…it’s only been 14 months (or is it 20), but feels like 20 years; so goes the spiel.
For the past few weeks Foxtel have been re-running the program “OUTLANDER”, for those not familiar with this, it’s a kind of sci/fi period piece about a young woman, hereinafter referred to as ‘the heroine’; who is gobbled up by a huge stone slab and transported back to the year 1743. True!
They have been running what they call a ‘Box Set’ for I don’t know how long. There was one channel dedicated to showing every single episode, in sequence, over, and over, again. Well at least it appeared that way.
Set in Scotland, it unsurprisingly has a cast comprising mainly of Scots, bonny Scots lads and lasses running around in their kilts, sporrans and claymores a swinging, and speaking in language completely unintelligible, even when speaking English, stuff like “Away an bile yer heid ya numpty,ye dinnae ken whit yer talkin aboot.” Get the idea?
Now our heroine gets dumped right in the middle of them, one of the first people she bumps into, happens to be the husband she’s just left behind, in the 20th century, masquerading as a vile English army officer intent on subduing the Scottish rabble!. Confused? Don’t be, it all works itself out. Sort of!
Although set in Scotland, with Scottish and English actors and actresses, it’s primary target is the American audience. And how does this bloke know all this, I don’t hear you ask; so I shall tell you.
I watched, sort of between channel hopping, the last episode I believe it was of “Series 2” and there, a dour Scot, drilling our hero’s troops. preparing them for the Battle of Culloden where they’re all going to die; calls the order “ABOUT FACE!” Wrong! That’s a US command, the English (and British) order? “ABOUT TURN!” Now that’s sorted better get on with this ramble.
Our gallant hero, intent on saving his now pregnant wife, decides that he will send his wife back through the huge stone slab so that she can be with her first husband who can bring up his child after he gets himself slaughtered on Culloden Moor! How the huge stone slab knows where to send her is not explained. Perhaps later, 🙄
This final episode of Series 2 goes back and forth between the centuries with the obvious intention of confusing the audience, and we meet our heroine, who is now a surgeon, and her daughter, the father of which is long dead on the Culloden Moor.
Luckily for us, and to save confusion about said daughters daddy, husband number 1 had been sterile/infertile, but being a good sort of bloke he’d reared the daughter as his own, just as our hero had wanted!
The last bit of the last episode reminds me of the last bit of “G.W.T.W”, in this our heroine is told by her daughters new Scots boyfriend, that the hero wasn’t slaughtered, and had actually survived, and escaped, don’t know about his Godfather, we will have to wait and see what happened to him.
At which our heroine now bathed in bright sunshine, eyes all aglow with unbridled happiness, declares that she will have to go back.
This of course means that she is going to go back to the gobble-up stone, get herself gobbled up and return to her one true love, our hero. Which is all very well and good, but I must ask; how is the gobble-up stone to know who she is, and where she wants to go, and to what year? Let’s face it it’s a pretty smart slab but…………………
Perhaps she might lob right back where she started, 1743, trouble then is, our hero probably wouldn’t want a bar of her, she’s now old enough to be his mother, and he wouldn’t know what lay in his (unless someone had slipped him the script) future.
What if this gobble-up slab of stone is a malevolent slab? What if this time it decides to send her back even further to say 1314, and the Battle of Bannockburn, the Scots wouldn’t have wanted her help then, they won that one!
It’s all very good clean fun, give or take a few wanton romps it would have been a good show for the children; but it’ll do well in the ratings and that’s what matters; isn’t it?