You know that feeling when you discover a really good TV show? You binge watch until you catch up, then anxiously await the latest episode. You want to bring it up in random conversation and convince everyone around you to get on the bandwagon. You’re hooked, no ifs, ands, or buts about it.
Well, that feeling has happened to me with the new hit “Outlander!” On Saturdays at 9:00pm EST on STARZ, the show is based off the series by Diana Gabaldon, which began in 1991 and currently stands at eight novels.
The story follows Claire Randall (played by Caitriona Balfe), an English nurse who is vacationing in Scotland with her husband Frank after World War II. After seeing each other only briefly in the past five years, this ‘honeymoon’ is a chance for them to reconnect.
They come across an ancient Druid ritual, and when Claire returns to the scene the following day, she touches one of the standing stones and is magically transported back 200 years in time.
Lost and confused by what has happened, she runs into Frank’s ancestor, a ruthless British officer known as Black Jack Randall. She nearly escapes being raped when a group of Scottish highlanders rescue her and take her back to Castle Leoch.
Even though her nursing skills have helped the clan, she has yet to earn their trust. Fearing she’s an English spy, they keep her against her will, while she plans her return to the standing stones and into the present time.
Although I am not familiar with the book series, I am absolutely in love with this show. I’m already a huge fan of period dramas, and if you like “The Tudors,” “Rome,” or “Game of Thrones,” you will appreciate “Outlander.” It’s the perfect combination of history, adventure, science fiction, and folklore.
And did I mention romance? Claire’s relationship with Scotsman Jamie MacTavish is sizzling under the surface, and I look forward to watching their love progress. I also look forward to shirtless shots of actor Sam Heughan in his kilt, but who can blame a girl?
I’ve only seen the first three episodes, but I can’t give the show enough praise. Claire is a strong female heroine with plenty of wit and wisdom, and the landscape of Scotland is so gorgeous it counts as its own character. STARZ has signed off on 16 highly addictive episodes this season, so jump right in!