Reviews for
"A Thankstaking Story"
[#675]


*All ratings are based on a 5 star scale unless otherwise noted.

 

Review by Eugene's Uke

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WOW!!! Best episode of the Album so far! Best episode out of Albums 51 and 52!!,,HIGH POINTS:,,KATRINA: I am so glad Eugene finally mentioned Katrina! High time! I love Katrina! She needs to be back in the show as a regular.,,HARLOW DOYLE: Yay! I also love Harlow Doyle. I love how he came and rescued them with his snowmobile.,,EUGENE'S UKELELE: I love his ukelele!!! Will Ryan's a great composer and musician!

 

 

Review by Laura Ingalls (Town of Odyssey)

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I really liked this one! It was just an enjoyable holiday spoof, and I liked the addition of the songs as well. There was a little reference to I Love Lucy in there with the "You have some 'splainin to do!" line. I'm glad Katrina was at least talked about, if not heard.

All in all, this was 4/5 stars, and I would like to listen to it again.

 

 

Review by Jimmy Barclay (Town of Odyssey)

 

I really enjoyed it. It was the 2nd Thanksgiving episode to spoof a Christmas story and change it. It was enjoyable and fun and a little silly.
 

Uncle Wally sounded like he was doing a Cliff from Cheers imitation.

 

 

Review by Peachey Keen (Town of Odyssey)

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After having my hopes dashed about the eps which I thought would be the best, but turned out differently, I was really happy when I heard this episode.

All the characters (Odyssey characters) were great and not a single one was annoying. The acting was up to par and so was the music.


I loved it that AIO again spoofed a Christmas story and made it into a Thanksgiving story. I love listening to it again cause there's a lot of things you catch later on, like "God is faithful 100%" from Horton Hears a Who, "An elephant's faithful %100."

Dave Arnold is a really great writer. He's been hiding his talent all these years by doing sound design. Way to go Dave!

This has to be my favorite show of this season. 5 out of 5 for me.

 

 

Review by DanP740 (Town of Odyssey)

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This episode just didn't catch and hold my attention, so I kind of tuned out during parts, so later on I was a little lost...

 

 

Review by DanP740 (Town of Odyssey)

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This episode just didn't catch and hold my attention, so I kind of tuned out during parts, so later on I was a little lost...

 

 

Review by 31899 (Town of Odyssey)

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I listened to it on the weekend of Canadian Thanksgiving and I thought it was rather tacky. I also thought that it is a bit odd that Whit's End Doesn't have a fire place. I also thought it was rather unfair to the casual listener to throw in the Captain Absolutely when they never aired The Truth Chronicles (to my knowledge.) The episode also seemed like patchwork writing that started out as one thing but ended as something completely differently from first draft to final draft.

 

 

Review by jennifertwt (Town of Odyssey)

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This was one of my last hopes for redeeming this album after the disappointment of The Mystery of the Clock Tower. In reading some of the above reviews, I don't think we listened to the same episode. I found the voices very irritating. The 'story' hard to follow. It seemed like Lights out At Whits End meets The Grinch. I like both of those, strangely enough, just not together.

By contrast, I LOVED A Thanksgiving Carol which was well-done, interesting, and one of my all time favorites.

I'm beginning to be less enthused about getting *Album 52 any time soon. If Album 53 does not redeem the 're-launch'. I may give up and stick with my Album 1-50 collection and call it done.

Take Two: after having listened to it a second time with my swedish husband, who doesn't have all the emotional attachment to 'thanskgiving' that Americans do, he said it was silly but not terrible. I guess I have to agree. I did enjoy Eugene's song at the end and Whit's speech about celebrating thanksgiving no matter where you are. So, I guess I could up grade my vote to a '2'.

 

 

Review by Marvin D. (Town of Odyssey)

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(out of 10)

 

This episode was a fairly enjoyable one. I especially enjoyed all the music (as, I have mentioned before, I have a bias towards all musicals). Connie seemed like Connie again in the beginning, and Whit played the ordinary one I was used to. Jay seemed different in this episode, as in his voice quality and the way he talked. The episode was slightly...cheesy, but all in all good. The moral was one of the easier ones to expect, as what to be thankful for. I wish there could be episodes with a different sort of moral (not just limited to AIO). However, it was still nice. The girl (the one played by Connie) seemed a little too sweet at times...maybe that's just me? But, all in all, it was a good episode. I'd give it 7/10.

