First Impressions: Outlander
You might have heard about Outlander, in one form or another. Outlander is a series of novels by Diana Gabaldon. The first novel was published in 1991 when I was but a wee lass. It’s a series that’s seemingly been read by every woman I know and yet I had never heard of it until now. Now it’s an adapted TV series.
I’m a little late with my first impressions, for good reason. I generally base my thoughts about a TV series on episodes 1 to 3, but I just couldn’t stop. That’s right, I binged. Following the second episode I was hooked. There was no stopping.
The story follows a woman named Claire, an experienced front-line nurse fresh out of World War II. Reunited with her husband, whom she had spent the majority of the war apart from, they restart their lives with a second honeymoon of sorts. The couple embark on a holiday to Scotland. Claire’s husband, Frank, is a history professor with a keen interest in his genealogy and heritage while Claire takes an interest in botany. All this, as well as copious amounts of sex, is laid out during the first episode.
The couple eventually (and covertly) observe a magical ritual at the site of some standing stones dubbed Craigh na Dun. Later that day, while Frank does whatever Frank does, Claire decides to go back to the stones alone to examine a plant specimen she had noticed earlier. It’s then that she’s transported back in time to the 18th century.
I don’t want to say much more in the likely case there are readers who, like me, haven’t read the Outlander series, but I will say this:
- Claire is a very interesting and strong-willed character. She’s resourceful, intelligent, and beautiful. Needless to say, I’m sure many of us look on with envy.
- There are several other intriguing characters, some likeable, and some not so much. There’s definitely one character that I would say is comparable to Joffrey Baratheon from Game of Thrones in terms of likeability. There’s also a woman, possibly a witch, who is very curious and I haven’t quite figured out her angle.
- Did I mention the hot Scotsman? Because really.
Currently, the first season is 16 episodes long. A second season has already been renewed for at least 13 episodes.