Outlander

Outlander

Season One. Volume One

DVD - 2015
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Claire Randall is a married combat nurse from 1945 who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743. She is immediately thrown into an unknown world where her life is threatened. When she is forced to marry a chivalrous and romantic young Scottish warrior, a passionate affair is ignited that tears Claire's heart between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

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veronicanajack
Jun 08, 2018

It's a fun adult fantasy story. It gets pretty gruesome as you get into the story, but it's interesting with the time period and the relationships and politics keep it interesting. I thoroughly enjoyed it!

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calvoer
May 11, 2018

Slick, over the top production with lots of steamy sex and zero connection to reality. Definitely soft porn. For the fantasy crowd.

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Nora_31
Mar 28, 2018

What trash.....don't waste your time.

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J_Akins
Jun 30, 2017

I know I'm going against the norm here, but this is honestly the worst book-to-screen adaptation I have ever seen in my life. I'm only watching it so I have justification to back up my opinion that it is not good, and not faithful to the books. There are some token parts that they kept, but literally every episode I have watched has had unnecessary plot rewrites and character flaws in the acting. Some characters were cast well, but none of that matters if the two main characters aren't right, which they aren't, mostly Claire. I have a hard time knowing that the author was involved in the creation of this, when the casting goes against the detailed descriptions the characters are given in the books. If you're an avid fan of the books, I recommend preparing yourself for disappointment. Again, I'm watching it out of obligation, but the longer I watch, the worse mood I'm in.

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Samyukta_Dolkar
May 17, 2017

Compelling story, which I enjoyed, but too much violence that needn't have been shown, which I forwarded over regularly. Watching women (& men for that matter) get beaten & raped is not my idea of entertainment. Some of the characters are meant to have a dark side, but I felt at times it went too far. Having said that, I think there is an important element in this storyline that needs to be addressed: the acceptable rough and violent treatment of women, and how the same treatment of the hero is portrayed as unacceptable - if anything, I would say this opens the floor for discussion of how women's sexuality, rape & sexual abuse is portrayed in contrast to the same treatment of men.
I did however enjoy the basic outline of the story, and love the historic period representations. (however, not always very accurate! For example, bringing Geillis Duncan into the 18th c - she is a historical person from 16th c) The costumes are gorgeous, and who doesn't love a sexy chivalrous man in a kilt!
I will continue to watch the series, but also continue to fast-forward through the extremely violent scenes.

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ba_library
Dec 28, 2016

Avoided the books but thought I would try the DVD. Not big on fantasy / romance drama. Know these books are very popular. Not attracted to time travel themes. The story reverts back 200 years to 1745 in the Scottish highlands. The historical content is fairly light, more time given to ripping the clothes off women and flogging men to a bloody mess. Watching the first season - it felt like 200 years getting trying to get through it! Good things - lovely scenery that's about it.

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runningbeat
Nov 28, 2016

A good romance. Lots of nudity, a good story line. Look forward to watching next show.

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kcatalan
Nov 23, 2016

I love romance. I love fantasy. I love time travel. On these accounts, I should have loved this series but I didn't. It was boring (book and tv series) and I couldn't get past the first book and the first season.

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WormsBookChief
Nov 09, 2016

I just loved this, the story line, the character development, the scenery and costumes. It has me hooked from the first episode. It is violent though and their are rape and torture scenes, we even fast forwarded the last episode as it was too difficult to watch. Hoping the next season is just as good as the first!

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empbee
Jun 02, 2016

I haven't read the book. The theme of present person stepping into the past is original.
Beautiful scenery, nice costumes. The proportion of history and romance could have been reversed.

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jimg2000
Nov 07, 2015

Claire: When confronted with the impossible, the rational mind will grope for the logical. Perhaps I had stumbled onto the set of a cinema company filming a costume drama of some sort. But there was no logical reason for actors to fire live ammunition.
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Frank: Apparently there's a circle of standing stones on a hill just outside the village, and there's a local group who still observe rituals there. Well, they're not actually witches. This lot are meant to be Druids. ... A place called Craigh Na Dun. So according to local folklore, these stones were carried here from Africa by a race of Celtic giants.
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Claire: They might be called Redcoats instead of Tommies, but they were still the British Army I had been a part of for six long years. And somehow it felt liberating to be looked upon with sympathy and respect instead of hostility and suspicion.

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jimg2000
Nov 07, 2015

Claire (Opening narrative:) People disappear all the time. Young girls run away from home. Children stray from their parents and are never seen again. Housewives take the grocery money, and a taxi to the train station. Most are found eventually. Disappearances, after all, have explanations.
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Claire: The war had taught me to cherish the present because tomorrow might not ever come to pass. What I didn’t know at the time was that tomorrow would prove less important than yesterday. ... Sex was our bridge back to one another. The one place where we always met. Whatever obstacles presented themselves during the day or night, we could seek out and find each other again in bed. As long as we had that, I had faith that everything would work out.

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jimg2000
Nov 07, 2015

Claire: The Scots just want the same freedoms we enjoy, freedoms we take for granted. They are not the aggressors, Captain, we are. It is their land and we are occupying it.
Thomas; I believe it’s the King's land. I must say, Madam, I find your sympathies extraordinarily puzzling.
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Jamie: It doesn't matter where you come from. You're here.
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Claire recited Thomas Morley:
Absence here thou my protestation
Against they strength,
Distance and length:
Do what thou canst for alteration,
For hearts of truest mettle
Absence doth join and Time doth settle.
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Geilliss: Sometimes you find yourself on a path you never expected. Doesn’t mean it can’t lead you to a bonne place.

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jimg2000
Nov 07, 2015

Claire: I was back to the place where'd it all begun. So much had happened, so much had changed. Last I was here I was Claire Randall, then Claire Beauchamp and Claire Fraser. The question was, who did I want to be?
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Claire: Not only was I a bigamist and an adulteress but I had enjoyed it.
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Mrs. Graham: The circle at Craigh na Dun marks a place on the Earth where the powers of nature come together - for certain people on certain days, it allows them to pierce the veil of time.
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Claire: Well, doesn't it bother you that I'm not a virgin?
Jamie: Well, uh, no. So long as it doesn't bother you that I am.
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Claire: You captured my likeness.
Randall: You think so? I'm glad. I shall call it ‘Beautiful Lies’

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shadz
Oct 02, 2015

"I'll thank you, to take your hands, off my wife"

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EuSei Apr 29, 2015

Violence: Vicious and excessively graphic whipping

EuSei Apr 29, 2015

Coarse Language: Lots and lots of it.

EuSei Apr 29, 2015

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Lots of gore, amputations, tons of blood, excessive violence and blood.

EuSei Apr 29, 2015

Sexual Content: Rape, graphic sex scenes, graphic scene of oral sex.

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