January 28, 2006
|Connie continues writing her book and reflects on events from her childhood that have interesting connections to the present!
Written By: Broadcast
For those who didn't sit to hear the end of the episode; you missed out.
A somewhat new popular show has hit Wednesday Nights by storm. In ABC's Lost, we follow the lives of 15 passengers trapped on a mysterious island. Funny thing is, the characters and situations are all interconnected before the actual crash took place. Every so often, the writers would yell out "gotcha!" as we learn that this so-and-so character actually had encountered another character prior to the plane crash without even realizing it.
Odyssey took on this type of style. Through the midst of all the floating storylines, the winter season-premiere greets us with a storyline that was there the entire time. If you just look back, it's amazing to think that they both had met each other before Eugene came to Odyssey. Even though it's something the writer's obviously decided to throw in this season, it adds a lot to series, and, not to mention, to this episode. I could just imagine the writer's yell out "gotcha" as they wrapped up production...
Every so often, to help shape the character, the series re-tells the story of how a character arrived to where they are now. We all heard about Whit, Eugene, Jason, Jack, and even Wooton. However, Connie rarely had many storylines or stories that dealt with her past, or, not since she came to Odyssey. I was a little surprised when I heard that we'd hear one of her stories, because, honestly, I never found it something I was particularly looking forward to. Connie was never really interesting like that. I actually sighed when I heard we'd be hearing from her, because I knew it was an attempt to make Connie more interesting, when she was already fleshed out as it is. I mean, after being on the show for 17 years, isn't it a bit too late to start taking a look at her life now? It's funny how a simple little camp story could prove me so wrong.
The choice of actors to play Connie and Eugene were both fairly good. The actress who played Connie may have sounded too old to sound like a young Connie, though, I'm happy that Katie Leigh just didn't decide to play the part herself and try to sound like a little girl. Overall, she did a good job, and managed to pull off a few lines to sound identical to present-day-Connie.
I did enjoy the fact that Eugene mentioned his foster parents for the first time on the show. I always wondered if Eugene stayed most of his life at an orphanage, or at a home. My guess is that he didn't stay with the Burnetts long since Eugene never cared to mention them, nor bothered to introduce anyone to them.
As today's adventure started out, I found it to be a cross between "You Win Some, You Lose Some" and "The Pact". It was a usual camp episode, where the ultimate goal was NOT to be kicked out of camp. It reminded me of "The Pact", except, it was the opposite; instead of two people knowing each other and living in Odyssey the entire time without knowing it, it was two characters living in Odyssey without ever knowing they knew each other before. But even if this added plot to "Champ of the Camp" was never added to the end, it would've' still have been an enjoyable episode. The dialogue, acting, storyline, and the prank ideas were all new and pretty original (for the most part). For a lighter episode, it kept you interested and involved until the end...and then, a surprising reward.
Do I hope that Odyssey revisits Connie's life again? Why not. Will Eugene bring up the fact that Connie once had a crush on him? Count on it.
Tune in next week to hear a little more about Eugene's past...
Teenage Connie mentions that 'Goggles' is a geek and most girls probably tell him to get lost and then throw mud on him. In the episode "The Trouble with Girls", Eugene mentions to Jimmy Barclay how he received this very type of treatment.
- Micah Behr
In this episode, Connie gets a call while she is at camp, saying that her parents had gotten divorced. But, in "Stormy Weather," Connie says to her mom: "[...] See, i could stay with Aunt Joyce just like I did when you and dad got your divorce [...]" Therefore, Connie was at her Aunt's, not camp.
Shadowpaw's Note: It's possible that once returning home from camp, Connie stayed with her aunt for a period of time.
(Majorly cool!) Alfonso Freeman (who plays Mr. Sherman in this episode) is the son of Morgan Freeman! Credits include: Evan Almighty, Bruce Almighty, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight,March of the Penguins etc.
- Christian A.