We are Clan Blacklanderz™ ~ Tous Sont Acceptées!
Yes, we are Black folks who love intellectual television shows, such as Outlander on Starz, and who will bring more kin (and others) to the gathering. We will be watching other historical fiction shows down the line (e.g., Poldark – starting in June on PBS), but we wanted to start here with Outlander because it is not like any other show we’ve ever seen on television and unanimously thought it was OUTSTANDING on all levels . . . writing, casting, acting, costumes, directing, musical score/theme . . . the whole nine yards!!
When we began watching the show and asked family members, friends, and colleagues if they had heard about it, none of them had. Once we explained what it was about and ensured they would witness one of the best shows (series) ever made for television though on cable-slowly, but surely, more people began to watch.
Then, we wondered why more Blacks weren’t watching the show. In doing a cursory search, we realized most news outlets that cater to Blacks (e.g., Ebony, Essences, TVOne, BET, The Root, and a few Urban News Outlets, etc.) did not cover Outlander. They mostly covered those shows that highlighted Blacks, such as Black-ish, Power, Empire, Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder, etc. So, how would most Blacks find out about it, if these sources don’t cover it?
Now, don’t get us wrong. We like those shows too and are glad they are on, especially when there has never been a time in television history that has had as many shows catering to a wider diverse audience than it is today. However, we are not a monolithic group and like diversity in entertainment on a level that challenges our intellect and provokes discourse on a deeper level as well! And, if they can cover shows, such as Game of Thrones (another favorite of ours), they could also cover Outlander!
Rather than wait on them . . . we decided to do it ourselves!!
Everyone seems to give recaps of shows, especially Outlander. However, we wanted our site to be different and didn’t wish to do that – not on an episode-by-episode/weekly manner. We’d rather initially go through the series (now that Season 1 has ended) and point out instances when the cast shows their acting range and brilliant performances. For the second season, we decided to have conversations about the episodes, rather than a recap – see Blacklanderz Convos!
** SPOILER ALERT **
If you haven’t read the books or seen the first or secone seasons, do not look at the characters’ pages or the Convos!
At times, we might interject our opinions; however, some of us had not read the books before S1. So, we would appreciate no spoilers in the comments.