[This Outlander “non-recap” is brought to you by this week’s Scotch, “The Glenlivet, 12 years of age.” Hey, that’s what it says on the packaging. I do not like it as much as last week’s 12-year-old Glenfiddich, but I will persevere and finish the (relatively small) bottle. Not all at once, mind you, but soon enough to try a different Scotch next week.]
In an episode seemingly designed to lessen my
enthusiasm obsession, who ruled the day? Who lost? And who sucked arse?
1. Colum MacKenzie: Do not mess with the laird. Gary Lewis (the only Outlander actor whose Scottish brogue is perhaps even more pronounced than his character’s) for the win. The diminutive actor made not one, but two strapping men cower. And rightfully so.
2. Murtaugh: He’s Jamie’s right hand man, guardian, sounding board, voice of reason, and alarm clock.
3. Rupert & Angus: No longer burdened with the Claire-watch, they now have time for more manly duties, such as trying to subdue an enraged Dougal by sword (Rupert) or drink (Angus).
4. Mrs. Fitz: At least she had more than one line this week, even if it was only one more.
5. Jamie’s button-fly trousers: After so much hullabaloo has been made about his kilt (hell, we even learned how he puts it on just last week), Jamie now starts wearing trousers for no particular reason? Somebody better provide answers in Ron D. Moore & co.’s podcast.
3. Dougal MacKenzie, Geillis Duncan, and spouses: Introducing Dougal’s wife only to have her die felt clunky and forced, as did Dougal’s overwrought remorse. Definitely the most problematic scene of the entire series so far. Graham McTavish deserved better.
2. Jamie’s Epic Sword Fight from the opening montage? Turns out it was nothing more than a name-calling contest, Highlander style. I felt cheated.
1. Claire: Did ye not learn just last week (or yesterday?) that not heeding Jamie’s words would land you in trouble? Thank goodness you have a strong, handsome hero to rescue you. Again.
We, the viewers. The producers seem to be weaning us off Rupert, Angus and Mrs. Fitz. Will we be able to enjoy the show as much without these adorable, memorable characters?