Let’s Chat About #Outlander

Okay so I am REALLY late to the party but OMG I just finished season one of the Starz drama Outlander and we need to discuss.

If seemed all anyone could talk about last year was the new drama Outlander. On my Twitter feed and Tumblr dashboard all I read was praise for the drama. Then Outlander’s leading man Sam Heughan kept being pitted against Once Upon A Time’s Colin O’Donoghue (and we all know how much I ship Captain Swan), so naturally I kept asking “What the hell is this show about?” and all I got back in responses were “It’s a time-travel drama” or “Scotland in the 18th century”. These weren’t exactly statements to sell me on calling up RCN to add Starz to my cable package.


As usual is seems Amazon heard of my plight and is now offering Starz as an add-on streaming service to the Amazon Prime subscription. You know that this meant right? If you guessed that I spent all of my last holiday weekend holed up in my apartment bingeing on season one of Outlander, than you guessed correctly. I also now FULLY understand why everyone is OBSESSED with this show, it’s freaking awesome.

The series is based off the novels by Diana Gabaldon. Claire Randall – played brilliantly by Caitriona Balfe – who is a fresh off the war World War II nurse who somehow makes like Alice and travels through a stationary object, only instead of a looking glass, it’s a stone. Now Claire doesn’t land in Wonderland, no she lands in 1743 Highlands Scotland, and right in the middle of fight between the Highlander Rebels and the infamous British RedCoats.


Using her 20th century knowledge and nurse training, Claire is quickly taken as the new healer, saving people from poison’s they didn’t even know existed yet. It’s during this time that the dashing Scotsman James Fraser (the aforementioned Sam Heughan) makes his presence more known by getting Claire out of scraps and saving her neck a few times. Turns out the 18th century is no place for a modern, outspoken women, who knew.


Everything about this drama sucked me in but there are the technical details like the sets, costumes, historical accuracy, it’s all there. It’s like Outlander has filled a hole in my TV loving heart I didn’t know needed filled.

So know I sit here, waiting for April to arrive so that I can welcome season 2 into my life like an old friend. In the meantime I’ll have to get my Outlander fix by reading the novels.

Do you watch the show? If so, let’s chat about Outlander!! Leave a comment below or hit me up on Twitter: @entertainista.


One Comment

  1. Taylor Dundee

    Hi Misti, saw your Tweet but decided to comment. I too am late to the party – where was I?! I guess after family illness and loss through 2015 obviously missed all the excitement! Joined Amazon Prime on Black Friday, intention being to get the postal and kindle deal really (wasn’t looking to use the video area as I have SKY), and they recommended it to me. Wasn’t sure when I saw the brief description but headed into town to shop straight after and when in HMV there it was on a large shelf – top of TV chart DVDs I might add – and only one DVD left on the shelf. Thought must be something good about it – will watch first episode. WELL! Little did I know what I was letting myself in for! I am a ‘sassenach’ living in Scotland, married to a Scotsman and I must say, as Ron Moore puts it, ‘it is a love letter to Scotland’. The story, music, acting, technical detail, scenery and the shooting are in my opinion the best I have ever seen on TV – each episode is like a mini-movie – so rich! The choice of Sam and Cait as Jamie and Claire is spot on…they have leapt out of the pages into ‘true life’ and are fantastic to watch. The use of Gaelic inspired – makes you want to learn it – I have friends who speak it and it is very difficult as cast say!! This series deserves every award going. No other series is standing alongside it at this moment in time for me – that’s saying a lot as an avid GofT & Vikings fan among others! Can’t stop watching S1 and now reading the books as can’t wait till season 2 to find out what happens (although I know they will switch things around a little for TV storyline) !!!! Will be a lifelong fan for sure no matter where the story leads…the series historically, culturally and romantically (!!) captures your heart. Glad to find so many love it as much as I do.

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