We're very excited that Starz is allowing everyone to get a one week early preview of Outlander. Don't worry you don't have to be a subscriber to Starz to get in on this, but you do have to live in the U.S. Just go to Starz.com and pick your preferred method to watch it or click this link Starz Outlander Preview.
Here's our review by Audra Crane
Outlander is based on the historical novels by Diana Gabaldon about Claire Beauchamp Randall, a WWII nurse who at the close of the war goes on a second honeymoon to reconnect with her husband in the Scottish Highlands. During the holiday she falls through time and finds herself in 1743 and in the hands of a band of Scots on the run from a British patrol.
I just watched it and can say that it is perfectly faithful to the book and extremely well done. The landscape shots in the opening are gorgeous and give the series an epic feel from the first moments. The great fears for those of us who read and enjoyed the books were that the series would feel cheap or the actors would not convincingly embody the characters we had grown to love: those fears are put to rest. Starz spent serious money and got real talent on this production and it all shows up on the screen. As with any new series, and particularly in the case of this novel, quite a bit of exposition and background needs to go into the first episode. The filmmakers and actress playing Claire (Catriona Balfe) manage to do this quite smoothly and keep the story moving. And the big question on the minds of fans- can Sam Heughan do justice to Jamie Fraser- is answered with a standing ovation by this viewer. Now I have to finish this up so that I can watch it again- it was that good.
The series proper will appear on Starz starting on Saturday, August 9th. The first half of season one will be shown every Saturday for eight straight weeks before going on a cruel hiatus and then wrapping up early in 2015. The episode contains nudity and sexual situations- so better to watch it after the kids are in bed.