Isaac the Chivalrous

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#184: “Isaac the Chivalrous”
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Isaac the Chivalrous
“Isaac the Chivalrous” is episode #184 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written and directed by Phil Lollar, and originally aired on February 29, 1992.

Summary

After a journey in the Imagination Station, a brave knight follows Isaac into modern times.

Plot

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It all started at Whit’s End. Isaac Morton wants to know about the meaning of chivalry. So Whit sends Isaac back in the Imagination Station to the time of knights and maidens. Isaac becomes the squire to Sir William of Marshall and helps him defeat the Black Knight. But when the adventure ends, Isaac exits the Imagination Station and informs Whit that he’s rather disappointed. He didn’t learn much about chivalry. Whit asks Isaac to write down how the program could be improved, and the first thing Isaac writes is “spend more time with Sir William of Marshall.”

Suddenly, the door to the Imagination Station opens, and out steps Sir William! Being a typical thirteenth-century knight, Sir William instantly believes that witchcraft has brought him to the twentieth century. Isaac explains that it isn’t witchcraft, but Whit-craft that’s responsible. He takes the knight to Whit and Eugene. The only explanation they can come up with is that some sort of quirk must have occurred in the Station’s programming.

Sir William has some difficulty understanding modern-day Odyssey. When he has an unfortunate run-in with Connie’s portable radio, Whit suggests that Isaac take the knight around town to get him used to things in our time. Meanwhile, Whit and Eugene will figure out a way to get the knight back to his time. Sir William and Isaac have many comical misunderstandings on the streets of Odyssey. After visiting a local church and running into Rodney Rathbone, Isaac learns the real meaning of chivalry: “Though He slay me, yet I will hope in Him” (Job 13:15).

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Discussion Questions

  1. What is chivalry?
    • Why is it important?
  2. Sir William didn’t know what a radio, a car, or ice cream was. Name some other items that weren’t available in the thirteenth century.
  3. What do you think Job 13:15 means?
    • How can you apply it to your life?

Cast

Heard in episode

Role Voice Actor
Black Knight Unknown
Eugene Meltsner Will Ryan
Isaac Morton Justin Morgan
George Barclay Chuck Bolte
John Whittaker Hal Smith
King Chuck Bolte
Man in the crowd Hal Smith
Rodney Rathbone Steve Burns
Teacher Unknown
Terry Unknown
Sir William Kenneth Mars

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Character Mentioned By
Tom Riley John Whittaker
Connie Kendall Eugene Meltsner

Notes

VERSION DIFFERENCE: [view] The broadcast version of this episode omits the scene of Sir William "rescuing" George Barclay from his car.

Trivia
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  • Rodney Rathbone says he is 15 years old in this episode. However, in #108: “Isaac the Courageous”, which aired earlier, Lucy had said that he was 16.
  • The explanation Eugene gives for Sir William's presence in their world, theorizing that improving the resolution pattern may have been the culprit, does not make sense. Improving the resolution of a character within the station would not in any way allow that character to exit the station, or even be projected outside it. This is like suggesting that improving the graphics of a game console would allow the digital characters the jump out of the screen.
  • Based on Sir William's question to Isaac about his modern clothes once Isaac has existed the Imagination Station, it can be assumed that Isaac's clothing within the adventure was adjusted to appear period-specific, without his having dressed up for the adventure beforehand. However, this feature would not be added to the station until years later in #304: “St. Paul: The Man from Tarsus”. Despite the fact that this conversation occurred within the station (unbeknownst to Isaac at the time), Isaac's response to Sir William still indicates this is the case here.

Quotes

Sir William: Come, Squire, let’s be off!
Isaac Morton: I think I already am.

Isaac Morton: That box didn't contain any souls, it was a radio!

John Whittaker: I'll be right with you, I-yie-yie-yie-yie-yie!!!

Eugene Meltsner: The lower-level communication device requires your presence!
John Whittaker: Uh, translated!
Eugene Meltsner: Huh? Oh! You're wanted on the phone downstairs!

George Barclay: No harm done. Ya know, it's not every day someone gets thrown out of their car by a... a knight!