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Context: This is a review of the pilot for the popular Starz series Outlander. This review was published in The Sting, a student magazine for Kennesaw State University.
Outlander centers on a nurse named Claire Beauchamp Randall (played by Irish model and actress Caitriona Balfe) who has recently reunited with her husband, Frank, after the end of the Second World War. On their honeymoon in Scotland, Claire manages to accidentally travel back in time to the year 1743—a time when Scotland was ravaged by civil war, fighting the English that wish to claim the country. How she appeared there is a mystery, but Claire soon finds out that she is not dreaming, because her life is constantly in danger from both the English and the Scottish soldiers. She crosses paths with an ancestor of her husband, Jack Randall (Tobias Menzies, who also plays Frank, most recognizable from his roles in HBO’s Rome as Brutus and in Game of Thrones as Edmure Tully), but finds that this is the particularly brutal English Captain Jack Randall, who, despite his familiar appearance, is a far cry from the loving husband she left behind. Claire also meets Jamie, a Scottish warrior (Sam Heughan) who helps her navigate the foreign and dangerous terrain.