We Love A Good Kilt: Outlander Season 1 Review

Recently, my husband and I decided to start the series “Outlander.” Outlander is a historical drama/science fiction series based on the series of novels by Diana Gabaldon. The show premiered in 2014 on Starz. Outlander follows the story of Claire Randall, a World War II nurse who time travels back to mid 1700s Scotland and gets herself involved with a group of rebel Highlanders.

If you have not seen the series or read the books, there will be spoilers ahead.

While I am definitely loving the show, there are just a few things that I wish were different. One of my biggest issues is that we don’t get any subtitles for when the characters are speaking Gaelic. This is especially prominent in the first few episodes. I did a little research into why this is and found out that the creators wanted the audience to share the experience of Claire. Claire doesn’t speak Gaelic so guess what, you also don’t get to understand what is going on. While I commend them on this creative choice, I personally am just not a fan of it. Call me crazy, but I like to know what people are talking about while I’m watching a show.

For years now I have thought that no villain could top Ramsay Bolten and Joffrey Baratheon from Game of Thones. If you’re unfamiliar, the short of it is they’re known for doing some of the cruelest things and taking sick pleasure in it. I think though that Outlander has a contender who might beat them, Captain Jonathan “Black Jack” Randall. Randall is played by the same actor who plays Claire’s husband from her original time, which only adds to the uncomfortable situations that occur. When Claire first stumbles upon him after her time jump, she understandably thinks it’s her husband at first….until he gets all rapey. Like man, this dude is so rapey for the whole rest of the season. And let’s not forget what happens to poor Jamie at the end of the season.

Oof….poor guy

I cannot wait to see what happens in the following seasons! Watching season one has really inspired me to give the books another try as well. Have you read or watched Outlander? What are your thoughts?


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