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The Outlander Series: My Critique of the Show Thus Far

Updated on October 11, 2017
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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

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


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    • louise-barraco profile image

      Louise Barraco 6 months ago from Ontario

      Missy smith I totally agree we are going to have to watch and see

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      Missy Smith 6 months ago from Florida

      Hi Venkat! I don't think you will be disappointed to read the books, and if you are ever able to watch the series - do so! Thanks for reading my critique. Many Blessings!

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      Missy Smith 6 months ago from Florida

      Louise Barraco, I wanted to come back and comment to you on season 3. I just watched up until episode 4, so I am almost caught up. You are so correct. It is getting good! I think this has been my favorite season so far, even though it is a separation of the two main characters. I think it gives it more intrigue, and for me, is going to keep me coming back to watch and see if they will find one another again. :)

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      Venkatachari M 6 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Your review of it tells it is an interesting series that is watched by most of you there. I simply know that it is a famous TV series being watched in the US and comments posted on social media sites. I would like to go through the books to read more about the story some of them available online.

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      Missy Smith 6 months ago from Florida

      I appreciate all of you who have read this critique. I admit; I have already had to correct a few little errors. I put 1800s, but it was based back in the 1700s. And I also forgot to put the author's name when I mentioned the books, so I corrected that as well.

      Forgive my misinformation. I love the Victorian era of the 1800s and the show's scenes, of course, have similar decoration, so I made the mishap. I believe the part of the 1700s was also considered the 18th century. I just think I threw myself off as I was writing. Very sorry if I confused any of the regular watchers of the show.

      It is an interesting series. I hope everyone gets to watch it sometime. Bill, I believe you would enjoy the story. :)

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      The Stages Of ME 6 months ago


      Thanks for reviewing this series. I have heard mention of it through the grapevine. I was a huge fan of Diana Gabaldon and read the first two books in her series. Sadly I was a new mom at the time and unable to stay committed.

      Thanks to your review here on Hub pages I plan to check out the series. Maybe this will encourage me to get out my old books and re-read. They took you into another world and back again and that is what I enjoyed. Thanks for sparking my interest in an old lost love of the Outlander series.

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      Bill Holland 6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I know this series is huge, but I've never seen it. I have to limit my tv watching or I'd get nothing done and the animals would starve. :) Thanks for your personal thoughts on it.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 6 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Nice review of this popular series!

      I haven’t seen this series but have heard about it on various social media platforms.

      Your review makes me curious to watch it. Your pictures and videos gave me some idea about it.

      Thanks for sharing!

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      Louise Barraco 6 months ago from Ontario

      I watched it all I love the Show I like your critique I can't wait to see next weeks episode in season 3 it's getting good :)