Pilot Review: Outlander

I have to admit here that I haven’t read the books by Diana Gabaldon that Outlander is based off. But after having seen about eight episodes of this show I’m definitely going to. This show focuses around a woman named Claire who was a nurse in the second world war. In 1945 Claire takes a long awaited second honeymoon with her husband to the Scottish highlands. It is there she discovers a circle of stones called Craigh na Dun. When she touches one of the stones she is transported to 1745, 200 years in the past.

This show basically mashes up history, romance and some seriously amazing scenery. Claire is stubborn and headstrong, she refuses to let any man tell her what to do… occasionally to her detriment.

In the pilot we see Claire and her husband Frank and learn their personal story. Discover their love for each other, which is very sweet. When Claire is transported back in time she meets her husband’s ancestor, who just so happens to be a serious ass-face.

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Just a warning, this show is definitely not PG, so not something you watch with your grandma.

I can’t complete my description of this show without mentioning Jamie Mackenzie, a seriously strapping Scottish redhead who seems to get hurt every five minutes despite his brawn. Jamie is sweet and has a surprising amount of mystery for a Scot.

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The plot of the show flashes back occasionally to 1945 to Claire’s past, and very occasionally to the future happening without her.

The really exciting part of the show doesn’t really start until episode 6 or so, but there is plenty to keep you interested. Not the least of which is the truly beautiful opening sequence.

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I heartily recommend this show for anyone who’s a history buff, a beautiful scenery fan, a romance lover, a time travel show water, or even a ginger enthusiast. (Here’s a hint, the whole eight episodes are available from iTunes)

I can’t wait for more.

Here’s the trailer:

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