Critic Consensus: With the beautifully crafted "Sassenach," Outlander offers an emotional, visually thrilling premiere that should appeal to newcomers as well as fans of the books.
as Claire Randall
as Jamie Fraser
as Frank Randall/Jonathan "Black Jack" Randall
as Dougal MacKenzie
as Colum MacKenzie
as Murtagh Fitzgibbons Fraser
as Mrs. Fitzgibbons
as Angus Mhor
as Geillis Duncan
Critic reviews for Sassenach
We'd be remiss in this review if we didn't point out the gold mine that is Caitriona Balfe in the lead role. That may have been the biggest surprise of all; that this largely unknown former model could give such a nuanced, soulful, heartfelt performance.
Whether you're a loyal fan of the books or a newcomer to Outlander, Starz latest entry in the world of television dramas looks to be a story you'll want to stick with until the end.
The first episode, "Sassenach," sets the stage for much to come in the series, but in just one hour you experience a range of emotions ranging from love to panic.
Fellow book lovers, trust me when I say this: After years of anxiety that any TV or movie adaptation could give Gabaldon's words justice, it's a relief that this show is spectacular.
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