Rumors surrounding Battlestar Galactica developer Ron Moore’s adaptation of Diana Gabaldon’s bestselling Outlander novels have been circulating for a while. The series has finally found a home on the premium cable channel Starz.
Outlander—comprised of a number of novels, short stories, and graphic novels—is a hodgepodge of genres, including fantasy, history, science fiction, and romance. The story follows a woman named Claire. She’s a combat nurse in the height of World War II. That is, until she travels back in time, to 1743, “where she is immediately thrown into an unknown world of adventure that sends her on the run and threatens her life.” There she is forced to marry a young Scottish warrior named Jamie, who just happens to be all sorts of romantic and dashing.
The books have sold in the tens-of-millions of copies since the first chapter was published in 1991, and have spawned “Jamie and Claire” tours of Scotland. Outlander joins Starz’s stable of historical, adventure-themed dramas, such as Spartacus and the upcoming Da Vinci’s Demons, Black Sails, and Marco Polo.
If Moore and the network approach Outlander like they have some of their other forays into historical fiction, you can bet your ass that these episodes are going to be neck deep in T&A and violence. Seriously, have you ever watched an episode of Spartacus? A majority of the series is focused on blood spatter, bare breasts, and naked man ass. It’s one of those shows where nudity is such a pervasive element that you don’t even notice it after awhile. The story of Outlander certainly falls in this sexy/adventure/melodrama category, so we’ll see what the show has in store for us. Much eroticism will ensue.