- Format: DVD Region 2 for the UK
- Number of Disc: 16
- Genre: Historical,Science Fiction,Adventure,Fantasy,Romance,British TV Series
- Starring: Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Tobias Menzies
- Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
- Release Date: 2018
What’s it about
Outlander is an interesting concept and is well-executed, too ¡ª a series from Battlestar Galactica creator Ronald D. Moore that (according to Gabaldon, at least) successfully translates her sprawling romantic storylines to the small screen.
The series focuses on World War II nurse Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe), who is on a postwar Scottish vacation with husband Frank (Tobias Menzies), a British intelligence officer turned scholar, as the two try to start their married life afresh after the horrors of war.
But while in Scotland, with Frank using his love of history to guide them along, the couple stumbles into a small town and, nearing the finish of the first episode, Claire visits a mysterious set of stones. Upon touching one, she falls back in time to 1743. Still in Scotland, Claire is set upon by Black Jack Randall (Menzies), a sadistic captain in the British army currently occupying the Highlands and trying to tamp down a Scottish insurrection.
There are two ways to view Outlander’s pacing. On the one hand, it’s probably the most novelistic series currently on the air; watching it feels in many ways like reading a book, as the series’ (visually delightful) universe languidly unfolds. On the other hand, to state the obvious for people who haven’t read the book and are otherwise debating whether to add yet another show to their overstuffed DVR: Outlander is really, really slow.
There is very little urgency in the storytelling ¡ª layers of voiceover bits don’t help, even ¡ª and therefore Outlander can hardly be described as compelling. In many ways, this is a story well and thoroughly told but with almost none of the smart pacing of similarly dense fictions like Game of Thrones.