So. That happened. It exists.
What a mess. What an incoherent bunch of wandering pointlessness. Where do you begin with this thing? Whit would never invent a program like that, his programs are always logical and well arranged because he is a logical, well arranged man. Also, this just doesn't line up with what we know of the Inspiration Station. It's supposed to inspire! And heretofore, it's done it with things that make sense. A peaceful bit of nature with flowing water and chirping birds, inspiring. A library, inspiring. Talking animals painting a bus. Um. Not so much.
And I haven't even touched on the creepy,obnoxious disembodied voices of that choir... voices don't just come from nowhere! They have to have a source! Or did they have a source? Was the choir just following them around somehow!? This episode made no sense! They throw kites and the window and the bus flies and... Buses don't...This episode made no sense! (And then the predictable and cliche reveal that it's his imagination. Really?)
This may be even worse than A Change of Hart,Blackbeard's Treasure and Fences. After 58 albums and 782 episodes (!!!) is this the worst episode ever?
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I also loved the character of Walter. First of all his accent is fantastic. (Andre Robinson is wonderful) He was easily the most joyful character in all of Odyssey. I think he depicted what Christians should be like. Overall the episode was well, inspirational! And who wouldn't love to pet a lion?!
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I didn't know that! That makes more sense. There seems to be many different opinions on the episode. In my opinion, it was not one of my favorite episodes, but I wouldn't rank it at the lowest.PennyBassett wrote:Yes, it is also important to mention that this episode was based on a book, which was already written.
As witnessed by all the kids working to achieve hopes and dreams?Hcube7 wrote:It was definitely now awful! The point of the story was not to be realistic, it was to prove a point. Disabled kids aren't somehow sub-human. They have dreams and hopes too.
How was Camilla inspired though? We see how the Inpsiratio Station inspires Connie ande Matthew. Connie is given a glimpse of her better self, inspiring her to do better. Matthew meets Mortimer who shows him how messing up can lead to lessons and you should grow and move on. Can you do that here? Can you point to something like that Camilla took from the kids?PennyBassett wrote:As far as inspiration, Camila was inspired by the kids, not the animals, and I have to say, I was as well. I
That's where I must firmly disagree with you. The kids were given no personality. We didn't so much as learn about a quirk they had. I can't remember their names. Walter even is bland and he's the titular character. The kids were their disability, the episode acted as if it was all we needed to know about them.PennyBassett wrote:Yes, the singing children and excessively creative Whit, were a bit unconventional, but looking beyond that, the episode depicted disabled kids excellently and also left us with thoughts about adoption.
The episode stayed far too loyal to the book when it would have been better to take time to make just one kid interesting instead of having several. If the episode had changed and added things to make it work in the format, like the movies Horton Hears a Who and Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, it could have worked. However, the episode tries to be too loyal and so makes a poor adaption. An adaption should adapt.
And does it make a strong case for adoption? Maybe in a fluffy sense. I could see this being a push in the right direction for someone. But not in a real sense. The kids are simply all adopted in the end. Hallelujah. Then Camilla, out of nowhere, says, "I'm special!" Did you see how she was inspired to say that? Did her character go on a journey to that conclusion? I missed it. This is probably the the most rushed ending in all of aio. The kids are adopted, Camilla is happy, and the conflict just vanishes in a matter of seconds. How strong of a connection can you feel to the kids' adoption when it simply appears with no buildup and happens in an instant?
As a disabled person myself I am displeased with this episode. I'm sure (Bob Hoose, wan't it?) intended to do exactly what you said and evidently that's what you got out of it, a case that disabled kids are normal. And on an emotional level perhaps you can get that out of it. On a storytelling level, the episode holds up to no scrutiny whatever.
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what disability do you have Pound Foolish? (If you don't mind me asking) I have Celiac Disease myself so though it's not as difficult as having a more fiscal disability, I know what it's like to feel different and these episodes are always very interesting. I'm also studying to be a therapist for kids with disabilities so I like learning about different ones.
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