Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Stage Fright Review

Stage Fright

Right away I was drawn in with Barrett singing about trombones. Definitely a song I'll have to remember. But that's sorta the only thing that sticks out to me in this episode. After Game for a Mystery, I wasn't exactly thrilled with the thought of another Jones and Parker Mystery. But thought maybe it wouldn't be along the same lines as that. Perhaps it would be done...differently? Nope. This episode in particular had more of a Scooby Doo twist. It reminded me of Scooby Doo in part because of the phantom, but also because Matthew (the sidekick) was scared while Emily wasn't. Kinda the same way that Scooby and Shaggy (sidekicks) are always scared and the other three usually aren't for long. But like Scooby Doo, it had this predictability to it. That someone is creating the phantom so everyone would leave for one reason or another. The way that these mysteries point in one direction leading you to believe that it's one person, only to disprove it the next, isn't exactly to my liking. I'm more of a fan of the type that you can collect clues with the detective, and can predict who it is.  Another point, both mysteries tied a bird into the culprit somehow....

Theme: 3/5
Humor: 3/5
Music: 4/5
Interest Level: 2/5
"Like" rating: 2/5

Total rating: 2.5/5 (Not a bad episode persay, but it's not on my top 100 list)

Wooton's Broken Pencil Show Review

This is slightly late...but I've finally gotten around to doing this. Here's my thoughts on Wooton's Broken Pencil Show.

The first thing that got my attention was the title and the summary, even before I had the album. The title itself sounds somewhat random. Which in general is a good way to describe Wooton. But this show was one that I was sorta looking forward to, but somewhat worried about how it would turn out. I mean a kids radio with Wooton ablibbing the whole time? ..The way it went was actually pretty good. Having Captain absolutely back was good. Also Harlow and Red played good roles in this episode. Harlow was his usual goofy, and slightly ignorant self, which in some cases is somewhat annoying. This case it wasn't too bad. This episode was somewhat confusing towards the end though. Most of the episode it seems like they are improvising, but then later Connie mentions that the breaking glass was just sounds effects. Therefore it implies that the show was scripted?....Maybe...Anyway, Onto the rating.

Theme: 3/5
Humor: 4/5 (It was more on the entertaining side than haha funny, but good none-the-less)
Music: 3/5
Interest level: 3/5
"Like" rating: 3/5

Total rating: 3/5 (Good episode, but overall average.)

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Album 53 News!

I was on the Odyssey Times blog, when I came across this. It's a draft of somesort for an album that is quite possibly album 53. (Found in the background of a pic located on this page. Where you can find out info on endorsing a passages book. ) We can see Whit for sure in this pic, but who are the other two? I think the one in the middle is either Matthew, Emily, or Connie. The one on the left I kinda think is mayor Spencer Hicks, partly because it looks like a slight mustache, and it kinda looks how I imagine him. (For the original picture go here. I enlarged this one a bit.) Also if you look closely you can see somethings in the background that give us an idea of where some of it takes place.

Also the first two books of the imagination station series has arrived at Focus. As shown below. (Brocks full post here.)

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

A Capsule Comes to Town Review

 I've decided to proceed with reviewing the other episodes starting with album 50. Not sure how often I will do this...Or how far I'll get...but here's the start.

A Capsule Comes to Town

This episode has a somewhat different feel to it. It's done in the documentary type style that we've seen before in episodes like It's a Wrap, and the Coolest Dog. They don't do this style very often, which is kinda good. I mean, it's alright to do that style, but it doesn't keep ones attention as easy as the regular style of episode. I noticed they brought in Glossman for a small part. Along with Glossman, Harlow is in this episode as well, he hadn't been heard from since Odyssey Sings in album 45. I like that they used old characters throughout this album. It kinda adds to the celebration of 20 years in the making/50 albums. The search for the time capsule is interesting and was entertaining.  Overall this episode was done well and here is my rating.
Humor: 3/5
Theme: 4/5
Music: 4/5
Dramatic element: 3/5

Total rating: 3.5

The Mystery of the Clock Tower Parts I, & II Review

The Mystery of the Clock Tower, Part I & Part II Review (Links = Wiki page)

