Outlander (the new series exclusive to Amazon Prime) follows the story of Claire Randall, a married combat nurse from 1945 who is swept back in time to 1743, where she is immediately thrown into an unknown world where her life is threatened. When she meets Jamie Fraser, a chivalrous and romantic young Scottish warrior, her heart is torn between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.
You may have read the brief summary above and thought “a time-traveling fantasy period drama really doesn’t sound like my thing” but trust me its worth giving it a go. The subject matter is treated with a true sense of realism and drama. In the opening episode, following years apart during the World War II , our heroine Claire Randall (played beautifully by Caitriona Balfe) travels to Inverness with her husband Frank (Tobias Menzies), hoping rebuild their marriage. Claire accidentally chances upon a mysterious ritual at the local standing stones, she is magically whisked back to 1743, a time of bloody rebellion in Scotland. After being taken by Jacobite soldiers, she meets and heals the dishy Jamie Fraser’s (Sam Heughan) of his wounds and the two soon form a bond.
The show boasts beautiful cinematography. Scotland’s misty mountains, lush country side and foreboding forests are the real star of the show. The period costumes are gorgeous and great attention to detail has been paid to recreate the era.
It’s great to watch a fantasy epic of this nature from a woman’s point of view. Claire is a refreshingly captivating female character—acute yet naïve, both calculating and passionate. Balfe expertly handles the balance between the perplexity of her situation and the determination to adapt and survive. The leading men are charismatic (and easy on the eye, especially Sam Heughan who has more than a few topless ‘Poldark’ moments) and the way the unique love triangle plays out is enthralling.
All in all Outlander is an excellent show (and with an imdb rating of 9.4/10 from female viewers aged 45+ you guys obviously agree). It can only be seen on Amazon Prime, a monthly subscription service which gives you access to films and other TV programmes. If you’d like to see what all the fuss is about, Amazon are offering a 30 day free trial. Just click the link below.