"Wooton's Broken Pencil
ratings are based on a 5 star scale unless otherwise noted.
Review by Erin
This episode is great! Whooton is really
funny and it was a good idea to have him host kids radio. He
brings so much humor to the show. I was laughing so hard. I
think that they should continue to have him host maybe as a
part time host. I especially liked the part where he talks
to Harlow Doyle. It is great to have two such funny
characters especially in the same show.
Review by Odyssey's Biggest
THIS EPISODE WAS PARKOUR!!! It was completely
awesome, rad, and totally tubular! The best part was it made
a point of having no point in the world of no pointed
entertainment! It was sweet!
Review by Eugene's Uke
This episode is the best one so far out of
Album 52! It was fun, and also had an important point even
there seemed like no point. :-) Fun to have Wooton!I've
always liked him - not my favorite, but I like him! I
enjoyed a break from most of the new characters, and back to
the old familiar ones...excepting Red. All in all, this was
a good episode. Only thing was, I did have trouble through
the Captain Absolutely story keeping track of what was going
on though. That's why I'm rating this episode 4 1/2 out of
Review by Jordan G.
I liked this one the best from
all of 52 (the 2 perter was good also, but not as much humor
in that one). I love it when eugene and wooton are in the
same episode and intracting and i also like it when ever
wooton is on the air... so you can see why I liked it. ,,I
did not so much like the hero story he came up with (about
everything having a point) - to me, this was more childish
then it needs to be, need to have more humor and less dumb
powerboy-like stories that are unrealistic in a setting of
wooton telling a story. I think it could be better is all I
am saying. it is a little TO silly if you ask me, thats why
I give it 4.5 out of 5.
Review by Karalena
The show was good, but i didn't see the
point. (hahah) It was creative, but it got boring.
Review by Dave (Blog)
(out of 10)
I don't think there's ever
been an AIO episode quite like "Wooton's Broken Pencil
Show." First of all, the whole thing is a radio broadcast of
a talk show. It's true that we've heard many programs on
Kids' Radio before, but never 25-minutes of spontaneity.
Usually what we hear from Kids' Radio is limited to one
story or a bunch of skits ("Fairy Tal-e-vision" or "The
Power of One," for example), but here we have a live call-in
show and a bunch of characters talking together. Secondly,
there is actually little plot to speak of. I suppose that
really depends on how you define "plot," but you don't have
one adventure or two similarly-themed stories going
throughout the whole episode. Unless you consider the
conflict being if Wooton can make it through Connie's show
okay (which any AIO listener should know, wouldn't be a
problem for Wooton). So, when you've stripped your episode
of a captivating story running throughout, are the
characters and messages enough to sustain it?
In this case, my answer is "maybe." I don't think this
episode will appeal to everyone--it depends on how you feel
about Wooton and Connie, really. Wooton's presence hovers
over the whole episode (just in case it wasn't obvious that
this episode is a love-letter to Wooton, he even takes over
the closing wrap for Chris), so if you don't like him you're
out of luck. My opinion is that Wooton is okay when he's
written well, and in this episode that was mostly the case.
Yes, there were some times when he got annoying (his
preoccupation with the sound effects, for example), but
other times he was just laugh-out-loud funny. Taking over
for Chris at the end, some of his comments in the Captain
Absolutely story, and anything regarding squirrels elicited
some sort of a smile or snicker from me. Was he over the
top? Yeah, but he was on a radio show, so why wouldn't he be
a little crazy in that situation?
Harlow Doyle was also funny. There wasn't too much of him,
so hopefully no Odyssey fan will get all upset about his
presence in this episode. The characters of Wooton and
Harlow play off each other well, I think. And on the subject
of characters who sound good together, we also have Eugene
and Connie. It was slightly weird for them to apologize to
one another on the air, with explanations from Whit and
Wooton, but they sounded natural together in the show.
Not only do we have the return of Candid Conversations with
Connie/ Wooton in this show, we also have the return of
Captain Absolutely. Well, maybe it's not really the return,
as he's never actually been heard on the AIO broadcast
before, but for those of us who heard The Truth Chronicles
this was his return. I think I preferred his adventures in
The Truth Chronicles, but this one felt similar. I liked
that Whit and Eugene, who were already in the studio, took
on the voice roles for the other two characters in the
Captain Absolutely story--that makes it feel more believable
(and they did a great job sounding like cartoon
characters!). Despite the cartoonish nature of Captain
Absolutely, I was still a bit concerned over the part when
Absolutely was beat up and twisted--it felt too much for AIO.
