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Monday, October 25, 2010  | 

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Here's my review for "Stage Fright."


Things I Liked:

  • I LOVED Mr. Stolfitz’s voice.  It was awesome!  (Until the end, when his voice changed and sounded more like Captain Absolutely)
  • I’m glad Priscilla is back.  (Her voice sounds familiar, but I can’t think of who it sounds like.  Maybe someone from youth camp.)
  • There were a few parts in this episode that were funny, and made me laugh, such as the Ichabod Crane part.
  • Jay’s first part in the episode was pretty funny.  He sounded very villain-like.
  • Barrett has really matured since his first episode, “Game For a Mystery.”  His voice isn’t as squeaky and whiny.  (His voice sounds kind of like Matthew’s, while Emily’s voice sounds like Priscilla’s.)
  • It was dumb that Emily was the only brave person in the episode, however, I didn’t mind her as much in this episode.  She, also in part of the episode, reminded me of a girl I know, named Angela.  Her voice also reminded me of Julie’s voice, during a part of the episode.


Things I Disliked:

  • Everyone was scared of the “phantom” except for Emily.  I mean really, like pre-teen boys are going to let a girl do something that they won’t do.  And what about the teacher.  She should be the one calming the kids, and reassuring them that their’s no such thing as ghosts, monsters, and phantoms.


Notes:

  • Isn’t it kind of weird for Matthew to be hanging out with Emily all the time?  He really needs to find some friends who are boys.
  • Barrett’s song “Twenty-two Trombones” sounded kind of like a VeggieTales song.  There was also a Thomas the Train Engine accent to Barrett’s voice during part of this song.
  • I wondered, while listening to this episode, how Emily knew Jay’s number.  It’s just kind of weird for her to have the phone number of one of the school bully’s.
  • I noticed that, instead of saying Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Jay said Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hydelberg.  I thought of the VeggieTales video, the knock-off of Dr. Jekyll, named something like Mr. Jekyll and Dr. Who.
  • I also noticed that nobody could say Stolfitz’s name except for Jay.
  • It was kind of weird when Matthew said that a certain pet shop was a good place because they sold hamsters.  Hamsters make a good pet shop?  Maybe it was the same place where Connie’s room-mate got her beta fish, kerplunk. J (Best of Enemies)


I’ll give this episode 3 of 5 stars.

Stage Fright - Now Airing!

Saturday, October 23, 2010  | 

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The fourth episode of the new AIO season is airing today!  

Barrett couldn't be more excited about getting the lead role in the school play. But when his first practice is interrupted by a mysterious booming voice, Emily Jones must investigate the "phantom of the school play."

You can buy Stage Fright by clicking on this link.  Or you can listen to the show online by going to the Focus on the Family Media Center.  I'll try to post a review soon, possibly tonight.

My Review for "Wooton's Broken Pencil Show"

Thursday, October 21, 2010  | 

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Things I Enjoyed:
  • This episode was funny.
  • Harlow Doyle was back. While I don’t like Harlow Doyle, it’s good to have some old characters back.
  • Captain Absolutely was back.
  • I liked how Wooton took a break for an advertisement, and then it went directly into a real ad.
  • Andre Stojka did a good job as a villain.
Things I Disliked:

 
  • Wooton isn’t as funny, in my opinion, as he used to be. He’s always saying dumb stuff, like in this episode.
  • It was dumb when Wooton kept playing sound effects and instruments.
Notes:

  • The music that played, when Roundhouse beat up Captain Absolutely, was more contemporary than usual Odyssey stories. 
  • The part, when Roundhouse beat up Captain Absolutely, sounded violent for an Odyssey episode.
I’ll give this story a 1½ out of 5 star rating.

Here's the link to a new AIO social network, that Kevin from the Odyssey Tattler made.

Is Focus Being "Mean?"

Thursday, October 14, 2010  | 

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Over at FAIO, there is a bunch of people commenting on Focus being "mean" and "wanting money."  I don't think that's it at all though.  Focus has to have money to make Odyssey, and they get money by people buying their albums.  If everybody just listens for free, then Focus can't continue it's ministry.

And FAIO has a LOT of listeners.  If you read their October 8th post, you'll see that they have 1000 new visitors each month!  (At least that's what the post says.)  There are over 6000 users!  That's over $150,000 dollars that Focus is losing if all these people listen at the site instead of buying the album!

One of the users said the following "...fotf just wants money? they aren't just christians wanting other people to be christians..."  Another user said this: "Honestly, what is more important to FOTF, to have kids (and adults too!) able to listen to a wonderful show that teaches lessons about the bible, or money..."  

