Episode 55: Discussion of ‘Outlander’ Episode 106 “The Garrison Commander”

In this episode, we discuss recent announcements and Episode 106 “The Garrison Commander.”


Links related to Episode 106

Outlander Episode 106  “The Garrison Commander ” on IMDB

Ron Moore’s podcast on Episode 106 “The Garrison Commander”

Bear McCreary’s blog post on Episode 106 “The Garrison Commander”

Writer: Ira Stephen Behr

Director: Brian Kelly


Links related to content mentioned in podcast

Brian Fraser is played by Andrew Whipp.

Brigadier General Sir Oliver Lord Thomas, Knight of the Bath and Commanding Officer of the British Army is played by John Heffernan.


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22 Responses to Episode 55: Discussion of ‘Outlander’ Episode 106 “The Garrison Commander”

  1. Jasmin says:

    Okay I’m a book reader and I honestly dislike the voiceover… It’s like they don’t trust the viewers to know what’s going on and in some scenes they are completely unnecessary. :/ And they remind me of the weird flashbacks with Frank giving Claire absolute “necessary” informations to survive in the 18th century. Sorry but that’s really… ugh… I know why they’re doing it – so the viewer doesn’t forget about Frank – but it makes Claire look like she isn’t able to know about it without her hubby. And that’s not Claire for me. Historical stuff yes – she needs Frank, although he is just a historian. He never lived in this time period, so his informations are only helpful to a certain level.

    Anyway back to the voiceover… I wish they would either scratch or at least limit them to a small number. In a book something like this works – in a movie, series etc. it doesn’t work for me – as a book reader. So not every book reader enjoys the voiceover. 🙂

    • outlanderpod says:

      Jasmin, you are definitely not alone. Many viewers hold a similar opinion re: the voiceover. Flashbacks, also, are a mixed bag for many people. And we really do see both sides.

      Thank you for listening! And for leaving a comment 🙂

      • Jasmin says:

        I swear I’m going to flip tables if/when they ruin the wedding night with Claire’s voiceover. 😛 Just saying… xD

  2. One comment about why Claire had to leave the dining room to tend to the injured soldier. The writer absolutely did need her to leave that room so she could have a short conversation with Dougal downstairs. In that very brief conversation, they got two very important points across:
    A) The Mackenzies were *not* the ones that attacked the garrison, and
    B) Claire sent Dougal away, and he agreed to make himself scarce. That had to happen so that Claire would feel absolutely alone and completely unprotected when BJR physically turns on her later. At that moment, she has no hope that anyone will come save her. She has to get to that point so that she feels compelled to marry Jamie to keep herself safe from the Redcoats/BJR.

    • outlanderpod says:

      Katie, agreed. My comment wasn’t as to why she needed to leave the room (we both agreed on that), but why they needed to bring in a wounded soldier. Surely it wasn’t to fill time, and we get that she has medical knowledge 😉

      • I guess my point was that the wounded soldier was a convenient excuse to get her downstairs to talk to Dougal, since it tied in nicely with the rebel attack (which, as you noted, was needed to get all the officers to leave). The writers could have devised another reason, but this choice blended and would believably take enough time to get the others out of the scene and give BJR time to shave, too.

  3. Gail says:

    My thoughts on why Randall was shown drawing Claire’s likeness. I thought it was another subtle way to link him to Frank. Frank mentioned in the first episode that he would draw pics of her hand so now there is an artistic link to the two characters. Your podcast is one of a few that I listen to after each episode and I can’t wait for you to begin the next read-a-long. Great job ladies!

  4. I love your podcasts. I only have one tiny comment. The expression is “get her DANDER up”, not GANDER.


  5. Lisa says:

    This is my first comment and first i would like to say that I love this podcast, It is the first Oulander podcast that I fo to after a new episode, alos I have only started reading the books and I a on chapter 29, and after I read a chapter or two I listen to your read along of a chapter with is how I a mistake you have made, it is not a big one but Randall did not in fact flog him twice,

    The first time he was flogged it was done Randal showed up late, And Dougal was not sure why he was not there was the get go, And at this pint than Dougal said and I quote “The Captain was rather put out that they had flogged Jamie already: seems that was a pleasure ged meant to have for himself ” After that Randall asked how Jamie had managed to escape and it was during that questioning that they found that he stole a loaf of bread, And he use that as a way to get him flogged again, and he was have done it than but the doctor told him that he had to wait, Cause if he had done it than that Jamie wold die So he was forced to wait a week for the second flogging,

    Welll this was longer than I though that it would be sorry about that

    • outlanderpod says:

      You are right! Jamie *was* flogged twice within the space of a week, but it was the sergeant-major he was accused of murdering, who actually performed the first flogging. Randall did only the second. Thank you for your gentle correction 😉

      And thank you so much for listening 🙂

  6. Loretta says:

    Another podcast that has a Scotsman as one of the podcasters said Dougal was intentionally making his accent stronger. I think we were all offended on Dougal’s behalf, but I think Dougal didn’t. I think Dougal was in control of the situation completely. Insult me? Oh yeah? I’m still gonna treat YOU like I’m in charge, and you know I am.

  7. Teresa says:

    I think Dougal calls the general an arrogant wee “smirt” or “smert”. It’s one of the words that Jamie uses in the books when he is upset and uses scotch words that aren’t Gaelic.

  8. MargZ says:

    I think the voice overs are for the Outlander virgins. It is a necessary evil for them I think.

  9. Kay says:

    I have to say I do enjoy the voice overs and MargZ you are right..it would help an Outlander virgin who has not read the books or has not had a chance to do so

  10. lainiejay says:

    I very much would like to listen to your podcasts but all I see above is, “This plug-in is not supported.” Can I find you somewhere that DOES support my android smartphone? iTunes is not available to android users.

    • outlanderpod says:

      Lainie, yes! We have recently paired up with Stitcher Radio to reach more listeners. Their Android app is also free. Thank you for listening! And for leaving a comment 🙂

      • lainiejay says:

        Thanks for this. I was able to listen to your podcast for E106 & am looking forward with GREAT anticipation to The Wedding & your podcast afterward. Just one sleep & maybe a nap!

        Elaine Bondra

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