Outlander returns with the first season back eight episodes **** 4 Stars
By Gabrielle Pantera
HOLLYWOOD, CA (Hollywood Daily Star) 2015/4/8 – “We’ve also greenlit book two of Diana’s series of novels, and we’ll be shooting that in Scotland this spring,” says Starz managing director Carmi Zlotnik. “Season 1 averaged over 5 million viewers per episode and delivered the strongest ever Starz original series premiere among women.
Outlander falls into a few different genres… romance, science fiction, history, and adventure. Married WWII combat nurse Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe) falls back in time to 1743. Trapped in the past, she marries Jamie (Sam Heughhan). Claire needs to come to terms with the 18th century world she now lives in. She is continually being tested by 18th century limitations and chauvinism. Will the two have a happy marriage when all around them is chaos?
There are a total of 16 episodes for the first season. It’s already been picked up for season two.
“I think just in terms of getting through this amazing undertaking of putting in so much time into the show and sort of every day showing up and playing this really strong, very resilient character, I think it showed me sort of how much strength and resilience I have,” says Outlander star Caitriona Balfe. “And I think you don’t sort of go through something like that without sort of realizing well, wow, that’s a big achievement and you grow from that. So I think, if anything, Claire’s just either brought my inner strength out or sort of shown me that I’m maybe stronger than I thought I was previously.”
“I think in the second part of the season, you discover a lot more about Jamie,” says Outlander star Sam Heughhan. “He’s kind of finding his place in the world. He’s got new responsibilities. He’s got to deal with relationships that he would rather not deal with with his sister, with his personal relationship with his dead father.”
“And we start to see the stubborn side or his pride,” says Heughan. “So he’s less of the sort of idealistic man in the second part of the season, and we start seeing his failings or the chinks in the armor. He’s very honorable and he learns a lot. And I guess I’ve just — myself just been trying to do that in my relationships in real life. And so far, it’s working really well.”
“They’re filming the first book which was written 25 years ago,” says Outlander author Diana Gabaldon. “I’m writing the ninth book now, and Claire and Jamie are approaching their sixties or actually in their early sixties. What they’re doing now can’t possibly affect what’s going to happen 40 years on.
Trailer for second half of first season
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