The Odyssey ScoopCast Reviews “Legacy”

By | May 29, 2020

At long last, our journey through Album 62: Let’s Put on a Show, wraps up.

Legacy in Review
The Odyssey ScoopCast concludes our review series of Album 62, “Let’s Put on a Show.” Kevin, Garrett, and Ryan discuss the two-part episode “Legacy” and the significance behind it, utilizing the talent of actors, and conversion story arcs. Plus, the team discusses the potential for future episodes.

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Whit’s End reopens in the midst of COVID-19 pandemic (Fan Fiction)

By | May 26, 2020

During a time when local business owners are anxious to reopen for their customers, local businessman John Avery Whittaker is hesitantly optimistic.

Having closed down Whit’s End when restaurant shutdowns were ordered due to the COVID-19 pandemic in March of this year, John Whittaker is excited to see his loyal customers again—albeit in a carefully planned way. In order to adhere to social distancing guidelines set forth by state and local governments, Whit’s End will be reopening in a phased approach.

“Whit has strict orders that all tables and booths are to be sanitized before and after each patron’s visit,” local college student and long-term employee Connie Kendall states. “Not only that, every other stool at the soda counter is to be used to honor the six feet rule. I’ll tell you this much,” she added, “I can barely breathe through this mask.”

Whit’s End is all set to welcome customers back, all while utilizing social distancing guidelines as set forth by the CDC.

“We want to do this right,” stated Whittaker from behind his surgical mask at the soda counter in Whit’s End. “We’re taking measures very seriously, from setting up the soda shop to conform to distancing requirements to wearing masks to sanitizing surfaces more often than we did in the past. Our long-time friend Bernard Walton of Walton’s Janitorial Services has assured us that he will be monitoring the situation closely. He is a little less concerned about the pandemic but has agreed to work alongside us to make this a success.”

“I just want all this nonsense to be over,” Walton shared with the Odyssey Times. “I think people are over-reacting more than they did during the Y2K crisis in… what year was that again? My mind these days is about as sharp as a bunch of marbles. I’m tellin’ you… this place is filled with a bunch of loonies.” He added, “I’ve gone through so much duct tape putting lines on the floor six feet apart that stocks in duct tape are going to be booming. Maybe it’s time for me to invest?”

Walton also took a moment to share his disappointment with all the panic buying around town as news of the pandemic spread.

“Whit’s End alone has nearly tripled their spending on toilet paper. It seems like I’m always restocking the bathrooms and demand is up. I’ve been reprimanding kids at Whit’s End trying to sneak toilet paper rolls home to their parents. Perhaps I should get Eugene and Connie to wear camouflage grease paint and hide behind the potted plants again to catch our culprits.”

Whit’s End is now implementing several distinct changes to adhere to regulations, and the shop’s patrons are being educated on this “new normal” during their initial visit.

“Eugene has agreed to host educational classes on viruses, social distancing, and proper hygiene efforts such as thorough hand-washing,” Whittaker stated. “It’s good to have different perspectives coming together to make these changes. Without Eugene, I would never have thought to place directional arrows on the floor throughout the building. And since we only have one public staircase in Whit’s End, Eugene has designated the central stairs next to the soda shop as the ‘up’ staircase and the servant’s staircase in the kitchen temporarily as the ‘down’ one.”

Several of the shop’s rooms and displays are undergoing a new approach as well. The Bible Room, filled with activities for children to bring the Bible to life, has fewer displays. Whit’s famous Talking Mirror has been temporarily moved to the basement as it was located too close to the David and Goliath display and the ever-popular Imagination Station. The Imagination Station and Room of Consequence visits are limited to one person per adventure, with a thorough sanitation process to follow as overseen by Eugene Meltsner.

In addition, the Little Theatre remains closed for public performances until a later date. The Inventor’s Corner is off-limits for the time being. The Library in Whit’s End will reopen as well, with a limit of five people in the room at the same time. To encourage children to read, John Whittaker is working with the Odyssey Library on obtaining rights to e-books for the kids to borrow books from the comfort of their own homes.

With shortages around town on hand sanitizers, Clorox wipes, Lysol, and anti-bacterials, Whittaker and his staff are confident in their preparation efforts.

“We have a moderate amount of cleaning supplies made available to us by the Hand-Up organization,” local genius and Whit’s End employee Eugene Meltsner stated. “No virus too strong can prevail against us if we band together to eradicate this crisis. I am concerned, however, that many of us wearing masks will be inhaling an increased percentage of carbon dioxide daily, which may lead to significantly greater long-term health problems in the days ahead.”

Local mailman Wooton Bassett has taken a more nonchalant approach to the crisis.

