From Page to Screen: Outlander S1:E6 “The Garrison Commander”

From Page to Screen: Outlander S1:E6 “The Garrison Commander”

It’s Outlander day again. “The Garrison Commander” was absolutely brilliant. In my best Oprah impersonation I kept saying, “And YOU get and Emmy! And YOU get an Emmy! EVERYONE gets an Emmy!”

Let’s talk about Tobias Menzies/Frank/Black Jack Randall. What an actor. WHAT. AN. ACTOR. I’d forgotten about the sucker punch scene in the book. I just … can’t even begin to tell you how convinced I was that he was going to take Claire to Inverness and let her go. AND I’VE READ THE BOOKS, MIND YOU. I know what’s going to happen. But Menzies is such a skilled actor that he made me forget everything that I knew and forced me to believe an alternate story line. Bravo. Take a look at this still from the show. Claire is on the ground after a brutal punch to the gut. You can see her pain. You can see his brutality. It’s absolutely brilliant. 

And Dougal. He has his moments when I hate him but they certainly didn’t show up in this episode. He saves her from a brutal beating. Yes, he takes her to drink from a magical stream in the hope of divining her secrets … but still. He believes that she isn’t a spy now (finally).

Of course, this is the pivotal episode that tells us why Claire and Jamie must get married. She’s gone and upset the one person she shouldn’t have. Her “But I love the Scots” speech during dinner had me saying, “Shut up, Claire. Shut. UP. Claire.” She has this keen ability to stick her foot right in her mouth at the most inopportune moments. That is one of the things I love most about her. I sometimes have diarrhea of the mouth and can relate. In any case, in order to protect her under the law, she has to be a Scot. What’s the best way to become a Scot? Marry one. Who also needs protection from the law. Jamie. Boom. It’s a perfect marriage. Literally.

I will say that we haven’t seen too much of Jamie throughout the series so far but that certainly is going to change after next week. His innocence really shows at the end of “The Garrison Commander.” He’s cute and coy and doesn’t mind that she’s not a virgin because “someone better ken what they’re doing.”

Next week is “The Wedding.” I’m really excited! Stay tuned for more Outlander on From Page to Screen.

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