Airdate: 1/5/02, 1/12/02
Episode Reviewed: Grand Opening (481, 482)
(Out of 5 stars):
It's getting a little hard to
tell what's going on anymore! First we've got AREM, then we've got Mr. Charles, then...
I think that Grand Opening has
been one of the best of the new season so far. I have enjoyed all of the AREM episodes so
far, but I think this one takes the cake... or should I say, computer.
The one thing that I found myself
not liking (yet at least) about the new Whit's End is... you don't really get that feeling
that you're listening to a scene that takes place in the new Whit's End in Connellsville.
Yeah, you can hear kids talking in the background, but you just don't get that timeless
feeling you get with the old Whit's End.
In that earlier scene when Alex
and Cal discover that they're being watched through a camera on the internet, I was
totally and completely infixed on the show. I would be totally scared at that point to
know that I was being watched by someone else. You know what? I was thinking about it the
other day, and you know it would be very weird if this is all like Odyssey Survivor! There
are cameras going up all over town with no one's permission (except the people who seem
like they could turn out to be bad, like Mary)! I read at the AIO HQ that they have moved
a storyline about Novacom's TV show, "Survival" to a later topic on AIO. Maybe
they are leading up to this! It's a good thing to point out that Mr. Benson has the same
voice as Mr. Charles. Hmm...
Overall, part one was really
interesting and a very good thriller.
Part two of this episode was as
to be expected. Pretty interesting from all sides. I liked toward the middle of the who
when Alex and Cal brought Sarah Pratchet to the Wonderworld treehouse. It's about time!
Speaking of Wonderworld, that's
exactly where Cal, Alex, and Sarah contemplated on what 'AREM' means. They suggested that
it could be 'MARE' Margaret Faye. Get it? Mayor? Anyway... she could be hooked up with
this mess. After all, didn't she say that she wanted to "break up the old boys
network?" Remember when Bart Rathbone told Whit? I think that she is definitely up to
The scene that Connie and Mitch
are bowling was pretty intense. It was funny, though not that hilarious, how Connie
couldn't seem to bowl in her own lane. The guy who kept shouting at her wasn't that great
of a voice, but it was tolerable.
It surprising for me to find out
who Mitch isn't in this episode. You'll recall that Connie was next to Mitch's computer
wondering why Mitch's screensaver had the word "aardvark" spelled wrong. And all
of a sudden AREM showed up. Wow! We all know who AREM isn't! Mitch! I think that Mitch is
a good guy, but AIO is trying to trick us into thinking he's some bad man and that he
shouldn't be trusted. Well I want to let the AIO world know... I TRUST YOU MITCH! You and
Connie make a very cute couple.
Overall, part two was very
interesting and I hope to listen to it again soon. I give Grand Opening
out of 5 cones.
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