she touches the stones. She loses consciousness only to awaken to her car missing & the sound of men in battle.
Eventually Claire’s mind of logic must face the illogical- that Claire has gone from 1940’s into Scotland 1700’s.
Are you still with me? Great! I know that summary was a bit long but bear with me.
When I watched Outlander I was amazed by the world-building! The relationship between Claire and Frank made me root for them but [SPOILERS] when I saw the chemistry between Jamie and Claire- Frank who? Who’s he?
Season one was wonderful save for the last couple of episodes. I won’t say much about it but trust me that’s the kind of thing you are It but wish so badly you hadn’t. I enjoyed season two. Especially because it didn’t wipe it’s hands of the ending events of season one. I liked they took their time to develop characters and the plot. There was even a change up to the original theme song. Oh my! That theme song is sung beautifully. Despite the beyond “eww moment” I’d still recommend this show to watch. The second season just ended weeks ago so there’s plenty of time to catch up before season 3 begins next year.
What’s that? You want reasons to watch? Okay but I’ll give you three.
1. The setting is gorgeous. You can see for yourself.
Craigh na Dun
2. The wardrobe is fantastic. While I’d love to show you all my favorites from the series I’ll share a very beautiful dress worn by Claire (Caitriona Balfe).
Isn’t it stunning?
3. I don’t know about you but this guy is criminally good-looking. 😍 Not only is he good-looking Sam Heughan’s portrayal of Jamie Fraser is spectacular. He’s also dashing and very good-looking 😍
Give Outlander a try. It’s got historical elements, time travel, romance, Highland culture, action, mystery, kilts (may portray knee porn), plots, betrayals, nature content, Gaelic language (actually multilingual), horse rides, adventure, violence, royalty, etc. I love this show and now may be experiencing something called droughtlander (what it’s like without new episodes of Outlander/off-season). 😟
Do you watch Outlander? What do you think of it? Are you interested in watching it? If so and if you’ve got questions feel free to ask. We can discuss it here or via Twitter