In case you were still on the fence about Starz’s new time-hopping romantic drama, Outlander, the network has put the entire first episode up on YouTube for you to enjoy in advance of the series August 9 premiere. Or, if you don’t wanna do the whole YouTube thing, it’s available via the network’s app, on Starz.com and through On Demand services.
From Battlestar Galactica showrunner Ronald D. Moore (that guy is busy), Outlander is adapted from the novel by Diana Gabaldon. The series stars Catriona Balfe as Claire Randall, a married combat nurse who is, thanks to a strange rock formation, pulled into 1743 Scotland. There, she’s forced to marry Jamie (Sam Heughan), a warrior Scotsman after running afoul of the sinister British officer Black Jack Randall (Tobias Menzies, Game of Thrones‘ Edmure Tully), who bears a striking resemblance to her husband Frank.
Hey, kids, why does Claire marry Jamie? So she won’t be kilt.
You’ve probably seen lead actress Balfe in films like Super 8 or Now You See Me, while co-star Heughan has largely made a name for himself in British film and television.
With the appearance of a man who looks like Frank, I wonder how much Outlander will rely on the idea of Claire meeting other people in 18th-century Scotland who resemble people from her life in 1945, Wizard of Oz-style. Also, will Moore seal the story up with season one, or can we expect more of Claire’s adventures if Outlander connects with its audience?
The 16-episode series launches this week on Starz, with the first 8 to air this summer, followed by another 8 in 2015.