Today on Twitter, it occurred to me how much Outlander is like Oz! I never thought of it, until someone @TBursoni pointed out how Simon Cowell (Lord Sandringham) looks, walks and talks just like the Cowardly Lion!
@WriterDG says she got the idea from an old Dr. Who (Wizard?) program. Well, Oz must have been in her subconscious, because it is all over Outlander. Here are my very salient points:
Claire falls through some magical stones. Dorothy is pulled up by a tornado.
Now Dorothy lands in Oz and Claire lands in 1743 Scotland. There are some similarities.
Yellow Brick Road?
Mayor of Munchkinland?
See the similarities?
Now lets get into the characters.
Now Dorothy doesn’t have the psychedelic plants that Claire has in her basket. Judy Garland, who plays Dorothy, spent a considerable amount of time and money getting stoned later in life and “Over the Rainbow” took on a whole new meaning for her.
Say, what does Dorothy have in that basket?
Claire is like a grown up Dorothy. They both have good hearts. They like to help others (oil the tin man – put Jamie’s arm back in socket). Claire’s wardrobe is much better thanks to TD. Now Dorothy is too young to explore her sexuality, but I gather Judy turned out to be hot mama later in life. Wonder if she had a Downtown Jamie?
Glenda the Good Witch/Mrs. Fitzgibbons
Before everyone starts poo-pooing this idea, put some Frilly Pink Organza and a crown on Mrs. Fitz and you got a little bit bigger Glenda. (Has anyone ever seen Mrs. Fitz with her hair hanging down?)
Mrs. Fitz welcomes Claire to Castle Leoch and gets her all dolled up to meet the Laird (from no underwear up to the bum roll). Dorothy just gets a pair of ruby slippers that look very uncomfortable to walk in all the way to Oz. She continues her kindness all the way through the story (except for that really bad daydream Claire had). She even sends her a whole trunk of clothes after she finds out she went to Lallybroch.
The Tin Man/ Murtaugh
Murtaugh and the Tin Man have something in common. They both have a heart, but don’t always act like they do or show it. They also have axes/shinty sticks to carry! Not sure how much oiling Murtaugh needs, but it seems like he can hold his own.
However, I don’t think either would do well as sex therapists. Murtaugh thinks that women “generally do not care for it” and the Tin Man seems too shy.
The Wizard of Oz/Black Jack Randal
I admit, this takes a little imagination, but bear with me.
First the Wizard of Oz has had many roles in his life. He plays Professor Marvel, the Gatekeeper, the Carriage Driver, the Wizard and the Guard.
However, Tobias Menzies has been preparing for his two roles in Outlander for years. A few examples:
So, combining these former roles, he was highly qualified to play both characters – Black Jack Randall and Frank Randall. And remember, he wants to play Black Jack’s brother in Season 2. (Probably how the Wizard of Oz got all those roles in one movie!)
Wicked Witch of the West/Gellis Duncan
We all know that Gellis came from the West and the future. I think its pretty easy to see the resemblance.
Now friends, you must admit, that even though Jamie is an educated man, he doesn’t always bring his brain with him. (I’m referring to the one in his head).
Here’s Jamie thinking with his other brain!
So DG, can ya no see my logic with this post? No? Well I’m getting on my broom and going back to Kansas!