Romance, mystery, secrets, and time travel, throw them all together in a blender and what do you have? Starz upcoming series Outlander, that’s what. Like every other even vaguely nerdy property that’s scheduled to come out sometime in the next year, Ronald D. Moore’s (Battlestar Galactica) adaptation of Diana Gabaldon’s best-selling series of novels is all over San Diego Comic-Con (they brought a damned castle for Christ’s sake, they aren’t messing around). There are couple quick trailers that introduce two of the key players in this new drama, as well as a crap ton of stills from the show and behind the scenes photos from the set.
This first video gets up close and personal with the main character of series, Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe). A non-nonsense World War II nurse, she goes on a romantic vacation with her hubby Frank (Tobias Menzies) in 1945. It’s all going swimmingly untl she comes into contact with at strange rock formation in the Scottish Highlands and tumbles back in time 200 years or so. Once there, Claire must adapt to this brutish new way of life, and acclimate or face her own doom. Given that she is now the most skilled and modern medical practitioner of the day, she puts her knowledge to good use, patching up wounded warriors and the like. Eventually Claire starts up a hot and heavy romance with Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan). She’s also trying to figure out a how to get back to her own time, though it doesn’t look like she’s trying all that hard (Jamie is a hunky sexpot after all).
And speaking of Jamie, he is the subject of video number two. A young outlaw warrior, Jamie is still all kinds of dreamy, with his tussled hair, six-pack, and penchant for not wearing or buttoning his shirt. He also appears to have a relatively cavalier attitude about being flogged and stabbed. Oh, that scamp.
Outlander, with all of the melodrama, time travel, and long, angst-ridden gazes into the distance, will premiere on Starz on August 9. This gallery of photos gives you an extensive look at the series. All of the primary characters are present and accounted for, each of them gets their own staged portrait, and the behind the scenes photos show you what daily life on the set looks like, cameras, costumes, and all.