Season Two has Claire and Jamie Fraser journeying to Paris. They will engage in a desperate game of espionage and diplomacy in order to stop the 1745 Jacobite Rising.
Their goal is change history and save the Scottish Highlands from the brutal changes Claire knows will be imposed after the Scottish loss at Culloden.
One thing I need to clarify: Outlander returns tonight, but not always to Scotland.
Unlike the first season, season two is not filmed mostly in Scotland. The exterior scenes and Paris scenes are filmed in Prague( a bee-you-tiful city), other spots in Europe, and even the south of England. The scenery will still be spectacular, just not the beauty of Scotland.
It’s been a while since I’ve done an update here on the new Outlandercable series from Starz, so I thought we could all do with another attempt to keep up with the Frasers.
I won’t rehash all the basics, but for those who don’t know yet (been off the grid for awhile, aye?), Outlander is based on a series of best-selling novels by author Diana Gabaldon. It is a time travel/romance/historical fiction story set mostly in 18th century Scotland, and filmed almost entirely in 21st century Scotland. I’ve done several posts about the upcoming series–click HERE, HERE and HERE to read some of my previous posts about Jamie and Claire Fraser and the world of Outlander.
The first episode of Outlander is set to debut at 9PM on August 9, 2014, and the countdown is making more than few fans crazy with excitement. Starz has just released a new trailer (above), perhaps to help keep the shouts of “Are we there YET?!” to a low roar. There have also been additions to the “How To Speak Outlander” YouTube series, the newest being a Happy Birthday wish in Scots Gàidhlig from Sam Heughan:
In another installment, Dougal (Graham McTavish) and Colum (Gary Lewis) MacKenzie teach us how to shout the Mackenzie war cry,Tulach Àrd. It sounds a bit like “To the Car!”, which is a fitting battle cry if you’re on the way to attend an Outlander fan gathering, but not so much if you’re a member of an ancient Highland clan about to rout the bloody English army. Tulach Àrd is Gàidhlig for “High Hill” and refers to a mountain in the McKenzie clan heartland of Kintail, a region of the Northwest Highlands of Scotland.
Media coverage has greatly expanded in recent months, as news outlets see that global television executives are taking strongly positive views (i.e., putting their money where their mouths are) of Starz’s Outlander series. A recent article from TVWise predicts Outlander could be cable’s next global hit, and outlines five things driving the show’s success. The crazy-like-a-fox money analysts at The Motley Fool have also given a nod of approval to Outlander, noting that the show has an early August premier, which follows right on the heels of San Diego’s Comic-Con (a happy scheduling fact sure to give Outlander a tremendous publicity boost) and a large, worldwide fan base, all factors which give the show ” the ingredients to draw AMC or HBO-like numbers for an original series.”
According to Outlander TV News, always a great site for the latest Outlander news, the June 13th issue of Entertainment Weekly will feature a two page spread showing side-by-side comparisons between the scene from the book and the script for the scene in the TV series. Outlander Italy, another terrific fan page, has some scans (see above) of the article, with new photos of the love triangle at the center of the plot. Wowza!
The best way to pass the time til the premiere is by reading Diana Gabaldon’s newest book in the Outlander series, Written In My Own Heart’s Blood, (referred to as MOBY by fans) due out June 10, 2014. You can pre-order the book in any available format HERE on Amazon. You can also read Diana’s thoughts about seeing–and hearing–the full Outlander Episode One for the first time by clicking HERE.
The bottom line, however, is this—we simply, frustratingly, must wait until the 9th of August. Like Jamie Fraser himself, Starz and Ron Moore mean to take their time about it, working hard to produce an adaptation of Outlander that is faithful to the spirit of the book, full of swash and buckle, and so visually stunning it will leave us all asking for more.
As a longtime fan of Outlander, I say that’s a verra good thing to wait for, ye ken.
Places To Visit Before Going Through The Stones~Sites I recommend to learn more or keep updated about Outlander, the book, the series and the fans:
I thought I’d give my Facebook followersa little fun by positing this simple question: Who wears the look best–Rob Roy in a kilt or Jamie Fraser in a kilt? The comparison was between the two pictures below–Rob (Liam Neeson) first, and Jamie (Sam Heughan) in the second picture.
Well, hoo whee, did that stir up the hens! Click HERE to read some of the comments.
