#907: The Protector

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#907: The Protector

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GUYS, THIS ALBUM SLAPS.
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Best album in the last two years HANDS DOWN!
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I was more interested in the Bridget angle than the Wyatt superpower part. The last couple scenes were great. This adds a new wrinkle to Bridget that makes her even more enjoyable.
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I'm so obsessed with this album. :inlove: This might be becoming my favorite six-episode album?! Each episode has been not just good, but great. This is yet another great episode by Marshal Younger! He's easily my favorite writer at the moment.

Aaron Fullen composed music for his second episode (his first was "Always Home"). He did a great job and his music definitely pulled at my heartstrings.

Okay. I've mentioned elsewhere that the Perkins are becoming my favorite Odyssey family and I think it's official: they're my favorite. Marshal has done a great job with developing them meaningfully and giving them so much personality and depth. The continuity between their episodes has definitely aided in their brilliant writing. I love how this episode continues the story from "Jumping Off, Jumping In." Bridget's trauma was handled tastefully and realistically. The resolution in final scene where her mom and Wyatt help her wash her hair made me cry. I understand why Marshal Younger was so proud of that scene.

Carla! What an awesome mom. I was a tad annoyed in "Jumping Off, Jumping In" that she allowed Bridget to go back in the water to be "in danger" so Wyatt could rescue her again and realize he isn't a coward. But that was followed up on this episode and I couldn't be happier! Parents make mistakes and hearing Carla be unsure of herself and her relationship with her daughter was handled really well. I love seeing the parent angles in family episodes and I wasn't disappointed here. Plus, Rebecca Davis is such a great actress. Kudos to her!

Wyatt's plot was the less interesting of the two plots but it was still good. Wyatt's truly an endearing kid character and I enjoy his shenanigans. I thought Connie's "Looks like another kid with a crush on me! I need to stop being so adorable" line was weird, mostly because I think she muttered that right in front of Wyatt..? But I liked his final conversation with Connie. It was sweet. Side note, I've been loving Connie a lot this album!! I really thought she was in a rut as a character (and I still think she needs some sort of arc), but I've been enjoying her more than I have in awhile. She is being used in a way that isn't as redundant as it was before. For most of her recent episodes before these, she was reduced to the background voice-of-reason character in Jillian and Jules episode. With album 70, I had fun hearing high Connie in "Auto Response", LOVED her in "Unrelatable", and loved hearing her being a kind mentor to Wyatt in her last scene with him in this episode.

I'm sure I have more thoughts but I'm too tired to rant more. Another solid episode. Hopefully LCTWTO continues this streak of solid episodes.
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The first time I heard this episode, I didn't know what to think, and I was leaning towards dislike. I really didn't want to dislike it because Album 70 has been really great so far, so I heard it again. And that's when I realized what a bad idea it was to hear The Protector for the first time in a car. I am amazed at what a difference hearing it again in a quiet environment made.

Now I'm on the 'like' side and pretty much agree with everything everyone has said about it so far. Unfortunately, I don't have too much to add to this discussion. :anxious:
Monica Stone wrote:
Sun Jan 17, 2021 2:30 am
I thought Connie's "Looks like another kid with a crush on me! I need to stop being so adorable" line was weird, mostly because I think she muttered that right in front of Wyatt..?
This was one minor thing that bothered me in this episode. (How many kids have had a crush on Connie? I can only think of one...)
Also, was it just me, or did Whit's End sound pretty empty until the pepper spray went off? All of sudden there's a ton of kids stampeding around.

All in all, this was a good episode in my book, though it's probably my least favorite in the album. That's not to say that The Protector was bad; far from it! Maybe I'm just still annoyed that the Perkins got two episodes in this album...and because I'm personally not a huge fan of the Perkins...I keep bouncing back and forth with each episode about liking and disliking them. I think a comment someone made on the Club (under the new 'feedback' thing on Bonus) best summed up my opinion: "I like the Perkins, but they are annoying sometimes." Sorry to all the Perkins fans, but that's how I feel about them at times. Don't get me wrong, I want to like them, but it's just the things that Bridget and Wyatt do (but mostly Wyatt) that annoy me for reasons that I don't have strong arguments for, and therefore will stop talking about this. I am looking forward to seeing what this family does in the future. I hope they become more involved with other characters in Odyssey.

All that being said, I'm going to give The Protector a 3.7 out of 5 stars.
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