Wednesday, December 28, 2011

A Penny Earned Review

A Penny Earned Review

Roommates of any can be difficult to live with and sometimes it requires adjustment and more often than not compromises. We've seen the difficulties of clashing roommates with Bernard and Eugene (Room Mates) and with Connie and Lindsey and Tamika and Kelly (Best of Enemies) so my question at the end of a Penny Saved was how will Connie and Penny be as room mates?

Right away in a Penny Earned we see that Connie will be challenged living with Penny? How? Well, for starters the playing board games till really late in the morning and Penny using the walls of Penny's room as canvas. But the main aspect of the episode is her trying to find a job in Odyssey. In some ways it reminded me of Connie's struggle in the episode What are you Gonna Do With Your Life. In this episode we are told that Eugene teaches a computer class at the college. It fits his character well, but I'm kinda sad to see Hand Up disappear without explanation. Penny's a little too trusting. The scene with Douglas Helm proves this. It was an honest mistake.

 I like the new guy Jacques Henri. He reminds me of Fred Holstein, and I really look forward to future use of his character. Although Penny is a relatively new I couldn't help wondering if maybe this would be her last episode. But I'm glad it didn't go about that way. Although the twist with Penny and Wooton being so alike that Wooton would know where she would "have to stop" was a little much, it kinda worked out. I'm looking forward to see how they develop Penny and Wooton's relationship in the future.

Theme: 4/5
Humor: 3.5/5
Quotes: 3/5 --
Standout Quote(s): 

Penny WiseWhat artistic style do you like?
WomanHmmm...That! I want that piece of art.
Penny WiseThat's the sign for the restrooms.

Penny WiseYou've been praying?
Connie KendallYes! Haven't you?
Penny WiseWell, sure, but I didn't know everybody was in on it.
Wooton BassettThat's one thing you can be sure everybody's in on. The praying I mean. 

Interest level: 4/5
"Like" rating: 4/5

Average Rating 4/5  

Monday, December 26, 2011

Merry Christmas!!

Merry Christmas everybody! I hope everyone had a wonderful time with their family and friends yesterday. I might have another review up later this evening. But in the meantime, feel free to check out my other blog called never a dull moment. It's not another Odyssey blog, but I have mentioned it a little. (just started it..)

Thursday, December 1, 2011

More Album 55 titles!!!

So this is kinda old news. But it's exciting nonetheless. we have more Album 55 titles, as well as another summary for the album. Here's what we have so far.
Child's Play
Mistaken for Good
To Mend or Repair
The Labyrinth Parts 1-3
Sgt York Parts 1-4

And here's the new summary; Jason Whittaker discovers a life-threatening plot in the works after he tracks the villainous Mr. Grote to London. In Odyssey, rumors fly when a wedding brochure is mistaken for an announcement and everyone thinks Connie is getting married. Eugene and Katrina hear unsettling news about their future. And Kids' Radio tells the exciting story about how a back-country man with a simple desire for peace winds up on the front lines of World War I. Amidst all of the conflict and comedy, our pals in Odyssey learn that being in over their heads can be a very touching and funny experience when God is put in the center of it all.

I wonder what the "unsettling news" is? I can't wait to hear Sgt. York, it sounds amazing! And the wedding brochure idea sounds interesting. More reviews are coming soon.

Friday, November 18, 2011

You're Two Kind Review

Calvin and Hobbes is a new found favorite of mine. But I'll try to mix it up every now and then. Calvin needs a good lesson on being kind especially since Christmas is right around the corner. Perhaps he should listen to this episode.

In this episode it brings more changes to Odyssey. Namely Katrina as a substitute teacher. We've seen Eugene as one before, but not Katrina until now. This adds a nice touch to her though and it makes sense. Also it's nice to see Katrina around in general and we saw more of her and Eugene at home too.This episode gave us a slice of life, and it was interesting too. Ryan was faced with a choice whether to stab Brad in the back or not and he choose wrong. The Eugene story line was interesting. Is trickery the best way to teach a lesson? Although we have seen this kind of thing in Odyssey from time to time. Some think it's fishy, but I think it works. Their point came across in the end.

This episode is strong with the Ryan story line and slightly weak with the bejewler plot. Overall I like it.But the bejewler storyline eh..

Theme: 4/5
Humor: 4/5
Quotes: 3/5 --
Standout Quote: 
Ryan CummingsValerie. The same Valerie I know? But she's so..
Ryan CummingsYeah, spunky like a pit bull.

Interest level: 4/5
"Like" rating: 3.5/5

Average Rating 4/5  

As always i love to hear your comments. And I'm almost caught up too! Freddy Jay over and out.

Forgiving More... or Less Review

From the description of this episode many fans comments portrayed to the effect of "Story telling to teach a lesson? Sound familiar?" And in some ways I agree, red does have several features similar to Bernard; such as a handy man, relating to the kids, and using entertaining figures of speeches. But is that to say that Red is Bernard's replacement? I wouldn't go that far,but some would say that.

Right away we hear from Red Hollard in this episode. That made me happy. The last time we heard from Red was in Wooton's Broken Pencil Show.  I liked seeing the kids working together on a project. In the scene with Camilla and Matthew breaking the oscilloscope we see more of Camilla's athletic side. I really like the chemistry between the Parker kids in this episode. The kids and the family are really developing nicely. Whit's little bit with the free ice cream for Camilla is classic Whit for you. He knew that Camilla broke the oscilloscope, but gave her free ice cream anyway. I liked Red's story alot. Even though when we hear story's from Bernard's we're used to hearing different voices, and sounds effects. I also like the fact that it's a parable from the bible, told in Red's own way. The approach made in this episode was good. You get camilla, red's story, more Camilla, and then more Red's story. Red's expressions are amazing. 

The themes in this album revolve around love and different angles on love and 1 Corinthians 13. It's so appropriate because forgiving and loving and be so hard to do at times. This episode reminds us to ask forgiveness and not just to try to forgive others.

Theme: 3.5/5
Humor: 4.5/5
Quotes: 4/5 --
Standout Quote: 
Red HollardI'm serious as a porcupine in a balloon factory!

Red HollardBarney was thrilled and he went right out and bought that tow truck, and what do you think happened then?
Camilla ParkerHe ran out of toes to truck?

