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But Where's the Kurgan? 'Outlander' Trailer

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | January 13, 2014 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | January 13, 2014 |

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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