Outlander: Season 1

 

Classification: Scripted

Genre: Action/Drama/History/Military/War/Romance/Dating/Sci-Fi

Status: New Series

Network: starz (USA)
Airs: Saturdays at 09:00 pm

Runtime: 60 Minutes

Premiere: August 09, 2014

Episode Order: 16

Official Trailer:

 

Cast:

Caitriona…Claire Randall (as Caitriona Balfe)

Duncan Lacroix…Murtagh Fitzgibbons Fraser

Gary Lewis (1)… Colum MacKenzie

Graham McTavish…Dougal MacKenzie

Grant O’Rourke…Rupert MacKenzie

Lotte Verbeek…Geillis Duncan

Sam Heughan…Jamie Fraser

Stephen Martin Walters …Angus Mhor

Tobias Menzies …Frank Randall/Jonathan “Black Jack” Randall

 

SERIES SUMMARY:

Outlander” spans the genres of romance, science fiction, history, and adventure. It follows Claire, a married WWII combat nurse, who mistakenly steps back in time to year 1743 where she is immediately thrown into an unknown world of adventure that sends her on the run and threatens her life. When Claire is forced to marry Jamie, a chivalrous and romantic young Scottish warrior, it ignites a passionate affair that tears Claire’s heart between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives. (Source: STARZ)

 

SEASON 1

EPISODE 1: Sassenach

Aug/09/2014

SUMMARY:

Claire Randall finds herself transported back to 1743 Scotland. She is kidnapped by Highlanders and meets someone called Jamie.
Guest Stars: James Fleet as Reverend Wakefield | Tracey Wilkinson as Mrs. Graham | Kathryn Howden as Mrs. Baird | Prentis Hancock as Uncle Lamb | Elizabeth Bowie as Young Claire | David Elliot (1) as Army Doctor | Clare Yuille as Army Nurse | Andrew Still as Soldier 1 | Euan Cuthbertson as Soldier 2 | Jack Eyers as Wounded Soldier
Director: John Dahl
Writer: Ronald D. Moore

EPISODE 2: Castle Leoch

Aug/16/2014

SUMMARY:

Claire meets the laird, but she feels suspicions about her increase as she makes a friend of the mysterious Geillis Duncan.
Guest Stars: Annette Badland as Mrs. Fitzgibbons | Nell Hudson as Laoghaire Mackenzie | Laura Donnelly as Jenny Fraser | James Fleet as Reverend Wakefield | Liam Carney as Old Alec | Aislin McGuckin as Letitia MacKenzie | Roddy Gilkison as Hamish MacKenzie | Colin Scott Moncrieff as Scribe (as Colin Moncrieff) | Donald Gillies as William Talbot | Donald Sinclair as Fingal Duncan | Kenny Lindsay as Clyde MacKenzie | Artair Donald as Malcolm | Muireann Kelly as Dolina | Steven Blake as Castle Piper
Director: John Dahl
Writer: Ronald D. Moore

EPISODE 3: The Way Out

Aug/23/2014

SUMMARY:

Claire needs to use her medical skills to escape Castle Leoch and tends to a sick child with Jamie’s help. Claire listens to a story that gives her hope for freedom.
Guest Stars: Annette Badland as Mrs. Fitzgibbons | Nell Hudson as Laoghaire Mackenzie | Tim McInnerny as Father Bain | Gillebride MacMillan as Gwyllyn the Bard | John Sessions as Arthur Duncan | Daniel Kerr as Tammas | Aislin McGuckin as Letitia MacKenzie | Blair Cunningham as Tanner’s Lad | Roddy Gilkison as Hamish MacKenzie | Lynsey-Anne Moffat as Mrs. Baxter | David McKay as Niall Drummond | Lucy Hollis as Jeanie Hume | Nicola Clark as Shona MacNeill
Director: Brian Kelly
Writer: Anne Kenney

EPISODE 4: The Gathering

Aug/30/2014

SUMMARY:

Claire makes plans to try and escape during the Castle’s Gathering ceremony, After she runs into Jamie and a drunken Dougal her plans are changed.
Guest Stars: Annette Badland as Mrs. Fitzgibbons | Nell Hudson as Laoghaire Mackenzie | Liam Carney as Old Alec | Aislin McGuckin as Letitia MacKenzie | Roddy Gilkison as Hamish MacKenzie | Brian Larkin as Geordie | Daniel Kerr as Tammas | David Walker as Clansman 1 | Jake Ferretti as Clansman 2 | John Clyde as Guard 1 | Patrick Wallace as Guard 2 | Victoria Taggart as Rubenesque Woman | Diana Gabaldon as Iona MacTavish
Director: Brian Kelly
Writer: Matthew B. Roberts

EPISODE 5: Rent

Sept/06/2014

SUMMARY:

Claire goes with MacKenzies on a trip to collect rents and sees Dougal using Jamie’s scars to gain sympathy for the cause of the Jacobites.
Guest Stars: Finn Den Hertog as Willie | Tom Brittney as Lieutenant Jeremy Foster | Valerie Edmond as Donalda Gilchrist | James Fleet as Reverend Wakefield | Tam Dean Burn as Alastair | Mark Kydd as Marcus | Linda Jane Devlin as Morag | Belle Jones as Shirley | Kate Donnelly as Muriel | Eliza Langland as Elderly Woman | Robert Williamson as Torcall Iverson | Martin Burns as Beathan Young | Andrew Douglas (2) as Lout #1 | Mark Toddie as Lout #2
Director: Brian Kelly
Writer: Toni Graphia

EPISODE 6: The Garrison Commander

Sept/13/2014

SUMMARY:

Claire’s unexpected meeting with a British general turns tense when Captain Jack Randall arrives. Claire finds herself alone with Randall – a dangerous man determined to uncover her secrets.