Interest level: 3.5/5
"Like" rating: 4/5

Average Rating 4/5  

A good episode overall. More reviews to come. Kinda trying to get caught up so I can review Never For nothing soon. And for now that's all from Freddy Jay.

Anger Mismanagement Review

I changed the blog to experiment with the new style. I like it, but it's not compatible with gadgets at the moment... They're working on it though. What do you think?

Anger is a natural thing, and it's expressed in everyday life and in the media. Garfield is one example, and another being Tom and Jerry. (Yes I am a big fan of the older cartoons over what we have now..) The cat is constantly trying to catch the mouse, but Jerry is just to smart and sneaky. And every episode he does things to Tom to get away from him, and it just makes things hilariously worse. Tom and Jerry is entertaining, but nothing is ever really resolved between the two of them. In Anger Mismanagement, we look at anger in an entertaining and important way. One that isn't so common in other media.

This episode does what we often see in Odyssey episodes. We get three story lines pulled from different angles to the same theme. In this case we get Olivia mad at Valerie for doing the parade interview instead of Amber, Wooton and Mrs. Cramer, and Lucia's hair salon. The fact that Olivia sits and tells Whit about her anger reminds of older episodes where kids do the same thing. I like that he touched on the factthat getting angry isn't a sin, but what we do with our anger is when we sin. The Wooton story line is nicely done because it shows examples of ways to deal with other peoples anger without getting mad at them in return. And it handled it without Wooton's character getting too goofy. The scene with him getting stuck in the rose bush was classic. Then there's the Lucia hair salon plot. Gotta love Lucia. And it's good to hear that she's moving to Odyssey. Her character has potential to become a close friend of Whit. Is it just me, or does it seem possible that Red and Lucia kinda share the combined traits of Bernard and Tom? The hair slaon plot was interesting because potentially David had every right to get angry because he had to miss the game. but instead he found a solution for Lucia to be able to continue her salon in a different way.

This episode is a classic example of why I like Odyssey. It takes something that applies to everyone such as anger and pulls through with valuable lessons to remember from it in an entertaining way. And now on to the ratings.

Theme: 4/5
Humor: 4/5
Quotes: 4/5 --

Standout Quote: 
David ParkerThat's odd, I haven't seen this many cars out front since that hot air balloon landed on our roof.

Wooton BassettThe point is Olivia, that sometimes we have to try to be understanding even if we don't understand what we're supposed to be understanding about. Understand?
Olivia ParkerActually that makes sense.
Wooton BassettThanks a lot.

Interest level: 3.5/5
"Like" rating: 3.5/5

Average Rating 3.5/5  

Overall a pretty good episode. Love the subplots and the way Lucia takes a part in it. What did you think? Let me know. Freddy Jay over and out.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Album 55's Artwork

if you haven't seen it yet, the artwork for album 55 has been revealed. It goes well with the impression of the title, the Deep End. Also another note; Brock did an interview with Gary Locke on Brock's blog; Check it out.

Reviews on the new episodes coming soon. In the mean time, What are your thoughts on the upcoming show Never For Nothing?

Saturday, October 15, 2011

The Amazing Loser Review

The Amazing Loser:

I was really excited to hear this one because it looks like it's the one portrayed on the cover. Although, Jay carries around a suppertime triangle in the beginning. He probably plays all percussion though. It fit that Barrett and Priscilla would be partners for the scavenger hunt, and interestingly enough Jay and Matthew were paired together too.

I was EXTREMELY happy that Hal's Diner and Hal Schneider is in this episode. The importance of other businesses is really important, but not just new ones. It's nice knowing that it's sticking around. I like the whole scavenger hunt feel. Though it also introduced more new businesses too.

The scene with the girl wanting shoes and Barrett bought them for her was very touching. It showed Barrett had compassion. Even though they found out that she actually did have other shoes, just not that specific pair.  The lady from the Thrift store, it would have been neat if it was the same one from Tuesdays with Wooton. I'm wondering where in the world can I find gumballs for a penny. Cause then I'd have a pretty hefty stash. Barrett feels bad that they lost for nothing. I like Whit's advice to them. That sometimes we're tested whether we'd do the right thing despite the outcome of our actions. It's funny that Barrett and Priscilla win anyway and Jay and Matthew lose because Jay bought the victory gumball.

This episode is pretty good. It's quick paced, and Jay's humor adds to it as always. I was dissapointed that this episode didn't explain what Whit is writing on the board on the cover of the album. It should have been in the episode somehow... And this one didn't have Barrett's trombone or Priscilla's clarinet either. Oh well..

Theme: 4/5
Humor: 3.5/5
Quotes: 4/5 --

Standout Quote:
John Whittaker: Well, let me say it's been a pleasure to host this year's band camp. I'm really looking forward to hearing what you all learn. Now, to kick things off. We decided to begin with something a little different. A competition.
Jay Smouse: Look out Barrett Jones. Soon you'll be tasting cold steel. The cold steel of my supper time triangle.
Jay Smouse: (To tune of Hail to the Chief) Hail to Jay Smouse who wins the scavenger hunt. Barrett Jones loses cause he's such a chump.

Interest level: 4/5
"Like" rating: 3.5/5

Average Rating 4/5 

What are your thoughts on this episode? Be sure to catch Anger Mismanagement next week.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

A Penny Saved Review

A Penny Saved

The episode title may throw some people off. By first glances one may think; "Penny is going to become a christian." But that would be too redundant. But that poses the question, if she doesn't "get saved" then what is she saved from?

This episode was one I really looked forward to hearing. Because just like they did with the other sagas, it ties up some loose ends. I really liked the beginning with the news report and trial. We got to see some of Polehaus and his dry sense of humor. This episode really added to Penny's character too. We got to see how this whole ordeal effected her. And it showed that she isn't the type to ask for help even if she needs it. This episode adds to the friendships between Wooton, Connie and Penny. Connie and Wooton show genuine concern for her even though they haven't known her for too long. I like that we meet another Professor of the college. It seems like Odyssey lost some of it's businesses in after 50 albums. It gained some,  but some things just haven't been mentioned yet, like the paper, Odyssey 105, etc.

