Sunday, August 24, 2014

Outlander TV Show Review

Synopsis (Taken from Starz) *Warning: Synopsis Has Spoilers, Mine Doesn't!*:

Outlander follows the story of Claire Randall, a married combat nurse from 1945 who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743, where she is immediately thrown into an unknown world where her life is threatened. When she is forced to marry Jamie Fraser, a chivalrous and romantic young Scottish warrior, a passionate relationship is ignited that tears Claire's heart between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives. 

Premiere Date
August 9, 2014
Air Time
Saturdays at 9PM
Genres
Action/Adventure, Adaptation, Drama, Historical, Romance, Sci-Fi
TV-MA
TV Parental Guidelines
Original Channel
Starz
Review:

I was going to write this review at the end of the season but this show is so amazing I just had to write one right away!

For people who don't know anything about this, it follows a 1945 married World War II nurse Claire Beauchamp Randall. During her second honeymoon with her husband, she is transported back to Scotland in 1743. She is kidnapped by a band of Highlanders who take her to the Clan MacKenzie and is unable to escape. Along the way she befriends a sweet, young Scot warrior, Jamie Fraser and she has to adapt to this new life and time.

As of yesterday, there's only been three episodes so far but the first time I watched it, I was immediately hooked. It's hard to sort what type of show this is because there's romance, historical fiction, time travel, adventure, drama, etc. Whatever it is, the plot, acting, and overall show is amazing.

In my opinion, the acting is spot on! I can tell the actors and crew take this very seriously and try to make the characters as real as possible. I was worried though about the accents in the show beforehand but thank goodness the accents wasn't a problem at all and don't even get me started on the Gaelic. Personally I don't know nor understand Gaelic but it sounds authentic to me -especially when Jamie says it I just melt. I mean have you heard him speaking it?! I get chills hearing him say it and I swear it's the most sexiest thing I ever heard, plus he's hot -I mean have you looked at him.

I am currently reading the book and the show sticks to the book very well. Of course there's some little differences but it's still true to the book. I'm very happy that this book turned into a TV show rather than a 2hr long movie. So much happens in the book that 2hrs doesn't fit anything in. With episodes, there could be a few chapters in every episode with more details than a movie and this makes a better adaption of the book.

Outlander does get compared to Game of Thrones a lot but in a way it's totally different. Both come from a popular book series and now turned into a TV show but if you really look at it, its completely different. Game of Thrones is more of a fantasy type thing while Outlander is historical fiction plus time traveling. It's good and bad that's its being compared with each other because Outlander is getting more hype meaning more people would tune in to watch but also bad because of people would have a high expectation of it. And on that note about Game of Thrones, Sam Heughan, the guy who plays Jamie, auditioned for Game of Thrones several times but never got the part. After watching Heughan's amazing acting skills, GoT's loss because damn! Zap2it even named him as this summer's sex symbol and I couldn't agree more!

Recently I've been notified that Ronald D. Moore revealed that actors working on the show have been asked to sign long-term contracts and it could run for 5 years! I was ecstatic about the news and after the pilot, Starz already renewed the show for a second season. This is now on my top three list and this show is going places!

It's still very early for me to rate but so far I will say it's a 9.5/10. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND!



Developed by:
Ronald D. Moore

Based on:
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Producers:
David Brown
Matthew B. Roberts

Executive producers:
Andy Harries
Jim Kohlberg
Ronald D. Moore

Cast:

Main

  • Caitriona Balfe as Claire Beauchamp Randall
  • Sam Heughan as Jamie Fraser
  • Tobias Menzies as Frank Randall/Jonathan "Black Jack" Randall
  • Gary Lewis as Colum MacKenzie
  • Graham McTavish as Dougal MacKenzie
  • Lotte Verbeek as Geillis Duncan
  • Duncan Lacroix as Murtagh Fraser
  • Grant O'Rourke as Rupert MacKenzie
  • Stephen Walters as Anghus Mhor

Recurring

  • Annette Badland as Mrs Fitzgibbons
  • Laura Donnelly as Janet Fraser Murray (Jenny)
  • James Fleet as Rev. Dr. Reginald Wakefield
  • AislĂ­n McGuckin as Letitia MacKenzie
  • Roderick Gilkison as Hamish MacKenzie
  • Simon Callow as The Duke of Sandringham
  • Bill Paterson as Ned Gowan
  • Simon Meacock as Hugh Munro

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