Today's Adventures in Odyssey episode review from the AIO Update is of An Encounter with Mrs. Hooper from Album 5: Daring Deeds, Sinister Schemes. In this episode Donna Barclay, on a trip to a nursing home, meets the stubborn and cantankerous Mary Hooper and learns a lesson about compassion. You can read the episode review below.
The AIO Blog has just announced a new contest for which they want you to try and create your very own Adventures in Odyssey style meme. You could win the Our Favorites CD set, which includes 24 of the actors all-time favorite episodes ever produced, or a copy of Wooton's Whirled History: A Blend of Bravery, which includes 6 historical episodes with brand-new introductions from Wooton Bassett. You must be a resident of the 48 continental United States to enter. Check out all the contest details.
Brock Eastman, former Odyssey Adventure Club producer, is the author of the Sages of Darkness book series. What are the books all about? Brock describes Sages of Darkness as a fast-paced, exciting, and suspenseful action-packed series which focuses on 15-year-old Taylor Rivers who has just learned of his father's membership in a secret demon hunting society. Now he must take up the mantle and banish the evil sages that walk the earth back to the depths of hell. The first book, HowlSage, was originally released in 2011 and the sequel, BlizzardSage, was going to be released in 2012 before the publisher decided to stop printing fiction altogether. So now Brock has launched a Kickstarter campaign to re-release the first book, finally publish the sequel, and then release the third book in the series, CrimsonSage. And he needs your support to do it. You can find out all the information about how to back this exciting project here.
Last year we told you about the first audio drama in The Extraordinary Adventures of G.A. Henty series, Under Drake's Flag, and now we have news that the next production in the series is available for preorder. In Freedom's Cause follows the story of the Scottish hero William Wallace and, though not affiliated with Focus on the Family, it was contributed to by Adventures in Odyssey crew members such as recording engineer Mark Drury, sound designer Rob Jorgensen, composer John Campbell, writer John Fornof and casting director Philip Glassborow. And its cast features some people you might recognize as well. It stars actors such as Billy Boyd (Pippin from The Lord of the Rings), Joanne Froggatt (Anna from Downton Abbey), Skandar Keynes (Edmund from The Chronicles of Narnia), and James Cosmo (Campbell from Braveheart). In Freedom's Cause comes out in early November. You can preorder your own digital download or CD set of the two-hour audio drama here.
The Odyssey ScoopCast has released the first installment of their interview with Katie Leigh, the voice behind Connie Kendall on Adventures in Odyssey. Katie talks about attending the MasterWorks Festival, the new book she's been working on, a roadshow called Fort Blanket Revue where she, Will Ryan and Phil Lollar bring Odyssey to the fans, and much more. Check out the interview.
Ken Wytsma has released an interview with Adventures in Odyssey writer Paul McCusker on his blog. They talk about the book C. S. Lewis & Mere Christianity: The Crisis That Created a Classic, and the drama C.S. Lewis At War. Paul also discusses how he first got to know Lewis' work, how World War II impacted Lewis, the effect Lewis' legacy has had on the world, and much more. You can read the text interview.
The next Adventures in Odyssey episode review from the AIO Update is of The Imagination Station, Parts 1 & 2 from Album 5: Daring Deeds, Sinister Schemes. In this episode young Digger Digwillow, with the help of Whit's new invention, travels back in time to witness the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. You can read our full episode review below.
The Trent Show, the podcast brought to you by the AIO Fansite, has just released the second part of their audio interview with actor Shona Kennedy, the voice behind Jules Kendall on Adventures in Odyssey. As we've said before, in order to avoid spoilers it would be advisable to first listen to The Ties That Bind, Part 1, before hearing this interview.
The AIO Blog has released their interview with Adventures in Odyssey writer, director, producer, and actor Marshal Younger. Marshal has been writing AIO episodes since 1992 and continues to do so despite no longer living in Colorado. In the interview they talk about how Marshal became a writer, playing the young Jack Allen, his favorite sport, how he feels a bit disconnected from the new characters and what happened to the world of Kidsboro. He also discusses the inspiration for some of the episodes he's written, how he got involved with Lamplighter Theatre, as well as the other projects that he's been working on. You can listen to the audio interview below.
On this week's edition of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast, producers Dave Arnold and Paul McCusker answer your questions about Album 58: The Ties That Bind and more. And according to hosts Bob and Jesse, you can listen to this interview even if you aren't part of the Odyssey Adventure Club and haven't had a chance to hear Album 58 yet. The producers talk about The Family Project, the new voice for Matthew Parker, Jeff Lewis, B-TV, a goof in Album 58, a reference to Doctor Who, and much more. No major plot points or surprises are revealed. You can check out the spoiler-free interview.
Today's Adventures in Odyssey episode review from the AIO Update is of Go Ye Therefore from Album 4: The FUN-damentals. In this episode Connie, after being inspired to witness like the apostle Peter, decides to evangelize her mother and her friends at school. You can read our episode review below.
For those of you Adventures in Odyssey fans who are members of the Odyssey Adventure Club and have already finished listening to all of Album 58: The Ties That Bind, you probably have one or two questions you'd love the AIO team to answer. Well, there's good news. Right now the Official Podcast is planning another Ask the Producers episode and is asking for your questions for both Paul McCusker and Dave Arnold. You can submit them here. In addition to that, The Whit's End Podcast is also planning an upcoming interview with writer and director Paul McCusker, specifically about Album 58 and the future of the show. Submit questions here. As always, please avoid leaving spoilers in the AIO Update's comments section as many fans will be waiting to hear Album 58 either when the episodes are released for sale outside the club or when they air on the radio and online.
The next Adventures in Odyssey episode review from the AIO Update is of Choices from Album 4: The FUN-damentals. In this episode Lucy is in a dilemma when her science teacher asks her to do a report on evolution. You can read our episode review below.
The final two Odyssey Adventure Club episodes recorded this session in California have been revealed. They will be called Pinocchio: The Tale of a Foolish Puppet, Parts 1 & 2. According to the AIO Facebook page, Whit Hertford (Jay Smouse) plays Pinocchio, Jess Harnell (Wooton Bassett) plays the Ringmaster and Audrey Wasilewski (Katrina Meltsner) plays a feline con artist. You can check out all the photos from the Odyssey Adventure Club: Season Two.
Today was another session of recording for the AIO team at Salami Studios and two more Odyssey Adventure Club episodes were recorded. The first one is called "B-TV: Truth" and will be the first appearance of this episode format since B-TV: Live in 2008, although one could assume there will be no appearance from Bernard Walton this time around because actor Dave Madden passed away in January, unless there are some unaired audio clips of him being used. The other possibility is that Bernard may have been recast, although that appears unlikely. That episode will feature characters such as Nicodemus, Falsehood, and Harlowcus Doylecus. The second OAC episode recorded today will be called "Take It on Trust," which features Jay Smouse. In reference to this episode, the AIO Facebook page teased "Could Jay have a crush?" We'll just have to wait and see. You can check out the photos from the Odyssey Adventure Club: Season Two. Stay tuned for more updates on upcoming shows.
Update: The AIO Facebook page has confirmed that they have not recast the character of Bernard Walton. Referring to the late actor Dave Madden, they said, "The B-TV label lives on as part of Dave's legacy. It just didn't feel right to rename those shows something else."