In this week in Outlander history: Preparing for the first ever episode

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What were you doing the week before the first episode ever aired? This is a question as we look back at this week in Outlander history.

While many are getting ready for Outlander Season 4, I want to spend a little of today looking at an important event coming up in Outlander history. It’s all about the first ever airing of the pilot episode. On Aug. 9, 2014, the Season 1 premiere episode aired and this week would have seen many people getting ready for it.

I, sadly, wasn’t a Sassenach who watched it when the show first came out. Nor did I read the books. Friends suggested to me to read them and watch the series, but I didn’t have the time or inclination back then. It was only last summer before Season 3 was released that I decided to finally give it a shot because I glanced past it on Netflix Canada.

So, what did fans do when it came to getting ready for the new series? I know what I would have done.

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My first port of call would have been the reread the book again. After all, the first season was going to be based on “Outlander.” Rereading the book and getting it fresh in the mind would have been important for me as a fan of book adaptations.

This wouldn’t be to see what I hoped would be transformed on the screen, but so I could get a sense of creative direction from the beginning; so I could get first book’s story in my mind and have an idea of the characters turning up. It’s easy to get future characters in your head and jumble up a couple of plot lines.

I’m sure there will have been nerves. Even as a non-book purist, when I recently heard about Animal Farm being adapted by Netflix, I felt excitement mixed with worry. Will the book adaptation be as good as the book? There’s always the fear that book adaptations will be complete flops.

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With Outlander there would have been a lot of questions. Would Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan have chemistry? Would the showrunners capture the essence of the book? Would it be a complete change to the storyline like Pretty Little Liars and The Vampire Diaries? Had the right actors been cast for the roles?

Uncertainty was completely understandable, mixed in the excitement for the premiere of Outlander.

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Were you preparing for the start of the whole series this week in Outlander history? What did you think of the idea of the adaptation? Share your thoughts in the comments below.