Outlander (2014) : Season 1

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  • Series Premiere Date: Aug 9, 2014
Season #: 1, 2
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  • Summary: Executive produced by Ronald D. Moore, married World War II nurse Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe) time travels to 1743 century Scotland, where she meets Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan) in this adaptation of the Outlander book series by Diana Gabaldon.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure, Fantasy, Science Fiction

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. Reviewed by: Sonia Saraiya
    Aug 8, 2014
    100
    Outlander succeeds admirably, and partly that’s because it follows the bent of both of its creators: It refuses to sit comfortably in any genre.
  2. Reviewed by: Jeff Korbelik
    Aug 11, 2014
    83
    It has the look and feel of a sweeping “Game of Thrones” kind of epic filled with romance, intrigue and violence.
  3. Reviewed by: David Hiltbrand
    Aug 11, 2014
    80
    The show is wonderfully conceived and executed (if a little pokey pace-wise).
  4. Reviewed by: Lori Rackl
    Aug 19, 2014
    75
    Some episodes chug along faster than others, but the stellar production values render even the slower-paced installments worthwhile viewing.
  5. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Aug 8, 2014
    70
    There is very little urgency in the storytelling--layers of voiceover bits don't help, even--and therefore Outlander can hardly be described as compelling. In many ways, this is a story well and thoroughly told but with almost none of the smart pacing of similarly dense fictions like Game of Thrones. And yet the world created in Outlander is not without interest.
  6. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Aug 6, 2014
    67
    Outlander is beautifully shot throughout, which somewhat makes up for some of the early tedium. It may not ever rise to the level of enthralling. But by the second episode, the story at hand is flexing a firmer grip.
  7. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Aug 4, 2014
    40
    The resulting series is a bit of a snooze--handsome, yes, but about as dramatically compelling as the cover of a Harlequin Romance, and too flaccid to make hearts go pitter-pat.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 45 out of 70
  2. Negative: 16 out of 70
  1. Sep 25, 2014
    10
    I read the books and fell in love with Scotland, Jamie and Claire and their whole adventure. What I love about how they've adapted the book toI read the books and fell in love with Scotland, Jamie and Claire and their whole adventure. What I love about how they've adapted the book to the screen is that they aren't rushing the story. I love the costumes, the actors (although Claire seemed a bit stiff in the first episode, she is definitely getting better) the accents, the authenticity to the story AND whatever adaptations that they have made to make it good TV. I love what the director did with "The Wedding." It captured the anticipation and the intimacy that I felt in the book but did it in a different way and it worked beautifully! I love this show. I love Sam Heughan- he is different as the Jamie I imagined while reading but he has definitely stepped in as "my Jamie." He is strong, loyal and very sexy. I have also fell in love with Graham McTavish as Dougal. I love the pace of the show and I look forward to savoring each chapter of the show. I think they are doing a wonderful job and recommend to all readers and non readers alike! Expand
  2. Oct 2, 2014
    10
    A hidden gem of a show. Great chemistry between the leads, neither of whom I had heard of before but after watching them here I couldn'tA hidden gem of a show. Great chemistry between the leads, neither of whom I had heard of before but after watching them here I couldn't believe I hadn't because they just shine. With Battlestar Alumnus Ronald D Moore at the helm I shouldn't have been surprised at the attention to characterisation, including the smallest of parts. This show may have one of the best getting to know you wedding nights ever. Expand
  3. Aug 9, 2014
    10
    The Starz Channel has not been notable for very high production values in its televised series shows. Things have taken a major turn for theThe Starz Channel has not been notable for very high production values in its televised series shows. Things have taken a major turn for the better. Extremely high production values, good writing, and excellent actors makes this "must see" TV. A touch of science fiction, lots of Scottish history, and lots and lots of romance makes this a women's show that men will enjoy too.

    My wife has read every one of the "Outlander" books and she approached this show with an extraordinary degree of suspicion, expecting a cheesy cartoon of the books she so enjoys. She is now a believer in this show and recommends it to all of Gabaldon's fans and to everyone else too.
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  4. Aug 27, 2014
    9
    This series is starting to warm up to me. After 3 episodes, I can say I am hooked to know what hold for Claire's future. As a sci-fi fan, IThis series is starting to warm up to me. After 3 episodes, I can say I am hooked to know what hold for Claire's future. As a sci-fi fan, I was expecting fast build up but it was a bit slow but tastefully done. I have never read the book so I am expecting the element of surprises along the way. Expand
  5. Sep 21, 2015
    8
    Brilliant mini-series. Great acting. Kudos to leading actress (she's Irish, would have never guessed) and the actor that plays as Dougal.Brilliant mini-series. Great acting. Kudos to leading actress (she's Irish, would have never guessed) and the actor that plays as Dougal. Great music score. Despite being a series that , in my opinion, is focused more to women I've got to say I love it. Looking forward to season 2. Expand
  6. Sep 28, 2014
    4
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. What a tedious show! This is supposed to be a sci-fi/historical drama, but this far the only drama that happend ... actually, really nothing dramatic has happened apart form Claire being blasted back to the 1700's. Yes, there was the wedding and the midseason finale, but those aren't the big plot twists I was hoping for. The story seems to be going nowhere and after the 8th episode I really don't care what will happen.
    I have seen a good amount of tv series, but this is by far the most boring and tedious show I've seen in a long time. I could rant on and on and point out everything that I think is bad about Outlander, but I'll get to the point immediately and just list them. (Obviously beware of spoilers!!)

    Bad things about Outlander:
    - the annoying voice overs that ruin the fun of figuring things out yourself
    - Claire is a strong woman and the show has every intention of pointing that out at every given chance
    - it has taken this show 8!! episodes to show us what Frank has been up to since Claire has gone missing
    - the opening song, but why has everything about this show got to be so literal and obnoxious (including the theme song)
    - nothing happens!!! (there's an episode where Claire and the Scottish gang go out to collect taxes, literally)
    - Claire's constant outrage about the medical treatment in the 1700's (what did she expect really?)
    - Outlander doesn't play all its cards quickly, but there's such a thing as too much foreplay (see: sexual tension between Claire and Jamie). Also the payoff is not really rewarding.

    Good things about Outlander
    - good music by Bear McReary (except for the opening song)
    - great scenery
    - I haven't read the books so I don't know where the story's headed. This might be the only thing that motivated me to stick with Outlander till the midseason finale.
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  7. Apr 19, 2015
    0
    This series is really dreadful. I really enjoyed the book series but sometimes a book does not transfer well to another medium. That beingThis series is really dreadful. I really enjoyed the book series but sometimes a book does not transfer well to another medium. That being said I think the real problem is the casting. Catrionia Balfe is not a good actress, nor does she fit the image of Claire in the book. I don't why anyone in their right might would cast her. She doesn't even look appealing in the nude scenes. Does she have any acting experience what so ever or is the case of her just knowing the right people. That being said, I ordered Startz for the purpose of seeing this series and now I plan on canceling it. Do us all a favor and replace her. Expand

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