Sunday, 22 November 2015

Outlander Series 1, Part 2: Blu Ray Review

Outlander Series 1, Part 2: Blu Ray Review


Rating: M
Released by Sony Home Entertainment

Diana Gabaldon's Outlander books series continues to be adapted for binge-worthy TV in the second set of the Outlander TV series.

Time-travel, romance and a fair whiff of naughtiness pervades this historical love story series centring around nurse Claire Randall, who finds herself whisked back in time and stuck in the skirmishes between Redcoats and Highlanders.

The second half of season 1 sees things take a darker turn as Black Jack Randall's presence begins to be felt, and Claire's attraction to Jamie grows, but her separation from her modern day husband starts to bite.

A moving story that rarely stays still, an attraction between the two leads and smattering of threat keep Outlander from feeling stale - though it has to be said, fans of the genre will find more in this series that's wonderfully evocative than casual viewers.

Claire's character is an interesting one and her reactions to each situation ground the fantastical elements in a way that feels enticing and welcoming; it doesn't hinder things that Catriona Balfe and Sam Heughan have a chemistry that's palpable.

It's a reasonably strong series that works on a few levels, but Outlander remains a more adult version of a Twilight style series; longing and desire worked in with historical elements add a lot and ultimately, the series will endure as the Scottish myths have,

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