Outlander “Sassenach”


I am not the long-term Outlander fan that many have been. I run the book department in a St. Vincent de Paul store which has opened this lifelong reader up to books and authors I never knew about. Herself and Outlander were one of my very best finds, though it was only a couple of years ago.

As much as I loved the books, I really liked each casting choice as it was made. While they may not have been exactly what I ‘pictured’ I had confidence in Diana’s confidence and liked who they seemed to be. I have so enjoyed all the excitement leading up to the series, the stories and tweets and learning the process of how great television is made.

Thank you and great appreciation to all the cast and crew and production gang that took the time and energy to include all of us in the wondrous process. It’s been an awesome ride and we aren’t done yet!

I’ve tried to get my guy to read the books since he has a lot of interest in history, but so far – alas – he hasn’t gotten into them. I watched the first episode twice and was so very pleased! I wanted more!!!! It will be worth the wait for the DVD’s. Tonight, my guy watched the episode with me, and it seems to have mad a favorable impression. I’ll let him tell you his thoughts.


Let’s see, where to start?….

I have not read any of the Outlander books yet. My exposure to the subject comes from hearing many times particular aspects of the story line from my significant other. She has become quite the fan. This actually encourages me as I value her taste and wisdom in her reading material. She has a fantastic mind for the written word and subjects that interest her, for the most part, interest me as well as she doesn’t usually go in for the “fluff” that many seem to be driven to. Thinking material is more her style.

That being said, I watched episode one with her tonight (she has seen it a few times already) and I will admit that I am pretty darn impressed. The actors chosen for the roles already feel “real” to me even with only one episode. I was very impressed with the dramatic differences between the portrayals of cultures between the time frames. The 40’s era felt so, how shall I say, like a war documentary or epic portrayal of war in that era. I didn’t really expect that from an hour long episode. I found myself wanting to explore Frank’s genealogy along with him. I’m always fascinated by where people “come from” in that regard. I felt the tension between the two very believable. I had the misfortune to be away from my significant other for about five years as well, and I can tell you that the strain in re-awakening a relationship is a hardship that is often overlooked.

I was a little disappointed that it took so long to get to the earlier Scottish period as that has been the part of the story relayed to me so far that really struck me as fascinating, but I understand that with a multi-part series of this length, the back story and lead up to the actual travel is important to cover first. Maybe I was hoping for a lot of “flashbacks” to explain that part and get on with the part that I am interested in. I know, selfish.

Overall, the experience surprised me most in the fact that as a “not fan” I am looking forward to the next episode, and the next. I see so much potential for exploring this idea and the cast so far has more than lived up to the job. I may just have to give in and start reading !