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OUTLANDER (S5) gets 7.5/10 Taking a stand against destiny


Season 5

Created by Ronald D. Moore
Starring Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Tim Downie, David Berry
Network: Foxtel

7.5/10

Express from the US, Outlander returns for the fifth season of the fan favourite historical drama based on the New York Times bestselling book series by Diana Gabaldon. Cast favourites return with Caitriona Balfe as Claire Fraser, a time-travelling doctor from the 1960s, and Sam Heughan as Jamie Fraser, a Scottish highlander as they fight to protect their loved ones and navigate the trials and tribulations of colonial America.

The series opens on Fraser’s Ridge, and idyllic homestead established by the Frasers with cinematic aerial shots and a spellbinding score by Bear McCreary, all to magnify the majesty of the New World. The wedding almost outshines the underlying, and darker, political subterfuge put forward by Governor Tryon (Tim Downie), and Australia’s own David Berry as Lord John Grey, becoming a series of events for Jamie Fraser to overcome. The rise in sickness creates an internal conflict for Claire Fraser which could tempt fate. Coupled with her knowledge of the future, and what may come of altering history; Claire must weigh the possible risks and consequences of her actions… no matter who they may unwittingly harm.

Games of aristocracy and political upheaval prove that even after three hundred years, we are still repeating past mistakes. Claire Fraser, and her family, provide the vehicles that present our own search for justice and play to our psyche in ways that unfold thoughts and feelings.

Gabaldon has been quoted in saying, “[Claire Fraser] began telling the story herself, making smart-ass modern remarks about everything.” Showing an association to Jane Austen’s wicked wit, and subversion, Claire Fraser continues to be the modern Austen heroine in a series described as the Scottish Downton Abbey. Outlander stays faithful to the original source material, strengthening themes of sexual assault, obligation and legacy, love, family, and destiny.

Outlander continues to build on its worldwide success with an ignited new season, artfully combining science fiction, history, romance, and adventure in this picturesque adaption. Season 5 looks to be another heartwarming and visceral encounter for all audiences as the Frasers navigate conspiracy, intrigue, and love.

Outlander season 5 is available to stream for Foxtel subscribers with On Demand or Foxtel Go – with seasons 1 to 4 available on Netflix.

JOSHUA HALL HAINES

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