by Diana Vaccarelli
Everyone that knows me knows that I’m obsessed with Outlander. And right now my obsessed self is so glad that what Outlander fans call “Droughtlander” is over.
While reading the second book of Diana Gabaldon’s series I had reservations about whether its complexities could be adapted to television.
If you are not familiar with the story, know that it follows WWII Combat Nurse Claire Randall, who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1700’s Scotland where she is immediately in danger. She is forced to wed Scottish Warrior Jamie Fraser and a passionate relationship ignites.
- My faith in series Executive Producer Ronald D. Moore has not been shaken. He did the book so much justice in the premier episode that I’m thrilled and hopeful about what will come next.
- In other words, the writing is fantastic. The dialogue the actors have to work with is topnotch, emotional, nuanced, and realistic, breaking all the stereotypes of “romance novels.”
- The editing is much more cinematic than TV usually gets, especially in regard to the transitions between time periods. It’s more Lawrence of Arabia than, say, NCIS.
- The acting is in this series remains excellent. Caitriona Balfe plays lead Claire Randall Fraser and brings the kind of heart and strength rarely seen in a female TV character. Sam Heughan as James Fraser wears the results of the trauma that his character experienced last season so believably that you feel is pain. Tobias Menzies plays the dual role of Frank Randall and Black Jack Randall magnificently, tugging at our heart strings as the first character and chilling us to the bone the other.
- There is nothing bad about this series. Nothing. Toldja I’m obsessed.
If you haven’t seen Outlander before, I highly recommend setting your DVR to it on Starz. It you have, well, no matter how much you already love it, I think that this season you’ll love it even more.