A lot of people want the webmaster of FAIO to "fight" FOTF and try to keep the episodes.  But Focus isn't just interested in making money, and they aren't being mean.  They're just trying to make wholesome, quality entertainment for families to listen.  And I for one would rather listen to buy new episodes (and listen to them on the radio) than have access to old ones for free, and have Focus stop making episodes.  I appreciate the comments of Emily and himi34.

Please tell me what you think in the comments.  I'm very interested to know what the rest of the blogger's think on this subject.

Picture of #53!

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I was on the AIO Wiki today, when I found this bit of news. 

"...You can find full details of how to submit an endorsement here. While you're there look extra close at the image and you may see something, something from the future..."

Here is the image, that is probably for #53 Green Ring Conspiracy

I assume that is Whit, Matthew, and maybe Connie.  But is that a Ferris Wheel in the distance?  It appears that they're looking at a helmet maybe.

Christian is Back!

Monday, October 11, 2010  | 

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For those of you who keep up with the Voice of Odyssey, know that the webmaster, Christian A., took a long hiatus from his blog, for undisclosed reasons.  Well, he is finally back.  Check out his new post here.

In other news, there is no other news.  Except that I just got an email from Brock Eastman with this link enclosed.  I don't think it pertains to Odyssey, but you can go and vote for his video here.

Mystery of the Clock Tower Part 2 Review

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Things I Liked:

  • I liked how Matthew tagged along with Eugene during this episode.  It might have made the story better if Matthew had actually helped solve a part of the mystery, and proved to Eugene that he could be useful.
  • I enjoyed the part where Whit and Connie’s cell phone rang at the same time, and they talked concurrently.
  • I kind of liked Oliver Drevell.  His voice sounded like a bad guy’s voice.  Too bad he actually turned out to be one.


Things I Disliked:

  • I was kind of disappointed with the conclusion of this episode.


Notes:

  • The part where Whit, Connie, and Oliver went to Michael’s apartment, and finding out about Michael’s “unhealthy crush” seemed mature for AIO’s target age group.


I’ll give both parts of this episode a combined 3½ out of 5 star rating.

(Note: Tell me what you thought about this episode in the comments!)

New Blog

Friday, October 8, 2010  | 

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Sorry everybody. The link is actually this: www.lifeandodyssey.blogspot.com

Radio Theatre!

Thursday, October 7, 2010  | 

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Radio Theatre is back in production!  This will be cool.  I can't wait to see what new stories they do!  View more information here. (This information was released in the latest Official Podcast.  See more here.)

Also there's a new website for the Imagination Station Series.  You can read part of one of the books here!

In blogging news, the Campbell County Connection has a new podcast out.  And the Odyssey Tattler did an interview with Jacob Isom.  Check that out here.

Green Ring Conspiracy Summary!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010  | 

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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! 

Sounds Exciting!  Also the new Imagination Station book is called "Revenge of the Red Knight."

My review for "Mystery of the Clock Tower"

Monday, October 4, 2010  | 

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Here's my review for "Mystery of the Clock Tower:"

Things I Liked:
  • I liked the story behind this story.
  • How Alicia and Michael both told the story.

Things I Disliked:
  • Andre Stojka as the voice of Whit, mostly 
  • I have mixed feelings about the mayor, Spencer Hicks.  Margaret Faye made some of the episodes really good, even though she was obnoxious and politically correct.
Notes:
  • The end of this episode sound's like something you'd read on the back of a Ted Dekker book. "A wedding veil hanging in a dark, deserted room, with a clock counting down to 11:45 and a lost love."
  • This episode is a mystery, hence the Novacom Saga-sounding music.
  • I think that Andrew may be involved with the mystery somehow.  His scene would be completely unnecessary, otherwise.
Rating:
I'll give this episode a 31/2 - 4 star rating 

Audio Theatre Central + Download AIO episodes now!

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In Odyssey news, there's a new podcast out that reviews popular radio dramas such as Adventures i Odyssey, and Lamplighter Theatre.  You can visit the site (it's called Audio Theatre Central) here.  Also, Focus on the Family has a new site, where you can download #52 right now! (and albums #1-#51)  Visit that site here.  And thanks to Brock Eastman for the heads up.  In my opinion, the price for each album is too expensive.  You could almost buy a hard copy of the album for that price.  Anyway...

Mystery of the Clock Tower - Now Airing!

Saturday, October 2, 2010  | 

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It's finally here!  "Mystery of the Clocktower" is airing at www.whitsend.org!  I'm receiving the album, from Tyndale, probably next week.  But this week, I'll be able to hear the first episode.  I hope this album was better than #51.  I kind of liked some of the episodes of Take it From the Top at first, but now I don't really like the album.  I'll probably do a review of the whole album, before I post my reviews for #52.

In AIO news, the Odyssey Scoop has a new ScoopCast out.  If you want to visit my personal blog, just click on the link at the top of the screen.  That's all for today.  So long!
 
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