Outlander – Sassenach

I’m a huge fan of the Outlander book series written by Diana Gabaldon. And now Starz has premiered outlander_starzthe 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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4 thoughts on “Outlander – Sassenach

    • Hello and thank you for your comment. I haven’t spoken with anyone who didn’t think this first episode was sumptuous. Yes, the scenery is like a whole other character.

  1. I’m about to break your streak: I wasn’t wowed. The filming and production was gorgeous, it stuck very close to the book, and I love the use of Gaelic. But I thought they relied far too much on voice-over narration. And I just can’t like the actress playing Claire, no matter how hard I try. Her body type is one that turns me off, and I have such a hard time looking at her that I can’t appreciate her acting chops. Unusual for me, and unfortunate, but true. I’d like to see where the series goes, but I’m not running out to sign up for cable TV. I’ll likely wait until it streams.

    • At first, I felt that Claire looked too old – I think she’s 27 at this time in the books – but then I realized they’ll have to more forward in time next season and that the way Claire looks has a ageless quality to it. She could be in her 20s, or with a little makeup, in her 40s. Though I don’t feel the same as you about this actress not being right for the role, I do know that feeling in another series. In True Blood I’ve always had a difficult time with the actress who plays Sookie.

      Thanks for your comment.

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