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Do I want to watch "Outlander"?

Asked by Jeruba (53415points) 2 months ago

I watched the first episode (from 2014) of this series last night. I see that it has continued for seven seasons. (Is it over yet or still running?)

I haven’t read the books.

I generally enjoy time-travel stories, I love the Scottish setting, and even though I know the Battle of Culloden is coming in 1746, there’s plenty of room for suspense and conflict beyond what may come of a woman’s having lovers 2½ centuries apart.

Is this something I want to get hooked on, though? Does it remain fresh and engaging? Does it peter out into stale repetition? Does it (will it) ever resolve, or do we follow it for seven seasons only to see it end without resolution? Read the past that is still, for me, in the future and tell me if you think I should go on with it freely or ditch it now.

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Mimishu1995's avatar

I haven’t seen the show, but I recall reading a bit about it on Wikipedia. Apparently there are some twists as the show goes on. I think it will keep you engaged for at least some episodes.
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SPOILER ALERT. DON’T READ IF YOU WANT TO DISCOVER THE SHOW BY YOURSELF:

I recall reading that Irish guy gets captured at one point. Then the girl’s boyfriend dies and she realized the Irish guy is still alive, so she goes back to the past. Then the setting turns from the Irish war to the American Revolution. If you like that kind of twists then you will enjoy the show.

janbb's avatar

I read about 3 or 4 of the books and enjoyed them and then had had enough. I started watching the series but was a little turned off in the first episode. However, I’m looking for a good series for this winter so I might try it again.

Jeruba's avatar

@janbb, I like that it goes on for a while. That means I don’t have to look for a new one too soon.

Usually I want to wait until a series is complete so I can go at my own pace and not have to wait for a next episode. But if I have six or seven seasons’ worth to get through, that ought to give them enough time to wrap it up. The ones that really bug me are the ones that simply stop without a conclusion—not renewed, arc not complete, no answers. Too many of them like that. Having published books as a guide ought to help.

Maybe I’ll chance going on to S1E2 tonight.

janbb's avatar

@Jeruba Yeah – What’s the harm in trying a few episodes and seeing if you like it?

Jeruba's avatar

@janbb, the risk is getting hooked on something that’s just going to lead me on and then disappoint me. If this one’s a dud in the end, I’d rather look elsewhere.

If we can’t avoid letdowns like that in our real-world circumstances, still we ought to be able to navigate around them with entertainment that is already out there, a known quantity.

janbb's avatar

@Jeruba I look at it differently. It’s not a mystery that you have to watch til the end to see the resolution. It’s a saga and you enjoy it as much as you enjoy it. Nobody else is really going to be able to tell you if it is worth it for you.

But “you do you” and it’s your choice.

(I just started the new season of The Great British Baking Show which I know I’ll enjoy although the clowns are pretty dumb.)

Jeruba's avatar

Well, but somebody else could tell me “It has a wrap-up ending” or “It has no ending.” I watched two seasons of Carnivàle, for instance, before finding out that it was planned as a six-season series and canceled after two, with no outcomes and no answers. That’s the sort of thing I try to watch out for.

I don’t expect anyone to tell me if I’ll like it. But they can tell me if it just limps away wounded or actually comes to a satisfying finish.

canidmajor's avatar

OK, second hand assessment here…
I read the first few books as they came out, and enjoyed them, then kind of got distracted and didn’t keep up. Watched the first few episodes, enjoyed them, then got distracted, didn’t continue.
But (and here’s the second hand part) my friend, a masters level (MFA) educated English teacher and actor/director, has been a devoted fan of the entire book series and has really enjoyed the TV series so far, getting excited about each new season. If I could handle new stuff (weird pandemic effect) I would be diving into both books and series on her recommendation.

RocketGuy's avatar

My wife liked the beefy guy, but got bored in Season 2 because it was dragging on too slowly.

SnipSnip's avatar

You do. I promise.

Cupcake's avatar

I like the show and continue to watch as new seasons are released. That said, I find the physical and sexual violence unnecessarily frequent and intense. Due to that alone, I don’t think I could binge watch all seasons – I prefer the natural break of watching an episode/season as released.

Jeruba's avatar

Well, a week later, I’ve just watched the seventh episode of the first season, “The Wedding.” It was a bit too steamy for my taste, but that was less bothersome than the constant, constant, and in my opinion gratuitous, display of cleavage, much of it heaving. In many a scene there’s an undercurrent of suspense over whether or not she’s going to bust out. I’m rather looking forward to seeing Claire back in a 20th-century setting, with a corresponding redistribution of clothing coverage..

I do like the Scotsmen, though, and the sound of the Gaelic (even though I read that the actors all had to be coached in it), and the beautiful Highland landscapes. I’ve gone ahead and queued up the second season.

janbb's avatar

^^ Maybe I’ll try it again.

RocketGuy's avatar

Is the 3rd season better than the 2nd?

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