Episode Reviewed: For
Trying Out Loud (506)
(Out of 5 cones):
Trying Out Loud
tries to help Edwin Blackgaard with a play, while Edwin tries to
keep his sanity. Liz tries to find something at school that she'll
be good at.
Finding your place
(1 Corinthians 12:11)
don't attend the classic stage performance to see the people, they come to
see me... A few well-selected actors may compliment my own talent
quite well." [Edwin Blackgaard]
the years, Iíve enjoyed listening to Adventures in Odyssey episodes
and keeping my ears wide open for interesting and creative ways that AIO
produces episodes. For Trying Out Loud
really jumped out at me as such an episode. This episode stands out among
the rest in the Spring 2003 season for its different techniques of
communicating good drama. As an older fan, Iíve become one of the types of
people who judge a book by its cover, meaning when new AIO albums arrive in
the bookstores, Iím there as soon as possible; however, when I get there I
have a judgmental attitude towards the album. Iím the type who likes good
cover arts and good uses for negative space on the back covers. And Iím
also the type who judges the outer clamshell before I actually listen to the
contents inside. Itís just a good thing the episodes in each album are
better than the back covers of the albums, otherwise I would probably be too
judgmental to purchase the albums. Even though For
Trying Out Loud didnít necessarily have the most new and innovative
storyline (weíll get to that later), it stands out among other episodes of
the 2003 season.
like to start by commenting on the scene transitions. I found them to be
very entertaining in that a character says a line and a character in the
next scene repeats the same line to start a new scene. For instance, Liz, in
this episode, said ďThat was the most miserable experience of my life,Ē
and directly following, Edwin states, ďThat was the most miserable
experience in my life.Ē I was very pleased with this aspect of the
episode. It added comic relief to the episode. Oh wait, isnít there an
album sitting on my bookshelf called something like that?
thing I liked was Liz Hortonís return. If she had been an immature,
self-centered snob as she was in Slumber
Party (saving a piece of pizza for herself instead of sharing it with
others), I would have been irritated at AIOís decision to bring her back.
However, I was very pleasantly surprised to find that I actually
found a liking to Liz and could actually stand to listen to her speak. In
previous episodes she had been an evil, selfish, pesky little brat. Now that
sheís returned in For Trying Out Loud,
she seems to have lost her bratty tone of voice, and the best part of it
isÖ she cares about other people for once! The fact that she was willing
to help her friend Ashley make it to the cheerleading squad, my heart just
warmed all over. Maybe I had a fever. Who knows?
Ashley. Although I eventually liked her character towards the middle of the
episode, her acting wasnít as convincing as I would have preferred. Other
than that, she seems as if she may be of positive use to the AIO series in
the days ahead. I did take notice of the fact that the actress was falling
into her part and beginning to belong.
though Iím pleased with Lizís return, I would have preferred if she
hadnít have sung her rendition of ďIím a Little Teapot.Ē It was, to
tell you the truth, obnoxious. Good thing Edwin Blackgaard and Walter
Shakespeare showed up for this episode, otherwise I might have avoided
finishing this episode. Throughout the whole AIO saga (is it okay if I call
it a saga?), Iíve taken note that Edwin Blackgaard is a prideful man and
also is money-hungry. Although those arenít the most Christian attributes
to have in life, it was good to hear more greediness throughout the episode.
I mentioned Edwin and Shakespeare I cannot go on until I talk about the
music of the episode. Iím the kind of person who compares old episodes
with new episodes. Iím an old-fashioned kind of guy. I liked the days of
Odyssey when they used music clips theyíd written over and over, that way
we know the tune and weíre familiar with from which episodes they come. I
like that. Knowing the tunes actually helps me to feel as if Iím part of
the story, the older days of Odyssey are peeking through, and I can enjoy
the episodes more. The music was mostly brand-new in For
Trying Out Loud, yes, but somehow, it was more of a connection to the
old days of Odyssey. I prefer episodes that donít overdo the music. I like
to hear the characters, not constant music in the background. Just look at
the older episodes Ė fewer instances of music, more character interaction.
Or perhaps Iím the only one who notices this?
we get to the role of Wooton. Iím not exactly sure what AIOís recent
fixation with twinkies has been, but it fit in nicely (Actually, Kathy
Wierenga is probably at fault, for she has mentioned twinkies two times, I
believe. Both times in Green Eyes and
Yellow Tulips and For Trying Out Loud.)
Twinkies remind me of Wooton. He brings up these random facts all the time
and youíre probably thinking, ďPardon me, could you repeat that?Ē I
actually felt more friendly towards Wootonís character this time around.
He even reminded me of Bernard in the episode My
Fair Bernard. Just as Wooton created a mess on stage, so Bernard wreaked
havoc on Edwinís play earlier in the series. This episode really
paralleled My Fair Bernard a lot, but
I wasnít really very concerned about that.
was especially interested when I listened to the album version of this
episode for the first time. You may be interested to know that Chris looks
back to her days of auditioning for Adventures in Odyssey years ago
and we get to hear some behind-the-scenes bloopers. Ah, the things AIO is
doing in the recent episodes. It warms my heart. Or perhaps itís just a
in all, For
Trying Out Loud
was very well done, music wasnít overdone, and all aspects of the show
were pretty good. This episode receives 4 and Ĺ cones out of 5.
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