Wooton's concern for Penny is uncanny. And Connie hit it on the head. Love? This soon?.... But will it last? Penny at McCalister park is kinda funny. Yet sad all the same. The trunk part is kinda strange, but it fits her character. I can see her as the type that would have trouble figuring out things like finding the trunk button. The fact that she requests that the officer read her her rights was funny too. The fact that she was ridiculed for doing the right thing reminds me of Mitch's situation after Novacom. It is pretty similar, but in her case she takes it a step further by hiding the fact that she needs a place to stay. Her being "put in Jail" for her protection was kind of the officer.It was very Penny-like to throw a party in jail. Classic. Penny is a character that I can see sticking around for a while. The post-50 character mesh is gradually coming together, and a Connie/Wooton friend is a nice thing to see.

This episode precedes the GRC quite nicely. Wooton and Penny's chemistry wasn't used too much in this one. The news cast at the end stating that Trask gets 25 years for his crimes wrapped it up nicely. I enjoyed the scene with Penny, Wooton, and Connie overlooking Odyssey and the area where the whole thing happened. It created a feeling that the characters would be able to move on after everything that had happened.  One thing that wasn't answered was what happened to Buck? They could have mentioned him in a passing statement or something? But I guess if we don't hear anything referencing him in 54, maybe we will in 55.

Theme: 3.5/5
Humor: 3.5/5
Quotes: 4/5 --

Standout Quote: 
Ted Humpfries: Wooton Bassett, also from Odyssey and personally involved in the case, gave us his take on the verdict.
Wooton Bassett: Thanks Ted. Did you see the size of the judge's gavel? That thing was huge! I'd love to have one of those at home.
Ted Humpfries: About the verdict?
Wooton Bassett: Oh yeah, the verdict. That was a good call, and the jury foreman had good diction when he read it out. Very Shakespearean.
Don Polehaus: I've seen it happen more times than Wooton can count.
Wooton Bassett: Six?
Don Polehaus: Exactly.
Interest level: 4/5
"Like" rating: 3/5

Average Rating 3.5/5

And that wraps up my thoughts on this one. What did you think? What do you think is yet to come? What do you think will happen in the other Penny related episodes? Be sure to comment.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Wooton Knows Best Review

Wooton Knows Best:

Stories are a wonderful way to pass time. And it's really fun to tap into your creativity and just roll with the flow. We see this in Odyssey characters from time to time. Whether it be Bernard with a story from his life/bible story, Whit with a story with a lesson, or Wooton with Captain Absolutely. (Also with a lesson) And once again in Wooton Knows Best it starts with a story by Wooton. The point of the story was to tell Whit's Sunday School Class that he needs an assistant for a weekend retreat at Camp What-a-Nut. That's a place we haven't heard from in quite a while. I like that they brought it back.

The over all angle and theme of this episode is great. The conflict between Matthew and Olivia, the bickering between them in this one is classic. It brings back thoughts of the chemistry between Donna and Jimmy. The fact that Wooton had to choose one of them knowing that one might be hurt that he/she wasn't chosen is very applicable to real life. Wooton seems more classic Wooton in this one. He has some funny lines, but he also shows a more human side than we've seen in some of these recent episodes. The way Wooton determines the helper was great. And I like the over all plot of the episode.

Olivia's tantrum seemed a little over the top, and in some spots seemed forced. But I kinda like it in a way. It shows a side of Olivia we hadn't seen yet. The talk between David and Olivia following it is a very memorable scene. Including David's humor with the fire extinguisher. This scene is very touching and down to Earth. It's a classic down to Earth dad wisdom  scene that we've scene a few other times. The theme is very clear from this scene as well. 

The only complaint I have about this episode is the ending. Why bring Melissa Cyphers (Why does that name sound so much like Miley Cyrus to me....probably just a coincidence.) to meet Olivia? I mean she gets hurt that she can't go to camp, learns a lesson and then gets what she wanted anyway? What message does this send? She clearly made it obvious to Wooton that she was upset that she couldn't go, but things like that happen. Why make a consolation prize, it doesn't always work out that way.There aren't always happen endings...

I also really enjoyed the snippet at the end with Wooton and his story at Camp What-a-Nut. I've always enjoyed the tacked on scenes and can't wait for more of them.

Theme: 3/5
Humor: 4/5
Quotes: 3.5/5 --

Standout Quote: 
Olivia Parker: I'm better with kids than you are.
Matthew Parker: Oh, right. Did you decide that before or after you dyed Camilla's hair purple?
Olivia Parker: You know that was an accident. Easter egg painting got a little out of control.

Interest level: 4.5/5
"Like" rating: 4/5

Average rating: 3.5--- Slightly above average episode. Great season opener.

So far the season has started well. It's nice to be able to finally share my thoughts. The review for A Penny Saved will be coming soon as well.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

New Covers and More on 55!

So the final covers for 29 and 23 have been revealed. I unfortunately have little time for this post... So you can see the covers on The Voice of Odyssey.

The other really exciting piece of info I have is this which I also saw on VoO. Though it's an excerpt from aiowiki's future page.
"This album will have two three part episodes.One of the 3 parters is called "The Labyrinth." Refer to the first part of the summary. This episode will feature an Agent Billings. The other 3 parter is called "Sgt. York." Refer to the second part of the summary.This was originally a 3 part episode. However, after editing the voice tracks, the AIO team discovered that the episode is 18 minutes too long. Rather than cut out 18 minutes out of the story, they decided to make it into AIO's first 4 part episode. Because of this, an episode from album 55 will be pushed back to be released in a future album. "

 Odyssey's first four part episode! I think it'll be great. I really can't wait for 55!..!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Jason Wallpaper

Here is another wallpaper, Jason style. I will try to maybe do more at some point. Click on thumbnail, then right click and set as background if you would like to use it.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

GRC VS DBD: Beware of Spoilers for both albums

With summer almost being over I made a point in getting this done before school starts...

I'm gonna break this down into several categories which will also give points for the final talley of which wins in my opinion. The categories being: Characters, Quotes, Plot, Theme, and "Likeness". 
The majority of the characters in Darkness Before Dawn , aren't specifically new to the album, with a few exceptions. We have many characters that play an important role to the story line and conflict of the plot. Knowing that we already know most of the characters at this point in the show, it's easy to portray a concern for the characters we've grown to love. Such as; Richard Maxwell almost dieing by flying out of the back of a moving car, Jason almost being put in jail, and Jack almost getting  caught in an explosion with Regis Blackgaard. The bad guys here are ones we've pretty much grown to loathe and love both at the same time.

