Outlander is a spectacularly Scottish TV show based on Diana Gabaldon’s successful eponymous novel series. With a combination of time-travel, subtle fantasy, dramatised history, and a Game of Thrones-esque feel, anyone from history buffs to sci-fi nerds can find themselves heavily interested in this series.
The show centres on a World War II nurse called Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe) who finds herself transported from 1945 to 1743 during the Jacobite rising. Essentially being thrust from one war into another.
The first series focuses on Claire’s attempt to navigate 18th century Scotland and its complicated relationship with England as she tries to find a way back home, all the while making sure she stays alive.
If the plethora of genres I spouted out before doesn’t intrigue you, then let me throw romance into that mix. Not only is this show a fantastical, political, historical, war-time drama, it is also boasts an incredibly complicated love triangle. Not only is Claire torn between time periods; she also finds herself torn between her husband back in 1945 and Jamie Fraser(Sam Heughan), an 18th-century Scottish warrior. I know which one I’d pick. The one that can pull off a kilt. Just saying.
Like a much more exciting and interesting history lesson, Outlander is surprisingly accurate in its depiction of historical events; detailing the Jacobite rising as the Scottish Highlanders rebel against the British Redcoats in an attempt to restore Stuart Kings to the throne of Great Britain. It’s then Claire who finds herself once again torn; an Englishwoman loyal to her country, yet also a kind-hearted nurse who finds herself deeply embroiled in the culture and ways of the Scottish Highlands. Let me just say, the Scottish Highlands look way more fun.
Season two makes a drastic change from the first, with the setting being changed from that of the raw Scottish Highlands to indulgent and decadent Paris as Claire and Jamie cross paths with French royalty in an attempt to change the future. But as Ashton Kutcher taught us in The Butterfly Effect, messing with the past can have unforeseen consequences.
Outlander is a gorgeous and lavish depiction of historical Scotland, with a highly talented cast of actors who bring to life Diana Gabaldon’s novels in such a way that you kinda wish the Jacobites had won. Because the English seem like absolute dicks.
Is this show available online? Aye, with both the first and second seasons available to binge on Amazon Prime.