"When You're Right,
ratings are based on a 5 star scale unless otherwise noted.
Review by Leanne
All I can say is that I
hardly recognize the Odyssey that I remember. These new
episodes are just not very interesting. I really do not
think that there should be anything about children having
girlfriends and boyfriends. While this may be accepted by
the world, I know that Odyssey shouldn't have anything about
this in their episodes. Overall, this episode wasn't
absolutely terrible, but I think these new episodes have
been too juvenile for children who are in the 11 or 12 age
range. Maybe the next season will be better, but I doubt it.
Review by Audrey (Blog)
I've never heard a
more in-depth description of chili.
Emily is sounding kind of fake to me.
The scene where they watch Barrett and
Priscilla is kinda funny.
I loved the card!
Emily changing the card was weird.
Matthew is unrealistically smart
Not a huge fan of Barrett
I was expecting this to be the best
episode of the season, but I think Grandma's Visit and
the Jubilee Singers are the best, so when they air, tell
me if you agree! Please.
Review by Freddy Jay (Blog)
In this episode we
hear more of Barrett and Emily.
We have a brass player in Odyssey now.
Barrett's playing was good. Although it's not a trumpet,
I still really like it.
Barrett's song is kinda rough, but
entertaining none the less.
Emily's line, (No offense Matthew, but
you're a boy. You wouldn't know what a girl
wants........Yes! In case you haven't noticed. I'm a
girl!) made me think of Connie.
The technology mentioned in this episode.
Matthew being able to create a card like that sounds
We learn more about Emily's character.
She seems to have a take charge attitude.
I can see the Jones' family competing
against the Parker family for being replacement for the
The Emily/Barrett, brother/sister
chemistry is pretty good.Same for the Parker siblings.
Matthew has been in every episode so far
this season. I think they could have had more balance
with the character selection. But I do like Matthew. So
I guess I won't complain too much.
Review by Marvin (Blog)
I liked the beginning because it had the theme at last! I
also enjoyed how Emily explained to Simon about the chili.
And then as for the part about Matthew and Emily discussing
romance. Even though it wasn't much, it was funny. And then
how Emily always wanted to be right.
Matthew has been in every episode. It's getting somewhat
tiresome. And I really don't like Simon's voice. He sounds
too old to have 11-ish year old kids. And I don't think a
10-year old could invent a card like that.
A somewhat good episode, so it gets a 3.5/5 out of me!
Review by Original Joe (Blog)
I thought this was a very good
episode. I don't know why, but it seems that Emily isn't the
girliest girl, but she has a very, very girly voice. I don't
see why that would be. When I heard Barrett's happy birthday
song the first time, I literally cringed. Good writing,
entertaining, I see no reason why I shouldn't give it a 5/5
Review by American Eagle
(Town of Odyssey)
Mr. Jones has an
enjoyable voice; I could see him being the 'next' Mr.
Yay for audio editing!
Not at all a fan of the sensual "happy
birthday baby" part
All these kid characters talking to each
other are confusing...
No subplots? Okay...
Wow, maybe I was just doing other things,
but that seemed super-short.
Review by Laurie (Town of
A very good lesson, but
Review by NateMaxwell (Town
Barret is now my favorite
character for like ever! I Loved the episode it was
hilarious but I'm really starting to bear a grudge against
Emily Parker and her um...(How should I put this...) Gender-ist
Review by EMBEE (Town of
I listened to this one half
expecting Barret to get on my nerves like he did in his
first appearance, but he didn't, which was good. I'd
probably give this one a 3/5. I may have more thoughts later
after hearing it a few more times.
BTW, has anyone else noticed that Matthew Parker has been in
every single episode so far this season? I'm kinda starting
to get tired of him.
Review by Bennett (Town of
I'm having fun doing my
reviews the lazy man's way. Obviously these ratings will all
change once I listen to these again:
Inspiration Station 1+2: B+
Target of the Week: B+
Game for a Mystery: D-
For the Birds: C+
This episode might be a B-...
Another Subpar episode, I would say. I'm just a little
confused by the, as Top says, "A Reboot"...
I mean, I never really enjoyed the earliest days of Odyssey
too much--at least not the first few albums. They were
good--and I like them for nostalgia reasons-- but it just
feels like they're trying going back to those times. The
only difference is that the characters now are recurring a
lot more often. Back then, I felt like the recurring kid
characters didn't really appear until album 5; a lot of the
earliest kid characters had a life span of like 3 episodes.
