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Scientific Guy

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This is an example review. I don't have time to write the full one now. The episode was pretty good!

aiofan4110

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I have been a fan of AIO for over ten years, and I feel that Odyssey is growing stale. The current writers, with the exception of Sam Suksiri, have been working on Odyssey since Novacom, and some even before that. The current writers are written some of Odyssey's most beloved shows and story arcs and it is beginning to feel like they are running short of ideas.

Rightly Dividing points out three ways Odyssey has changed. First is Camilla Parker. Lily Mae Stewart is the third actress to take on the character of Camilla. Characters in audio drama are defined by their voice. There is no way around that. Characters can be defined or recognized by catchphrases, dialects, interested, those around them, but in the end, the voice itself is what resonates and stays with a fan. Previously in Odyssey, the unwritten rule was that when an actor's voice changed, was unable to play the part any more, or died, the character was cut. The only substantial exceptions being Whit, Katrina & Jimmy Barclay. Characters like Jack Davis, Jessie Morales, Oscar Peterson, Robyn Jacobs, Tom Riley, Bernard Walton, Eugene Meltsner (who later returned after a multi-year hiatus), Jack Allen, Richard Maxwell, Zachary Sellers, Curt Stevens, and many others all abruptly were cut despite their popularity due to the actor not being available. Now the policy seems to be "find someone else," especially with the Parker family. At this point the new voices aren't even very close, they give it a "close enough, but it's just off" feel. The new actors change the character give it a different feel. If time and money is spent hiring a new actor, that actor could be put to use creating a new vibrant character, then trying to imitate and live up to a previous actor on the show.

Second, too much of a good thing is, um, not a good thing. Odyssey has worked to create several new characters in the past year or to. Morrie has become a fan favorite and Buck & Jules are quite popular as well. But now, with these characters doing quite well they have been for the most part pushed to few shows while the team crams in as many new characters as 24 shows a year can hold. This episode alone saw the debut of Micky, Declan, Sarah (A one-time character most likely), and a second appearance for Lou, a troubled girl who is still a little unknown to fans. And the line for the new album shows even more new characters for Buck's sports episode and possibly some new faces in "Nightmares by Constance." My head is spinning from all the characters and it is frankly hard to keep track of. The richest periods of history were when Odyssey focused on a group of six to seven characters. for example:

Novacom era: Rodney, Connie, Mitch, Alex, Cal, Whit, Tom Post Novacom era: Liz, Mandy, Jared, Trent, Marvin, Eugene, Bernard Albums 27-34: Whit, Eugene, Katrina, Aubrey, Jack, Joanne, Margaret

Finally, I very much miss the days of radio premieres. It used to be a big deal for fans to listen to the radio on Saturday to catch the never before heard episodes. Now, the radio is the last place they go. Bombshells like Mitch's death and Eugene's return lit up the fan sites and discussion, but now everything's spoiled from club members or conversations with fans because it's all leaked out. It takes the excitement and anticipation away.

However, despite all of this negativity, I did very much appreciate the telling or Sarah Kemig's story. As a listener to the unofficial podcast, I very much appreciate this and commend Phil Lollar for doing an excellent job with the story. I look forward to the rest of the album and thank the one person who actually read this entire review.

BTW. Any thoughts on the "bombshell" alluded to in the album 68 description. It implies it's about the Bassetts. Is Penny pregnant? Thoughts?

aioduck29

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Like has been said this episode was awful, and I feel like lately the club episodes have been vastly superior to the album episodes ;ate;u. Compare the enjoyability of Rightly Dividing to the latest club episode All for the Guest, it's not even comparable. Now this being a week later I'm glad to say I enjoyed Man of the House a lot better and was easier to follow than Rightly Dividing. I very much disliked the new characters. Moral of the story is if you want new characters then don't cram them in like they did.