Through The Stones Sassenach


JESUS H ROOSEVELT CHRIST! The kilt dropped on Saturday for almost all the world to see when the first episode Sassenach was officially released and it was just as good as the first, or second, or third and fourth times. Before I get on with the goodness that was the first episode, I would like to thank Kathi and Monica for introducing me to the book series for without them, I might not be witnessing such greatness!

I would also like to thank HERSELF for writing this amazing series,for without her, this show would not be a reality.

I would like to thank Ron D Moore, Starz and everyone involved for bringing one of my favorite book series and it’s scenes out of my mind and onto a TV screen. It was truly magical and I had tears in my eyes as it was utterly beautiful. THANK YOU!


I was in awe of how true to the source material this episode was and I truly felt as if the words from the book were jumping off the page and right onto the television screen. It was truly breathtaking and before I could only imagine how DG felt when she first saw the adaptation. Now, I know how she felt.

I have watched other book to TV adaptations and where they have failed to truly master giving fans and viewers the heart, soul,and crux of that series, and falling woefully short, Outlander has delivered in SPADES! Did you pay attention? Because this is how adapt a book to television!! Well done Ron D.Moore you are the master of book to film in my eyes.

It was in hearing Claire telling her story,and her thoughts that I felt goosebumps and thought this show is going to be my undoing, in a good way and that I never wanted to stay home on a Saturday night more than I do now. I was initially concerned at how Claire’s voice over was going to come across but I should not have been at all. It flowed really well, allowing fans of the book to be further engaged into the story as well as engaging non_readers into her story.


It was nice to see the love they share between them and if I was not already madly in love with one Jamie Fraser, I would be rooting for her to make it back through the stones and into his arms. You can see why she will be determined and motivated to find her way back to him. Speaking of Frank, Tobias Menzies is hands down, a brilliant actor, he transformed from a sweet, loving husband to snake in the grass ‘Black Jack’ right before my eyes. It was truly like watching day turn to night!



Caitriona Balfe, as Claire was so awesome, she as well stepped off the page. Claire is one tough cookie and it was great seeing her come to life in the form of Cat. I love Claires sass, wit and regard for life. I could not think of a better person to play her.


I know I am repeating myself when I say once again that the words just continue to leap off the page. When one reads a book that is rich and detailed in description, the scenes can be pictured by the reader and it is as if they are with the character, right by their side and experiencing the same things as that character. A book, especially a good book, will take you anywhere and this first episode of Outlander had that same effect on me. I traveled through the stones, once again, and it was just as beautiful as ever.


If I was not in love with Jamie Fraser before (like that is is even possible), I am even more so now. Sam Heughan plays a beautiful Jamie, and we have not seen even half of what he can do to bring this character to life. He has truly mastered the essence that is Jamie, his innocence, his strength, determination, and his will to survive is all there, wrapped up in Sam. He has truly embodied and embraced his role as Jamie.He truly is James Alexander Malcolm Mackenzie Fraser come to life. I think the series as a television show was just waiting for him.


I absolutely loved every minute of this episode, from start to finish and I highly doubt that this how will ever disappoint as it is beyond brilliant! I give this episode much deserved 5 Starz….I think the episode will be watched many times over.

What would you rate it? (as if we don’t already know the answer) Sound off below!

P.S. Did I mention that hearing the Gaelic was sexy,despite not knowing what in the world they said?!


About Nymerias

I am an avid book reader and when I am not writing for these2 two (now three) blogs that is what I am doing. I love Game of Thrones, Supernatural,Big Bang Theory, Criminal Minds, Blue Bloods, Outlander, Once Upon A Time, The Walking Dead, Fear The Walking Dead and many other shows. I am also a major hockey fan, especially my Detroit Red Wings! I also enjoy classic books and legal thrillers.
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8 Responses to Through The Stones Sassenach

  1. Snarkland says:

    Wonderful recap! I was absolutely captivated by how everything just flowed together beautifully though I do beg to differ on the voice over. To me, in places, the voice over was unnecessary and distracted a bit from the action. Case in point: the sex scene where Claire talked about how sex was their way back to each other. I’m sure it is but I don’t think it had to be voiced over DURING the scene. Perhaps during the cuddling? **smirk**

    I can’t wait to see how this series will play out the story because we know that Jamie and Claire don’t fall into each other’s arms, within minutes of seeing each other, like lesser romance novels do. **SPOILER** They are thrown into a marriage that neither (seemingly) wanted. (I did label though that tidbit comes out in lots of series writeups all over the internet.) I, seriously, can’t wait to see how that plays out.

    All actors are perfect for their roles and the setting and music (oh how I love that music) is amazing. Also, we FINALLY have a show forerunner that does JUSTICE to the book and their characters (unlike SOME HBO vampire show I will not name because it will simply make me hurl my computer across the room). Just goes to show you: even though the guy did Battlestar Gallactica and Star Trek, he has the chops to do all sorts of things.

    PPS Oh I can’t wait for the kilt to ACTUALLY drop. **smirk**


    • Nymerias says:

      I agree the voiceover is a little much in certain places and I can see Ron maybe changing this up a bit. It is necessary for some things and it helps well in those parts.

      Jamie and Claire are a slow burn and I am a big fan of the slow burn, (that is a post I have planned) and it is a beautiful thing. I can’t wait to see it play out because the attraction is there.

      The music puts you in that time and the proper mood, every thing was perfect. It is gratifying to see that a forerunner can remain true to the spirit of the book series, even with minor and necessary changes. You know I don’t mind little changes because itching effect the outcome at all. He does have the chops, I feel proud to be a part of it.

      As for the kilt dropping, I cannot either. We should start the hashtag #frightening

      Thanks Snark, you rock!


  2. peecan says:

    Yay! So happy to find you here writing about my all time favorite characters! The premier was wonderful, true to the book and I think I spent most of the episode with goose bumps! Looking forward to visiting here often as I have given up on “that other show that continues to disappoint and enrage”. Congratulations on a great new adventure and dinna be scairt, we are in for a treat!


    • Nymerias says:

      Thanks for joining me over here peecan! I had goosebumps as well, major ones! Dinna Fash, I am not scairt at all! I don’t think I recall you loving the books but I’m sure glad you do. Nice to have my ESL peeps! 😉


    • trarecar says:

      Yay, more SVB people! I totally feel your disappointment and rage. LOL I just decided to give it up cold turkey for my sanity. Luckily we have Outlander to soothe our hearts!


  3. trarecar says:

    My oldest daughter watched the show with me (to appease me I think LOL) but she loved it, and is looking forward to watching it….. AND she is starting the books now, too! I’m so excited to have her join me in this!


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