Prisoners of Fear, Part 1
Before Eugene Meltsner and Katrina Meltsner returned to Odyssey, they traveled around the world on various mission trips. Eugene writes in his journal about one special trip to Africa that changed his life forever.
Eugene and Katrina worked with the mission board to be placed somewhere that would use their strengths. They were asked to take some communication equipment to the Ashanti village in Africa because they had little connection with the outside world. They go to a small airport to meet their connecting flight. They tell the pilot that they want to go to the Ashanti region. He explains that the Ashantis are cursed. He says anyone that goes into the village never comes out.
While on the plane, the pilot decides that the best way to get their equipment close enough to the village is to parachute in. They land in an open area. A child named Kwame greets Eugene and Katrina when they land and he brings the other villagers. The villagers believe that Eugene is someone called "Morati" and that he has returned to save them from their curse. They explain that they are here to build something that will allow them to communicate with the outside world.
Eugene finishes the transmitter and pushes the start button, but it doesn't work. He rewires it and tries again, but nothing. Eugene continues to work on it late into the night. Katrina tries to comfort Eugene, reminding him that there was no way that he could have lived up to their expectations. They decide that maybe God sent them here to do more than set up the transmitter. They decide to try to preach to them that they shouldn't put their trust in some God that put a curse on them.
A fire breaks out in the village from a storm. Eugene and Katrina try to help any way that they can. They get the fire out, but Gobir takes this as a sign that the Gods are angry with the visitors.
Eugene is determined that the transmitter being completed is the best way to show the Ashantis that there curses are foolish. However, Eugene fails in his attempts to build a radio transmitter. While working on it, he builds a paper airplane for Kwame from his instruction manual. Kwame runs of to show his friends. Later,Aman tells Eugene that he reminds her of "Morati," and she takes Eugene to Morati's hut. Eugene picks up Morati's journal which looks oddly familiar. Then she tells Eugene that Morati’s real name was "Leonard." Eugene is surprised, he puts the pieces together and realizes that Morati is his own father...
(Continued in #575: “Prisoners of Fear, Part 2”)
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|Eugene Meltsner||Will Ryan|
|Katrina Meltsner||Audrey Wasilewski|
|Roy Blaysig||Spencer Binford|
- This episode takes place away from Odyssey: Episodes That Take Place Away from Odyssey
- This is Marshal Younger's 100th episode written.
- Eugene jokingly references Gilligan's Island to an understandably oblivious Kwame.
- Eugene was previously seen keeping an electronic journal in #267: “It Ended with a Handshake”. His journal was also instrumental in #322: “The Turning Point”.
- Eugene's uncanny resemblance to his father was established in #157: “Last in a Long Line”.
- Roy's reference to the "angry river" could be a reference to the "gentle river" in #530: “Silver Lining”.
- Eugene says that he and Katrina visited the country of Zaire, but Zaire became the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 1998. It was only known as Zaire from 1971-1997.
Eugene Meltsner: Journal entry. My trip to Africa changed my life forever.
Eugene Meltsner: You know, this journal seems awfully familiar. Do you know his original name?
Aman: Yes. Leonard.
Eugene Meltsner: What did you say?
Eugene Meltsner: Leonard? That's my father's name!