May and June are loving a new, well not so new since season 2 just wrapped up, but new to us Starz series called Outlander.
The show is based on the series of historical fiction novels written by Diana Gabaldon, and in her words these books are filled with:
history, warfare, medicine, sex, violence, spirituality, honor, betrayal, vengeance, hope and despair, relationships, the building and destruction of families and societies, time travel, moral ambiguity, swords, herbs, horses, gambling (with cards, dice, and lives), voyages of daring, journeys of both body and soul…
And the television series is much the same. The story begins with a 20th century nurse, Claire Randall, (Caitriona Balfe) who accidentally time travels to 18th century Scotland. As there is tension between the English and the Scots, Claire is immediately thought to be an English spy, and is taken prisoner by the Scots, but soon earns their respect as a healer after tending to the injured arm of a dashing Scotsman, Jamie Fraser. (Sam Heughan)
Naturally a love affair begins, and it’s a hot steamy one at that!! We don’t want to give too much of this story away, because there is so much to it. A cautionary note though- make sure you watch it after your children have gone to bed. Back in the “old” days we all knew what it meant for a show to be on CABLE! And it certainly is true here. This show gets very steamy at times and also a little violent.
May has known about the Outlander books and was interested, but with so many other novels to dive into, she didn’t want to commit to a long series, which this is (a ninth book is going to be published in the near future). She recently heard about the Starz production on the radio, found it on demand, and was hooked after the first show. She watched all of season one in a weekend, and has now caught up to the end of the season 2 finale, which aired last week. Of course now she has to read the books, and just ordered all of them on Amazon. In fact, they should be arriving today.
June had read the first and maybe second Outlander novels years ago and enjoyed them. However, there was probably a lull between publications, or she got busy, or could not take on another epic book at the time (these suckers are lengthy) and has not picked up the novel series again. She had heard about the television series last season from a woman in her yoga class, but had paid no mind until May started raving about it. June has finished the first season but had to take a breather before starting the second. The end of the first season is intense man! Once she has a little downtime she intends to start the second season. And those novels are going to get read too. Since she has heard May has ordered all of them, she may find a way to borrow them.
We have both debated whether Claire should find a way to return back to her modern times of the mid-1940s. Something within is keeping her back in time. As depicted, that time period was not an easy time to live in with the lack of modern conveniences and political turmoil. We have concluded that if either of us were Claire, the lack of indoor plumbing would probably send us back to modern day, despite the sexy Jamie Fraser :-). The show is an excellent escape from the summer heat and mediocre shows that are currently on while our regular programs are on hiatus. So as the summer heats up and you are looking for something to do while enjoying some air conditioning, check out Outlander. You won’t be disappointed, plus the show has been picked up for a third and fourth season.
Have a good weekend! –May and June