|KYDS airs a series of skits to teach about "the power of one" and both Harlow and Edwin perform a poem of the Sampson and Delilah story.
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"The Worst Episode Ever"
Written By: Shadowpaw
I could save myself a lot of time and simply paste my review of "Fairy Tal-e-vision" here for everyone to re-read. Because really, most of my arguments from that review apply to this episode as well. KYDS radio shows will never be shows I look forward to and my expectations are always low going in. You would think one of these days my expectations would be so low that the show itself can't help but rise to the occasion, but ironically, every KYDS episode either meets or falls low of my already very meager expectations. This episode is one of those that falls far below the bar I have set for it.
Now, as absolutely wonderful it is that Eugene Meltsner returned to town, there's a downside. And it's a pretty big downside. We also get back Harlow Doyle, a daft, one-dimensional character who was never very funny to begin with and now pales in comparison to the superior Wooton Bassett. There are fans of Harlow still out there and so I can understand he does have somewhat of an audience, but his ten minute poem with Edwin Blackgaard is quite possibly the worst 10 minutes of Adventures in Odyssey I've sat through. The interaction between Edwin and Harlow was nice, but Harlow's only a good character when used in small doses. To have a 10 minute poem, made up entirely of dialogue, is like dragging my finger nails across a chalkboard and mashing my teeth on the pavement. I apologize for that rather graphic image, but I feel somewhat cheated that 10 minutes of my time (which surely could have been put to better use) was spent listening to that painful poem. A four or five minute segment I could have lived with, but ten minutes of Harlow Doyle is too much for this devoted AIO fan to bear. And I'm going to be really honest here, when I normally write reviews, I tend to listen to the episode several times while I'm writing my review to make sure it accurately reflects how I felt about the show. However, I tried several times to re-listen to that segment and just couldn't get through it. So I'm going to stand by my initial thoughts on the scene in question.
I did find the sportscast revolving around David and Goliath rather cute and enjoyed the modern way to tell that story, but the comments about "Ashley" ruined it and I could only shake my head in disappointment. The "Apostle Paul" skit would have been the highlight of the episode, had I not already heard it five years ago. Leaving us with "The Pray Way" commercial, which was the best part of the episode. That says very little I'm afraid and despite some funny "testimonies", it wasn't enough to salvage a respectable rating. In fact, I do believe this is the worst rating I've given an episode since the infamous 2000 Spring season.
A harsh review? Undoubtedly. But I can't help feeling that this would have been better suited as a B-TV episode. B-TV, while not a format of AIO that gets me excited either, would most definitely have delivered the poem in a more entertaining way. You know those "Story By Bernard" segments that stretch out over the course of an entire episode? Well, had that been done here, we wouldn't have felt overwhelmed for so long with a story we didn't particularly enjoy as the story would unfold over multiple sections. Would turning this KYDS episode into a B-TV show have made this show much better than it was? No, but it would have made the episode slightly more bareable. As it stands, I'm afraid to say, I will not be listening to it again for a very, very long time.
The shorty "Paul, Apostle Paul" is included in this episode.
"The Dangerous Haircut" was originally an episode that was written around the year 2000, but never aired. It was later turned into a segment that was used in this episode.