Defining Moment (519)
(Out of 5 cones):
a disappointment in the last inning of a game, Marvin looks to
Xavier to show him how to be a hero.
fact of the matter isÖ itís a baseball game. Nobody dies.Ē
it comes to sports episodes, they definitely arenít defining moments.
Letís just say Iíve seen a little too many sports movies over the years
in which a main character tries to prove to someone or himself that he can
win and succeed at something a little too much. I have grown to hate sports
movies because of their lack of interest to me, as well as the insipid
endings to nearly every film. He wins. No matter who "he" is,
"he" wins. Period. I hate sports movies, and
Defining Moment was
almost like a sports movie.
I do have to give it
some credit, however. Every AIO episode takes a lot of time and effort,
effort which I would have preferred being spent on another type of episode,
but thatís just me. Iím the kind of dude who doesnít like sports
stories that much for their lack of creativity. Every sports movie Iíve
seen has the same kind of endings, and the same sappy expressions are
plastered across the charactersí faces.
pretty much bored me most of the way through, leaving me pretty much ready
to go slap a mitt against my face as hard as I could. Not really, but I like
to sound dramatic.
I must admit that this
is the first AIO sports episode Iíve ever hated. What I like about Adventures
in Odyssey is that they have never taken the sappy ending spin on a
sports story, until now. In the past weíve seen newer and creative ways to
make a good sports episode without making it sappy (Examples: The
Winning Edge, And the Glory, The
Secret Weapon)Ö which is why I became bored this time around. Everyone
shouts and screams that theyíve won the game, and then they finish off the
show by getting free ice cream, an act of celebration in nearly every movie
(not necessarily with ice cream).
A situation of irony in
this episode struck me. It was odd hearing, for the first time ever, Mr.
Whittaker order some sort of ice cream dish from his own shop. Itís
understandable that he had the opportunity, for Ed Washington runs the
Connellsville Whitís End. However it was another one of those odd moments
you almost never hear, and would probably never hear if there werenít a
Whitís End, Connellsville.
I really sound as if
Iíve been nitpicking this episode, donít I? Iím sorry if I offended
any of you sports lovers. I like sports, but I just donít like hearing
lame reenactments on fictional dramas and seeing them on movies.
portrayal of Ed Washingtonís decision between his son and Ashley was a
good one. Itís interesting to see how much we really do care about our
kids in sports, rather than making a score. But youíre hearing this from a
guy whoís never been into sports, soÖ translate it as you wish.
was pretty decent for the most part. Marvin Washington seems to be
improving. The sound design was well done, and I liked how the music
introduced us to a sports episode in the beginning. I give
3 out of 5 cones.
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