The problem was that they would be episodes like the ones
airing now where the"stakes" weren't high--that's the
trouble I'm seeing with the season far. Even a more
"dramatic" episode like the "Inspiration Station", the
stakes aren't going very high these days. These "Slice of
Life Episodes" are about really the lowest activities--and
aren't really "adventures" as the title suggests--"clutter",
"wanting your brother to feel good and switching a happy
birthday card", "finding out what happened to a video game a
bird took it", and the episode "For the birds" was so
uneventful that I can't even remember what the main
And so, I know that's the very definition of "slice of
life"--the everyday, the ordinary--but we listen to this
stuff so we can have predicaments that are slightly higher
stakes than what we have today. I liked "Target of the
Week", because the stakes were higher..they dealt with
"everyday ordinary issues", but in an interesting
suspenseful way. Who really has their ear glued to the radio
hearing of some of this stuff? Sometimes I don't mind it,
and I think it is good for a family show to have these
typical issues that we can relate to and think "hey--that's
like us". But I think for "entertainment", it's not doing as
well as it could be. These episodes are really on the 8 year
old side of "8 to 12".
And I think I lot of it has to do with the fact that it is
very kid-focused. And no, I don't mind that. After all, I'm
sure I'll learn to grow used to a lot of the kids. The
problem is, it's not feeling like Odyssey. It's not a good
"transition" for a lot of us fans. To wipe out almost so
many existing character at the same time, and, by focusing
entirely on these new kids so much is a problem. Why?
Because once all their voices change, they'll get kicked off
the show. We need to have grownup characters we can relate
to because they usually stick around for 20 years whereas
kids stick around for 5...And let's admit it, the best
episodes I always found as a kid were the adult ones--where
Bernard, Tom, Whit, Jack all were trying to figure out a
problem---"Tom For Mayor", "A question of Tasha", "The Other
Woman", "An Extraordinary Conclusion". And sure, their are
plenty of simply kids shows too, "Another Man's Shoes", "Gloobers",
"Snow Day"...and many more.
Odyssey needs a balance.
I mean, remember Album 50, when the show asked themselves,
"Is Odyssey stuck in the past"? Well..let's think about it.
Eugene is back at Whit's End working like the past 20 years
have never happened. They fired both Aubrey and Nick
Mulligan. Connie never seems to go to College is continue in
her ambitions that she's been dealing with forever. Eugene
doesn't even seem to be married at all! No mention of Whit's
End Connelsville. It's like everything that Odyssey has
"progressed" in doing, Odyssey likes to just keep going back
to how things were because they are comfortable in. So yes,
they are stuck in the past--it only results now is familiar
situations. And sure, I don't mind it too much. But let's at
least acknowledge that changes HAVE occurred in the past 20
years. Get Eugene out of working at Whit's End,
already--switch things up...Have Connie go into teaching and
have us learn about how she deals with a classroom. And
sure, we might think--well "Eugene wouldn't be Eugene if he
had a kid", or "connie wouldn't be Connie if she went off
and tough at school"--well the truth is that "Odyssey isn't
Odyssey when we wipe out 2/3rds of its characters.
I know the writers are trying to appeal to a new generation
of fans. But are they really going to be confused by having
some guy named Nick working at Whit's End? Or that a guy
named Ed Washington makes visits? Or that their used to be a
kid named Jimmy Barclay that used to be around, and makes a
monthly visit to Whit's End? Or making it clear that Eugene
is married and that he probably shouldn't be flirting with
I'm not complaining. Don't get me wrong. It's only half way
through the season! Plenty more could happen. These are just
my concerns--Odyssey needs to acknowledge the past in the
way it makes it easy to listen to for the "new listeners".
As for the episode--it kept my attention, at least. The "Chilli"
dialogue at the beginning of the episode when on for way too
long, however. That's my sole complaint really. It almost
deserves a "B"...and I might give it that if I listen to it
again--but the whole theme didn't really seem to fit into
the story too. Regardless, I chuckled at the "new recording"
that was made for the birthday card.
Review by Joanne (Town of
My rating was 2/5, this
episode disappointed me. Here is why...
The Story: The Chili part was too long and a little boring.
The part with Barret was to me weird. Do we know how old
Barret is? it was weird to me that the relationship was
encouraged. It seems they were a little young for that. I
agree the Emily version of the card was too much. Overall
the story was kind of disappointing.
The Characters: I was pleased that with Barret much more in
this episode, he was pretty good! Emily sounds so much like
Olivia, if the get in the same episode together I am going
to have a hard time telling the two apart. Mathew was good
but they have been using him a little too much. Mr Parker
was a pleasant surprise for me! in Game For a Mystery he
really irritated me, he didn't in this episode.
Quality: The episode was very slow and had way to much
music. I noticed they had a new composer, did they get rid
of John Camble? The music didn't seem like Odyssey either. I
I want to think that it will get better, Odyssey has had
some bad albums and they will probably get through this.
This episode however was only a 2/5 for me.
