Television Review: Outlander, Season One

Television has become a strange beast. Ever since Game of Thrones took off, other networks have been trying to replicate its success with other historical or fantasy television shows. Netflix has Marco Polo, The CW has Reign (neither of which I have seen), and last year Starz debuted Outlander, based on Diana Gabaldon’s novel and subsequent series of the same name. The first season was sixteen episodes long, with eight episodes airing in August and September 2014 and the second beginning in April 2015 and finishing last weekend. I enjoyed the first season of Outlander, but it wasn’t without its problems, which are undoubtedly an issue of adapting from source material, which was encapsulated in the 9th and 16th episodes of the season, both of which aired this year.

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Outlander’s “The Reckoning” addresses a book problem, making it slightly less of a problem for the show

I was going to write about the new episode of Mad Men today, but once I started taking notes I realised that I can’t really get my head around writing about that show on a weekly basis. So I’m writing about the midseason premiere of Outlander, which took a difficult moment from the first novel of Diana Gabaldon’s wildly popular series, and handled it much better than I think the book did. Most of the fans of the Outlander series of books are women, and being a romance story that involves a woman who was born in the 20th Century travelling back in time to the Jacobite revolution is that the role of women in society changed between 1743 and 1945, and it has continued to change in the last 70 years.

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