Outlander

Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon is now a Starz Original Series too. Here’s the best content, articles and reviews on the best-selling books, movies and more featuring Claire, Jamie and the rest of the Highland crew.

Season 2 Review: Outlander Series on Starz

If you expect the perfection of Outlander Season 1, you’ll be disappointed. But if you can enjoy the slower, set-up episodes from the early part of Season 2, you’ll have much more of what most people love in the second half of the season. In that way though, it isn’t much different than Outlander Book 2: Dragonfly in Amber.

The early part of Season 2 is set in Paris, as Jaime and Claire try to navigate politics, espionage and the intrigue of so many varied agendas – including their own of stopping the Jacobite rebellion and saving many Scottish lives. Their agenda is complicated from many angles – including the appearance of Jaime’s biggest foe.

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Finally the couple returns to the wilds of Scotland, where we spent the entire first season and originally fell in love with Jaime and Claire. There’s more Highlanders, fighting, direct and everything that we love about Outlander in general.

While Season 2 doesn’t have the first love passion that hooked us in Season 1, if you can wait patiently through the first few episodes, you’ll get a taste for favorite couple’s new passions and struggles after marriage. As with any book-to-movie transition, the tv series is missing some of the detail and plot from Diana Gabaldon’s Dragonfly in Amber, but the season is executed gorgeously. Costumes are believably  gorgeous in Paris – and Claire’s time-travel forward 200 years as an older mother is well done. There’s so much to love about Season 2.

Good news: Outlander has confirmed they’ll do Season 3 and Season 4.

Bad news: We don’t have a premiere date for Season 3 yet … which means it could be a while (though rumors put the next Droughtlander at less than 10 months and maybe even closer to 6 months). We’ll keep you posted.

 

Outlander Season 2 Premiere

The day is finally here for Season 2 of Outlander to kick off on Starz tonight. The second season follows the story line of Diana Gabaldan’s second book Dragonfly in Amber (released in 1992, one year after the first book).

Need a quick recap of Season 1? Read our reaction here.  Or browse all Books for Her Outlander info – from the book recaps to other shows for Outlander fans.

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We are still trying to survive Droughtlander – and still have to navigate through the holidays before the next season starts. So back by popular demand is Part 2 of If you like Outlander TV Series, you’ll like … (See Part 1 here). Here’s the list of our top historical tv dramas to get you by for a bit longer.  If you liked Outlander, you’ll definitely like these too:

Velvet. The Spanish TV Series is fantastic – with two season now available on Netflix. You won’t even remember reading the English subtitles, while you enjoy the drama of a 1950s fashion store, it’s owner, workers and customers.

Velvet, a Spanish TV Series, is a gem.


The Time In Between: Funny enough, this is another Spanish dressmaker TV drama. With 17 episodes on Netflix, you’ll have plenty of material – and, bonus, this is action packed enough for your guy to like too (as long as he doesn’t mind the subtitles). Additionally funny, this IndieWire article says it will ‘cure your hankering for Downton Abbey’ too. Much like Outlander, The Time In Between was adapted from the best-selling book The Time Between Seams.

Spanish TV Series about a dressmaker.


Upstairs Downstairs: Much like Downton Abbey, Upstairs Downstairs is a fabulous class-struggle historical drama from the BBC (so you know its good). Set in 1930s London, as a wealthy family and stragglers in their family take up a special residence in London and build their household. You’ll have two full seasons to catch up on.

Upstairs Downstairs is set in 1930s England.


Home Fires. Just finishing Season 1 on PBS Masterpiece, Home Fires is set in rural England on the verge of WWII. With lots of strong women doing what they can to prepare for war, Home Fires is gaining popularity and receiving great reviews.   Season 1 purchased on Amazon or check your local PBS Masterpiece listing (search Masterpiece and then you’ll need to look at details of the listing). Season 2 airdate has not been confirmed.


Grand Hotel: Another great Netflix find, Grand Hotel has 66 episodes of good, historical drama. From spying and murder, to greed and cover-ups, Grand Hotel kicks off as a young man investigates the murder of his sister by posing as a footman at a posh hotel in the early 1900s.