Apart from that, it was lots of fun with a clear message to
It was obvious that this episode was written with its
message in mind--no slap-on-a-moral mentality this week!
Eugene expressed his thoughts on intelligent design and
meaning in life very clearly, and the Captain Absolutely
story served to illustrate his big concepts in a more
simple, understandable way. I can see this episode as a
great discussion-starter with families about all sorts of
things--entertainment, salvation, creation. However, because
all these messages were presented in such a comical and
almost disjointed manner some of the serious implications of
the lesson may be lost on the listener--the themes may have
been difficult to take seriously.
"Not enough story." "Too much all over the place." "Overly
silly." "They couldn't have all fit in that closet."
Admittedly all those negatives thoughts about this episode
have some truth in them, but for anything negative you might
say about this show, there's no denying the originality of
the plot and message. It's unique for AIO, and after 669
episodes of the show that's something that you can't say
Oh, and I thought it was quite comical when the space
station was affected by the mind-numbing gas: "Houston, we
have a problem, but...who cares! It doesn't mean anything
Review by jennifertwt (Town
I admit I am prejudiced
against Wooten, though there are two Wooten episodes I like
one involving Grady and being a substitute father figure and
the other involving his niece (titles escape me right now).
This episode was 'okay' in that it is not the worst ever
made. That is a toss up between Fairy-Tale-vision and The
Great Wishy Woz. I would not buy the album for this episode
and would probably skip over it in listening. That said, I'm
definitely looking forward to the Thanksgiving and Christmas
episodes in a few weeks. I will stick with 3 out of 5 stars
as I did enjoy the interaction between Connie and Eugene and
there was a point made at the end.
Review by 31899 (Town of
The Chis intro seemed rather
cheesy and not really AIO like, but Chris seems to be living
in Odyssey again by the sound of the rap up just like in the
I think this episode was created just to be over the top and
make Wooton fans (which seems to be almost everyone) happy.
Overall it was an interesting concept but they sacrificed
the concept for the sake of Wooton fans.
The part where Connie calls a locksmith seemed like it was
going to be normal until the locksmith go there and broke
the window, that is when I knew that the show wasn't
supposed to be a normal everyday life episode but a "lets
make this as absurd as possible"
On the upper hand of things there was some pretty okay
comedy and Captain absolutely being back was different.
Though if someone had never heard The Truth Chronicles I
think they would be rather confused.
I also think Connie would know what an air-horn is
especially after the listening episode where Connie and
Eugene had the quiz show. On the idea of the squirrel
setting of the car alarm, the Odyssey Squirrel Blog I could
easily see them making a field day out of that section of
Overall an average to okay episode 2.5/5
Review by The Kings
Daughter (Town of Odyssey)
Wow, Wooten got so many
humorous lines in there...
All in all, I'd say Wooten's Broken Pencil Show was a good
episode. The lines were well written, the sound effects were
awesome, and Harlow's entrance into the show (after how many
episodes of absence?) was very good as well! I cannot
however, review how Whit preformed in this episode. I am
still really not used to Whit's voice.
I didn't really care a whole bunch for the episode though. I
didn't really like the plot. I think usually they define it
a little better. And the little story about the wrestler I
found didn't really capture my attention.
Review by EMBEE (Town of
It wasn't that bad. It was
kind of odd, but I liked it. The Captain Absolutely part was
fun. I think I have to give it a 3/5.
Review by iluvsns (Town of
Okay.. that was fine. Not in my top 100 fav AIO eps
definitely. It wasnt really funny... but for an Odyssey
episode with no point whatsoever, it was okay. I hope the
next episode will be better.
Review by Marvin D. (Town
Wooton raids--er, has to do a
talk show--on Kid's Radio today! And boy was this
If I were to get extremely picky, I'd go on and list how
Kid's Radio couldn't be held in a closet, but that isn't too
important. Yay for Red being in the episode, along with
Harlow, even if they both didn't play a very major role in
it. Also, I was glad Matthew wasn't in it.