Source: Starz Network

Director: Brian Kelly
Writer: Ira Steven Behr

EPISODE 7: The Wedding

Sept/20/2014

Feelings arise as Claire and Jamie’s wedding gets underway.
Guest Stars: Finn Den Hertog as Willie | Kevin Mains as Andrew Gow | Frank Gilhooley as Torin | Hilary MacLean as Edina | Rachel McReath as Mairi | Nina Gilhooly as Isabella | Maynard James Keenan as Innkeeper | Gowan Calder as Innkeeper’s Wife | Rian Gordan as Innkeeper’s Son
Director: Anna J. Foerster
Writer: Anne Kenney

EPISODE 8: Both Sides Now

Sept/27/2014

SUMMARY:

Frank in on a search for his missing wife. A opportunity arises for Claire. She still needs to come to turns with her marriage.
Guest Stars: James Fleet as Reverend Wakefield | Tracey Wilkinson as Mrs. Graham | Finn Den Hertog as Willie | Edmund Digby-Jones as Corporal Hawkins | John Wark as Detective Collins | Alan McHugh as Sgt. McKinney | Simon Meacock as Hugh Munro | Rory Burns as Roger Wakefield | Olivia Morgan as Sally | James Groom as Harry | Nicholas Aaron as Arnold | Gerry McLaughlin as Constable Boyle
Director: Anna J. Foerster
Writer: Ronald D. Moore

EPISODE 9: The Reckoning

Apr/04/2015

SUMMARY:

Claire’s rescue by Jamie puts the whole clan in danger, the fact of which she is made brutally aware. Colum, unhappy with the trip’s results, confronts Dougal, and Jamie weighs the merits of staying at the castle.

EPISODE 10: By the Pricking of My Thumbs

Apr/11/2015

SUMMARY:

With the arrival of the Duke of Sandringham, Jamie hopes the price on his head will be lifted, while Claire cares for an abandoned child.

EPISODE 11: The Devil’s Mark

Apr/18/2015

SUMMARY:

As Claire and Geillis are put on trial for witchcraft, Jamie is able to rescue Claire, who has unearthed a secret from Geillis’ past

EPISODE 12: Lallybroch

Apr/25/2015

SUMMARY:

Claire and Jamie are reunited and head to his family home, where old animosities between Jamie and his sister, Jenny, are rekindled

EPISODE 13: The Watch

May/02/2015

SUMMARY:

Whilst Jamie has been gone, sister Jenny and her husband Ian have been paying a gang of ex-militia/highwaymen protection money, food and good tobacco to keep them from the jaws of the Red Coats. Tension is high as Jamie has

EPISODE 14: The Search

May/09/2015

SUMMARY:

 Claire and Jenny head off to save Jamie from the redcoat captors and meet up with Murtagh, who joins them. The trio employ unusual tactics to get word to Jamie.

EPISODE 15: Wentworth Prison

May/16/2015

SUMMARY:

At Wentworth Prison, Jamie’s execution day approaches, while Claire and the Highlanders contemplate a rescue plan. Later, Jamie receives an unsettling visit from Black Jack.

EPISODE 16: To Ransom a Man’s Soul

May/23/2015

SUMMARY:

n the Season 1 finale, a risky escape attempt is engineered to free Jamie, and he’s taken to a nearby monastery, where Claire attempts to nurse him back to health, both his mind and body.

The DVD Archive Review:

Being avid fans of the “Highlander” series of films and the 5 Season TV Show, the mere mention of “Highlands”, “Scotland” and “Sci-Fi” in the same sentence brought us to checking out the advanced Pilot of “Outlander”, as well as the series being created by “STARZ” too, of course.
The building up of the Pilot gave us a little restlessness, the filling in of sexual tomfoolery kept the fingers clicking the remote, though there was the story in which was hidden until the first twenty minutes or so, something that we felt could have been reached far before this point. Coupled with the intriguing, if not fascinating discharge of “Witches” dancing around rune stones – clothed we hasten to add – brought a delight from the soothing musical spectacle which brings the story into full effect; you should always beware of the things that you witness before witnessing them!
Within the last fifteen minutes of the Pilot you get to see Claire in 1743, though there are no fancy sparkles, no dancing stars, no timey-wimey descent, just a happening of closing her eyes and opening them again to find herself 300 years in the past with an urgence to escape the grappling hands of soldiers and mercenaries – Highlanders – killing one another.
Outlander is great, even though the first episode was not really much to write home about. The second episode, again, it is deep rooted and it would seem that the Writer/Author of the series of books is overseeing the episodes and maybe pushing in more than what is viably necessary for the series to bring encouragement. Nevertheless, it has us hooked – for now – and as far as the first series looks, it could well meet the same criteria as “Downton Abbey” or even “”Highlander” the Series…Watch this space. Submitted by Zan Kane.

The DVD Archive Rating: 8.8/10 (Based on Pilot & Episode 2)

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