The next Adventures in Odyssey episode review from the AIO Update is of Thank You, God from Album 3: Heroes. In this episode the gang from Odyssey enjoy Thanksgiving dinner and Whit tells the story of how his stepmother changed his life. You can read the episode review below.
During the summer of 2012 Adventures in Odyssey kicked off its 25th anniversary celebration. As part of this celebration, the Odyssey team offered a special opportunity: the chance to have your script become an Odyssey episode. The College Writer's Scholarship Contest was launched at that time. Ever since the first-place winner was announced to be Angela Phillips with her script entitled "A Jay in the Life", we have been waiting for that episode to be released. Another winner was Katie Wynn with her script "Big Trouble Under the Big Top" which was included on Album 57: A Call to Something More. But what about Phillips' script? We now have confirmation from Focus on the Family that the "A Jay in the Life" script will not be produced into an AIO episode. They said that although they "enjoyed the originality employed in this creative effort, its plot took several characters in directions that conflicted with our already established storylines." We at the AIO Update speculate that this script would have drastically altered the character of Jay Smouse. Will the College Writer's Scholarship Contest return? It’s possible the team may at some point launch a similar competition for writers, but have no plans to do so in the immediate future. Should the contest return? Leave your comments below.
In today's edition of the Official Adventures In Odyssey Podcast hosts Bob and Jesse introduce a brand-new never-before-heard fully-produced deleted scene from the episode The Bible Network from Album 56: The Grand Design, which aired in Fall 2012. They also interview the people behind the scenes, including writer Marshal Younger and sound designer Christopher Diehl. You can listen here.
We've been releasing episode reviews weekly since August of last year. As the reviewer, I personally think my appreciation for AIO episodes has been greatly increased as a result. And hopefully the quality of my reviews has been improving over time as well. This week's Adventures in Odyssey episode review is of Heroes from Album 3. In this episode superstar basketball player "Lightning" Livingston opens a sports store in Odyssey, but a scathing exposé reveals more than megafan Jimmy Barclay wanted to know. You can read our full episode review of Heroes below.
Co-host of Adventures in Odyssey's Social Shout Out, author of The Quest for Truth book series among other books, and Odyssey Adventure Club producer Brock Eastman has just announced that he will be moving on from working at Focus on the Family and taking a new job at Compassion International, a Christian child sponsorship organization with headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He says that "There will be travel that we can do as a family, and we look forward to this new chapter in our life. We often have to look back to see the amazing things God did or is doing in our lives or how He has been preparing us for something all along, this job is that sort of story." You can read Brock's full blog post here.
Iliad House, the new and upcoming audio drama from Adventures in Odyssey co-creator Phil Lollar, is an adventure you won't want to miss. According to an update from Phil Lollar, the team is currently working to put the finishing touches on the scripts for the six-part pilot series and will soon move onto casting actors and recording the voices. All six episodes follow a single story-arc and so they will all be released at the same time. If you're unfamiliar with the basic premise of this new show, here's a quick synopsis: Fourteen-year-old orphan Jesse Davidson lives with his emotionally-distant and peculiar uncle Christopher Portalis in the Iliad House, a mysterious old mansion on an island off the east coast of the United States. Just when Jesse is finally getting used to living on the island, he discovers that the old abandoned train he and his friends have been using as a clubhouse for the past year can actually move—through time! You can find out more details at IliadHouse.com.
The next Adventures in Odyssey episode review from the AIO Update is of Rumor Has It from Album 3: Heroes. In this episode the Kirban family is new to Odyssey, and rumors about them abound. In spite of young Lucy Cunningham-Schultz's caution, a curious boy named Jack Davis is determined to reveal the truth. You can read our episode review below.
In this week's episode of the Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast we get to hear an interview with Chad Beninati, the creator of the Drake the Cosmic Copper comics, and Bob Hoose, the writer of this month's Odyssey Adventure Club exclusive episode. They talk about how the idea for the show first came about, how the comic book origin story was crafted, how it fits into the world of Odyssey, and much more. You can listen to the podcast episode here.
Your source for the latest Adventures in Odyssey news, the AIO Update, has discovered the very first summary available for Album 58: The Ties that Bind. This next album will be released for sale and air on the radio in the fall. Its overall theme will involve concepts from Focus on the Family's The Family Project. You can read the album's summary below.
Comic-Connellsville! The "Let’s Get Together" Festival! Who knew that two events could trigger so much drama in Odyssey? Wooton’s announcement about a family of detectives leads to suspicion and intrigue. Whit’s challenge of some popular ideas causes a difficult tug-of-war between conviction and compromise. And the surprise arrival of a few friends and former adversaries creates the perfect blend of excitement, comedy, and important life lessons for everyone.
Stay tuned as more details come out in the future.
The new summary for Candid Conversations with Connie, Volume 1, is now here on the AIO Update: Welcome to Candid Conversations with Connie! And these conversations are going to be very candid. In this book we’re only taking questions from girls! Yep, they can ask whatever they want, and I will answer from my vast knowledge and experience. (Well . . . maybe not vast.) If I don’t know the answer, I’ll ask my friend Penny. We've been where you are, and we know what it’s like.
You’re not a little girl anymore, but you’re still years off from adulthood. You still like to play, but you also enjoy having long conversations with friends. You sometimes want to cuddle on your mom’s lap, and other times you wish she would just leave you alone. All that’s pretty normal, and you’ll see that from the questions we’re answering.
We also have the summary for Imagination Station Book 15: Surprise at Yorktown. Read it here: Travel two centuries back in time to the final battle of the American Revolution at Yorktown, Virginia. Cousins Patrick and Beth sneak through trenches and race across battlefields to warn General George Washington about a dangerous spy. The spy is stealing his secret plans and giving them to the British. Cannons roar and the ground shakes as the struggle reaches a climax. Washington’s ragtag soldiers are up against the most powerful army in the world. Will Patrick and Beth witness the American Revolution come to an end? Or will they be caught in a dangerous trap they can’t escape?