There is a show on Starz named Outlander. It is currently in its 4th season, which is about to end. The show stems from a series of eight books written by Diana Gabaldon. Diana began writing Outlander in the last 1980’s. In case you are interested in the books before I get into the show, here they are in chronological order.
- Dragonfly in Amber
- Drums of Autumn
- The Fiery Cross
- A Breath of Snow and Ashes
- An Echo in the Bone
- Written in My Own Hearts Blood
I began watching the show about 2 years ago when Season 2 was in the middle. I decided on a day off to binge the first season. I was unstoppable, the show captivated me in a way that I hadn’t been before.
I don’t want to spoil the show the show for those of you who have not watched the show. I will however give you the gist, as far as I know it. Now mind you, I have not read all the books, though I do have them. I am about half way through Outlander. Yes, book one. The books are big, meaning they contain much more details than the show obviously. In speaking with other Outlander fans, they highly recommend reading the books as well to get the full feel. If you are not a reader, the show is satisfying.
Back to my nutshell description, as I understand it. We have Claire, played by Caitriona Balfe, who was born in 1918 and is a war nurse. Claire is English and had married the love of her life, historian and professor Frank Randall as played by Tobias Menzies. They focus on how they have been away from each other during “the war” and go on a holiday in order to reconnect. Frank gives Claire history lessons about Scotland, which later become some very important history to know.
Then while on the holiday, they go exploring and he gives her history of run down castles and other structures. Tells her stories of the red coats and their strategies against the Scottish. Again, proving to make Claire an asset within the story.
One day, Claire ventures near a set of stones. Apparently only certain people can hear the buzzing of the stones, and if they touch them they transport, in this case, 200 years into the past where Claire runs into a family member of her husband Frank, Captain Black Jack Randall. He is the opposite of Frank, and his reputation precedes him. Captain Randall tries to capture and rape Claire, when one of the Scottish men who were patrolling, Dougal finds them, and claims that Claire is with them. Unhappy she goes with him and finds herself with a merry band of Scottish men, where she has to tend to the wound of one young Scottish highlander named Jamie, Sam Heughan, who this time, has a dislocated shoulder. They go on and decide to keep Claire with them as a healer. She was much needed. Yes, Claire wanted to get back to the stones, however it wasn’t that easy. Fast forward in order for Randalls people to leave her be, Jamie was chosen to marry her. No at this point she’s not exactly ecstatic about it, but does it anyway. That’s where it all begins.
Thats the beginning of the story. Much of the draw of this show is that the characters are well developed, weaved within each other, and within actual history. Perhaps not all of it is fiction. One person they run into as the seasons go on is Steven Bonnet, played by Ed Speelers. I find this to be one of thee most believable villains in the show.
I could go on and on about Outlander, just know it is not your usual time travel show. It’s much more complicated than just traveling through time. It’s very detailed, almost captivating. Once you become a fan, you’re always a fan. If you’d like to learn more about the writer and or Outlander click here.