Saturday, August 9, 2014

Angst Initiate: Sam Heughan as Jamie Fraser on Outlander

Me: Helloooo Internet!! I've missed ye greatly.
Internet: Why are you saying "ye" ?!
Me: Because OUTLANDER!!

You guys. You. Guys. I mean it, you guys. Have you watched the premiere of Outlander yet? I can't even. My ability to even has completely vanished. It's been a while since I've felt inspired enough by the angst and awesomeness of a television character to sit down and screen-cap the hell out of a show. But Jamie Freakin Fraser! If you have eyes, or a soul, or a beating heart, you need Outlander in your life. Take my word on this one. San Heughan as Jamie Fraser is perfection.

Outlander screen grab Episode 1 Premiere Sam Heughan Jamie Fraser Outlander Starz Jamie Fraser Caitriona Balfe Claire Randall Jamie Claire Jamie x Claire 
If you're unfamiliar with the amazing series of novels by Diana Gabaldon, Outlander tells the tale of Claire Randall, a WWII army nurse who finds herself whisked back in time to the Scottish Highlands circa 1743. There she meets Jamie Fraser, who is basically the best human.

Starting tonight, Starz will be airing sixteen (!!) episodes that cover the first novel. Can I mention how pleased I am that there will be sixteen episodes? Cable shows tend to have seasons in the 10-13 episode range. So score one for you, Starz! The first episode was available online early, and I have to say, I thought it was pretty much perfection.

Outlander Season One Premiere Sam Heughan Jamie Fraser Outlander Starz Jamie Fraser Caitriona Balfe Claire Randall Jamie Claire Outlander Jamie x Claire 
The perfection started with the casting. Can we all take a moment and admire Sam Heughan's everything? The hair, the smile, the eyes, the accent, the kilt. It's beyond perfect casting. (Take a drink every time I say something is perfect.) Jamie and Claire's first encounter is one of my favorite sorts of meet-cutes -- the nurse/patient kind. I've talked about my Florence Nightingale syndrome before, and man does this story play into that. Over and over and over and over :D

Outlander Season One Premiere Sam Heughan Jamie Fraser Outlander Starz Jamie Fraser Caitriona Balfe Claire Randall Jamie and Claire Outlander S01E01
Jamie's been injured and Claire, captive though she is at this point, is the only one with any medical training in the room. She can't sit idly by and watch the burley Scottish kidnappers do everything all wrong. So she steps in and puts Jamie's shoulder back into joint for him.

Outlander Episode 1 Claire and Jamie Sam Heughan Jamie Fraser Outlander Starz Jamie Fraser Caitriona Balfe Claire Randall Jamie and Claire Outlander
Then they set off. Jamie covers her with his plaid to keep her warm in the rain, and also doesn't try to rape her, so already he's winning in the chivalry department.

Outlander Season One Premiere Sam Heughan Jamie Fraser Outlander Starz Jamie Fraser Caitriona Balfe Claire Randall Jamie Claire Outlander Jamie x Claire 
As they ride along, Claire is able to use her future knowledge to prevent an attack, but this also momentarily separates her from Jamie. (Booooo never leave Jamie).

Outlander Episode One Claire and Jamie Sam Heughan Jamie Fraser Outlander Starz Jamie Fraser Caitriona Balfe Claire Randall Jamie and Claire Outlander
He goes after her and threatens to re-kidnap her in the most charming and adorable way possible.

Outlander Episode One Claire and Jamie Sam Heughan Jamie Fraser Outlander Starz Jamie Fraser Caitriona Balfe Claire Randall Jamie and Claire Outlander
Outlander Season One Premiere Sam Heughan Jamie Fraser Outlander Starz Jamie Fraser Caitriona Balfe Claire Randall Jamie and Claire Outlander S01E01
Then, as will turn out to be a pattern, Jamie needs more medical attention. As claire uses strange and foreign words like disinfectant and warm compress, the Scottish brood looks on in confusion. The show does a phenomenal job of bringing the lighter sides of Outlander to life by mixing the societal norms of 1945 and 1743. Who else wants to bring "Jesus H. Roosevelt Christ" back into popular usage?

Outlander Season One Premiere Sam Heughan Jamie Fraser Outlander Starz Jamie Fraser Caitriona Balfe Claire Randall Jamie and Claire Outlander S01E01
By the end of the episode, the group is returning to Castle Leoch where Claire's adventure (and relationship) will really take off.


Outlander Episode 1 Screen Grab Sam Heughan Jamie Fraser Outlander Jamie Fraser Caitriona Balfe Claire Randall Jamie Claire Outlander Jamie x Claire 
I'm so excited about this show. The novel is such a blast to read, and from how beautiful and well done the pilot was, I have very high expectations. Apart from the adonis that is Sam Heughan, the Scottish countryside is breathtakingly shot and the score by Bear McCreary is spine-tinglingly awesome. I'm bummed it's a whole week until episode two, but until then, there are lots of pretty pictures of Jamie and Claire to ogle. Don't miss this one, ya'll. For realz.

3 comments:

  1. In simple terms, you are absolutely right. Outlander is great and Sam is just... wow. I did wonder what he would be like as Jamie and when he started talking that old feeling came back... the one you get when you first meet Jamie in the book and start feeling giddy. Sam is just wonderful.

    I too am having difficulty waiting for the next episode, in which, I'm positive we will have a shirtless Jamie to melt our minds.

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  2. Love Sam as Jamie,waiting for all the episodes Sam just nailed Jamie for me!

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  3. Your review says it all. Outlander is a must see. Sam Heughan is perfectipn.

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