Episode 51: Discussion of ‘Outlander’ Episode 102 “Castle Leoch”

In this episode, we discuss recent announcements and Episode 102 “Castle Leoch.”


Outlander Episode 102  “Sassenach” on IMDB

Ron Moore and Terry Dresbach’s podcast on Episode 102 “Castle Leoch”

Bear McCreary’s blog post on Episode 102 “Castle Leoch”

Terry Dresbach’s blog: An 18th-Century Life



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Episode 50: Discussion of ‘Outlander’ Episode 101 “Sassenach”

We are very excited to start the show we have been looking forward to for almost a year:  discussions of the Starz Outlander series! In this episode, we discuss Episode 101 “Sassenach.”


Outlander Episode 101  “Sassenach” on IMDB

Ron Moore’s podcast on Episode 101 “Sassenach”

Bear McCreary’s blog post on Episode 101 “Sassenach”

Janet Cadsawan’s Outlander-ly Line

MacLeod Banks, M. (1931). “A Hebridean Version of Colum Cille and St. Oran“. Folklore 42 (1): 55–60. 

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Happy ‘Outlander’ Day!

We are finally here. We learned about the series “for real” in June of 2013. Sam Heughan was cast as Jamie (officially) on July 9, 2013. Then things got kinda crazy. I got the idea for a podcast somewhere in July (it’s dangerous to think too much around one’s birthday), and we started with Episode 1: Diving in!, on August 2 .

Caitriona Balfe was cast as Claire on September 11, 2013. The Picture of #SAMMF as #JAMMF (or “Jamie in the Hay”) broke the Internet on Thursday, October 24, 2013.  (And it’s been broken a few times since, right?)

We have had a tremendous year here at The Outlander Podcast. We’ve met some amazing people, including other fans, as well as some involved with production. And we’ve made new friends through it all. And we are finally HERE.

Saturday, August 9, 2014: The day Outlander will, for trusal, be loosed upon the world.

For a very Complete write-up of Things Concerning the Outlander series, check out TV Tango‘s Complete Guide to Starz Channel’s OUTLANDER

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‘Outlander’ early-release of Episode 1, “Sassenach,” viewed almost 1 million times

'Outlander' opening title sequence

After releasing the first full episode of Outlander online August 2 for viewing on various platforms a full week before its premiere on Saturday, August 9, the numbers speak for themselves. According to Starz,

“As of August 7, the early initial data from some of the platforms where it was made available showed that the episode had been viewed 900,000 (897,372) times by more than 600,000 unique viewers (606,557).”

While we here at The Outlander Podcast certainly are fans of Diana Gabaldon‘s books, we are also very excited for the Starz series to officially begin. And continue. Hopefully for many years. And such great interest in a series that has not premiered on its own network is intriguing, and, we hope, promising.


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Episode 49: An interview with Diana Gabaldon

In this episode, we discuss recent announcements, and feature the Author, Herself, Dr. Diana Gabaldon.

Spoiler alert: Please be advised that each of the eight ‘Outlander’ novels are touched upon in this episode.

Conrad Altmann, the man who designed the octothorpe featured on the cover of Written in My Own Heart’s Blood

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The Outlander Podcast’s spoiler policy

'Outlander' opening sequence - green glen

‘Outlander’ opening sequence – green glen

Earlier today, we ran across a post from Outlander TV News that laid out that site’s spoiler policy. Realizing we hadn’t explicitly provided our own, Sarah was kind enough to allow us to use hers as a jumping-off platform. (No, really. It’ll be very, very similar.)

As the season progresses, this policy may change.

The Outlander Podcast is produced by two long-time fans who are thrilled to see the Starz series. We respect that there will both those who have and will not have have read Diana Gabaldon’s books. As such, we will do our best to maintain a spoiler-free space here on our site, as well as on our Facebook page.

Most of our review/recap information will be in the form of our weekly episodes uploaded closest to the time of the original air date. This means our first detailed discussion of an episode will be Sunday, August 10th, 2014, after the official premiere on Starz, Saturday, August 9th.

We encourage comments and discussion of the episode, of our show, etc., following the post about that specific episode once it has aired. Please label all comments speculating on future episodes as “spoilers.” This applies to comments on our Facebook posts also. Comments not adhering to this will be deleted.

We will not be live-tweeting or live-Facebooking the episodes, and we would encourage everyone to not do this also.  Not everyone in the world is seeing these episodes at the same time, and it is unfair to spoil it for those who have not seen it yet.

Neither will we be GIFing or screen-capping the episodes.  Only official images provided to press and the public will be used.  Previews of new episodes or other promotional videos are the exceptions.

If you want to stay completely spoiler-free, please stay off social media.

Questions, comments, or suggested changes on this policy are welcome!

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‘Outlander’ opening title sequence released

'Outlander' opening title sequence

A few days ago, Starz released the opening title sequence for Outlander. Both of us found it, in a word, haunting. Put together Bear McCreary‘s arrangement of the Jacobite-era “The Skye Boat Song” (a folk song that recalls the escape of Bonnie Prince Charlie after his defeat at the Battle of Culloden in 1746); Raya Yarborough‘s vocals; the text of the Robert Louis Stevenson, with the singular change its subject’s gender (“lad” vs “lass”; “he” vs “she”); the breathtaking beauty that is Scotland; the cinematographic choices (a fleeing, lost female in a wood; scenes from a very “safe” 1945; the menacing,  yet dancing, flogging instrument; a woman’s face in profile;  a warrior in proud stance; a woman’s hand grabbing the edge of a mattress; a couple, on horseback, running through a wondrous green glen, toward the valley between two mountains that may hint at a way “home”); the absolute lack of a complete human face.

Readers know who the woman is. Why she is fleeing. Why she is lost. Who the warrior is. Who is holding the whip. Though we know this, though one may know the tale of Claire Elizabeth Beauchamp Randall Fraser from Outlander through Written in My Own Heart’s Blood, this is our first sense of how she will be portrayed in Ronald D. Moore‘s adaptation; how her story will be told.

How will it be told? Though the first season has yet to premiere, a few things seem certain from this opening title sequence: This is Claire’s journey. She is ripped from one world, against her will, and thrown into another. She is fleeing. At the beginning of the sequence, she’s in little more than a simple dress. Toward the middle, she is fully clothed in 18th-century garb. But she is still fleeing. Or is she running toward something? Someone?

The choice of a female vocalist seems spot on. The text evokes a journey, a traveling “away.” The arrangement, a mystical feel, which seems at home to the time-travel, sci-fi aspect of Outlander. The subject’s gender, an obvious reflection of our heroine. The use of drums and bagpipes, strength, and impending battle.

Beginning to end, this sequence is completely, and fully, satisfying.

Watch the Outlander opening title sequence here.

Download the Original Opening Title Song from Bear McCreary on iTunes, here.

What do you think about the opening sequence?

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