|Whit, Eugene, Marvin, and Jason work around the clock to get a new invention ready for deployment, even though the task seems like it will be impossible to complete.
"The Last Great Adventure of the Winter"
Written By: Broadcast
The thing I liked about this episode was that it didn't just try to be something from the past. It was its own creationóbut it also remained faithful to what the Odyssey format has always been. You don't necessarily need Eugene to be acting over-the-top smart, Connie being upset at Eugene, or Whit standing behind the counter to have a decent episode. All you need is a fun and exciting storyline and with each character being faithful to who they are, and you've got a recipe for an actual "Adventure" in Odyssey.
The first surprise had to be Jason's return to the show after over a 2-season disappearance. Jason must be the single character not disliked by anyone. He brings that heroic, mature, and exciting addition to the show. Truly, he's every girl's crush, and every boy's hero.
It was also pleasant to hear Marvin working alongside the adults, and in the end, saving the project. When used right, Marvin is quite the likeable character. I've enjoyed the fact he's been used in large quantity this season.
And the music! It wasn't anything we've heard from on the show, but I did enjoy the change from what we've recently been hearing. Maybe it was a little too different, actually. At times it may have sounded a little childish, but it was overall pretty good. Just like Prisoners of Fear, there was a pleasant recurring theme. And if you turned the show off in the middle of Chris's wrap-up, you missed... Tango Music! Yeah, I didn't really know what was up with that, either. Perhaps John Campbell had too much leftover music from the show.
The thing that I found a little strange was the fact the program had a story-arc-feel to itó but was it actually part of a story arc? I mean, as the show wrapped up, I half-expected the Minister of India to laugh maliciously and have the Chairman join him on screen in front of Marvin. If I quote Nathan Hoobler from LAST Season;
"We have plans for Jason to be part of a story arc coming up this fall. However, he won't be in any episodes this fall."
So, according to this statement, Jason is supposed to be involved in a story arc that appeared last season. And so when I heard him, I suspected today's program was somehow connecting to an already existing storyline. Now, unless Jason shows up in another episode this season, I don't see how this show had anything to do with something that came up last fall.
I think the show's theme should have been, "dumping work on your friends". If you think about it, the person doing all the work in this show was Nick. Every single Whit's End Employee was busy at work for 3 weeks straight. Now, I'm sure Connie's comment at the beginning; "Thanks for Covering Nick! I'll be right back!" was so no fans would be commenting how they left the counter empty. Oh well, at least we know he's still alive.
For a show that could have been a disaster (based on the episode description), it sure made a nice conclusion to the first half of the seasonóright before a few weeks reruns. In the end, it wasn't the best show so far this year, but it was definitely engaging and entertaining. I certainly enjoyed it!