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The Outlander Series: My Initial Review of this Show

Updated on December 22, 2020
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Missy is a unique writer who enjoys inviting her readers into her thoughts through her poetry and other topics of discussion.  


My First Response: Will This Show Be Able To Keep Me Drawn 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. A little warning --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 those days' of despair -which was a good thing and something I look for in a good series. It needs to draw you into the time period.

The beginning of the show starts us off in the future, which is actually the 1940s. Then, a tale of history unwinds when Claire finds herself somehow in the past. Then enter Jamie Fraser- the other main character who will change Claire’s existing life forever. The show gets all kinds of interesting from here.

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

The second season has landed Jamie and Claire in Paris, so some stunning 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.

Indeed, this show is based upon the Outlander book series by Diana Gabaldon, so after every episode, the producer commentates about how he intertwined the two. If you like history during this era, you will continue to watch it even after seeing the first season's facepalm parts. It is fascinating. 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.

For me, it's been a terrific show if you are into shows you truly have to pay attention to. There are many layers to enjoy! I will look forward to this show continuing through more seasons. I do suspect it will.

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 putting this critique aside to continue watching the series and catching up. I am now at Season 3 but have not yet started watching it, and in 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 me 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 many things are explained about current and past characters. Season 3 will travel the main character, Claire, back in time to find her Jamie.

Are you ready? I am!

More Scenes from Season 3

My Final Thoughts for This Review: My Updated View (2020)

I have had mixed feelings about this show as I watched. Even so, I have made it through all the seasons. There have been 5 now, but I chose to stop my critique at 3. I feel this show is so in-depth that you will have your opinion on whether you should watch it or not by what I have opined to so far.

To recap, some scenes are breathtaking and others so dark that I had to fast-forward through a few sections. This type of dilemma continues through all the seasons. However, it will also be the intrigue that brings you back to watch for another.

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 might find the exciting intrigue will pull you in and make you stay for the duration of this series. I know I will be watching!!

This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

© 2017 Missy Smith


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