Here's my reviews for the premiere episodes of the season. 
First Part:
The first part was pretty good. Not the "I'm sitting on the edge of my seat, and gotta know what's gonna happen next" good or "One part scared the bajeepers out of me" good, but good all the same. The ending was especially "good". It left me wanting to know why exactly the clock was counting down. Although, I'm not sure the cover art was really explained in the episode. What is Eugene reaching for on the coverart? The characters worked especially well together. Then there's my favorite quote of this episode "It's freak out time!.
Overall I give this episode

Theme: 4/5
Humor: 3/5
Music: 5/5
Interest level: 5/5

"Like" rating:  5/5

Total: 4.5/5

Second Part:
Some think this part didn't hold to the first, kinda like the Inspiration Station. To me it wasn't too bad. It kinda wrapped it up pretty nicely. The whole clock counting down as a diversion was an interesting touch. I had maybe the slightest suspicion that it was the janitor dude, but it wasn't really all that predictable in the sense I had no clue how he'd pull it off or why. So it was perhaps thrown out on a chain, for us to bite, but there wasn't much else to go on until this part. The conversation(s) on the phone part was a funny/unique part to it.
Overall I give it
Theme: 4/5
Humor: 4/5
Music: 4/5
Interest Level: 5/5

"Like" rating: 5/5

Total: 4.5/5

My total rating for this two part episode is: 4.5/5

Other reviews of this episode

Saturday, October 9, 2010

The first CCWN Live!

The first CCWN (Campbell County Weekly News) Live! is now here.

We're still getting in the swing of podcasting so it's a little rough in some areas..but it gets better towards the end.

And I found a cool widget that can play them with out a page. So it is now on the side, and I will probably take down the separate page. Although descriptions are fun too... So I'm not sure which route I'm gonna go yet. (feel free to comment)And I don't have much more to report at the moment So Adios.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

100th Post!

In the blogger world, Odyssey Way has started an interesting feature that includes deleted scenes of the latest new episode. Be sure to check it out.

Also in case you haven't heard, there is now a summary for album 53.

First, a backpack filled with money is found in Gower's Field; then, a mysterious man survives a nearby plane crash; and an underworld errand boy has possession of a special cell phone. This new adventure puts your kids' favorite Odyssey characters at the center of intrigue, suspense, and a scheme of international proportions!
This sounds fantastic. And with it being a action/mystery that continues through out the whole album it's bound to be superb.

This is my 100th post. Whoot! And as mentioned I have a surprise awaiting you. As you may notice I have a new page entitled CCWN Live! CCWN Live! is a new podcast hosted by me (I'm using my CC username Jason) and Courtney (Another CC user). The primary focus of the cast will be CC news, but we will also hit on Odyssey news as well. It will also have fun things and possibly little contests in it as well. The podcast will be on talkshoe.com and where CC users (and anyone else who decides to pop in) can opt to participate in the chat, or they can also call in as well. If all goes well the show should be entertaining even for those who aren't on Campbell County Message boards. We did a couple trial/ads for it which are now on the CCWN LIVE! page. Check this post out for more info. 
Our first podcast is being planned for evening sometime Saturday...(Plans changed since the ads.....) Which means I'll put it here after it.

Well that's all for now, this is Freddy Jay saying "Happy 100th !"

Monday, October 4, 2010

99th post!

Cause and Effect is finally here! The first episode The Mystery of the Clock tower Part 1 aired last Saturday. My review will come after hearing the second part. Which I can't wait to hear by the way. I myself will be ordering the album sometime this week. But if you absolutely want the episodes right now. You can buy the MP3's for $17.99. And you can hear clips from each episode by going here.

In other news, There are new blogs called Around the corner and Audio Theatre Central. Around the corner is a diverse blog that offers several different tings. Audio Theatre Central features a podcast of different audio dramas.

My next post will be my 100th post. I may or may not have a surprise up my sleeve, but it may or may not be ready for my 100th post...so we shall see.

I think that's all for now. This is Freddy Jay saying so long.