“Outlander”: Worth the hype?

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Breanna Hill, Arts & Entertainment Editor

I find myself more often than not struggling to find interest in a show, and more importantly, stay interested in the show. I have an incredibly bad habit of not finishing television shows all the way through for various reasons, whether they be due to lack of interest or because I’m appalled about the direction the show has ended up taking. Knowing this, I’ve made it my sole mission to find a show that captivates me entirely, and I believe I have finally found it. 

The show ‘Outlander’ was released in August of 2014 and it is based off of the book series by Diana Gabaldon. As of today there are four complete seasons and they’re currently filming the fifth which is set to be released on February 16. Primarily ‘Outlander’ is using the platform Starz to release content, but Netflix has also joined the game, however, Netflix only has the first two seasons whereas Starz is fully up-to-date. 

‘Outlander’ is a show following the protagonist named Claire which is played by Caitriona Balfe. It starts out in the 20th century when Claire returns home from serving as a nurse in World War Two. She has been away from her husband, Frank Randall, for five years and there’s an unquestionable difference between their relationship now and how it was before she left for war. Once they acknowledge this issue, they decide to go on a second honeymoon in Scotland to reconnect as best they can. 

While in Scotland, Frank whose passion is history, decides to track and study his family tree by visiting old locations they were known to have visited and reading up on the old history through history books. Claire ends up revisiting one of the locations that her husband took her to previously called Craigh Na Dun. While visiting this landmark, Claire is thrown back into the 18th century where she runs into the Scottish Clan Mackenzie where she meets several main characters, one being Jamie played by Sam Heughan. They take her captive due to her weird state of mind and she is forced to pretend she is from that time period. 

The series continues on with Claire trying to get back to the 20th century and back to Frank. Certain situations cause her to grow closer to Jamie and eventually marry him to save herself from the British soldiers. She even finds herself beginning to love Jamie and wanting to help and warn the Scottish of the terrible fate they will face from her knowledge of the future. 

Eventually Claire and Jamie love each other deeply and Claire decides she’d rather stay in the 18th century with Jamie than to go back to the 20th century and back to Frank. Once Claire shares the secret of her being from the future with her husband Jamie, they work together in order to stop the Battle of Culloden from happening so they can eventually live happily ever after. 

Along this incredible journey there are wars, fights, secrets and more. They get torn apart by several incidents, but they always find their way back to each other with the help of their family and friends. 

Typically this type of show wouldn’t be my cup of tea. I don’t like shows that are centered around such old time periods, but the involvement of love and sacrifice evens it out and has caused me to be utterly addicted and captivated by this wonderful show. I have binged this show, and this show alone, for weeks now. I highly recommend others to give it a watch if given the opportunity. It is most definitely worth the hype.

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