Saturday, March 21, 2009

Unofficial Podcast Ep. 53

03.21.09. In part two of our round table discussion, we talk more about the future of Odyssey and its characters. Keep in mind that we recorded this more than two weeks ago - before all the Passages discussion had started. If you enjoyed this and would like to hear more from these crazy Canadians (and even if you didn't), leave a comment!

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Running Time: 23:22

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Novacom Boxed Set Preview!

If there's one thing I've always enjoyed about Odyssey besides the actual episodes themselves, it's the behind-the-scenes material. Today, we have a special audio clip from the 60-minute bonus disc that will be included in the Novacom Saga. This one features Kathy Buchanan's take on the creation of Connie's love interest, Robert Mitchell. Some of this stuff we've read in the Official Guide and heard in the Official Podcast's interview with Steve Burns, but one thing we've never heard before was the voice of the actor who was originally cast to play the character.

For more exclusive audio clips from the bonus disc, head on over to the AIO Wiki, the Odyssey Scoop, and the Ceiling Fan.

New photos of the Novacom Boxed Set have been circulating around the Odyssey community for a little while, so I thought I'd go ahead and post the high-res versions of them. I was really impressed with the amount of thought that went into designing this product. I especially like the way the top cover opens and has a magnetic edge that keeps the box "locked" when closed. The CD sleeves are a nice touch, as well.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

A Response to the Latest Official Podcast

In case you haven't heard, the latest edition of the Official Podcast was just released. In it, Paul McCusker and Dave Arnold discuss some of the upcoming changes to the show. Click play to listen and then check out my commentary on the highlights.

1. Farewell to the Washingtons

This comes as no surprise, as the actors for Tamika (Courtney Brown) and Marvin (Kendre Barry) have reached the point-of-no-return age. I feel both could have remained for at least one more season, but I don't think most listeners will be shedding too many tears over their departure. It will, however, make for an awkward scenario if Kelly stays. Perhaps she will be returning to her mother? Paul and Dave did not address whether or not Kelly would remain, but at this point it doesn't look good.

2. The Return of ... Clara?

Many listeners, myself included, quickly became fans of actress Aria Curzon when she made her Odyssey debut in the episode, Clara. It's understandable why the writers haven't brought back Clara to this point, since Aria also played Mandy Straussberg. Having both characters existing concurrently would only confuse the audience. But if the Straussberg family is written off as we are expecting, then this would be an excellent way of retaining a talented voice actor in Aria while re-introducing a beloved character.

3. Video Footage on AIO Live! DVD

Just when you thought it couldn't get any better, Nathan Hoobler mentions an added incentive to purchase this incredibly jam-packed set. Seventeen minutes of live video footage from the live show will be included on the DVD, which will come as a pleasant surprise to those who were not able to attend the show last August. As one who had the privilege of attending all three shows, I'm anxious to see which takes they used for the final cut. Trust me - this is something you won't want to miss.

4. The Return of ... Malachi?

Those who have read the Official Guide already know that Philip Glassborow played the voice of Malachi in Album 32. In many ways, Malachi's Message kick-started a number of changes in Odyssey, not the least of which was the Timothy Center. Of course, the inspiration for the retreat center was Tom's son, Timmy - the co-discoverer of the alternate reality, Marus, in Passages. With all this news about Passages returning to the airwaves, it makes me wonder if Malachi is somehow connected to it all. Maybe it's just wishful thinking on my part. And maybe Philip Glassborow just randomly happened to be visiting when they recorded the Official Podcast. Hmm.

5. Passages

Paul McCusker confirmed Passages will be the newest installment of Odyssey to hit the radio this fall. This time, however, it will be an adaption of his novel, Darien's Rise. No word yet on the length of the dramatization or whether it will be contained within Album 51. I would like to think it'd be included in the next album, but that may not be the case since Dave Arnold stated that episodes for Album 51 won't be out until next year.

6. Album 51 Releases March 2010

In an earlier podcast, the producers had alluded to the possibility of putting the the albums out earlier. It appears they've made their decision as Album 51 is slated to release one year from now and will be available while the episodes are airing. Obviously, the upside to this format is that we won't have to wait for each new weekly show. We can simply order the album and hear them all at once. But the downside is evident - we have to wait six months longer than what was previously announced before we can hear any episodes for the new season.

Assuming Passages ends up being a 3-part series airing at the beginning of September, it means listeners will have to wait an additional five months before getting to hear any new episodes. I'm disappointed it's going to take that long, especially since it'll be nearly two full years between Album 50 and Album 51. But if it provides the writers with the opportunity to fine tune their scripts and the producers a chance to create a better product overall, then I'm all for it.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Unofficial Podcast Ep. 52

03.07.09. You asked and we delivered! After six long weeks, we finally have a new podcast! Granted, it's a little later than expected, but I say better late than never. In this episode, guests Catspaw and Boswell from the Town of Odyssey join me for a round table discussion on the live show in Colorado, the future of Odyssey, and the awesomeness of Canadians. We had so much to talk about that I ended up splitting everything into two parts - stay tuned for part deux later this month!

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Running Time: 44:53

Thursday, March 5, 2009

"AIO Live!" Photos!

Lots of artwork coming in - and it looks awesome. Check out these shots of the upcoming AIO Live! CD/DVD set. Complete with a die cut cover, this packaging really enhances the overall value of the product. I love how they've added complete artwork for the CD labels, something which they stopped doing with all the repacks. Available this May, you won't want to miss adding this amazing set to your Odyssey collection.