The scenery was beautiful. Not just the hills and landscape which is breathtaking, but the city of Inverness, the 1940s cars, the clothing - all spot on. As much as I would know being as I wasn't born for another 15 years after the end of the war. I'm beginning to realize there simply isn't a place in Scotland that isn't gorgeous.
The music is mesmerizing. I've already downloaded the opening credits song as my ringtone and memorized the words. Bear McCreary is a genius.
The highlanders are great. These fearsome warriors who will fight anyone and anything at anytime cringe at the sight of a shoulder knocked out of joint. After Culloden, I hope these guys get their own spinoff ;)
The lead actors are magnificent. Sam Heughan IS Jamie. He has been, for me, since he demonstrated the 'Jamie wink' at the fan event in LA last January. He's tall, strong, and red haired. I don't care that it's died. It looks right. Tobias Menzies' transformation from Frank to Black Jack Randall was brilliant. It could easily have been two different people. I didn't care a whit for Frank in the books and BJR ... well ... we known what he's like. I am so looking forward to watching Tobias play these roles, and preparing myself for the intense hatred I'm going to feel as he oozes evil with BJR. Tobias joked at the NYC screening panel he was excited to see that Alex Randall shows up in next book. hmm .. three roles for Mr. Menzies? Graham McTavish is perfect as Dougal - the most perfect casting of them all. So far I see strong, no-nonsense, and a bit of a jerk. I like it. Caitriona Balfe will be wonderful as Claire, because I trust Ron Moore's judgment, but in the first episode I struggled with her. And maybe it's not so much Cait as Claire. Visually I do see her as Claire. And her face does express everything she's thinking, which is mentioned several times in the series. But I didn't like Claire until she was dressing Jamie's wound after he fell off the house. I honestly don't know if it's a too-tentative portrayal, overacting, or maybe that's what they were going for. After all, Jamie does admit later that that was when he first fell in love with her. To me, just as Sam is Jamie, Cait is Claire, and I am sure I'll forget all about this first impression when I see the next episode.
Picky things ... Claire and Frank jumping on the bed - a bit odd. The angle used for the ghost scene - Frank specifically mentioned he was in complete Highland dress with a beautiful running-stag brooch and sporran, neither of which we saw in the scene. Yes I realize this is an adaptation, but I had specifically been looking forward to that. As it was, that could have been any man standing there. I expected it to scream 'Jamie' or at least 1740s highlander. And finally, a simple role down a hill is enough to loosen a button, sure, but lose a belt and watch? hmm
I need more. Is it August 16th yet?
Outlander ... now on Starz.