‘Outlander’ (Season 1) – What Is Possible?

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Three weeks ago the much anticipated small screen adaptation of the best-selling novel Outlander by Diana Gabaldon debuted on Starz, drawing in impressive numbers for the pay cable outlet.

From the outset, it was made clear that the TV series would follow closely to that of the book; and over the course of the past three weeks, each episode has made the world of Claire Beauchamp Randall (series lead Caitriona Balfe) and James (McTavish) Fraser (series lead Sam Heughan) feel very real with lush, colorful landscapes, amazing costumes from both 1945 and 1743 and undeniable chemistry between the lead characters.

What the show has been able to do over the past three weeks is make even the sternest of doubters turn into believers of time travel, endless, complicated love and remarkable family loyalty and dedication.

Clearly Claire, after a visit to the stones at Craigh Na Dun during her second honeymoon at the end of World War II, travelled back in time, ending up knee deep in the clan MacKenzie, which is Jamie’s family.

And given the fact that Claire learned in this past weekend’s episode about a folk tale of a man who heard a women singing on the eve of Halloween about traveling through time, ending up with strangers who became lovers and friends and later returning to her own time and the man she left behind, Claire is hoping that travelling back to her husband Frank (series regular Tobias Menzies) could very well be possible. She certainly seems determined to leave Caste Leoch, the home of clan MacKenzie, “as soon as possible or die trying”.

Shortly before Claire disappeared, Frank was returning to their inn on a rain-filled night. Just before the lights went out due to the storm, Frank saw a man dressed in a plaid kilt staring up at his wife Claire; but upon drawing closer to the man, he seemingly disappeared. Given the dress of the men of clan MacKenzie and the fact that Claire has made a personal connection with Jamie, and given what any devoted reader of Gabaldon’s book knows about those two, that “spirit” could easily be Jamie. That kind of endless, complicated love is more than likely possible then, correct?

Lastly, the legends of the Highlander clans, of which the MacKenzies clearly are associated, are well-known and the level of dedication that the MacKenzie men have for their leaders Colum (series regular Gary Lewis) and Dougal (series lead Graham McTavish) has clearly been unquestionable over the course of the three aired episodes. Also, despite undeniable tension between the brothers and their nephew Jamie, there is an apparent family loyalty since the brothers have neither turned their “wanted man” nephew into the Dragoon Army nor has Jamie stirred clear of his uncles in spite of their less than kind behavior toward him; after all Dougal allowed Jamie to be beaten a bit more excessively than needed when the young man volunteered to take a punishment meant for young lass Laoghaire (recurring guest star Nell Hudson).

If you have been watching the debut season of ‘Outlander’ on Starz, what have the episodes made you believe is possible? Please share your thoughts about the series in our comments section below.

The next new episode of ‘Outlander’ will air on Starz on Saturday, August 30 at 9/8c.