Last night was the premiere episode of Outlander on the Starz network, and I wanted to share my thoughts with you. Don’t worry if you haven’t seen it yet because there will be NO spoilers involved.
I actually watched the first episode last week when Starz made it available, but I watched it on my computer. I have a pretty big monitor but there is no comparison to watching it on a normal size television screen with good sound. If ever I was tempted to run out and buy a big screen TV it would be for this series.
Right off the bat I’m going to say that I am eternally grateful that this book is coming to life as a TV series and not as a movie. There is just no possible way that anyone could put this book into a 2 or 3 hour showing and do it any kind of justice. Hopefully all of the books in the series will follow…not just because I’m such a huge fan, but because such care is being taken to keep it true and real. I get that there will be additions and deletions and I’m ok with that. I think all of the important highlights from the book were done very well as far as episode one takes us, and I trust that will continue.
I admit that I have never been a huge fan of Frank Randall, so I was curious as to what I would think about his character after watching the first show. I think Tobias Menzies did a fantastic job, and although my loyalties and love will forever belong to Jamie I have to say that instead of feeling apathy…as I always have…I felt much friendlier towards his character.
As for Claire…she was just as stubborn and wonderful as she is in the book. Caitriona Balfe plays her to perfection as far as I’m concerned, and I have no worries whatsoever that she will continue to be wonderful. One of the odd little things that I was looking forward to was Claire’s hair. Yes, you heard me right. Why? Because in the book it’s almost a character itself. If you’ve read it you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. It was always hard for me to picture in my mind, but now I get it. I also got something way more important. For the first time I really understood the love she has for Frank. It may not be as important this early to understand that but it will be later on, so I’m going to hold on to that.
Jamie as played by Sam Heughan…all the swoons…all the feels. I can’t imagine any other actor who could make this character more real, more Jamie, more anything. I remember how tense I felt about this particular casting because of how strongly I feel about this particular character. When Sam was announced I felt neither disappointment nor joy because I just didn’t know him, but after watching him on the very first promotional panel that was done I was all in. I liked what I saw, I liked what he said and I felt that he truly understood how important this role was to the fans. During viewings of clips and trailers I became a huge fan and I cannot wait to see more from him.
As far as the more technical items that helped make this fantastic…the cinematography is outstanding, and I cannot say enough about how beautiful and haunting the music is throughout. I am thrilled that the filming is taking place in Scotland. The visuals are gorgeous.
Diana Gabaldon remains the real and biggest star of all for writing the books that I fell in love with, became addicted to, and are forever favorites! No amount of thank yous would ever be enough, but my gratitude is real and deeply felt.
Lastly, I really need to say a huge thanks to Ron Moore, Maril Davis, the writers, and the cast and crew. You’ve helped to bring a dear and favorite book to life and you understand the importance of doing it right for the millions of fans. Job well done, and I can’t wait for this season to unfold.
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