The extremely smart people at Starz have decided to stream the first episode of the eagerly awaited TV adaptation of Diana Galbadon’s “Outlander” to the public ahead of its August 9th premiere.
While conventional wisdom would say that’s a no-no, in the age we’re living in it’s increasingly important to get people hooked on your show as soon as possible. For people who are curious, and perhaps don’t currently subscribe to Starz, what better way to entice them than offering a risk-free sample? It also shows a lot of confidence on the network’s part. They believe that the show is so good, offering an early look will not hurt the ratings and definitely earn them more viewers in the long run.
And I think they’re right. I haven’t read the books so I had no preconceived notions going in but found the premise interesting (Claire Robbins, played by Caitriona Balfe, is a married, former combat nurse who finds herself transported back in time from 1945 to 1743 Scotland and entwined with Jamie, played by Sam Heughan, a young Scottish warrior), plus it has an excellent creative team behind it. So I watched and I’m quite taken with it. There’s a full review forthcoming but I will say I found it engaging, creative, and really, really well done.
You may or may not agree but I’m all for people trying new things so here it is [Warning: There’s some sexy fun times in there so TV-MA and all that]:
If that’s not enough to convince you to give the Ronald D. Moore (“Battlestar Galactica,” “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation”) produced series a shot, perhaps the San Diego Comic-Con panel will help convince you. Or, if you loved it, here’s more to enjoy!
“Outlander” makes it television debut Saturday, August 9th at 9pm ET/PT on Starz