Outlander Series 05 Overview (2020)


Introduction

Outlander is an historical drama television series based on the ongoing novel series of the same name by Diana Gabaldon.

Developed by Ronald D. Moore, the show premiered on 09 August 2014, on Starz. It stars Caitriona Balfe as Claire Randall, a married former World War II military nurse in Scotland who, in 1945, finds herself transported back to 1743. There she encounters the dashing Highland warrior Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan), a member of Gabaldon’s fictionalised version of Clan Fraser of Lovat, and becomes embroiled in the Jacobite rising.

Outline

The fifth season of 12 episodes, based on The Fiery Cross, aired from February to May 2020.

Jamie and Claire fight to retain their home at Fraser’s Ridge as the American Revolutionary War looms on the horizon. Brianna and Roger marry, and Governor Tryon further pushes Jamie to hunt down Murtagh, forcing Jamie to gather up a militia and counteract the Regulators. He struggles to balance keeping his godfather safe and fulfilling his duties to the British, especially under the eye of Lieutenant Knox, who is determined to find and kill Murtagh. Despite Murtagh’s pleas for Jocasta to return his love for her, she moves forward with her fourth marriage, choosing the safety and security of her plantation’s future over his idealism. Jamie’s loyalties are pushed to the breaking point at the Battle of Alamance, when Roger’s attempt to warn Murtagh fails and he is shot dead. Roger is captured and hanged by the British, but survives and is left traumatised by the experience. Jamie is left devastated in the months following the battle.

Meanwhile, Roger and Bree’s relationship is put to the test as there are signs of Stephen Bonnet’s reappearance, forcing Brianna to take matters into her own hands when she is captured by him. Eventually, Bree and Roger decide to go back through the stones when they realise Jemmy can too, as the future will be much safer for their son. The attempt fails, so they decide to stay in the past. Young Ian returns from his time with the Mohawk, and learns the truth about Claire, Brianna, and Roger’s origins when he confronts them with information passed to him by the Mohawk. Claire continues to subvert conventional medical practices by producing penicillin and covertly providing medical advice under a pseudonym, but her subversive advice backfires on her. Claire is abducted and gang raped by Lionel Brown and his men, but is subsequently rescued by Jamie, Roger and the earlier militia. Though Jamie returns Lionel’s body to his brother and mayor of Brownsville, Richard Brown subtly threatens Fraser’s Ridge and Jamie’s family.

Outlander Series

You can find a full index and overview of Outlander here.

Production & Filming Details

  • Release Date: 16 February 2020 to 10 May 2020.
  • Rating: 18.
  • Running Time: 53-90 minutes.
  • Country: UK.
  • Language: English.

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