I’m really curious about Starz upcoming series Outlander. It promises to be full of the sex and violence that the premium cable network hangs its hat on. They certainly do like to throw those two elements together and see what happens, don’t they? Aside from that, I don’t really know what to make of this. Regardless of my mixed feelings on the issue, the Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica, Helix) produced show is back with a new poster and has finally set a concrete premiere date.
An adaptation of Diana Gabaldon’s series of international best-selling novels, Outlander is a story of time travel, romance, lust, and violence. In 1945, a British combat nurse named Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe) is on a sweet Scottish vacation with her husband Frank (Tobias Menzies). That sounds nice and idyllic, but before long a mysterious force tosses her back in time 200 years to the year 1743. Once there, embroiled in a world of brutal combat where her skills probably make her one of the best medical practitioners of her time, she meets a sexy young warrior named Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan). The two are married, and she is torn between her new love right in front of her and her previous husband who is stuck in the future looking for her. There’s more to it than that, but that’s the bare bones of the story.
That also appears to be the main point that this poster is trying to get across, that she’s conflicted. You see Claire, and she’s running towards Jamie. But at the same time she’s also reaching back for an outstretched hand behind her. You’re not alone in assuming this is Frank’s arm, trying to catch her as she sips away. This is where the “What if your future was the past?” tagline comes into play. You get what they’re going for, but I don’t think it’s nearly as clever as they think it is.
We’ve known for a while that the show would debut this summer, but what we didn’t know was when. Many suspected that it would appear earlier so that the 13-episode first season would be wrapping up by the time the fall TV season kicks in, but the network has now announced that Outlander will appear much later. The show will air on Saturday, August 9, at 9 pm pacific and eastern. In addition to developing the show and serving as executive producer and showrunner, Moore also wrote the script for the first two episodes.