Ron Moore may have just debuted his latest sci-fi television show, Syfy’s viral outbreak thriller Helix, but that’s not all he has in store for genre fans in 2014. He’s also hard at work on an adaptation of Outlander, based on Diana Gabaldon’s best selling series of time-traveling novels. We still don’t have a set release date, but at the rate we’re getting new intel on the show, it feels like it’s just around the corner. We now have a quick trailer, a collection of new images, and word from Moore himself on how the opening of the series differs from the novels.
From the look of this trailer, Outlander definitely has the feel of a show on Starz. In 48 seconds you’re privy to all manner of violence and sensuality, both widely acknowledge hallmarks of the premium cable channel’s programming. Moore has said that though there will be both sex and bloodshed in the series, it won’t be super over the top, like the slow-motion spurting and exposed nipples that fill damn near every frame of shows like Spartacus.
One thing is for sure, you can bet there is going to be a lot of melodrama in the series. When Claire (Caitriona Balfe) breathily proclaims, “I seem to have fallen through time,” you get a serious soap-opera vibe. On vacation in Scotland, Claire, a World War II combat nurse, does indeed take a tumble through time, winding up in an era of vicious warriors.
When Outlander finally premieres, the opening sequence of the series will have a distinctly different look than that of the much beloved novel. The show will begin with a two-minute long sequence where viewers meet Claire in a medical tent during the war, “in her element” so to speak. Moore pitched the change to Gabaldon, who says, “You need to appreciate her immediately…It shows her being the competent and resilient person that she is.”
Fans of the novel can also rest easy knowing that one particularly iconic moment from the novel will in the show. There is a scene where Claire is disciplined by her new love interest, Jamie (Sam Heughan). Moore says, “It’s in the book and it’s in the show…It’s certainly an explosive scene. It hasn’t been shot yet, it’s down the road a bit. It’s a shocking moment, but it’s an important part of the development of the characters and we’re going to go for it.” There will be definite “spanking” involved.
This gallery of photos a variety of scenes from the various eras of Outlander. You see Claire and her husband Frank (Tobias Menzies) in their 1940s reality, as well as Claire after she has fallen into the past. You also get glimpses of the state of her new world, full of warriors, castles, and general dirt. Most importantly, you get a look at Jamie having the holy hell whipped out of him by Black Jack Randall, also played by Menzies), a distant ancestor of Frank.