The pilot of any television show is always going to be tentative, especially when you are basing it on a series of books with an expansive fan-base and are battling against similar shows. Arguably, Outlander, a brand new series on Amazon Prime based on the novels by Diana Gabaldon, has a lot to prove. A television audience is there waiting to devour Outlander, and already it has set tongue wagging in places such as Australia and USA.
Making its way home, it’s time for UK fans to pick apart the romping series.
Knowing nothing of the book series has its advantages because being thrown into the mystical world where time travel and romance entwine is greatly received as a new fan of the show. There is a genuine spark of ingenuity here because, like the rains on a glen, the show feels sort of fresh. Having two eras clash, in a splendid array of beautiful period costumes both medieval and fifties, works well for the narrative. It doesn’t flip between timelines, which adds to Claire’s confusion and doesn’t cloud our understanding. Being trapped in the latter time line creates a deeper peril for our protagonist as she is rocketed to a world she doesn’t understand.
With these stunning landscapes, utilising the Scottish Highlands to truly enhance the story. It’s enthralling and immediately engaging, adding mystery into the initial forty minutes in the fifties and opens the journey up perfectly. At this point, it is unpredictable and like Claire, we’re nervously excited about what’s ahead.
Outlander is magnificent and striking.
What Do You Think?
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Will you be watching the series?
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