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550: Fairy Tal-e-vision
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October 16, 2004

Connie and Jason use Kid's Radio to broadcast a show dealing solely with Fairy Tale stories melded together to highlight the consequences of sin.


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John Beebee   Bob Luttrell
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"B-TV: Forgive Us?"
Written By: Shadowpaw

Remember those great Odyssey shorts that aired during commercial breaks in the 2000 spring season? They ranged from skits featuring the Apostle Paul in a James Bond spoof, comical Biblical stories in And You Think You've Got Problems?, a biography minute on Pocahontas and several others. Among them was a hilarious news story on Humpty Dumpty's great fall. It was cute, short, and full of laughs with an interesting spin on the old rhyme. So logically, one would think an entire episode filled with similar shorts would be a wonderful ride for the listener.

It isn't. At least not in my mind. Adventures in Odyssey has been a variety show from the very beginning and we are occasionally treated to Kid's Radio, The Twilife Zone, and B-TV broadcasts instead of getting a chance to eavesdrop on the citizens of our favorite town. To give you perspective on where I'm coming from, if AIO did away with these shows all together, I wouldn't complain. There are some great shows that use the aforementioned formats and I enjoy giving them the occasional listen... but overall they aren't shows I look forward to hearing. "Fairy Tal-e-vision" in particular is a show that lived up to my meager expectations, which were not very high.

The entire show features scenes and breaking news from in and around Fairy Tale Land. Neat in premise, but certainly not original. Countless cartoons, plays, video games, and even movies take the "twisted fairy tale" concept and find some way to milk the abundance of material freely available to them. In junior high I remember watching fellow class mates perform a student written play with this formula and AIO themselves have done a fairy tale spoof in the past during "B-TV: Forgiveness". It's no secret why this storyline is done time and time again... the stories are familiar, the laughs are cheap, and it's fun to try and twist all the stories into one cohesive storyline. I'm not saying these shows aren't good... I very much enjoy this angle when done properly and that means making it hilarious. Here, "Fairy Tal-e-vision" just didn't seem to pack the comical punch one would expect.

In fact, aside from the Hansel and Gretel news report, I don't know if I even cracked a smile. The nature of the show (which was mostly a news team reporting the nightly news) felt almost serious in nature. However, it wasn't serious enough to be funny and it wasn't zany enough to be funny. It was just... blah. It's completely subjective and I know people found this show very funny, but I couldn't wait for it to be over with. We were listening to Connie and Jason who were listening to Little Miss Muffett who was watching her television. I felt so detached from the show that I wasn't emotionally concerned with where it was heading. I would sooner have listened to an old rerun of AIO as opposed to this. And on a side note, why on earth was Budapest mentioned in the weather report? A nod to Mitch? Maybe. But this is Fairy Tale Land... a magical world doesn't seem so magical when a weatherman feels compelled to report on an actual location.

This show is geared towards children and I accept that. I'm what... a decade out of the target age range? Children enjoyed this show a lot more than I did and I'm happy for them. However, AIO has always had success in appealing to young and old alike. Why do you think so many fans have grown up and yet stayed loyal listeners? Because most episodes can be enjoyed on different levels in different ways at different times of our lives. Unfortunately, "Fairy Tal-e-vision" lacks that depth and doesn't appeal to the widest spectrum possible. Once those children grow up, this show will be nothing more than a nostalgic memory... where upon a more mature listening, will pose the question "What was I thinking?".


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