Finally, time travel-based romances and adventures are happening to women other than Emily Blunt and Rachel McAdams! In the first trailer for Starz’s Outlander from Battlestar Galactica impresario Ronald D. Moore, we get a taste of what Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe) will be in for as she travels through back through time to war-torn Scotland. With moody music, doublets being unbuttoned, soldiers on the march, and breathy tones explaining that it may seem crazy but she totally traveled back in time, this looks like fish-out-of-water fun mixed with the addictive, serial melodrama that one can expect from a Ronald D. Moore joint.
The series, based on the Outlander novels by Diana Gabaldon, follows a 20th century nurse, Claire Randall, who gets transported back to mid-18th-century Highland, Scotland, a land ravaged by war. Starz has ordered sixteen episodes of the hour-long drama, and with seven novels under Gabaldon’s belt, there’s plenty of material to mine should the series succeed. And plenty of sex appeal too, as has become the norm for Starz series. At the recent TCA winter press tour, Gabaldon said, “They sort of want to lick him,” in reference to Sam Heughan, who plays Highland hottie/main love interest James Fraser. So, consider investing in a microfiber cloth to wipe the saliva from your television screen when Outlander makes its debut later this year.
What do you think? Will you be tuning into Outlander?