There’s no denying that we’ve been experiencing an era of peak TV for a few years now, but I believe there’s one show that stands above the rest when it comes to offering viewers everything they could want. And that show, my friends, is the Starz epic, Outlander. The time-traveling drama, which will enter into its fourth season this fall, hasn’t really made a misstep yet.
While some of that success is certainly due to the jam-packed and endlessly intriguing source material, which is Diana Gabaldon’s novel series of the same name, it’s also true that the show has been able to modify the events of those books in ways that manage to satisfy book fans and newcomers to the story alike, something that’s incredibly hard to do. So, here for you, are the five reasons why Outlander is the best damn show on television right now.
Outlander Has Malleable Opening Credits
Not many shows bother to give you clues as to what you can expect from the season (or specific episodes) by switching up the opening credits sequence, but Outlander is not your standard TV show. The opening credits of the drama have always shown a variety of scenes from the current season, with just enough information in each of them that, as the season moves along, you can see what events in the show those scenes were pulled from. And, while the scenes featured change a bit every season (and during the season) to reflect the new plotlines in the drama, something Outlander does that literally no other show does is change the opening theme song. What? I know!
The most recognizable uses of this technique so far were in Season 2, when the theme song was sung in French for the show’s time in Paris, and in Season 3, when Claire, Jamie and some assorted friends and family members found themselves on an unexpected journey to Jamaica. In that last instance, the signature bagpipes of the opening theme were gone, and the percussion was given a vey Caribbean feel to let viewers in on the dangerous trip to come. It’s rare to look forward to the opening credits of a TV show, but after seeing what Outlander has done in Seasons 1 through 3, I can’t wait to see how things will change for Season 4 when it debuts later this year.
Outlander Has Intriguing Characters On Every Level
You see that little lady in the above photo who’s giving someone a whole lotta hell as Claire looks on, shocked? That, my friends, is Jamie’s spitfire sister Jenny (Laura Donnelly), who just might be my favorite secondary character on Outlander. And, lucky for us, she’s an excellent example of the how this show populates its worldwith characters on every level who feel like they have real lives, personalities, hopes and troubles. In Outlander‘s three seasons so far, we haven’t seen a ton of Jenny, but she’s a standout every time she’s on screen. I mean, she laughed in the face of a dude who was about to rape her when he pulled his cock out, guys. You just don’t get more baller and badass than that.
Outlander is filled with people who float into and out of Jamie and Claire’s lives, and all of them somehow manage to be intriguing and interesting; there simply are no throw away characters on this show. From random British soldiers who cause unexpected trouble to a patient of Claire’s with an odd condition to someone like Mary, whose chance meeting with Claire in Paris turned out to be way more important than Claire could have expected, every character with more than one line of dialogue has a specific reason for being put into Jamie and Claire’s path. Not only will you want to know more about them, you might be shocked at how and why they end up being important later.
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