Fans of Diana Gabaldan's Outlander series have been waiting for a long time for Claire and Jaime to come to the small screen, but the wait is finally over. The time travel/historical/romance/adventure series premieres Saturday, August 9th.
Starz has been allowing everyone a peak at the series and you can watch the episode on Starz.com now, even if you do not subscribe to the channel. Outlander stars Caitriona Balfe as Claire Randall, who bursts on screen as a weary, but in charge World War II army nurse. Claire is married to Frank (Toby Menzies), a history professor. They are on a second honeymoon of sorts when Claire is whisked back to the 1700s where she is attacked and nearly raped by Frank's ancestor (also played by Menzies). Claire is rescued by a passing Scotsman.
If you read that and now assume this is yet another show about a woman protagonist who is a Mary Sue character who needs constant saving, not so much. In fact, Claire instantly helps herself by ordering the men around when she realizes they are trying to set a young man's shoulder wrong. She stops them, and sets it herself.
Claire refuses to be a shrinking violet, and she curses quite a bit more than these 18th century men are used to hearing from the fairer sex. She is also older than that young man, Jaime Fraser (Sam Heughan). This is not your typical drama. Since Starz is being sneaky and hoping to hook audiences with the sneak peak, if you like a strong female lead, and romance, and time travel, and adventure story, give it a shot. It is a visually stunning show. There is one little thing. There are a lot of voice overs. This is Claire's story, and there is not much mystery as to what is going on in her head. She shares, perhaps even overshares.
You can watch the first episode here.
Photo credit: Outlander's Facebook page