“I’ve made multiple visits on my mail route through town and people are just tired of being locked up in their homes. The good news is I have seen neighbors talking to neighbors more often and the sidewalks haven’t been getting rolled up at dinner time anymore. More of the kids in town are hanging outside. I’m excited to see what happens with the reopening of Whit’s End, and I’ve agreed to hold up signs at the shop encouraging everyone to ‘do their part and stay six feet apart’. The more careful we are in the beginning, the sooner things can go back to normal and we can put this behind us.”

Many of Odyssey’s residents are eager to get back to work as well. Essential employees around town have been shown appreciation by their employers. Fast food, grocery store, bank, and many other workers have been instrumental in keeping the town running during the past two months.

“I’m optimistic about the reopening of Whit’s End and the town,” Whittaker stated. “I’ve hosted several virtual meetings with business owners around town to ensure we’re all on the same page.”

When asked about how he felt about a “second wave” of COVID-19 in the fall, Whittaker assured that he will continue to monitor the situation throughout the summer months and into the fall.

“We will be closely watching local and state information as it becomes available later this year. COVID-19 isn’t the first virus that swept through this great country and town. The best is yet to come,” Whittaker assured from behind the counter of the shop he has managed in Odyssey for decades.

This article is merely a work of fan fiction. The Odyssey Scoop is an unofficial Adventures in Odyssey website and is in no way affiliated with Focus on the Family and the Adventures in Odyssey brand.

Now Airing in the AIO Club: “The World of Whitonia”

By | September 2, 2019

Fall is almost here, and the September exclusive Adventures in Odyssey Club episode is now airing for club members. Members, login via your mobile apps and browsers to start the adventure.

The World of Whitonia
There’s trouble in paradise when a pushy professor slithers into Renee’s latest Imagination Station program.

  • You can learn more about this month’s adventure here.
  • Listen now in the Adventures in Odyssey Club (membership required).

 

And, if you’re a little behind in your listening, the August exclusive Adventures in Odyssey Club episode takes fans on a fun B-TV adventure, and long-time fans will be excited to hear from characters that have not appeared on the show for more than 30 years! It’s definitely a blast from the past! you won’t want to miss.

B-TV: Idolatry
A collector of artifacts learns valuable lessons about idols, including that they aren’t always what they appear to be.

  • You can learn more about the adventure here.
  • Listen now in the Adventures in Odyssey Club (membership required).

 

About the Adventures in Odyssey Club:
The Adventures in Odyssey Club (AIOC) is a members-only club which gives families access to the entire collection of Adventures in Odyssey episodes, exclusive episodes, web quests, devotionals, and more. You can visit AIOC directly, or visit our AIOC site feature which details what each member gets with their subscription—a great resource for those who may be sitting on the fence about becoming a member! At just $9.99/month (or lower pricing for longer commitment levels), every Odyssey fan should be a part of the Adventures in Odyssey Club. You can get started with a 14-day free trial. And by being a club member, you are helping to support Adventures in Odyssey and keep the show running with more great content—and who doesn’t like that idea?

Now Airing in the AIO Club: “All for the Guest”

By | July 4, 2019

The July exclusive Adventures in Odyssey Club episode is now available and presents a fun adventure in typical AIO style. Members, login via your mobile apps and browsers to start the adventure.

All for the Guest
It’s a stressful sleepover when Penny’s parents and Wooton’s childhood butler come to visit on the same weekend.

  • You can learn more about this month’s adventure here.
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Also, the June exclusive Adventures in Odyssey Club takes listeners on an imaginative adventure. If you’re not quite caught up with the latest episodes in the club, now is the time.

Take Every Thought Captive
It’s a stressful sleepover when Penny’s parents and Wooton’s childhood butler come to visit on the same weekend.

  • You can learn more about the adventure here.
  • Listen now in the Adventures in Odyssey Club (membership required).

 

About the Adventures in Odyssey Club:
The Adventures in Odyssey Club (AIOC) is a members-only club which gives families access to the entire collection of Adventures in Odyssey episodes, exclusive episodes, web quests, devotionals, and more. You can visit AIOC directly, or visit our AIOC site feature which details what each member gets with their subscription—a great resource for those who may be sitting on the fence about becoming a member! At just $9.99/month (or lower pricing for longer commitment levels), every Odyssey fan should be a part of the Adventures in Odyssey Club. You can get started with a 14-day free trial. And by being a club member, you are helping to support Adventures in Odyssey and keep the show running with more great content—and who doesn’t like that idea?

The Odyssey ScoopCast Reviews “The Grass Is Always Greener”

By | June 23, 2019

Continue along with us on our podcast journey through Album 62: Let’s Put on a Show. The Odyssey ScoopCast team continues with our latest episode, in usual ScoopCast style.

The Grass Is Always Greener in Review
Moving right along, the team reviews “The Grass Is Always Greener” from Adventures in Odyssey Album 62. The podcast trio discusses the Parker family’s role and development in the show, Red Hollard, the lesson woven into the episode, and whether this episode is a cut above the rest.

