Episode Reviewed: The
Toy Man (505)
(Out of 5 cones):
Washington and family think about making a radical lifestyle change
and have to consider the sacrifices that they'll have to make.
Sacrifice; making tough
inspired when I play with them [toys], not when I have to consider 80 pages
of research before I come up with an idea. Maybe I am a dinosaur.
title alone had its problems. I wasn't too keen on the fact that we'd be
listening to an episode about toys, but that really couldn't be helped since
the episode had already finished production.
episode started out okay enough, but when Ed Washington walked into Whit's
End as a well-known man to the characters and a to-be-learned-about to the
listeners, I knew we were headed for trouble. Just as Wooton
was introduced, so the Washington family was as well. In Welcoming
Wooton, the writer of the
episode assumed that we knew who Wooton was, assuming that we'd be alright
with his being allowed to watch the shop for a few hours. I wasn't alright
with it. I was angry. I wanted to smack my junk tape against my dresser! Now
Toy Man, Ed Washington (and others
in his family) were introduced, Whit placed the responsibility of Whit's End
on his shoulders, and proceeded to walk away. That makes me mad. That makes
me want to smack my junk tape against my dresser! I'm the kind of fan who
must get to know a character before he or she is allowed to handle kids at
Whit's End. And Wooton and Ed aren't ready. On the other hand, Connie and
Eugene were both working at Whit's End in their first episodes, however, it
was different with them. Whit and anyone else in Odyssey didn't know either
of them. That way when he did hire them, he would be getting to know them
along with the listeners. Now that's how I prefer it to be.
first time I heard this episode my concentration level wasn't staying at the
proper level. The storyline just wasn't capturing me and I was disappointed
with the show overall. Yet now that I've had time to "cool off,"
the episode has grown on me a little bit. Just a little bit though. I still
don't like this episode as much as I'd like to.
okay with the introducing of new characters, but when AIO introduces an
entire family and doesn't exactly tell us anything about them, I get mad. I
couldn't even begin to start naming all the kids in the Washington family if
I wanted to. With the Barclays, I knew them all after one episode. I've
listened to The
Toy Man more than several times now and I'm still not grasping the
family members' names. Also I wasn't pleased with the actors in the family
to begin with, so that decreased the desire to know their names. Maybe
they'll grow on me? In order to do that, Marvin's actor will have to start
acting better and the kids will have to be more down-to-earth.
didn't really like the "toy" aspect to the episode to begin with,
and I certainly began losing interest when Ed Washington showed his
inventions to the kids at Whit's End. All those electronic noises got on my
nerves. In real life, most toys don't sound like that. Most toys are quiet
and don't require batteries. I think that they overdid the electronic nature
of the toys. What ever happened to girls playing with dolls and boys playing
with G.I. Joe's? However, I did like the whole theme of parents and children
doing things together.
into the technical jargon, I thought the sound design was very well done.
Just take away about 5-10 electronic sound effects and I'd be more content.
The acting was pretty good between Ed and Elaine Washington, Whit and Ed,
and Ed and his employees. Music was average.
I sound like I was complaining too much? The
Toy Man hasn't really made it to my top 100 list.
my favorite, but I'll clap for its good moral. That's all that really
matters now, right? I give The Toy Man
2 and 1/2 cones out of 5.
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