Caitriona Balfe’s Claire asserts herself in the patriarchal society to help Sam Heughan’s Jamie, who has dislocated his shoulder
For a new clip from the upcoming drama “Outlander,” based on the series of books by Diana Gabaldon, Starz went with an unexpectedly subtle moment from the series premiere. Caitriona Balfe‘s Claire Randall is a 1940s nurse transported back in time to 1740s Scotland. She uses her “modern” know-how in to help set the dislocated shoulder of Sam Heughan’s Jamie Fraser.
It’s remarkable not just because she’s able to use her advanced knowledge of medicine to help him, but because she has the strength of conviction to assert herself in what is clearly a patriarchal society. She’s even mocked for ordering the men gathered around her to get her materials to make a sling.
At least she appears to have one ally in the doctor, who stepped back to give her a chance to help Heughan’s character.
“Outlander” also stars Tobias Menzies, Gary Lewis and Graham McTavish. The first half of its 16-episode first season kicks off on Saturday, Aug. 9, at 9/8c on Starz. The network is holding the back eight installments for 2015.
Everyone will have a chance to see the premiere of “Outlander” a week early, even if they’re not Starz subscribers. The pilot will be available on a variety of platforms including the show’s official Facebook Page, Twitter page, YouTube page, at Starz.com/Outlander and on the free STARZ PLAY app starting Aug. 2.