"Game for a Mystery"
ratings are based on a 5 star scale unless otherwise noted.
Review by Joshua
the episode game for a mystery i think has
three life leson first take care of your things becasue if
mathew parker and taken care of his game instead of just
hidding it he wouldn't have lost it. second don't jump to
conclusions like mathew did because it just made the
situation worst because he might have lost a friend becase
he accused him of stealing his game when all he had was his
shoo print around were his game was. and the most important
lesson do what your parents ask you to do when they ask you
to do it that way the entier insident could have been
avoided because his game would be safe in the house when hew
was out side trimming the hedges. and that is my reveiw.
Review by NC
I liked this episode. Barrett
seemed too whiny and childish to me. That is my only
complaint about the episode.
Review by garreted
ok so, ,,this new idea of the "Jones and
Parker sleuths" or whatever they're called, is sounding
promising, i really enjoyed the the chemistry between Mathew
and Emily, and the fact that they are continuing on with
some of the Kidsboro characters really made me happy! this
episode opens up a whole new platform of episodes for AIO. i
hope to see more of the "Jones and Parker" mystery episodes
Review by Christian
I thought "Game for a Mystery" was very
nicely done. I love the Jones family. They fit into odyssey
quite well. Emily reminds me of Mandy at times (which is
good). Barrett seemed a bit whiny...but that's okay. I
though Emily and Matthew sounded great together and can't
wait til the next Jones & Parker mystery comes. (Hopefully
Review by Original Joe (Blog)
I liked the mystery aspect of it. Though I
don't think anyone would be able to figure out the mystery like Emily
Jones (or, as a matter of fact, Colombo was still at square one when the
episode was finished). It was very confusing. I liked how they
incorporated Nelson Swanson from the Kidsboro world into this episode. I
also liked the comedy as well. Overall, it was a good episode. Tell me
what you think in the comments.
Review by Marvin D. (Blog)
I love Emily Jones! And I think Barret is
crazy. I imagined him much older, though. Hmmm.
And all of the stuff that Emily observes are....freaky. She sees
everything! And I don't think that she and Matthew were flirting. I also
think Simon is very funny. And Nelson was in it! Hurrah!
The "Mystery is our middle name" is a good slogan. And I love the theme
music. This episode reminded me of Heatwave, how Jack would narrate and
Oscar would say certain things. Funny thing, I just listened to Heatwave
We learned a good moral out of it, don't get addicted to certain stuff.
by Audrey (Blog)
I kind of wish that some
of the new characters sounded a little older
I don't care for Emily's
Barrett's kind of insane
It was kind of nice to
Would two kids really be
able to know all that?
The "Jones and Parker
Detective Agency" theme music reminded me of veggie
tales (I don't know why)
Review by Freddy Jay (Blog)
First we meet Emily Jones
and Barret Jones-new characters
Introduces Verminoids game
Barret likes playing. I like Barret and Emily's Dad.
Great dad humor.
Barret has an interesting
imagination. Kinda like Jared, except his is probably
more sue to playing video games. Quick to assume..
Matthew talks a little
like Eugene. Seems more and more like a kid Eugene.
Emily is very interesting.
Observes the minor details. Good at making deductions.
Very interesting mystery.
Nelson from the Kidsborro
series is also in this episode.
This portable verminoids
game sounds very updated. Register online, etc. We see
more of Matthew's technological smarts side.
Review by Christian A. (Blog)
This episode is good. It
reminds me of another episode called The Bad Hair Day. In
that episode a comic book and a pocket knife are missing.
They look into it, and Rodney and his gang thinks its
Charles that took it. It turns out it was a raccoon. I think
it's interesting that they included a raccoon in this one,
only to have that option turned down due to deductive
reasoning on Emily's part. The end of it was somewhat
unexpected. I never would have guessed the culprit. Too bad
the game ended up getting ran over...Great mystery episode,
maybe not action packed, but intriguing none the less. I'm
really liking Matthew. His sense of knowledge, and sometimes
big words. More and more like a young Eugene. I liked it.