Review by H Tide (Town of
I guess I'm in the minority
this time. I actually enjoyed this episode. It was fun,
silly, and incredibly light-hearted. The chili part reminded
me of when previous Odyssey dads would goof up (like Mr.
Washington being too silly or George Barclay getting lost
while on family vacations). It actually made me hungry for
some chilli! And I liked the Barret/Emily plot as well. I
could certainly relate to Emily trying to help her brother
and failing. So the lesson hit home for me. I thought the
whole card part was pretty funny, and although I was
surprised at Odyssey for discussing that sort of
relationship, it didn't detract from the episode as a whole.
I can see why others didn't like it that much, but for me,
it was pretty good. I give it 4 stars.
Review by DanP740 (Town of
Well, I'm in your minority
too, H Tide, I guess. I actually liked this episode enough
to give it 5 stars, the first of this new season. The story
was good, the remixed song funny, the encounter with the
bully funny, and.... I liked it for once. Although Emily's
voice (and Priscilla's) sound a little too fake for me...
Review by Trixie Belden
(Town of Odyssey)
I didn't like this episode
very much. It had no climax! It was sort of everything works
out well and everyone goes on their way. Where was the
drama, the angst, the thrill of Mr. Parker's chili? Okay, it
had that part, but that's it.
Agreeing with DanP740, I dislike Emily's voice. Is she
played by an actual child, or an adult, like Olivia? I also
didn't like Priscilla's at all.
I was kind of surprised at Odyssey for doing an episode
related to 11 year old relationships. I mean, it's starting
to sound like the DIsney channel with the crushes,
boyfriends and girlfriends and the like. In that respect, I
wasn't really pleased with that. I think it's fine if he
likes her, but it's not Emily's place to encourage it.
Also, I did NOT like Jay, the other new bully. I guess you
could compare Jay to Rodney and Vance King to Rusty, in that
Jay's the whinier, more annoying of the two. Also, he's
played by a 40 year old man that looks nothing like how his
One thing I did like was the card, and that's what brings
this episode up to a solid 2 stars.
Review by Smaug the dragon
(Town of Odyssey)
I thought Barret was Emily's
younger brother! That was scary, I thought AIO was
encouraging 9-year-old boyfriend/girlfriend relationships.
Although... Barret isn't much more than that, he's about
What's with that?!
I didn't like the music at ALL! Totally not Odyssey. And
totally overused too.
But both the cards were funny.
So, I need to warm to this episode some more. 2.5/5 stars
Review by 31899 (Town of
It has been one of the better
episodes in the season, but the entire time I was listening
I felt like it was really similar to another AIO episode,
but I couldn't remember which one. (That was very
distracting) Other than that it was a fairly good episode. I
felt that the one sister of the guy that plays the trombone
was a little over the top, but that is just my opinion.
I have no major concerns or complaints about this episode so
it receives a 3 of 3.
Review by Christian A. (Blog)
I didn't like this episode
very much at all. It got a little better near the end, but
there were a lot of objectionable elements in it, at least
for me. I'll address the episode by giving the positive and
negative elements. Negative first:
There was a lot of
disrespect toward parents, particularly Mr. Jones. As in
the episode, "And That's the Truth", we need to be
honest, and yet caring and respectful. There wasn't much
of that, just a lot of needing to be painfully honest on
Emily's part. I don't know who Kirby Atkins is, but
he/she definitely has different views than Paul McCusker
on telling the truth.
I didn't like that a kid
who sounds like an 11-year-old had a girlfriend from
school whom he meets with privately and accepts hugs
from. And when did we find out that Barrett was older
than Emily? She sounds way older than him.
I didn't like the
namecalling or bickering between Emily, Barrett, and
Jay. Jay is definitely more of a bully than Rodney
Rathbone ever was. He is mean and he hits where it
hurts. The kids in this episode sounded like any other
kids of the world, not godly, Christian kids from a
small town middle school.
They didn't really address
that what Emily did was wrong. She shouldn't have been
messing with her brother's love life (even if he
shouldn't have one to begin with). The only good message
in this episode was a slightly noticeable message to
take advice, and long for wisdom and discernment.
I was glad that Mr. Jones
talked to Emily near the end, and that there was a
message about asking for forgiveness again.
One thing that was kind of
positive was that Matthew took action against Emily's
wrongdoing. He told her that what she did was wrong and
that she shouldn't do that to her brother.
The acting was good, I
think Barrett's actor found the right voice because he
sounded good. We heard from Matthew again, and I'm sure
we did in "Grandma's Visit" too. Hopefully we get a
break from him in "Finish What You..."
Not much to say on the
positive side of things. This episode could have been any
other radio drama of the world, and that's not what
Adventures in Odyssey is. There was an okay message, but
over all, I didn't like this episode. I give it a 3/10.
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