Good reviews guys! Personally, I do enjoy J&P Detective agency episodes, but this one is just kinda eh. Like at this point they've done a lot of J&P episodes but after a while, they all just feel the same, I was hoping they might mix it up this time. I am interested in the whole Morey arc. but it is rather slow moving.
Arista and I also reviewed this yesterday! (Although I was a bit preoccupied when we recorded because my GameCube decided to break and I couldn't figure out how to play but that's all another story.) Final word: I didn't like this episode that much, but I still gave it 4 / 5. I'm probably just really generous. Here are my points: Spoiler alert!
4 / 5 (Originally 3 / 5 because I tried to solve it)
Pros: *Score was good, brought a good tone... **Like a traditional mystery score **Pictures with Meaning *Justin Felbinger was good *Emily's first episode since "The Key Suspect" *I always hear the sample clip whenever I hear the beginning of the episode *Eugene was very Eugene-like **He just rattles off info about Ann West **Cold War... "On one side were communist countries" **"The archives here go back to 1987. I've been meaning to ensure the library's..." "He said a lot of other things, too..." ***Wait, 1987? *Whit has a Mac *Whit's advice about secrets at the beginning tied in well to the end *Andre Stojka was a good actor **And him saying "You can't think clearly when you panic" **And "No, nothing beyond what I just said." **"I'm afraid it didn't come up in the teacher's lounge." *"After searching for a few minutes-" "Hours-" "Thirty minutes-" "At least ninety-" "Fourty-five tops." *I like Eden Hope's actress (Reva Rose) *Although Emily's cutting Eden off at the end, it's funny to hear her rant while she stammers **"And the first thing you say is, 'Wasn't that a satisfying mystery?'"
Hmm...: *Why does this episode have 3 writers? *Connie must have been excellent at making the pictures *Emily and Matthew must have great memory retention *Was NOT a solve-it-yourself mystery, so I can't exactly say it was a good mystery or comedy **Info: ***Suddenly all of the fake info is revealed in the photo album and it's hard to keep track of it all ***And then it's suddenly all debunked without any real chance for the listener to debunk it **This one was different because it dealt with history rather than current events; no real "suspect" **Although you can tell right away that Morrie is planning the little mystery... not the bigger one **ALSO: After putting all that time into trying to figure out what was going on, I felt fooled when it was REVEALED to be a hoax. ***Although "I Slap Floor" was a hoax, you would have to do some digging to find that out **All this would have been fine if I hadn't been trying to solve it
Rydell, Part 3: (I want this section to be a surprise... it contains my theories about what Morrie is up to. You'll hear it in Podcast #10.)
Cons: *The score seemed like it repeated itself a little *Why does Emily keep cutting people off at the end? Maybe Austin Peachy's right *I wish that Dale Jacobs had made a cameo *Emily's voice from the beginning of the frantic "Where is Maggie?" line is not well blended with the surrounding lines; you can tell that she's going to be interrupted **Sort of gasping "Yeah! And the school may have records: I'll check there. Maybe we can contact her family members..."
I thought this episode was interesting. I did guess several parts of the ending however.
I liked the homage this episode played to Agatha Christie, what with the book titles (similar to Murder on the Orient Express), and the missing days (Agatha Christie also went missing and showed up at a hotel with no memory of the missing days.)