This episode was okay. But it
didn't really live up to the usual standards of an Odyssey
episode. The only episode similar to it is "Heatwave", which
I happen to not like very much either. It was fine in the
mystery sense, but it didn't seem to have much of a
backbone. However, there were several things I liked and
just a few things that I disliked about "Game for a
I very much liked both
Emily's and Barrett's voices. Although, did anyone else
think that, in some scenes, Barrett sounded almost
exactly like the younger Trent DeWhite? I don't know who
voices him, but in the scene where he interrogates
Nelson, I kept hearing Trent. (I hope I'm not alone.) I
also thought that Emily did a very good job as the
narrator. My favorite line in this episode was, "Shame
is a prison, Nelson, and you're its inmate." That was
funny because it did not sound at all like something a
ten-/eleven-year-old would say.
I defenitely agree with
those who have said that Emily's amazing clue-finding
skills, nearly equal to those of Sherlock Holmes, are a
bit unrealistic. But why run a detective agency unless
you're really good at finding clues.
I like the characters of
Mr. and Mrs. Jones. The only problem I had with it was
that they sounded a little old to be playing the parents
of a 12- and 9-/10-/11-year old.
I loved the squabble
between Matthew and Emily at the end over the motto of
the detective agency.
I liked the re-mention of
video games after a lull since Living in the Gray Part
II. Although, I would have liked for there to be a
character like Mr. Whittaker who talks to Barrett about
using time wisely.
The new music was a big
plus; it gave the show a whole new feeling.
One big problem I had was
that for the first time in a long while (excluding "The
Inspiration Station Part 2" which didn't count because
it was the second part of an episode that did include
major characters), there were NO main characters at all!
They could have at least, like, put Wooton in a scene
delivering mail, or have the kids walk in to Whit's End
to finish the episode. That is why this episode didn't
feel much like Odyssey to me.
Another thing I noticed
was that this episode didn't follow the usual Odyssey
outline of two stories going on at the same time,
switching back and forth, from story to story as the
episode progresses. I realize that this occurred in
"Clutter" as well, but it was better handled in that
I highly disagree with
those who say that Matthew and Emily were flirting with
each other. I think it was another reflection of Odyssey
days gone by when boys and girls could have innocent
friendships without being teased. Back then, I don't
think anyone would have even thought of such an
occurence much less talk about it (excluding the fact
that you couldn't blog or comment back then, it was all,
"Why don't you write and tell me about it?")
All things considered, this
isn't an episode that I would enjoy listening to over and
over again. It just didn't seem much like Odyssey to me. Out
of 10 stars, I give this episode a 5.(5. maybe).
Review by American Eagle
(Town of Odyssey)
Pretty good overall. It wasn't
very thrilling, though, which I'm hoping will return to the
Review by Laurie (Town of
Good episode!! Not terribly
exciting, but still good.
Review by NateMaxwell (Town of
I think the relationship
between Emily and Matthew can almost be described as
flirting which is why I somewhat disliked it. Nelson's Cameo
in a non Kidsboro episode was pretty sweet. Garret seems
like a nerdy Jimmy Barclay which makes me happy. I also
liked how Chris had us look in Proverbs, She hasnt given us
an assignment in awhile! All in All I think the episode will
be a stepping stone for many more fun adventures with the
Jones and Parker Detective Agency. It was OK so I give it
Review by Crazy 4 Pugs
(Town of Odyssey)
It was okay, but a little
boring. Maybe they're overdoing the slice-of-life theme in
Review by King Butter
Turtle (Town of Odyssey)
New character overload!
There wasn't nearly enough distinct introduction to each
new character. It was just like, "Hey, I'm Emily and
that's my brother Barret and those are my parents and
then there's these two other kids and we're all going to
do all these short, confusing scenes because our voices
all sound the same!" Isn't that like the cardinal rule
of writing radio drama. I pretty much got it
straightened out the second time but still, I think
Emily's name was only mentioned twice, it was never
explained why Matthew was just kind of there.
Barret was portrayed very
negatively. It seemed like he's the Jimmy of the family
and Emily's the Donna. (I know, I know, I got to stop
comparing everyone to the Barclays but, you have to some
standard of excellence ) But, he's the one who plays
trombone, right? So, I think I'm going to like him.
Also, didn't he sound a little bit like Nathaniel?
Emily was... interesting.
I'm not quite sure how her and Matthew fit together and
the whole detective thing was pretty cheesy but, we
didn't find too much out about her yet so, I'll wait to
The parents were awesome.
Nelson's back! Ugh! I
really hope they give up on using the kidsboro
characters because I didn't like... any of them.