In The Green Ring Conspiracy, we're hit with a plethora of new characters, some of which were introduced in 51 and 52, such as Matthew and Emily whom we've had some time to grow attached to. But the "plethora" includes; Penny, Detective Polehaus, Agent Tanner, Derk Beggs, Dr. Graham, Archie Haggler, Buck Oliver, Mr. Skint, and maybe some I forgot. But as well as the norm recurring characters, it brought Katrina, and Jason whom we hadn't heard from since 50 or before. Another character that was brought back from way back when is Monty Whittaker, a huge surprise there.

Winner: DBD
Darkness Before Dawn has mostly characters that we already knew including the bad guys. The Green Ring Conspiracy has an overload of new characters, but counteracts this with action and intrigue. Though DBD wins in this category for it's usage of characters that we've had time to love and fear.

Quotes- For this section I have scanned through the quotes on aiowiki, picking the ones that stand out to me and compared them against each other.

"Rodney Rathbone: Thanks Pop, you won't regret it.
Bart Rathbone:
I already do regret it. I still don't like any of this. And don't call me--
Rodney Rathbone:
Hey, I'm on the phone Pop." -Angels Unaware

"Bryan Dern: (on the radio) Ladies and Gentleman Dr. Regis Blackgaard!
Connie Kendall:
Jason Whittaker:
No it can’t be!
Regis Blackgaard:
(on the radio) Hello, Odyssey, I’ve come home.
Connie Kendall:
I can’t believe it!
Jason Whittaker:
This is impossible, he’s, he’s dead!" -The Return

"Bernard Walton: Well, stuff me with feathers and call me a pillow!" - The Time has Come

"Jack Allen: I'm not here to save the world Dr. I'm here to save Odyssey nor even Whit's End. I'm here for you. For you're soul. That's the only thing that matters right now. Not money or power or computer programs or viruses or world terrorism. It all comes down to your soul."

"Jack Allen: So, you're...taking over the Israelites.
Jason Whittaker: Yeah.
Jack Allen: Well, I can't stop you...any more than I've been able to stop you from anything you've done over the past few months.
Jason Whittaker: Well, you always said I was stubborn like Dad.
Jack Allen: (chuckles sadly) Stubborn, yes...but not like your dad.

  "Emily Jones: That's not the only thing, Eugene. You have to see what's inside this back pack.
Eugene Meltsner:
Now this isn't a trick I hope. I wouldn't want to be surprised by a spring loaded snake or a collection of badly played banjo music.
Emily Jones:
No, it's [the backpack] full of money.
Eugene Meltsner:
Allow me. <Gasps> Loudly exclaimed euphemisms escape me! This is... <whispers> This is a lot of money! ~ Part 1

"Don Polehaus: I once kidnapped a cow after hitting my head in a car accident, but that's another story for another time." ~Part 3

"Buck Oliver: What are you doing?
Jay Smouse:
Ahh! Me? I was just admiring your truck.
Buck Oliver:
This truck?
Jay Smouse:
Yeah, it's big!
Buck Oliver:
You have a thing about big trucks?
Jay Smouse:
Oh yeah. Ever since I was a kid, you know, (makes truck noises)
Buck Oliver:
If you want to make friends, don't ever do noises like that again, OK?
Jay Smouse:
Yeah." ~ Part 5

"Wally Haggler: Did you write everything down?
Jay Smouse:
I think so, but I had to scribble on [the front of this] receipt from the hardware store, so it's kind of mixed up.
Wally Haggler:
Let's hear it.
Jay Smouse:
They drove the big truck back to a very nice house in a 40 gallon trash can.
Wally Haggler:
Jay Smouse:
Sorry. Brentwood Estates. Then, they took the sheets off the hex-head cap screws.
Wally Haggler:
Jay Smouse:
Furniture! Furniture! I told you this was a mess. And then they drove the big truck down to a lot near Gower's Field where the Tub Shelf Utility Cart is set up.
Wally Haggler:
Uncle Archie's Carnival
Jay Smouse:
Yeah, that. Then they got into a PVC plastic fitting.
Wally Haggler:
Pickup truck.
Jay Smouse:
Pickup truck and drove here to an iron gate on chrome pike.
Wally Haggler:
Gold Camp Road." ~Part 5"

"John Whittaker: So how long are you gonna wait?
The Stiletto:
John Whittaker:
To take off that disguise.
The Stiletto:
John Whittaker:
You know what I'm talking about.
The Stiletto:
Now that's very interesting. I'm afraid the beard won't come off without a razor. However the hat will and the sunglasses. How's that?
John Whittaker:
That's much better. It's good to see you again." ~Part 8

"Wooton Bassett: You know, I've always found that running along the top of a train gives me inspiration.
The Stiletto:
Good, then that's what I'll do." ~Part 12

Winner: GRC
 In GRC there are many more humorous quotes that stand out, rather than serious ones. But not only that, my favorite quote is the one where we find out that Jason is the Stiletto. Compared to DBD, the ones in GRC are sometimes more comical, and more ..the word escapes me...but you get the idea.

This album starts with Odyssey getting hit by different acts of vandalism. It kinda hits home in a way, because Odyssey and different locations that listeners and fans have to know and love are being hit. But it goes much deeper than that. As it progresses, we also hear about the isrealites, and their battle against the Bones of Wrath, A.K.A good vs evil. One twist in the album is Regis returning to Odyssey. Glossman, Regis and a newcomer Jellyfish, thicken the plot by trying to take over Odyssey and Whit's End. Blackgaard runs for mayor, and Richard returns to town to try to stop his evil plans. This album is packed chalk full action and suspense, including Blackgaard blowing up Whit's End and Jack almost not getting out alive.

The GRC takes a different angle. Around Odyssey, there is a counterfeit ring planning to transport a ton of counterfeit money across the country. Monty and Derk Beggs crash in an airplane which begins stirring up things in Odyssey. This album is full of suspense as well, but seems to work in more comedic moments. The biggest plot twist was when the Stiletto was revealed to be Jason Whittaker. My all time favorite character in AIO.

