Review/Recommend: Outlander

Monday, 6 November 2017
Now let me be the first to say, I am not a fan of time travel films/books/programmes. I hate the idea of people being trapped in another time unable to get back to where they are from - I think my dislike stems from a strange documentary about time travel I watched as a child.

Nevertheless, my Mum has been telling me to watch Outlander for about a year. She was obsessed with it but for some reason it just didn't grab me. Recently, one of my friends told me that I HAD to watch it and would LOVE it. I gave in - that night I saw that it was on Amazon Prime so thought I'd have a look to see what the fuss was about....and now I. AM. OBSESSED.

For those that don't know, Outlander begins in 1945 when Claire (Caitriona Balfe), a WW2 nurse, is on her honeymoon to Scotland following the war. When visiting some standing stones, Craigh na Dun, Claire is transported to the year 1743. Here she is swept into the life of the Highlanders that rescue her which includes Jamie Fraser (the delightful Sam Heughan).

I don't want to give too much away but will warn you that it is seriously addictive. I think I watched the first season in just under a week. It's the kind of program that you are looking at the clock at work, counting down the hours until you can get into bed and lose yourself in a world of history, kilts and the highlands. It also led me to have very 'serious' conversations with my Mother about what skills/knowledge would I have to survive if I too were transported to 1743 Scotland. We came to the general consensus that, due to my asthma and inability to function in the cold, I would probably just die. You can catch Season 3 on Amazon Prime now.

I will tell you one thing, if I knew that Jamie Fraser was waiting on the other side of Craigh na Dun, I would throw myself at those rocks...!

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