I’m a huge fan of the Outlander book series written by Diana Gabaldon. And now Starz has premiered the first episode, Sassenach, based on the Outlander books. I was a bit afraid when I hit the play button. You know how it is when you love a book and it gets made into a movie or series and bears nary a resemblance to the written word. I am thrilled to say that is not the case with the Outlander series. It far exceeded my expectations on every level.
The opening sequel of Claire talking about how people go missing everyday, when the camera sweeps over the Scottish countryside, and the music plays in the background literally gave me chills. This is a glorious adaptation that is beautifully filmed. Whoever did the casting should get an award as the actors are exactly what I envisioned while reading the books.
I know some scoff at the time travel aspect of this series, but it isn’t the major part. What’s important is the history, the love story, the pure grit of Claire to survive in her time, during World War II, and then two hundred years later in Scotland.
In this first episode the director gave us time to understand how deeply Frank and Claire loved each other. And when she’s transported back to Jamie’s time, we understand what a horrible situation Claire has been thrown into. Her emotions split by two men – their lives spanning centuries apart – and yet she loves them both.
Have you seen it? What did you think?
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