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August 29, 2014

Outlander Television series: Season 1 Episode 1 and 2 – Review #Outlander

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Outlander follows the story of Claire Randall, a married combat nurse from 1945 who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743 Scotland, where she is immediately thrown into an unknown world and 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.

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** Thank you to Shaw Media for sending us screeners for episodes 1 and 2.
The opinions expressed in this review are ours alone, and we were in no way paid for our review. **

 

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MaryAnn-2013From the moment I found out that the best-selling Outlander book series by Diana Gabaldon were going to finally premiere in Canada, I was stoked!  Not having read any of the books in this series, I was totally going in blind.  All that I had going for me was that it was a time travel type read, which of course, I am a fan of.

As luck would have it, I received an email from Shaw Media, seeing if I would be interested in reviewing the first two episodes in this series.  Of course I jumped on the opportunity.  And then hearing that the show in the US was extended for another season, I was more than ready to jump into the world created by Diana Gabaldon.

Episode 1 took a bit for me to get into.  Maybe it was because I hadn’t read the books and so had no idea what was coming to keep my interest piqued?  I will say that the first episode did have some very convincing sexy times, and it gave enough backstory to find the awkwardness between main character Claire Randall, and her husband Frank endearing.  I found myself slowly losing interest though as I was eagerly awaiting the time travel part of the story.

It really wasn’t until near the last 20 minutes of this episode that it finally happens, which gives you just enough of a taste of the troubles that Claire can possible get into when thrust back in time to the 1700’s.  And it’s because of this little taste, that I was completely onboard to watch episode 2.

I don’t want to give away anything for those of you who have not yet had the opportunity to watch it (since the show premiered in Canada on Sunday, August 24, 2014), but I will say this:

– The actor who plays Jaime Fraser (Sam Heughan) is frickin’ yum
– I love the feisty attitude of main character Claire Randall
– Bring on the back stabbing and deception
– I love that Frank has a doppelganger
– I don’t know how I feel about Dougal MacKenzie yet.  I want to dislike him, but his scene with the kids is sweet
– I’m pretty sure I’m going to hate Colum MacKenzie
– I’m extremely curious about Geillis Duncan and her role in all of this
– Mrs. Fitz reminds me of Mrs. Potts so I adore her already
– I gave a hearty laugh when the bra made an appearance
– I have a feeling I’m going to fall in heart with Jaime Fraser

After watching just these 2 episodes, I found myself eagerly anticipating the next episode.  I’m excited to see what sort of trouble Claire will get herself into, and how she will get herself out of it.  Will she ever return to her time?  When will the romance between Claire and Jaime start?  Will people come to trust her or continue to believe that she is an English spy?

I’m also sure that I will want to buy the books in this series and delve deeper into the story and the characters.  Fans of time travel should definitely check out this series.  This is definitely not a show for young readers due to the sexuality in the show.  I would say that the Outlander series (thus far) is absolutely worth checking out.  Don’t forget, it airs on Sunday’s on Showcase!

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The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon–when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient stone circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach–an “outlander”–in a Scotland torn by war and raiding Highland clans in the year of Our Lord…1743.

Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into intrigues and dangers that may threaten her life…and shatter her heart. For here she meets James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, and becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire…and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

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  1. Leah
    8/29/2014

    Great review! I’ve never read the books either but I’ve seen the first episodes of the series and so far so good. :) I wanna read the books but I’m always hesitant about series ’cause they can be too addictive. :P
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    I agree with you on series part. They are super addictive lol
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  2. Wendy
    8/29/2014

    I enjoyed your review of the series “Outlander”. I have read all the books by Diana Galbadon and absolutely love them. When I learned that not only the books would be turned into a series a la “Game of Thrones” style, AND Ron Moore was on tap to produce it (he was the producer of Battlestar Galatica which was an excellent science fiction series), I was beside myself with joy. The storyline is extremely close to the books, so if you’ve read Outlander you will not be disappointed in the television version.

    What struck me about your review is that you are watching the series cold, without having read the books. I was interested to hear that you found the first episode a little slow. I enjoyed it since it worked in much of Claire’s backstory and her relationship with her husband Frank, which is a driving force through much of Outlander. However, for me it was reminding me of details that I already knew. I didn’t find it slow at all, instead it made me smile as I recognized where all the backstory had come from.

    Ron Moore has said that he is making the series for the fans of Outlander, perhaps this is true to a large extent.

    I will look forward to more of your television Outlander reviews in the future.
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    I really do want to read this series. I`m positive that the first episode wouldn`t have been so slow for me had I read the books first, as I would already be emotionally invested in the characters. Thanks for stopping by!
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  3. I haven’t read the books either, and at least the first book is slow to start so I’ve never gotten past the first few chapters. But, I’ve really enjoyed the show so far. I found episode 1 to be a great introduction to Claire (and why she loves Frank). I kind of wish Frank was a little hotter so at least he’d kind of stand a chance against Jamie…
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    bahahahah I totally agree! He really doesn`t stand a chance…
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  4. Mandy I Read Indie
    8/29/2014

    I’ve read book 1 and I got stuck halfway in book 2 (It was actually pretty boring). But with book 1 I was in love and consider it my favorite read this year so far! Your review of the episodes was spot on for someone to not have read the book! I cannot wait to see what you think of the rest of the season.
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    Chapter by Chapter Reply:

    You really have me wanting to read the first book now! Fav. read this year? Consider me intrigued!
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  5. Aidan
    8/31/2014

    I really enjoyed reading your review. I came to the series without having read much of the books (I gave up shortly before she travels back in time) but I have found the television show very entertaining so far. The leads have a lot of chemistry and I think the relationships between the characters she meets are interesting.

    I will be really curious to hear what you make of the rest of the series if you stick with it.
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    Chapter by Chapter Reply:

    I’m hoping to stick with the series! I really am looking forward to seeing the relationship between Jaime and Claire blossom. Thanks for reading!

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