Grand Hotel has 66 episodes on Netflix.

 

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Just released! Outlander Season 2 Trailer

Have you watched the Starz Outlander Series Season 2 Trailer? Season 2 will pick up where Season 1 left off – as Jaime and Claire travel to France. From Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander Series second book Dragonfly in Amber, we’ve waited almost a year for the popular 2nd season.

In the meantime, if you’d like a little historical drama a bit lighter on the deep emotional trauma, might we suggest: Turn: Washington’s Spies on AMC, based on the book by Alexander Rose or one of our other recommendations in: If you like Outlander TV Series, You’ll like …

An Outlander delayed reaction

It took a little time to get over last season’s Outlander season finale, and no little effort to unsee a thing or two.  All in all, I have to admit I was appalled by the episode, and not for the reasons you might think (well, not entirely.)

We were treated to all the psychological trauma Black Jack could summon, but we get NO CLAIRE THE EXCORIST?!  C’mon, Starz!  You didn’t shy away from one tough scene, how could you skip the whole ransoming the soul part?  I’m not sure a few slaps really covers it, and I’m definitely not sure you deserved to use that episode title.

Instead we get a little, Och, you’re right Sassenach, let’s cut out the brand and get on a ship and let the wind blow through our hair. (In fairness, that scene DID make me feel much better)

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Other departures of note?

Claire’s got a bun in already.  Cause we all know a baby fixes things.

But are we tuning in early 2016 to see where Outlander takes us next?  Absolutely.

In the meantime, if you’d like a little historical drama a bit lighter on the deep emotional trauma, might we suggest: Turn: Washington’s Spies on AMC, based on the book by Alexander Rose or one of our other recommendations in: If you like Outlander TV Series, You’ll like …

And the best thing about Outlander is…

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No. 8: Laoghaire

There’s a lot to love about the many ways in which Starz  is bringing the much-beloved Outlander successfully to the small screen.  Even some of the departures from the original storyline have generally been very good.  But what’s the best thing of all, you ask?  Here’s our list:

10) Murtagh, Rupert, and Angus: as good of supporting actor sidekicks as ever there were.

9)  The costumes.  I want to try them all on, even Jamie’s.  Especially Jamie’s.

8)  Nell Hudson’s Laoghaire, as less a spurned adolescent and a little bit of a villain in her own right.  Juicy.

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No. 6: Geillis Duncan.

7)  The scary-cool pagan dance-y moments and the music, bringing it all together. Where can I sign up to be a modern-day druid?

6) The scary-hot Geillis Duncan. Yowza.  (Also, run!)

5) The sex scenes.  Wowza. ‘Nuff said.

4) The tough-as-nails Claire (and how cool she looks in all those historic costumes that by all rights should be unflattering.  To HAVE Caitriona Balfe’s neck.  Sheesh.)

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No. 4: Claire.

3)  The real-live scenery.  The trees, the rocks, the heather, the mist!  Oh, Scotland, take me home.  And find me a Jamie.

2. Why, Jamie, of course. Again, ’nuff said.

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No. 2: Jamie.

(BUT WAIT.  If the second best thing about Outlander on Starz is Sam Heughan, What could  #1 possibly be???)

 

AND THE BEST THING ABOUT OUTLANDER ON STARZ IS….

1.) The complicated relationship between Colum and Dougal.

Yes.  Now let me explain myself here.  It’s been so long since I’ve read the first installment of Outlander, I’d forgotten how inherently cool Colum was, and how interesting I found the dynamic between the brothers.  Starz is doing as good a job with this dynamic as any of the other elements of the story, in my opinion– and Graham McTavish and Gary Lewis are BRILLIANT in the roles.  I’m sorry if you must disagree with me, but there it is.  The best thing about Outlander on Starz is the brothers MacKenzie.

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No. 1: Brothers MacKenzie.

 

Happy Watching, Outlander Nation! Things are about to get real.

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Which Outlander cover do you prefer?

Via her blog/website, Diana Gabaldon released the new cover of Outlander (the first book in the Outlander series) tied in with the new Starz Outlander series.

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Which is your favorite?