Liam Neeson as Rob Roy MacGregor
Sam Heughan as Jamie Fraser
For those of you who have never heard of Jamie Fraser, some background is required. James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser, a Highland warrior, is the lead character in Diana Gabaldon’s novel Outlander, an historical romance set in Scotland in 1745 and right after World War II–yes, there is time travel involved, with ancient standing stones (not a blue police booth) as the portal. Diana added several subsequent novels to the series, which is extremely well written and chock full of historical facts and allusions.
You can buy any or all of Diana’s novels (in all formats) on my Amazon list of her novels by clicking here. It will be a good investment of both your time and money because the premium cable channel Starz is premiering the first season of Outlander, the TV adaptation of the novels ( filmed on location in beautiful Scotland) at 9PM on August 9, 2014. Starz has been given approval for a second season of Outlander, as well.
Think Game of Thrones, with a Scottish setting, and you’ll be close to visualizing the upcoming series that has fans shivering with antici…pation. Sam Heughan, a Scottish actor, has been chosen to play the critical role of Jamie Fraser, earning him thousands of devoted–and I do mean DEVOTED–fans throughout the social media universe.
Fans Reaction to Sam Heughan Tweeting the Word “Sassenach”
To be fair, Sam Heughan does look a bit more scruffy in his photo, but Starz has been dribbling out official photos of Jamie/Sam, releasing only a few of him in a kilt. Here’s one that was tweeted by a Starz employee–a cut out of Jamie in a kilt, looking like he just finished a battle:
Liam Neeson, from Northern Ireland, is a well-known actor, and is highly regarded for his portrayal of the famous Scottish figure, Rob Roy MacGregor. Liam also has a serious fan base and it’s easy (on the eyes) to see why:
Liam in the 1995 Film Rob Roy
But, clearly, there’s a new Scot in town, with dashing good looks, red hair and a kilt–in whatever shape– set on winning over more Sassenach wenches to the Fraser clan.
And in this instance, I’m thinking fans don’t want Jamie/Sam to take his time about it, aye?
For many Outlander fans, scanning social media for news and photos from the Scottish production set has become a daily event. After all, it’s winter here in the western hemisphere, cold weather and snow are keeping many of us housebound, and the debut of Jamie and Clare’s onscreen love affair seems too far away to even contemplate. At the risk of being labeled a “middle-age housewife” breathily caught up in Outlander’s “Harlequin Romance-esque plot” by Variety (read the reporter’s snarky review HERE), I must say I look forward to these goodies from Starz.
Of all the fictional fantasies, in all the books, in all the world…
Starz must have heard my middle-aged cries in the wilderness because they just released a new version of the Outlander trailer, with the audio equivalent of a fun-size candy bar at the end. Even better, there’s a new Scots Gaelic Outlander lesson in pronouncing mo nighean donn , a term of endearment used by Jamie for Claire, meaning “my brown-haired lass.” Now, THIS is something I can sink my teeth into, like a bar of rich, dark chocolate, the kind that has those little bits of orange zest inside.
Sam Heughan, this could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
First up is the latest photo of Jamie and Claire together, contemplating a plant, perhaps a medicinal one Claire will use in her new occupation as official healer to Clan MacKenzie. Starz did not indicate where this scene falls in the overall plot, but it’s ever so much fun to speculate. Ron Moore tweeted that four episodes “are in the can” (7:22 PM – 29 Dec 2013), so perhaps this scene is before Jamie and Claire get married. In any event, I love Claire’s dress–I expect we’ll be seeing copies of it on the Highland Games and Ren Faire runways soon.
Next is a new lesson in the How To Speak Outlander series, in which we learn how to pronounce Craigh na Dun, the portal through which Claire travels to 18th century Scotland:
If you’d like to see what a Scottish standing stone portal might look like in Outlander, take a gander at the background image for my blog. Those stones are the famous Ring of Brodgar, a Neolithic henge and stone circle on the isle of Orkney in Scotland.
In case you missed the first How to Speak Outlander lesson–the ALL IMPORTANT one in which Sam says the word “Sassenach” in his lovely Scottish accent (hold on to your panties before you listen)–my review of it is HERE.
Starz also sent us holiday greetings from the cast of Outlander, including Sam with a wee doggie:
There has been no release date set for the Outlander series; it was originally slated for the Fall 2014 season, and I am hopeful that Starz will meet that target date.
Ye ken, my heart can nae stand much more waiting for that Hielan laddie, Jamie Fraser.
Another of my posts about Outlander and Jamie Fraser is HERE.
Want to know more about Diana Gabaldon’s books? Click HEREfor her website and HERE for Amazon links to the entire book series.