Connie and Eugene's tiff was almost normal, but it seemed as
though they were just a little too polite for when they made
up, and when they both said, "No!" to the hugging scene, it
sounded as though it was just a thrown in line.
Wooton's obssession with sound effects was really annoying,
but at least there was some Captain Absolutely to let us not
hear about him. The whole Captain Absolutely thing
was...cheesy and pointless, so I don't seen any reason why
what's-his-name should take all the point out of the world.
It was already pointless.
I really didn't see the point of this episode. The point, I
think, is that by giving us a pointless episode with a
meaningless moral, we should make all our entertainment have
a point, thereby our shows/media/whatnot is point...ful?
The character of Wooton, I think, was put here just to give
us an episode with Wooton, so that all Wooton lovers would
be happy to hear of him. However, I think that the writing
for him made him seem unrealistic. I mean, he's normally
goofy, but in most places he has at least some point. I was
already dreading this episode, and when it began, I knew
that it wasn't going to be a very interesting episode.
On the random lines of funniness, all they really did was
make me snicker or laugh, but not really make me enjoy it.
There are for me, two types of comedies. The one that makes
you laugh the whole way through, and you really laugh, or
the one where there are random lines of funniness
just...thrown in. The latter was Wooton's Broken Pencil
Probably the best part of this episode, imo, was when Wooton
gets to end the show instead of Chris. Though I did expect
that something would happen and Chris would have to leave,
just like in the "Game for a Mystery" she gave all the AIO
staff a mysterious name, or in "Finish What You..." she
didn't have all of her script. That was cliched. *rolls his
eyes* But I still liked the ending.
Review by Dr. Watson (Town
Except for a few good humorous
lines from Wooton and Eugene, this episode was a flop. It
reminded me of Fairy-Tail-a-Vision. It was too silly and
treated the "point" with too much frivolity to be effective.
Review by Samitude (Town of
I really liked the parts about
Connie and the car alarm. That seemed normal. The Captain
Absolutely part was very strange. I didn't quite get it.
People have said that he is mentioned on The Truth
Chronicles, so I suppose if I would have heard them it might
have made more sense. I actually liked Fairy-talevision and
The Great Wishy Woz. Those made sense because they were
obvious plays on the well-known stories.
Review by ric (Town of
(out of 10)
Pros:Wow. This was a great
episode. It was......very different. I enjoyed Wooton and
Harlow being in it. I really enjoyed the Captain Absolutely
part. It was a bit random, but hey, we're talking about
Cons:Hmm...I can't really think of that much. I mean, it
wasn't the best episode overall, but I can't really think of
any reason why. It was just....there wasn't too much of a
plot. But...... ya.
Overall: Great episode. Very different.
Review by DanP740 (Town of
It was... interesting. Wooton
hosting Kid's Radio and being random and talking to Connie
on the phone while she was outside was interesting. The
Captain Absolutely thing was rather weird and I didn't
exactly pay close attention. The plethora of sound effects
was funny, and just Wooton's randomness was great, and is
rather similar to the "radio" my sister and I have recorded.
I would have liked this better if it didn't have Whit, Red,
or Captain Absolutely in it...
Review by American Eagle
(Town of Odyssey)
Wow... well, I like Wooton's
car alarm noises. Harlow Doyle and Red Hollard (two
characters I don't care for) were well used. This whole
episode is forgettable, though.
Review by Sapphire (Town of
There is really only two words
to describe this episode: crazy and insane. Truly a show
that only Wooton could do (or my brother ). I remember
thinking in the middle of the episode: why are Whit and
Eugene acting so crazy? Then I remember. It was Wooton's
show. I was surprised that Harlow Doyle came back to the
show. At first I was opposed to him coming back, but now I'm
okay with it. I guess I had forgotten how much he added to
the show. I loved Chris's interaction with Wooton. Wooton
ending the show was great. This show reminded me of the BTV
episodes. Those were always fun to listen to. I loved that
Red was in this episode too. I'm glad that the Parkers
weren't in this one. I'm sure they will be in plenty of
others. Overall, this was a crazy and insane episode. Very
funny. I will give it four stars out of five.
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