Outlander will be your TV obsession on Netflix

Outlander -- Courtesy of STARZ -- Acquired via the STARZ Media Room
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Outlander — Courtesy of STARZ — Acquired via the STARZ Media Room
Outlander — Courtesy of STARZ — Acquired via the STARZ Media Room /

Jamie and Claire

Jamie and Claire. One of my favorite ships (and trust me, I have many). There’s not only great chemistry between the characters, but the actors as well. And that really enhances their performance. They find themselves in A LOT of dangerous situations and one of my favorite things about them as a couple is that they both save each other. It’s not just Jamie saving Claire or the other way around. Both of them do the saving.

Another reason I love them together is that Jamie accepts Claire’s stubborn nature, independence and speaking her mind (even though that’s what usually gets them into trouble). In a century where a woman’s place is in the house and to obey her husband, Jamie is mostly (he has his rare moments where you remember he’s from the 18th century) open-minded and doesn’t think he’s superior to her. And that’s what makes this kilt-wearing Scot the perfect man.

But, no one is perfect – even though Jamie nearly is in my humble opinion. These characters are complex which makes them more real and interesting. Even though Jamie and Claire are the “good guys,” they end up making difficult decisions to protect themselves and their family.

The show does a good job of showing them work through their feelings and talk things out, which doesn’t always happen on network television because of time. Taking the time to show us the more heartfelt and emotional moments help us connect to the characters, which is something I’m always looking for.

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Historical fantasy setting

I’m a history nerd, and I know I’m not the only one. So for all those fellow history buffs out there, you’ll like what this show has to offer with its 1740s setting. Even the “present” is the 1940s after World War II, so it’s not our modern world.

Even though the books/show obviously have a fantasy element with the time-travel (and a few other things you’ll learn about), they’re historical and the author and writers try their best to be historically accurate. From the sets, to the costumes, to the way characters speak, it really feels like your taking a step into the past. The breathtaking natural landscapes and historical buildings of Scotland also play a role in the show that ties everything together.

Something unique about Outlander is that each season feels different. Each season feels like you’re in a new show. The storylines don’t get boring, so even though the show is going into its fifth season, it still feels like you’re on a new adventure with these characters. Trust me, a lot has happened in just four seasons. And I still can’t believe everything that’s happened to them in just seasons 1 and 2.

Black Jack Randall

Of course, each show has to have an antagonist. And wow, Jack Randall. It’s very hard to describe this character and just how horrible he is without giving away too much. I will say, you will definitely hate him, but he is probably the best TV “villain” I have ever seen.

And Tobias Menzies (who is playing Prince Phillip on season 3 of The Crown!) is so amazing at embodying him and making this dark character complex. He causes MANY problems for Jamie and Claire. You just want him gone, but also in more scenes at the same time.

Outlander season 1 and 2 is available on Netflix as of May 27 at 12:01 a.m. PT. Get ready to fall in love with this time-travel adventure, you won’t regret watching it!

Will you be watching Outlander on Netflix? With the release of the first two seasons, you can expect to watch the rest of the series in the near future on Netflix!

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