 

 

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Outlander Starz TV Series has hit midseason with flying colors.  And now we’ve got six months until the next round of Jamie-Claire amazingness vs. evil Jack Randall. Here’s the list of our top historical tv dramas to get you by for a bit longer.  If you liked Outlander, you’ll definitely like these too:

Vikings. Major bonus -You can get your husband/significant other to watch this with you – because of the mass amounts of blood and fighting. Catch up on the first two seasons before season 3 starts in early 2015. History Channel.

Vikings Season 5 starts in early 2015

Vikings Season 5 starts in early 2015

Downton Abbey: Your hubby won’t touch this with a 10-foot pole – but you can love it all the same. The amazing Edwardian English historical time is truly captured in this PBS series.  You’ll have four seasons to catch up on before the fifth season kicks off on January 4, 2015.

Downton Abbey Season 5 kicks off in early January 2015.

Downton Abbey Season 5 kicks off in early January 2015.

Tudors: Now on Netflix, you can follow the popularily written/reenacted and polarizing King Henry VIII as he navigates politics and love. Bonus: There’s four seasons to enjoy!

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North and South. A three-part series with a very Pride and Prejudice love story, North and South is a must see for any historical romance lover.  Plus its on Netflix and only requires a few evenings’ dedication.

 

A three-part series for a quick post-Outlander pick-me-up.

A three-part series for a quick post-Outlander pick-me-up.

 

The Borgias: Another good Showtime Series now on Netflix, The Borgias follows an Italian crime family in their quest for power through the Renaissance era. And you may even see a familiar face from Outlander.

Showtime's The Borgias has three seasons, including one on Netlfix now.

Showtime’s The Borgias has three seasons, including one on Netlfix now.

 

The Paradise: A great historical drama set in Britian, The Paradise is the story of a country girl who comes to the city and works at the first department store for an ambitious, brooding employer. The first season is on Netflix now, and Season 2 just finished on PBS. Here’s the trailer:

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Midseries Review: Outlander on Starz

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Outlander fans voted this their favorite scene from Season 1 so far.

Well, Outlander fans, we’re hooked.  It’s been nearly a month now and we’re  still not accustomed to the absence of our weekly outlander fix. To say nothing of poor Jamie Fraser, cursed to crouch in that window with a rather heavy firearm braced on his own arm until… what’s that you said? April?! WHYYYYYYYYYY??????

At least longstanding Outlander fans and general book-over-the-movie types can comfort ourselves with reading ahead to find out what happens next, if we didn’t know already… or can we? While everyone seems to have nothing but good things to say about the series (BooksforHer included), and the they seem to be staying very true to the plot and even the dialogue of the book, there have been some rather notable departures here and there.

(SPOLIER ALERT: If you haven’t read the books or seen the series or both, don’t read on. You’ve been warned.)

The Scottish bar brawl over breakfast is fought by everybody over Claire’s honor instead of as a one-man-show for Jamie’s. Now that was just plain good fun. Good call.

The ring is all wrong and will likely have some other significance. (Kudos for sending the fellas to get it though- I have to say, I love those two.)

Dougal propositions Claire… on her wedding night. Really? Why? Because one time-transcendent love triangle is not enough? We all know that Dougal is one complicated dude, but REALLY.

Time traveling through the stones is more than a mysterious folk tale, it’s apparently common knowledge shared by Mrs. Graham with Frank. Hokey.

Frank is everywhere. While of course he is a constant “presence” in the story, I always thought of him as rather less than literally “present.” This is probably due as much to the standing of the fabulous Tobias Menzies (of Game of Thrones fame) as it is to the reality that you can really only do so much with voiceover, but there’s a whole lotta Frank going on.

….and on that note….

Frank and Claire seem to be able to HEAR each other through the stones. Hokier. While having them arrive in the same place at the same moment on the space-time continuum is just good tv, I have to admit the whole hearing each other across time thing puzzled me. Who exactly are we playing as true love here?

But am I on the edge of my seat, impatiently awaiting April? Absolutely. And it’s more than I literally watch all period drama. They are doing a great job with the much-beloved Outlander.  It’s great fun to see it come to life on the screen.

 

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