Outlander, S1E1: The British Are Coming

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By Josh Axelrod

I’m really liking this whole trend of turning epic book series into TV shows as opposed to movies. “Game of Thrones” is the prime example of doing this right, with “True Blood” at the other end of the spectrum. But if nothing else, those shows get high enough ratings that it’s paving the way for more book-to-TV adaptations, like Starz’s new fantastical drama “Outlander.”

Based on Diana Gabaldon’s books, “Outlander” has pretty much everything you count want in a TV series. Drama, romance, sex, time travel, Scottish accents. Frankly, as solid as the pilot was, the most amazing thing about it is that I could understand the thick Scottish accents with no problems. That’s a miracle in and of itself. Continue reading