What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this sci-fi action-adventure has plentiful bloody violence and gory killings, committed against alien and earthlings alike. Children are stated to be among the casualties of the monster. There is plentiful liquor use and manly bonding over a Viking drinking game. There's one f-word as well.
- Families can talk about the monster's motivation. Is the ravenous moorwen truly a villain, or the victim? Does that make Kainan a hero or guilty of genocide?
- Outlander clearly has a notion to be a science-fiction movie takeoff on Beowulf. There have been others (including an R-rated Christopher Lambert one with more severe gore and eroticism), but parents might use the gimmick to try to get kids to read the original epic-poem. Or John Gardner's novel Grendel, which tells the doomed monster's side of it, or Michael Crichton's Eaters of the Dead, another clever re-imagining.
- Study up on the actual Vikings and the mystique that surrounds them. Local "Norsemen" ethnic clubs are proud of their traditions and heroes. Does Outlander get the cultural details correct?