I thought the mystery was
very poorly done for the simple fact that the listener
had no way of figuring it out other than the little bit
of foreshadowing. How were we supposed to know the size
of the teeth marks on the garbage? Did they forget this
is radio? From the latest podcast, I was expecting a
very Encyclopedia Brown, Perfect Witness type episode
but, found the mystery to be hard to get caught up in.
Chris has been doing more
complete recaps this season. I like that. It was getting
to where all there was time for was to say the names
but, now she's doing a more full review of what was
Wow! That's a lot of new
names. With the exception of Chris Anthony and
Christopher Diehl, I didn't recognize any; new actors,
new writer, even a new composer.
Zapazoids has finally been
replaced as the cool video game in Odyssey.
This episode was very kid
centered, with the exception of the minor parent roles.
It almost felt like Kidsboro.
I'm somewhat surprised to
still have not heard from Wooton one third into the
season, with him being a main character and everything.
Review by EMBEE (Town of
Everything I wanted to say has
already been said. 2.5 If I had to round, I'd round down.
Review by Bennett (Town of
That wasn't very good at all.
I don't have time to list all my reasons--but it was a
little insulting to children's intelligence. "Clutter" and
"Inspiration Station" were decent 'Odyssey episodes'. This
one wasn't. Poor story, script, pacing, dialogue...I was
In case some of you are wondering, I will be writing a full
review of the album, as well as each episode, in celebration
of the "new series". However, just so you know, I feel bad
being so negative about this one.
Review by V-lady (Town of
I was unimpressed. In order
for episodes of this style to be entertaining, it's usually
best if they contain lots of humor, fun music, ect. In my
opinion, it didn't really have any of those things. That and
the overload of new characters pretty much ruined it for me.
And what's with Barret? He seems to only have one
volume...loud. In a whiny, over the top sort of way. Ugh.
Review by Catspaw (Town of
I think I enjoyed the first
half more than the second for this episode, because I agree
with those who have said that the solving of the mystery was
disappointing. I didn't really feel like I was involved in
it. It's fun to try to piece things together, but here we
really didn't have the information to do that. I did like
Emily and Matthew working together, and I can definitely see
some fun future potential for their detective agency, but I
felt like this episode could have been better.
Review by Jeremy (Town of
Another horrible episode. I'm
surprised I'm the only so far to give it only 1 star.
Review by Sapphire (Town of
I didn't like this episode as
well. It was kind of stupid. All that fuss over a video
game. It was cool how they kept you guessing the thief. I
liked that Nelson Swanson was in it. Emily is a pretty neat
kid. I don't like her brother Barret very much. He reminds
me of my brother. Always playing too many games and not
Review by Gandalf (Town of
Gosh, I must be out of whack
the majority here. I actually like this episode (for what it
was). Sure, it's not one that's going to make anyone's top 5
list, but it wasn't a bad slice-of-life, introduction to the
Reminded me a lot of "Heatwave"...
The solution was a bit strange, but not stranger or more
stupid than "Broken Window" or other past Odyssey mysteries
("Heatwave", "The Case of the Candid Camera", "Mystery at
Tin Flat", and "Sounds Like a Mystery" come to mind, but I'm
sure there are more).
I can echo some of the previous complains though.
Actors do resemble each
other a bit too much. Are we really going to be able to
differentiate Emily from Olivia? I'm not sure...
The story was badly
advertised. There was no way of solving the mystery
before the characters.
Deluge of new characters
doesn't work so well... When 2/3 of the cast is
completely new to the show, that's a bit rough. (Now
that I write this, I think back to "Family Vacation" and
how that featured only one character that we already
knew, yet the show and the Barclays are classics now.)
One thing that no one
mentioned is that I'm becoming concerned about how
childish the new season really is. Not that any of these
shows are bad, per se, but they certainly don't appeal
that much to the mature audience. Let's hope at least
some of the album 51 episodes find some way to appeal to
Review by ummm (Town of
This season has some good
zingers. I think David Parker and Barrett have had the best
ones so far.
David Parker - "wawawawa ok thank you what no what weird."
Barrett - "thank your for the nature walk.." "so long.
thanks for the distraction."
Matthew - "sometimes i can almost feel my brain flex."
By the way, what about Jared and Dwayne playing GLOOBERS!?
That game was way cooler than Zapazoids.
Review by Taq (Town of
I found the episode hard to
follow, but on the bright side I really like Emily! She's
authoritative and smart, and I hear she learns a lesson in
humility later this season.
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