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Outlander 

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An English combat nurse from 1945 is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743.

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Series cast summary:
Caitriona Balfe ...  Claire Randall 55 episodes, 2014-2019
Sam Heughan ...  Jamie Fraser 55 episodes, 2014-2019
Duncan Lacroix ...  Murtagh Fraser 35 episodes, 2014-2019
Tobias Menzies ...  Frank Randall / ... 24 episodes, 2014-2018
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Follows the story of Claire Randall, a married combat nurse from 1945 who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743, where she is immediately thrown into an unknown world in which her life is threatened. When she is forced to marry Jamie Fraser, a chivalrous and romantic young Scottish warrior, a passionate relationship is ignited that tears Claire's heart between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives. Written by Starz

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What if your future was the past? (Season 1) See more »

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USA

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English | Scottish Gaelic

Release Date:

9 August 2014 (USA) See more »

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Highland Saga See more »

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Scotland, UK See more »

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16:9 HD
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Sam Heughan frequently appears shirtless on the show showing off his six pack abs and muscular physique but he's admitted that he does it because fans of the show expect it. He said, "Do I enjoy it? No, but it's a part of Outlander. I enjoy working out and getting a six-pack, but I just wish I could be unbuttoned maybe only three or four buttons for those scenes." Nevertheless, Heughan has said the he works out hard for the role to keep his physique ready for the camera and even does extra push-ups and sit-ups on set before a shirtless scene to get an extra pump. See more »

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A romantic journey into a Celtic past
8 August 2014 | by tomhg38See all my reviews

Something about Celtic landscapes and music resonates in me, I'm not sure if its because I'm vaguely a descendant, but to this day the soundtrack to Braveheart sends shivers down my spine.

This is essentially the story of a post WW2 nurse who somehow gets sent back approximately 200 years to the tumultuous violent Scottish past.

The pilot shows a great deal of promise, the casting is great, score and cinematography all superb.

Unfortunately for me all of the promise came in the last 20 minutes of the episode, for the first 40 or so ponderous minutes we see nothing but back story, her time in the war, her somewhat fragile bond with her husband and their "honeymoon" to Scotland. Some of this information is pertinent, and certainly some introduction into the character's life BEFORE being thrown back in time is necessary to really grasp how unsettling and inexplicable what she sees is, but unfortunately 40 minutes was just too long.

After that somewhat arduous 40 minutes, when the protagonist Claire does wind up in the middle of the Plaid wearing sword brandishing Scottish highlands, the episode was phenomenal. We are introduced to the villain, we meet the rather dashing love interest, and we get a glimpse into the interesting topic of being someone with contemporary knowledge (primarily in her case of medicine, as a nurse) in a Feudal time, and we finally get some Bagpipes.

Even with the pilot's time allocation not being to my personal tastes, I'm very excited about this show. I think now they have fully introduced the back story future episodes will have more freedom to focus on the heart of this time travel tale. I have a feeling along side Vikings this will be one of the best period shows of the decade.


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