But Where's the Kurgan? 'Outlander' Trailer

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But Where's the Kurgan? 'Outlander' Trailer

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | January 13, 2014 | Comments ()


Flashes through time, an old school Scottish warrior, a *mumble*lander … how can we not be getting the Kurgan out of this?

Fine, I’m assured by people who otherwise have good taste in novels, that the Outlander series of novels are quite good and deserving of an adaption by Ron Moore and his best hair in Hollywood. But come on people, this (obligatory) plot description:

Follows the story of Claire Randall, a married combat nurse from 1945 who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743, where she is immediately thrown into an unknown world where her life is threatened. When she is forced to marry Jamie Fraser, a chivalrous and romantic young Scottish warrior, a passionate relationship is ignited that tears Claire’s heart between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

That sounds like the worst story ever invented in the history of time. Unless you told me that Jamie Fraser was secretly the Doctor, but then all plot descriptions are fine if you tell me that one of the characters is secretly the Doctor. [thinks for a few moments] That’s a fantastic game that I just invented and you owe me royalties for playing it: person one names a show, person two identifies the character on the show who is secretly the Doctor and why he is there, then both players drink.

Here’s the trailer:

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  • Rachel Hunter

    I'm so excited for this! Mostly because my best friend is a Junior Wardrobe Assistant for the show (it is filmed in Cumbernauld, about 30 mins drive from where we stay) so she has kept me up to date with the comings and goings. Evidently the man helping with the historical accuracy aspects of the show also worked on Braveheart.

  • Az

    People keep telling me to read these books. "You'll love them!", they say. I have never made it past the forst chapter. I feel like this is due to some weird deficiency of mine because how could so many people be wrong?

  • Mrs. Julien

    They are of the if you like them, you REALLY like them variety. The first book in particular, has some elements to get past. Elements whose handling will be very interesting to watch for in the TV show.

  • AM

    WhatEVER. That's not Claire, and that is NOT my Jamie. NONONONONONONONONONONonononnhonoononononono

  • Mrs. Julien

    He's not my Jamie and she's not my Claire, but that doesn't mean it won't be great. Megan Follows wasn't my Anne either, but that worked out rather well.

  • Don't judge the book, judge the horrible book blurb which somehow makes it sound like Twilight fan fiction. It most assuredly is not.

    Personally I can't wait, this is a delightful book that as justifiably held a spot on my 10 Ten All Time list. The source material is fantastic, and I'm hopeful that the television adaption represents it well.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Outlander creator Diana Gabaldon is a Doctor Who fan. She wanted to write a novel and decided to set it in 18th century Scotland after seeing the Jamie McCrimmon character on Doctor Who. I believe this means Claire Beauchamp-Randall-Fraser is the Doctor in Outlander as Jamie is very definitely the Companion.


  • BWeaves

    Jamie: "Look at the size of that thing."

    Doctor: "Yes, it's a big one."

  • Tinkerville

    This is actually the first thing I've read that makes me want to read the series.

  • BWeaves

    " Unless you told me that Jamie Fraser was secretly the Doctor, . . ."

    Jamie McCrimmon is a fictional character played by Frazer Hines on Doctor Who during Patrick Troughton's era. I keep calling him Jamie Frazer in my head. I love a cute guy in a kilt. I had the biggest crush on him back in the 1960s. I used to wait for the climbing down the ladder shots on a windy day. Unfortunately, Frazer had lead weights sewn into the hem of his kilt to keep it from blowing up and showing his soccer shorts that he wore underneath. And he bribed the cameraman to stop down the lens whenever they were shooting up his kilt, so the video would go dark. The things you learn on DVD extras.

  • Eeeeee I'm so excited! The books were mostly trashy, ridiculous, addictive fun, and it seems like the show's gonna be just that. How can I resist?

    Also: Scottish accents. Rowr.

  • Bodhi

    The description is dumb, but the books are FANtastic & I am excited as hell for the show.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    Gods, that indeed looks/sounds dumb as hell.

  • So....this is the homoerotic, S&M version of Braveheart? That's what the header image says, anyway.

  • Mrs. Julien

    It is for one of the men up there, not for the other.

  • VonnegutSlut

    I'll start the Guess Who's The Doctor game with a few, um, offbeat challenges:

    --Rock of Ages
    --Weekend at Bernie's
    --Sense and Sensibility

  • Uriah_Creep

    Where do we send the royalties, SLW?

  • BWeaves

    Sense and Sensibility. Colonel Brandon is the Doctor, because Alan Rickman. That's why.

  • janeite1900

    Rock of Ages: the Alec Baldwin character is my guess. No good reason, but he's kind of likeable when no one else is.
    Margaret Dashwood: She gets all the best lines.

  • JenVegas

    IDK I think I might have to go with Russell Brand's character in Rock of Ages.

  • Weekend at Bernie's - Andrew McCarthy. Because he's the only one I remember, weirdly enough.

  • Ghostbusters - Winston is the Doctor. He was always a supporting player to the main Ghostbusters, but he's there to stop the apocalypse and fades away again after the job is done.

  • YES. Plus, how does a blue-collar guy like him have no problem accepting not only the existence of ghosts, but easily adapts to the technology designed to capture and study them? And he is able to break down the technobabble (ectobabble?) into easily understandable metaphors.

    And who, besides the Doctor, could come up with pithy yet timeless advice as "When someone asks if you're a god, YOU SAY YES!"

  • Mrs. Julien

    I maintain my excitement despite the less than thinly veiled barbs at my apparent philistinism. Heaven forfend, anyone should enjoy written or filmed entertainment based on specious logic and fantasy elements. We'd best be vigilant or the next thing you know, they'll incorporate dragons or humans with godlike powers acquired through faulty experiments.

  • Miss Kate


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