Winner: DBD
Both albums are great in their own way. But DBD has way more scary intense moments that GRC lacks. GRC is presented in a very suspenseful and quick paced way. Which it is easy to miss details that prove to be important later on. DBD has such an interesting plot that can easily fill everyone with distress and hatred towards the evil wreaking havoc on our favorite town. And our hatred doubles as it reveals our favorite villain Blackgaard is behind it all trying to become mayor and reign over Whit's End.

The themes presented in DBD are: Stewardship, Salvation and Spiritual Warship.

The themes presented in GRC include: Friendship, Lies, Trust, Honesty, Wisdom, Discernment, Deception, Loyalty, Redemption, Hope, Fraud, Change, Survival, Evil, Money, Good, Potential, Affection, Justice.

Winner: GRC
The GRC covers a more variety of themes,  and is presented in a very interesting way. DBD has good themes too, but in a different way. So with that, GRC ties it up. So we move on to the last match.

DBD: There are so many aspects to DBD that is liked by fans. The fact that it goes on from episodes before it adds to the "likeness" of this album. But besides this it also has lots of excitement, Jason, and an epic conclusion.

GRC: The GRC has alot to like as well. The action, the excitment, humorous lines/quotes, and of course Jason's return.

Winner: DBD
It was tough to call this one, but DBD beats GRC in Likeness by a just a bit. Some of the reason being that it's more intense for older listeners. GRC still is definitely a favorite in my book don't get me wrong, but DBD tops it by just a little. I can say that GRC tops Novacom though.

Overall Winner: DBD
By a score of 3-2 DBD tops GRC by such a small margin.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

GRC Review

 The Green Ring Conspiracy is an amazing tale that takes the listener along with the characters to foil the bad guys. It's filled with suspense, "cliff hanger agony" and twists that make your head spin. If you haven't listened to the Green Ring conspiracy yet, you totally should. That sounded almost like an ad... Well, onto the review. I will touch on different things from the episodes, but for a full summary of the episodes check out aiowiki's episode pages for each part. (Those plots were also mostly written by me.)

Parts 1-3 get you into the swing of things and you find out that things are just getting stirred up. Emily finds a bag of money, plane crashes in Gower's Field, and Connie starts art classes at Campbell County Community College. One downside to these parts is that we don't hear from Monty until part 4, and the first three end with cliff hangers about Monty. One of the victims in the crash says Whit's name; Monty, Monty is missing from the hospital, and then Monty is found at Whit's House on the floor. Although mostly exciting, perhaps that could have been switched up somehow.

As we reach 4-6, we find out tons more information. In part 4 we find out what Monty and derk were doing in Odyssey and why the plane crashed. In Part 5 they follow a lead that connects the carnival to the conspiracy.  Part 6 takes us to the carnival and ends with Monty getting captured as the cliff hanger...

In Part 7-9 things really start heating up. In part 7, Buck and Emily look for his appleberry, and Whit looks into a neat way to find Monty using the chip implanted in Monty's arm. In Part 8, it ends with the biggest twist of the whole album, that the Stiletto is really Jason Whittaker. In part 9 we learn more information, and how Jason connects into the whole thing. and that Archie Haggler is indeed connected with the conspiracy and that he wants the Stiletto out of the way. Note that both 8,9 and 10 end with hangers involving Jason/the Stiletto. But it doesn't bug me as much as the Monty ones because we actually hear Jason.

In 10-12 it dramatically draws to a close. Jason as The Stiletto is taped and drugged and put in with the money, in part 10's ending. Part 11 puts Connie, Penny, and Wooton in a train car with the money, and the rest of the good side searching for where the money is. In the dramatic closure, Jason ends up crashing the train into Wally's warehouse, and the bad guys are stopped.

This album easily makes it's way into my top favorite albums list. I love how they brought Jason back, and I really can't wait to see what they do with him next in Album 55: The Deep End.

I rate this as follows:
Part 1: 3/5
Part 2: 4/5
Part 3: 4/5
Part 4: 4.5/5
Part 5: 5/5
Part 6: 4/5
Part 7: 4/5
Part 8: 5/5
Part 9: 5/5
Part 10: 5/5
Part 11: 5/5
Part 12: 5/5
Average overall: 5/5 Great episodes. My GRC vs DBD head to head is coming. Hopefully before the end of this week as well... But thought I'd go ahead and do this too. That's all for now, this is Freddy Jay saying; "What did you think of album 53?"

Name Not a Number Popupisode

The Official Site has released another popupisode, A Name Not a Number, Part 1. And it may or may not have some "Brock inserted info on 55" in some spots. be sure to check it out.

Monday, August 22, 2011


Contrary to what I posted in a previous post, the real final cover for album 29 has not been shown. CBD isn't necessarily a reliable source for album art. It will be very similar to that, but will have the old logo. The albums 1-50 will remain with the old logo. So for future reference, don't use CBD as a reliable source for album cover information...

Also it has been confirmed that album 2 will have a new title. Brock Eastman is encouraging fans to guess the title on his facebook fan page although nothing has been officially stated on what it actually is. Have any guesses, feel free to comment them.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Cover Art, 4 of them!

[This was on the fb page, as well as aiowiki.]  Here are the arts for 2, 23, 26 and 34. They are pictured below. we finally get to see Jack!!!!

Album 2: Stormy Weather                                     Album 23: Twists and Turns        

Album 26: Back On The Air                                     Album 34: In Your Wildest Dreams

Monday, August 15, 2011

Album 55 News!!!!

I happened to come across something very interesting. On aiowiki there is now a page for album 55. And it now has a summary for that album. 54 is right around the corner, but I am super excited for 55. Here is the summary.

"When Jason Whittaker tracks the villainous Mr. Grote to London, England, he discovers another ominous plot. With the help of some old friends, will he unravel it in time? Back in Odyssey, Eugene and Red reveal the story of a World War I hero—Sergeant Alvin York."

I was really hoping they'd continue that storyline and looks like we won't be let down. London? Cool! And we get more of Jason. How awesome is that? And more RED! Odyssey loves to keep us in anticipation for the next album.

Click here for other info that we know about this album right now.

We also have the new cover art for album 29. Shown below.
I really like this take on it. We see the wedding cake, and some of the main characters around it, such as Jason, Tom, and Bernard, but you still don't know who is getting married.

