Caitriona Balfe, above) establishes her cred when we first meet her as a WWII British army nurse serving at the front and covered in soldiers' blood. She and husband Frank (Tobias Menzies, below, left) have been separated by war, he having served as a spymaster in London for the duration.
Graham McTavish (shown six photos below), is waylaid by his nephew's dislocated shoulder.
Sam Heughan (above), completes our introduction to the four characters we will come to know best in the first 8 episodes of Outlander that have already aired and are available at Starz. The remaining 8 episodes of the 1st season will air April/May 2015.
Gary Lewis' Laird Colum MacKenzie (above) lives on borrowed time in pain, Claire tells us. She recognizes the degenerative bone and connective tissue disease that ended the life of (not yet born in 1743) Toulouse Lautrec at 38. The entertaining retinue of loutish MacKenzie men are a mixed bag of Seven Dwarfs, Braveheart's men and Shakespeare's gravediggers. A shout out to Stephen Walters for obnoxious Angus; Grant O'Rourke (far left) as Rupert; and Duncan LaCroix (second from left) as Murtagh -- the wise explainer-of-things who has Jamie's back. Also note Bill Paterson as Ned Gowan, the clan's educated, meticulous solicitor.
Annette Badland -- and never was a mistress below stairs so irresistible.
Lotte Verbeek, shown below, left. The lovely score by Bear McCreary (shown surrounded by his instruments in the photo at bottom), whose award-winning work Moore has used many times, simply takes you there. I liked his intermittent insertion of soft strains of forties era tune to remind viewer that Claire is intent on leaving, Mrs. Fitz's "getting-things-done" riff, and the elegant switch from Highlander to Baroque music while Claire is dining with an aristocratic English General and his entourage.