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The Odyssey ScoopCast Reviews “Fathers and Sons”

By | May 26, 2019

Moving right along, The Odyssey ScoopCast takes you forward with the latest in our special review series. If you’re just checking in, we hadn’t released any episodes for well over a year, but we’re back and releasing episodes in rapid-fire to get caught up to the latest episodes.

Fathers and Sons in Review
Next up in our review series is “Fathers and Sons” from Adventures in Odyssey Album 62. Kevin, Garrett, and Ryan discuss their thoughts on the plot and mystery of the episode. And what do memes and “The Treasure of LeMonde” have to do with it?

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The Odyssey ScoopCast Reviews “No Friend Like an Old Friend”

By | May 19, 2019

Where has the time gone? We’re slightly embarrassed, yet thankful to pick up where we left off in 2017 with more Adventures in Odyssey reviews via our very own podcast! And we’re going to try and speed things up from here on out to get caught up. Get on board and join us for our latest edition of The Odyssey ScoopCast!

No Friend Like an Old Friend in Review
The ScoopCast (finally!) continues their review series of Adventures in Odyssey Album 62 with “No Friend Like an Old Friend.” The team comes back together to discuss the theme of the episode, the introduction of a Wilson Knox to the show, the return of Phil Lollar, and more.

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Now Airing in the AIO Club: “Rumpelstiltskin: A Wee Little Tale”

By | May 2, 2019

The May exclusive Adventures in Odyssey Club episode has arrived with a unique new “spin” on the story of Rumpelstiltskin. Members, login via your mobile apps and browsers to start the adventure.

Rumpelstiltskin: A Wee Little Tale
A fresh spin on the classic tale of a greedy king, a desperate girl, and an elf who turns straw into gold — for a price.

  • You can learn more about this month’s adventure here.
  • Listen now in the Adventures in Odyssey Club (membership required).


About the Adventures in Odyssey Club:
The Adventures in Odyssey Club (AIOC) is a members-only club which gives families access to the entire collection of Adventures in Odyssey episodes, exclusive episodes, web quests, devotionals, and more. You can visit AIOC directly, or visit our AIOC site feature which details what each member gets with their subscription—a great resource for those who may be sitting on the fence about becoming a member! At just $9.99/month (or lower pricing for longer commitment levels), every Odyssey fan should be a part of the Adventures in Odyssey Club. You can get started with a 14-day free trial. And by being a club member, you are helping to support Adventures in Odyssey and keep the show running with more great content—and who doesn’t like that idea?

Now Airing in the AIO Club: “Between Camp and a Hard Place, Part 2”

By | April 1, 2019

The April exclusive Adventures in Odyssey Club episode is here and concludes a two-part adventure. And the illustration for this episode looks oddly familiar… Members, login via your mobile apps and browsers to start the adventure.

Between Camp and a Hard Place, Part 2
Kids and counselors face numerous challenges as the competition heats up at Camp What-A-Nut.

  • You can learn more about this month’s adventure here.
  • Listen now in the Adventures in Odyssey Club (membership required).


About the Adventures in Odyssey Club:
The Adventures in Odyssey Club (AIOC) is a members-only club which gives families access to the entire collection of Adventures in Odyssey episodes, exclusive episodes, web quests, devotionals, and more. You can visit AIOC directly, or visit our AIOC site feature which details what each member gets with their subscription—a great resource for those who may be sitting on the fence about becoming a member! At just $9.99/month (or lower pricing for longer commitment levels), every Odyssey fan should be a part of the Adventures in Odyssey Club. You can get started with a 14-day free trial. And by being a club member, you are helping to support Adventures in Odyssey and keep the show running with more great content—and who doesn’t like that idea?

There’s “More Than Meets the Eye” with Album 67!

By | March 23, 2019

In the not-so-distant future we have the release of the 67th collection from Adventures in Odyssey: More Than Meets the Eye.

Mystery and intrigue abound as Emily and Matthew are trapped inside an unfinished escape room in the basement of Whit’s End. Meanwhile, the Odyssey High School Football team heads toward the state championship and deals with unexpected challenges.

Created for ages 8 to 12 and enjoyed by the whole family, Adventures in Odyssey award-winning audio dramas teach lasting truths and bring biblical principles to life, with just the right balance of fun, faith, and imagination. The adventures often start with grandfatherly Mr. Whittaker (“Whit”), who runs an ice cream shop called Whit’s End. Young friends from all over town come to Whit for advice, and his employees (perky Connie Kendall and genius Eugene Meltsner) often learn as much as the kids! And Wooton Bassett, the zany, fun-loving mailman, helps the kids in his own unique way.

It’s all happening in the very near future. Be watching for an early release this summer in the Adventures in Odyssey Club, with the CD and digital download to follow this fall!



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