The downloads for 54 are now available, mine came about a week ago as part of my prize. I'll save my thoughts for later though ;).   That's all the news I have for now. Discuss what you think.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

I met THE Brock Eastman!

Friday, Brock had a book signing and it just happned to be close enough that I was able to go! I met THE Brock Eastman from the Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, as well as author of HowlSage, Taken and the sixth book in the Imagination Station series.  Not only did he sign Howl Sage for me, he also signed the back of my cover for my dollar that won the AIO GRC contest in the 18+ category. Below are pictures of me and Brock, and his signature. Click to see em bigger.

It didn't take long for me to start on his book HowlSage. I really dug into yesterday, and I finished it today. This is an excellent book. In this book, the main character Taylor is a young demon hunter. And the demons he hunts purposely have similar characteristics of werewolves, and vampires amongst other things.  It makes the point that some shows and movies portray werewolves and vampires as heros. But this book puts those creatures in their proper places. This book is an awesome take on the battle of good vs evil. It also contains several interesting inventions and really keeps you guessing. Amongst other things it expresses the need to stay close to God. This book is a great read, and I encourage you to check it out.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Down With faio

I realize this was a heated debate a while back, and it's become even more so now on the ToO. If you're not aware what I am talking about faio is a free site that has Odyssey episodes up for anyone to listen to. Although it may technically not be illegal, it still costs Focus money. Isn't there a proverb like "There is no such thing as a free cookie"? Or something like that, the point being, even though it may be free for those listening, it is costly for FOTF. And even though they encourage people not to download the episodes on the site, it doesn't mean people can't. It also provides links to episodes that are illegally downloaded on sites like youtube and grooveshark. What is my purpose of saying all this? Well, some users of ToO have decided to try to take a step in moving against them with a petition to take down the site. Not sure what will really become of this petition, but I encourage you to sign it. You don't have to use your real name, nor do you have to be a member of the ToO. Here is a link to the petition. Thanks in advance.  This is Freddy Jay saying " Please help the cause."

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Album 54 (Clanging Cymbals and the Meaning of God's Love) summaries (The Real Ones)

The previous post was written in part because of hearing so many complaints about post-50 episodes most of which coming from the ToO.... I encourage you to read my perspective which is below. But this post is exciting because it has the episode summaries for album 54 Clanging Cymbals and the Meaning of God's Love. (I got them from Aio Wiki)

Wooton Knows Best
Olivia and Matthew Parker compete for a chance to be Wooton Bassett's camp assistant.

A Penny Saved
Penny Wise deals with the aftermath of her role in the Green Ring Conspiracy and plans for the future.

The Amazing Loser
When Whit's End sponsors a band camp, Matthew, Jay, and Barrett compete in a musical scavenger hunt.

Anger Mismanagement
Frustration abounds as David suggests Grandma Lucia try a test run of her salon business in his living room, and Olivia discovers Valarie stealing the media spotlight for a big parade

Forgiveness More... Or Less
After hearing a story from Red Hollard, Camilla Parker decides to make a forgiveness list.

You're two Kind
Ryan decides to partner with Brad for a school project, but has second thoughts when he overhears Brad making fun of him. Meanwhile, Connie gives Eugene a series of bejeweled gifts and he struggles to tell her the truth--he hates them.

A Penny Earned
Penny Wise searches for her future in a job and as Connie Kendall's roommate.

Never For Nothing
Grandma Lucia recounts to Olivia her story of a childhood friend, an event that taught her that love is "never for nothing."

Emily, the Genius
Emily is overwhelmed when a school test shows that she is a genius.

How to Sink a Sub
When Katrina becomes their substitute teacher, Jay and Valerie rouse the class to revolt, even persuading Olivia to help with a plan to get Katrina fired.

Unbecoming Jay
 Jay schemes a way to ditch his cousin Cindy by leaving her with Barrett, but Priscilla grows jealous of the new friendship.

Childish Things
Before a gallery exhibit of her work, Penny tries a variety of methods to decide whom she can trust in life.

If you'd like to see info on who wrote the episdoes, check it out on aiowiki.

Odyssey In Review

As a show grows things are bound to change. Odyssey has had many changes and phases over the years even before the ones we're seeing now. If you look back at album 1, you'll find shows such as Recollections, Connie Comes to Town, Madge and Guy, and others that are the foundation of Odyssey's history. Although classics, these episodes are more of spring boards, the ones where the main characters are just starting on their roles. It isn't until later that they get more comfortable and adapt to their character. In this album each episode pretty much centered around a different kid. Although an interesting angle, it didn't give the listening audience a chance to attach to any of the kids. In albums 2-15 we get characters like the Barclays, (a favorite family for most fans), and Lawrence, amongst others. We find out more about Whit's past in episodes like Thank You, God, Rescue from Manatugo Point, and Operation Digout. As we start to get the feel for main characters and really get attached to them, that's when things start stirring. In albums 16-26 all sorts of things happen. In The Mortal Coil we almost lose our beloved John Whittaker, In album 17 George loses his job, (And later they move from Odyssey) In 25 Odyssey is hit with the conclusion of the Blackgaard saga with Darkness Before Dawn and it's still popular among fans today.

Odyssey went into a short slump with albums 33 and 34 where some of the episodes were two 15 minute ones. After those, Odyssey was hit by the Novacom saga. This saga is popular amongst fans and for good reason. It's packed with action and intrigue.  But the thing is it lost a lot of its reality at this point. Main characters Whit, Eugene, Connie, Alex, Jason, Tom and some new characters such as fan favorite Mitch, battle try to put a stop to a company that is trying to take over the world with mind control using technology that coverts radio waves to brain waves. The thing that makes Odyssey so different from TV show and regular entertainment is the way it relates to reality and can connect with the listeners lives with lessons and morals that are important. Novacom still has the lessons and morals, but it loses the relation to the listeners that older episodes has.

As Novacom passed, we began to see more of those down to earth episodes. Including the conclusion to the Mitch-Connie story-line. Then we get eugene back in Odyssey and more brain-wave whatcha hoosey... But after Eugene comes back and gets his memory, we hear a saga that isn't wildly out there; The Search for Eugene's father who was lost on an archeolgical expedition years ago, and Eugene found out that he was still alive while on a mission trip to the same Ashanti village Leonard had once been to. This story line is a favorite of mine, because it's not way out there like Novacom, and someone isn't trying to take over the world or Odyssey. This saga covers episodes in albums 45-49. In album 50 we hear episodes with a wide variety f characters, and at times it seems that they just wanted to bring as many back as possible for the 50th album.

