Out with the old, in the "The Outlanders"

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Do you enjoy a great romance?

Are you searching for a television show that captures your attention right away?

Would you like to dive head -first into a culture that isn’t familiar?

Then Outlander is the show for you.

Based on the novels by Diana Gabaldon, Outlander tells the story of Claire Beauchamp Randall (Caitriona Balfe), a World War II nurse who has spent the past five years without her husband, Frank. Upon reuniting, they decide to revamp their relationship with a trip to Scotland.

Frank Randall (Tobias Menzies) has always loved history so their trip to Scotland was the perfect way to learn about his ancestors. Frank and Claire sneak to standing stones in Craigh na Dun, and Claire becomes fascinated by the ritual the stones.

Due to Claire’s curiosity, she returns to Craigh na Dun to collect flowers that might be used for medicine. Suddenly, she hears a noise coming from the stones, and touches them, falling through time and landing in 1740’s Scotland.

Claire is saved from Jonathon “Black Jack” Randall (Tobias Menzies) by Scotsman, including Jamie MacKenzie Fraser (Sam Heughan), where she soon has to put her nursing skills to the test.

Claire soon realizes that in order to survive, she has to lie about her identity, where she came from and how she got to Scotland. Her secretiveness causes the Scots to question her intentions, but she soon gains their trust as she continues to heal the sick and wounded.

But that isn’t the only thing on her mind: if she could get back to Craigh na Dun, then she would be able to get back to 1945, to her husband and she would stop at nothing to get back, even if that means dealing with the British.

Black Jack reappears as she is speaking with the British army, cultivating a false story in order to find her way back home. Black Jack, after discovering that she was back, demands to question her, and is not too friendly when she doesn’t comply.

Dougal MacKenzie (Graham McTavish) who previously didn’t trust Claire as far as he could throw her, saves her from the vicious nature of Black Jack. He demands that she be brought back for more questioning, and that is when the best episode of them all occurs: Claire marries Jamie.

Fans can’t help but love Jamie. His protective, caring and thoughtful nature is enough to make any girl swoon (the accent most definitely helps). Claire is no different. She admires him because he would do anything to protect both her and his family.

Outlander returned from a six month hiatus with a bang, and words can’t describe how amazing the show really is.

For those who have Starz, Outlander is definitely worth binge watching.

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