This is the summer, which used to be a leisurely time to catch up on those shows you missed or catch some movies, but not anymore—it seems like there is at least one new series starting up every day! I am having more trouble now keeping my TiVo under 90% full than I did during the fall! I picked up two new shows last night, and tonight I’m adding yet another one to my bursting DVR.
Tonight, Starz premieres the new series Outlander, from executive producer Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica, Helix) and adapted from the best-selling book series by author Diana Gabaldon. The series follows combat nurse Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe) who is reunited with her husband (Tobias Menzies) after 5 years apart, when World War II comes to an end. However, her second honeymoon in the Scottish Highlands comes to an abrupt end when she finds herself mysteriously transported back in time to 1743, where she is found by a group of Scottish warriors who are being hunted down by British soldiers. How did she get here? Will she ever return to her time? And how will she survive in the meantime?
I must admit that I had never even heard of the book series until I got to San Diego Comic-Con, where there was a huge presence for the show. It was amazing to see the devotion and love for the material from the hardcore fans. I found tonight’s premiere to be visually stunning, with a unique concept and interesting, well-defined characters. The performances are also really good—it was very nice to see such a strong female lead character who holds her own with the tough men she comes across. While the premiere can be a little slow at times, it does a great job establishing the worlds and the premise of the series, and by the end, I was sucked into this world and really interested to see what happens next.
On tonight’s episode, “Sassenach,” a married British combat nurse time-travels from World War II to 1743 Scotland, is kidnapped by Highlanders, and tends to an injured young warrior.
See if this new series is for you tonight on Starz at 9/8c.