Albums post 50 are ones that seem to hit the fans hard. After two years of nothing, when it finally gets more new episodes it returned with all sorts of changes that didn't  seem to go over to well with some fans. For one thing, Paul Herlinger retired as Whit and a new actor Andre Stojka was hired. Some think that Andre sounds younger than Paul, while others think he sounds older. In 51 Andre didn't seem quite in the role of Whit yet, but that's to be expected with any part. The fans also were introduced to new families and characters namely The jones and Parker families, Red, Jay and Wally. And the style of the art has also changed quite a bit too. Not to mention the fact that key roles such as Bernard, Tom, The Rathbones, Washingtons, McKays, and a few others have seemed to slip into the background of Odyssey.  Some seem to think that the writers have taken a step back in quality. But is that the case? In some ways maybe the writers are trying to bring the focus back a little, make things simpler for the younger viewers while bringing in complaints from the older ones.

In album 51 we visited shows focusing on the Parkers and Jones' families mostly. Most of which were hard to swallow for many. Inspiration Station, Clutter and Game for a Mystery were it's four opening shows which gave a pretty weak start. They're not bad persay, but it's where the target age is obvious. Under age 12 kids are more likely to like them compared to 16+. Whereas with older episodes, they seemed more timeless and anybody could enjoy them. Target of the week was one of the best in the season. It was added to the short list of baseball episodes and gave Wooton opportunities to be well himself. Many have said that post-reboot Wooton is too goofy and never seems to be serious. Perhaps this is true. He used to be more of a neutral character that had quirks, but also could teach kids lessons if given the chance. After this one were For the Birds, When You're right You're Right, Grandma's Visit and Finish What you. For the Birds  seemed unrealistic by some, but that begs the question. If that is a main issue, why was Novacom so popular for the fans when mind control is pretty out there too?  The four mentioned again seemed more aimed for the youngers. The quality wasn't bad at all, just not what fans wanted nor expected. The Season Ended with a great three parter The Jubilee Singers, that almost everyone agrees is a great episode.

After Album 51, 52 was a good improvement. Part of the deal with 51 was that so many characters were just getting into their roles. Andre as Whit, the new families etc. In 52, we see more of a balance between story lines. Not every story revolves around the Parker and Jones' families. The season starts with a great two parter, The Mystery of the Clock Tower where we get to go along with the characters as they solve a mystery surrounded by love and heartbreak that really turns out to be a diversion so the bank can be robbed! Following this was Wooton's Broken Pencil Show. This episode was a wacky take on the theme that entertainment should have a point by not having a point. (Slightly confusing I know...) Then came Stage Fright, fast as I can, and The Owlnapping. Stage fright was a weak episode as was Game for a Mystery and The Malted Milkball Falcon. The Emily Jones detective agency episodes while they may appeal to kids, they seem rather difficult for the listener to try to solve the case with the characters. They point fingers one way, then another, and then finally the real solution is found. Fast as I Can presented an episode on fasting in a way that pointed out that there are multiple ways to fast other than just food, and sometimes different people get different things from them. The Owlnapping along with Fast as I Can, A Thankstaking Story and The Mystery of the clock Tower were highlights of the album. The Owlnapping brought us a basketball episode centered around an owl that went missing. Although simplistic, the theme not to put trust into petty things is a good one to remember. the rest of the album includes Square One, A Thankstaking Story, An Agreeable Nanny, The Malted Milkball Falcon, and Grandma's Christmas Visit. Square One was a decent episode, but of these, A Thankstaking Story is the best of them. It presents a new Thanksgiving Story as a parallel to The Grinch That stole Christmas similar to what they did with a Thanksgiving Carol. Odyssey always seems to try to come what with creative ways to keep the listeners interested and to bring their point across, whether it be with BT-V, Kids radio, one of Whit's inventions, or a thought or game by Whit. They usually try to bring in unique ways that will bring in the listeners and post 50 episodes we don't see that quite as much. The rest of the episodes mentioned seem to be a theme from chaos. A good approach to reach kids to get humor from chaotic events, hence An Agreeable Nanny, and Grandma's Christmas Visit. The season started off well, and then sputtered here and there in the perspective of an older listener.

And all this brings us to the most recent album The Green Ring Conspiracy. In the GRC we find old faces returning, several new faces, as well as familiar faces from 51 & 52. It takes us on a wild chase to conquer evil. One of the story lines includes Wooton and new character Penny Wise having a sort of "romantic chemistry". In the episodes Wooton is in it seems he's there for more comic relief than anything else. The greatest twist of the whole story was that The Stiletto turned out to really be Jason Whittaker. This album definitely seemed like the "Old Odyssey", like Darkness Before Dawn and Novacom. Some fans still seem to complain, but many more like it.

The main problem that some fans have is comparing the new episodes to the old and saying this is a rip off of this and things like that. If you take the episodes and look at them for what they are without comparing them, they aren't really all that bad. Some of them may seem lacking luster as if more aimed for kids, but good quality all the same. In fact, the writers should get more credit for what they are doing than some give them. They're keeping a timeless show going even through actor, character and family replacements. So are post-50 albums really that bad? It all just depends on how you look at it.

Wow...I think this is my longest post ever!... And I'm sorry for that. 

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Awards and New player

The Official WE site has released the Avery Awards. In a new and entertaining fashion. Be sure to check it out.
Also featured on the blog page are interviews with Brock done by the Odyssey scoop, and interview with Paul McKusker done by the official WE Podcast.

In other news, aiowiki has a new audio player up. So if you're looking for all the latest episodes that have aired on the radio, and podcasts, and all the free ones. That is the place to go. Be sure to check it out.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

I won!

