TV Review: Outlander (Pilot)

Based on the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon and developed for television by Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica, Helix) Outlander is a drama, romance, Fantasy TV Show starring Caitriona Balfe as Claire Beauchamp Randall, Sam Heughen as Jaimie Fraser, and Tobias Menzies as Frank Randall/ Johnathan “Black Jack” Randall.


The Plot: Claire Beauchamp Randall, a married World War II nurse finds herself transported back to 1743 Scotland during the civil war.


Review: The show premiered on august 9th but I was a little too busy to watch it. I am glad to have waited to see the show because it’s impressive. It’s nicely paced, beautifully shot and the voice over is an incredible nice touch. The cherry on the top of a well thought out show.

Outlander starts off in 1945 after the World War II. We get to learn about what Claire’s life is like, what she has and ultimately what she’ll loose once she’s swept back in time to 1743. There seems to be no assumption that the viewers have read the books, everything makes sense, there’s no moment where I had the feeling the books would help my understanding of the show. Each scenes bring a piece of information, walking the viewers through this new universe. I realize that it might have feel  

The show has more of a movie or book feel than a TV series feel; in the sense that each of the episodes really feel like a chapter. Claire’s voice over allows us to see the world through her eyes, it’s almost like reading a book with a omniscient character. The movie feel of Outlander is brought by the vast beautiful Scottish country side. It creates an outwordly feel, the mesmerizing effect to a very realistic show. The pilot left me wanting more because Claire was thrown into the unknown and I want to discover this new world with her.


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