The Outlander Series: My Critique of the Show Thus Far
My First Response: Will This Show Be Able To Keep Me Drawn In
Does anyone else watch The Outlander Series? I have been trying to binge watch to catch up to the latest season 3. I've gotten through season 1 and am now, at the moment, on Season 2; a few episodes in.
I have to be honest; the first season was up and down for me. Some episodes were really interesting, and some were ones that were hard to watch. Almost crazy to know that a series would put in such sick and harsh circumstances. However, it is the 18th century, and that definitely peaked at my curiosity.
An Explanation of One of the More Hard to Watch Scenes in Season 1: The Flogging of Jamie by Blackjack Randall
Let's Talk a Little About Season 1: The Beginning
The first season was intense with the British and Scottish people. The villain of the British army – Blackjack Randall- would make you want to puke.
Based in Scotland for this first season, some scenery was very appealing, but a lot of it was really depressing, and watching, it was easy to feel the despair of those days.
The beginning of the show starts us off in the future, which is actually the 1940s. Then, a tale of history unwinds when one of the leading characters Claire finds herself somehow in the past. Enter Jamie Fraser- the other main character whom will change Claire’s existing life forever.
Claire Fraser - Caitriona Blafe and Jamie Fraser - Sam Heughan
Tobias Menzies - Blackjack Randall and Frank Randall
A Few Thoughts on the Second Season and the Theme That is Carrying The Show
This second season has landed Jamie and Claire in Paris, so some very pretty scenery and costumes. Love that! However, there have been points of the story that have seemed bland to me and I wondered if I should have read the books first. Sometimes, the books will carry you through a movie even in the parts that make you yawn, because better scenes you know will come.
This show is, indeed, based upon the Outlander book series by Diana Gabaldon, so after every episode the producer commentates how he intertwined the two. If you like the history during this era, you will continue to watch it even after seeing the first seasons face palm parts. It is very interesting. I must admit.
I am also into time travel stories, and this show is a time-travel story, which fluctuates in and out of the eras in brief amounts, but not enough to confuse you. It's love and romance, and a fight for war and peace. It is also this one woman's journey to both centuries and how she deals with it all.
So far, for me, it's been a really good show if you are into shows you truly have to pay attention to. There are many layers to enjoy!
The Beautiful Opening Credits to the Show Outlander
Catching Up: The Continuing Appeal to This Series
I am back to talk in more detail after I had put this critique aside in order to continue to watch the series and catch up. I am now at Season 3, but have not yet started watching it, and in the reality, the show is about five episodes in now. I don’t mind being behind. It gives me something to do on the weekends to distract from the busy week I just went through.
As Season 2 flipped back to the future era and later to the past 1700s, it was boring at the beginning except for the Paris scenery. The sets the creators produced for that era were marvelous! Then close to the end of the season, it picked up in the 1960s where a lot of things are explained about current and past characters. Season 3 will travel the main character, Claire, back in time once more to find her Jamie.
Are you ready? I am!
More Scenes from Season 3
My Final Thoughts for This Review
I have had mixed feelings about this show as I watched. Some scenes breathtaking and others so dark that I had to fast-forward through a few sections. I never got lost though, and as it was at times difficult for me to continue to watch, I kept going and was pleasantly surprised by episodes that I would have hated to miss. They made up for the sometimes-boring episodes and the hard to watch ones that left me feeling sad and dirty.
All in all, I would recommend this show. Especially, if you are a history buff and like tales of times portrayed with heart-pounding romance, dire and bloody battles, and heroes of all kinds.
Travel back in time with a show that will inspire, captivate, frighten, and question your knowledge of historical eras. Be steadfast and open minded if you are catching up to the series, and you will find the intrigue of this one will make you stay for the duration of this series. I know I will be watching!!
© 2017 Missy Smith