As Christian A. mentioned in my comments, I won the GRC dollar contest in the 18+ category. My dollar is shown above. I missed the call because I was on vacation, but it was really exciting when I came home to the message on the answering machine. Brendon from the Whit's End Podcast, wanted to do a brief podcast with me about my dollar. If you want to check it out... (My voice is a little on the deep side because of lack of sleep from things...) Anyway if you'd like to check it out, go here. A big thank you to all those who voted for my dollar. I've been really busy with different things and haven't been home much...  I think that's all for now. This is Freddy Jay, signing off.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Album 54 Episode Titles

I relize I'm a little behind in posting this... But here are all the titles for 54. Along with summaries written by me.

691: Wooton Knows Best
Wooton takes on a call in radio show to answer a variety questions about, well anything. 
692: A Penny Saved 
Wooton and Penny plan to go skydiving, but first have to stop at the bank. While there, the bank is held up.
Wooton tries to show the robber love by trying to convince him that doing something crazy like this could ruin his life forever. When asked if he is a christian, he must decide whether to put his life on the line and say yes, or say no to stay safe.
693: The Amazing Loser
Nelson decides that he wants to try and expand his talents because frankly not very many people like him for his brains. But after trying and not succeeding at much of anything, Whit convinces him that as christians it isn't important to get worldly approval and that we should be "losers" for christ in the since that He gave everything for us, so we should give everything over to Him.
694: Anger Mismanagement
A TV station puts Barrett, Olivia, Connie and Eugene on a new show called Anger Mismanagement. But when everything isn't going right for them, how will they handle their anger?
695: Forgiving, More or Less  
Priscilla has done it this time, and there''s absolutely no way on Earth that Olivia is ever going to forgive her. When Whit sees this, he comes up with an object lesson to teach her the value of forgiveness.
696: You're Two Kind
Barett signs up for boy scouts and right away works on being helpful and kind. Though Jay sees no point in being kind to people. Olivia tries to change his mind, while Barrett tries to help someone that doesn't want his help.
697: A Penny Earned
Right as the robber was about to pull the trigger the police show up. To get out they use Penny as a hostage. The police along with Whit, Eugene and Wooton do their best to pull their resources together to find her.
698: Never for Nothing
Whit does a Sunday School lesson on always doing our best in everything we do. So Barrett does just that when he's looking for people to help. But when he's asked to clean the school's bathroom, how will he react?
699: Emily, the Genius
 Matthew and Emily find an old set of walkie talkies that fit in your ear at Wally's Junkyard. So they decide to host a fun little event at her house called "Stump the Genious", with Emily as the spokesperson and Matthew as the brains. But when everyone finds out that it was all a hoax, she must get the courage to apologize, admit that she was wrong, and ask for forgiveness.
700: How to Sink a Sub
Kids radio presents 101 ways to sink a Sub by Jay and his cousin, though Whit and Eugene can't figure out how they managed to hijack the signal!
701: Unbecoming Jay
Jay's brother has always wanted to be just like his big brother. So Olivia decides that in order to change him, she'll have to start with Jay. 
702: Childish Things
When Wooton is asked why he is so childish all the time, he suddenly decides to attempt being normal.  Though later, he decides that it's just who he is. And his provoker accepts him for who he is.

Again, these aren't official, just my made up summaries for them.
I hope to start the DBD vs GRC comparison sometime this week. So keep looking for that. I think that's all for now. So catch ya later.

Thursday, June 16, 2011


Sorry bout lack of postage lately... Summer is Usually pretty hectic. But i thiught I'd do a little post to say: I'm a finalist in the AIO art contest. (Finalist #3 in the 18+ category) Congrats to the other finalists. Can't wait to find out who wins. ---there's the link.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Odyssey Wallpaper

I thought I'd try my hand at making a wallpaper. Here it is.

To use it, click on thumbnail, and then right click and select set as background and there you go.

I may do more later.

The Green Ring Conspiracy is getting closer to the end. How do you think it will end? Feel free to discuss in the comments.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Dollar contest!

The official site is doing a contest with the prize being album 54, and finalists get a poster. Check it out!

I'm entering for sure, in fact I just got my entry done and am getting it ready to mail.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Album 55 Teaser

This was just posted by Brock due to 100 likes.

"The clue I promised, but can you decipher it? Look closely. What might be happening in #55?"-Brock

Monday, May 2, 2011

News and change of plans...

Alrighty, to start with there is a video on face book that contains sketches of 5 cover repacks.
Below are screen shots, but you can check out the video here.

I'm oober excited to see these, and especially the one with Rodney falling through the skylight because we get to see Gary's version of Jack. Also in that one and 29 we get to see more pics of Jason! Yes! Also be sure to like this video if you have a facebook because brock said. "We need 100 people to like this and I'll post all of the sketches and artwork for the 5 revealed covers!"And right now it's at 31...

Also, I saw this on aiowiki yesterday, but can't seem to pull anything up there right now...
 "There was originally supposed to be no mention of the events of 53 in this album, but as of April 25, 2011, there was a last-minute change and now three new episodes will be recorded in May that will pick up where Album 53 left off. "
Which is really interesting news, can't wait to hear that album.

I think I have decided to change the comparison dealy a little bit. Seeing how I am so far behind I may do one big post and break down both albums into different categories and then an over all winner. It's harder and sorta time consuming the way I was doing it..... Anyway, I hope to do that soon as well as a separate review of 53 as a whole.
That's all I got for now. What'd ya think of the latest spin on the GRC? When I first heard it I gasped in disbelief and then did a dance of joy.  Such an epic episode! It's so good to hear him back. But time will only tell how things will play out.
This is Freddy Jay, Over and out.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Big News!

We have official covers for the Blackgaard chronicles and Album 54. As Seen below.

I like the Blackgaard cover, both Whit and Blackgaard have this intense rivalry look aboust them and it goes well with the album. And the fact that the chess pieces are in the shape of Connie, Eugene, Tom, Whit's End, the imagination Station (white) and Bart or Mr. Glossman, a computer, and either the electric palace or Blackgaard's Castle is a nice touch. Very creative touch on that album cover, and it goes well with the collection.
I like the red on album 54. And in this cover we get to see Priscilla, Jay, and Barrett. (Nice additions to aiowiki once someone, perhaps me... Cuts them out.)The red and oink fills it nicely too.

I Apologize for getting behind in my 53vs 25 comparison, and hope to start the catch up today/this week. Got any comments on the new arts? Go ahead and comment.
And that's all for now. This is Freddy Jay saying, "Catch ya later."