"Successful Sequel? Or Awful Addition?"
Written By: Broadcast
The Adventures in Odyssey writing-team continue to succeed...
I don't see how anyone could have much of a problem with this episode. I could very well finish my review right here and now by pronouncing how much I enjoyed it. It was clever, had a good pace, wasn't too this or that, and, overall, was simply a well-written and well-acted episode.
To go into detail, I enjoyed how the episode started out as a direct continuation from "Prisoners of Fear". This actually makes the new assortment of "Lost and Found" make a little more sense. If you didn't know; the order of the previous season has been jumbled around to have the three-parter at the very end of the album. For the album-listener, it makes a nice link between the two. Now the eager fan can hear the continuation first thing on album 46, instead of being tempted to skip through many other episodes to get to it.
And who can blame them? This storyline has been nearly perfect so far. This has been the most thrilling storyline since Novacom locked its doors. And that's saying a lot considering the number of storylines presently occurring on the show.
Not only has it been exciting, but also it's been heartwarming and sincere. Whit and Eugene's chemistry in this episode was impressively delivered. Surprisingly, those two haven't had much one-on-one dialogue since his return. The same goes to Eugene and Katrina. Odyssey has certainly been using and putting to good use their new marriage. It's refreshing to see them discuss, argue, and arrive to decisions like any married couple.
This episode performed the rare act of reinforcing and improving Whit's character. Some of the lines that came from his mouth were quite impressive, due to Marshall Younger's terrific writing. It was both good AND consistent.
Did anyone else remark the reference to Whit's disbelief in coincidences?
Casting was very well done too. All the voices were quite fresh and original. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I doubt any of them have featured a role on Odyssey, or at least not a significant one. From the Burnets, to Martin, to Eugene's British father—it's always nice to hear someone besides tiresome voice-actor Matt Hurwitz ("Share and Share Alike", "No Boundaries", "A Most... I, II, III", "Arizona Sunrise", "Mystery at Tin Flat", etc...)
I also believe today's episode was the very first time that Odyssey mentioned DVDs. I just thought it was worth pointing out. A few years ago, I wondered how long it would take Odyssey to accept this new technology—as well as all the other technologies coming out.
We were also were left with quite a bit of information about Eugene's life. Now, I understand how some of the facts about Eugene as a child were a bit idiotic: the dissolving bathtub, the strict use of vocabulary, his strange practices, his eating habits, having his temperature at one certain level...etc. Many of you may have found these practices a little too over-the-top, and simply thought the writers were trying to portray Eugene as a genius a bit too excessively—as if he wasn't a very realistic and believable human. However, if you consider the very first day that Eugene came to town; he was exactly that: over-the-top. His use of non-understandable English has diminished sincerely. His cockiness and pride for his intelligence has left, leaving us with quite a humble Eugene. It's the reason why I always sighed whenever I heard someone complain that Eugene didn't use big words as he used to, because, honestly, Odyssey has really done Eugene good. It just goes to show that the people of Odyssey have really humanized him since he came to Odyssey.
It all comes down to the moral of the show: God's providence. Eugene explained it perfectly. God provides us with what we need every day to get through our lives. We saw it perfectly through the life of Eugene, and, though it wasn't obvious until it was pointed out—it was still nice. He has been blessed by others, and especially through Whit. His first entrance into Whit's End was no accident—nor a coincidence. I'm glad Odyssey finally took the time and showed this to us.
I have a small need to be critical, however. As many of you may have noticed, Eugene's father did NOT have a lisp as was mentioned in "Feud for Thought". Though that isn't that big of a problem for me, I was waiting to hear if they'd neglect that small fact. [Shadowpaw's Note: I believe it was Eugene's grandfather, not his father, who had the lisp.] Another thing that I found slightly annoying was the scene where Eugene's chemicals began to have another reaction. I realize that this is a kid's show, but I felt it was a tremendously unnecessary addition to a serious scene. It provided nothing to the show, and killed whatever emotions were building up towards the end. It seems like a recurring habit on the show; they attempt to spice things up with something that they could do less of.
The way the episode ended was a bit puzzling; leaving us with much to ponder. Personally, I had expected Whit and Eugene to discover one more clue, and have it finish with a new lead to the dad's whereabouts. I also expected us to have to wait a while until finally hearing from the dad on the show. Nonetheless, it was nice after 17 years to finally know that Eugene's father is alive and well. And now, only one question remains. Why on earth did Leonard lie about his child's existence? Was it on purpose? Or has he simply forgotten? For plot interest, I choose the latter. Still, I'm sure this question is on all of our minds as we eagerly wait for the next installment.
Overall, I have been satisfied. If the End of Season Awards were now, I'd hand this episode a trophy. It was a refreshing, dramatic, and beautiful episode, adding to the many other successful episodes in Adventure's in Odyssey's history.