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 Post subject: The Secret of the Writer's Ruse
PostPosted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 9:13 pm 
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So... what did you guys think?
Luke and I are already at opposite ends of the spectrum. I was ticked off by this episode and Luke really likes it. We both published our reviews:
Luke's: https://odysseynerds.wordpress.com/2018/01/04/review-of-the-secret-of-the-writers-ruse-2/
Mine: https://odysseynerds.wordpress.com/2018/01/04/review-of-the-secret-of-the-writers-ruse/

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 Post subject: Re: The Secret of the Writer's Ruse
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Yeah! After I wrote my review I went of and looked at yours and I was like "Oh! Am I wrong or? Well too late now!"

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TheDoctor wrote:
Yeah! After I wrote my review I went of and looked at yours and I was like "Oh! Am I wrong or? Well too late now!"

Dude, your opinion is no more wrong than mine, OK? It's your opinion!

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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.

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MonkeyDude wrote:
Good reviews guys!

Thank you!
Yeah, and I keep threatening to lose interest in Morrey but I'm still here. Maybe one day it will be more than a threat.

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 Post subject: Re: The Secret of the Writer's Ruse
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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..."


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