(out of 5 cones):
and Joanne's stop in West Virginia won't be as sleepy as it first appears
when Connie is accidentally pulled into something bigger than she imagined.
some people have a habit of falling in rivers. Some have the habit of
slipping into rivers, some have the habit of walking into rivers, and some
tend to die a horrible and painful death in rivers. Rivers can be scary
places, especially in a small town in Virginia.
Virginia is known for its many rivers, and itís very unlikely that
you could travel throughout the entire state of Virginia without falling
and/or slipping and/or walking and/or dying a horrible and painful death in
rivers. It just amazes me that rivers can be so much fun at times. You can
go boating in a river, you can go canoeing in a river, and you can die a
horrible and painful death in a river. How much fun is that? If thereís
one thing I look forward to doing at least once in my life it's looking
death in the face and conquering the water of a river. What fun!
obviously you canít be taking me seriously about the above profound
statements, right? What could be fun about falling in a river and dying a
horrible and not-fun death? That would be very painful. Very painful indeed.
And thatís where we come to a Silver
Lining. Connie and Joanne are on their travels and they
accidentally fall into a river and/or slip into a river and/or die a
horrible and painful death in a river. Their silver lining of hope comes
only when Vic Hamilton, a man wanted by the police, rescues them from the
local, raging waves of terror. Only there arenít any waves, just a
current. Connie and Joanne are unaware that this compassionate man is wanted
by the police, an irony that only slaps them in the face later on the bube
was something very real about the feeling of being underwater, floating in
Connieís clothes, that splashed me in the face.
If only that happened in real life. Oh wait, Iím sure itís happened somewhere.
However, as clichťd as falling in a river seemed for an intense scene on
AIO, I liked it. There was something about the intensity of the music and
the fear instilled in Odysseyís characters. There was something very real
about the feeling of being underwater, floating in Connieís clothes, that
splashed me in the face.
youíre probably wondering why I wrote three long-winded paragraphs about
falling in rivers for enjoyment, considering that the scene in this episode
only takes up about three minutes of airtime. Yeah. Letís just leave it at
that. Donít try to stop the current when itís pushing so strongly. And
now weíve got four.
regards to the main storyline with Connie Kendall and Joanne Allenís
mysterious adventure, I was very pleased. Their running into Vic Hamilton
was rather predictable when he wouldnít give out his name, but it was
stunning. I knew right away that there would be a mystery at the sound of
Vicís voice box. Silver
Lining has a short-lived mystery, but a powerful one. The
realization that Vic would be murdering someone on the other end of a
walkie-talkie line splashed me in the face again. Thereís nothing as
exciting as being placed on a countdown clock to help a character change his
mind. The crime could occur at any moment; itís the will of the good guys
to change the way the bad guys think. Hopefully theyíll have what it takes
to do it in time.
maturity, an issue that has been brought up before in our Extra!
Extra! column. I was very pleased with Connieís behavior as a whole.
In a lot of recent episodes, Connie hasnít been the most mature person.
Iíve seen her act like a ditz and seem as if sheís a completely
different person. However, the Connie in Silver
Lining has taken a more mature, sophisticated role. I like that
in Connieís character. Iíve read some other fansí reviews of this
episode in which they claimed that Connie has become more mature on this
little road trip of hers. I tend to disagree with that statement. We have
only had the opportunity to be with Connie two or three times on this road
trip so far, so she has many more episodes to learn the basics of being
mature; in the Odyssian world at least. Besides, there are now over 500
episodes of Adventures in Odyssey. Connie's maturity didn't happen in
the introduction of new characters in this episode, itís nice to be able
to hear new voices rather than older voices over and over as ďnewĒ
characters (for example: Corey Burton, Will
Ryan). Itís nice to hear new voices for a change and itís actually
interesting to listen to unrecognizable pitches. In other words, when a new
character is introduced in recent months, I donít think back to who plays
the character; I take the character as presented. There is no temptation to
think back and realize that Corey Burton is
playing yet another character. Now donít get me wrong; Corey has done a
lot of significant roles and has had a huge impact on Adventures in
Odyssey. Odyssey wouldn't be Odyssey without him. Itís just that
hearing new voices adds an even more positive splash to the series.
to the music and sound design, both were very well done. As I mentioned
earlier in my review, the way AIO doused us into Connieís perspective of a
life-threatening situation in the river was very well crafted. As Connie
plunged under water, we did too. As Connie came out for air every few
seconds, Joanneís screams for ďConnie!Ē were powerful, especially as
Joanneís voice became muffled as gallons of water submerged Connieís
in all, this episode has been pretty interesting. Some parts were more
tolerable than others, while some were also predictable. I give Silver
4 out of 5 cones.
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