 

 

Review by Mark Prescott (Town of Odyssey)

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Am I the only one who didn't like this episode? I thought it was alright. It would have been better if they wouldhave taken all of the songs out. Most of them, I couldn't understand what they were sining. I didn't like the the Grinch parody. I thought that they might have been better off coming up with their own plot. On the other hand, it was nice to hear the mention of Katrina again, and also, I liked How they all got snowed in at Whit's end. Once again, my high hopes for this Album 52 episode was dashed to smitherines. I give this episode a 2/5.

 

 

Review by Dallas R. (Town of Odyssey)

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I'm surprised at how well this episode is being rated in the polls. I've actually started enjoying several of the episodes this season, and I've thought that's it's been nice to have some classic Odyssey episodes back. That said, I thought this episode was a pretty big disappointment. It might even be my least favorite on the album so far. I've never really been fan of the episodes where they tell stories in this fashion where we hear it come to life, sort of like they do in "Black Clouds" It seems a little cheesy, and I think it would work better as a kids radio episode. The Grinch spinoff was clever, but could have been done with a much funnier script that made a little more sense. It sort of felt like a Truth Chronicles episode. In redeeming qualities, each actor played their character well, but it took me a long time to figure out who the kid was. Eugene on the Ukulele was a nice added bonus, and the first reference to Katrina since the hiatus was nice as well. I'd be willing to bet post-hiatus fans of the show will now be like "What? Eugene is married?" Overall, I think I'd rate it a 2.5. I think the rating system should be rated in ten stars. I'm always wanting to give episodes half stars.

 

 

Review by Shennifer (Town of Odyssey)

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It was a good episode, in my opinion, but I was a bit distracted listening to all the details of the story, however I enjoyed it all the same. Nice to hear Eugene mention Katrina and also I was more used to Andre's voice this time.

 

 

Review by Leonard Meltsner (Town of Odyssey)

 

I'm starting to get used to André too, which is good. I truly enjoyed this episode. I did find it a little scrambled and perplexing at times, but I liked all of the different ways that Christmas (and other) references were made, especially to all the old movies, it put me in the christmas spirit, thinking of Elf, The Year Without A Santa Claus, Frosty the Snowman, A Christmas Carol, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Charlie Brown and the Great Pumpkin, etc, which were all referenced in the episode!

 

 

Review by takeitfromthetop (Town of Odyssey)

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(out of 10)

 

This episode was really good! I really enjoyed the refrences to the christmas carol and the grinch! I liked to see harlow Doyle come back and I really liked seeing Jay in this episode. he is a really funny bully! I am geting used to Andre now and his voice I think he is doing a really good job! it got me in the holiday spirit of christmas and thanksgiving! I think this was a really good episode way better then I thought it was going to be from the preview! I will give this 9 1/2 out of 10 stars!

 

 

Review by JesusFreak777 (Town of Odyssey)

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I lived this episode! I made me feel warm and fuzzy inside by combining Thanksgiving with my favorite Holiday - Christmas! I'm going to go listen to the album version in a few minutes, but the radio one was excellent! I loved all the references to other Christmas movies - and not Christmas movies - that were mentioned earlier by people. I thought the spoof was great, and so was the music and acting. 5/5 for me! This is probably my favorite episode thus far.

 

 

Review by American Eagle (Town of Odyssey)

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I enjoyed this episode. I liked Jay and Walle (did anyone notice the Pixar reference? ), and they fit in nicely with the whit's end crew. Thank you so much, writers, for not making this another A Christmas Carol-spoof! I am sick of those. The Grinch story isn't used as much, so it worked well. Additionally, Harlow was used correctly.

 

 

Review by IamConnie (Town of Odyssey)

 

I enjoyed it. It was nice to hear a spoof on the Grinch, which isn't done very often anywhere. The situation was funny too. Why is it that people always seem to be trapped at Whit's End during a bad storm? Also, I loved the ending. It was a nice salute to us older Odyssey fans.

 

Review by Joanne (Town of Odyssey)

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This was a decent episode and I thought the whole story was a lot of fun. The characters were pretty good and I loved the little girl played by Connie. I still however was pretty disappointed by it. Most of the episodes lately seem like the humor is being forced. I also have never been able to get comfortable with the new whit. For some reason he just is not Whit in my mind and will never be. Jay did not sound like himself, but other than that I thought the other actors did well. Over all I gave this 2 stars. It seemed to be below there average quality, but still had some good qualities.
 

 

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