The press around Outlander, which premieres on Starz Saturday night but has already released its pilot on Youtube to nearly one million views, has been very positive—and often filled with caveats that it’s “feminist fantasy,” or at least directed at female audiences.
People have made much of the genre shift showrunner Ronald D. Moore made by going from his best-known previous project, the sci-fi epic Battlestar Galactica, to Outlander. The latter, an adaption of Diana Gabaldon’s book series, follows Claire Randall, a World War II nurse sent back in time to 18th-century Scotland. It panders to audiences who like attractive Scottish men, and British period pieces, and cool accents. The former, a remake of a 1970s series, follows the titular Battlestar Galactica as it searches for earth in the midst of Cylon (robot) attacks. It panders to audiences who like complex mythology, space operas, and meditations on post-9/11 politics.
But let’s not pretend that those two shows are really that different—or that the either show is just for drooling fanboys or drooling fangirls. Here are all the reasons why Outlander‘s just like Battlestar Galactica—and why both are awesome.