Airdate: January 19, 2002
Episode Reviewed: Secrets (483)
(Out of 5 cones):
This week I divide
my review into two categories: The Good...and the Bad. Let's start out with The Bad.
Funny. I always like to start out with the bad... unless this is real-life.
Connie... where have I failed you? I thought you knew better than to snoop around to see
what Mitch's hand looks like! I thought you knew better! I thought you had matured! I
thought you had become... normal! After all, I thought you WERE normal, but low and
behold... I listen to you starring in a recent episode and I happen to find a totally
different character. One who is whiny, jealous, and obviously overacting her character's
part. You used to not over-react on some things. You used to keep your cool. What happened
Alas, that pretty
much sums up all the happenings and goings on in Secrets. Over the past ten or so years we
have seen the life of Connie Kendall like not even how her mom sees her. We've seen her
curiosities... her mistakes... her failures... her loves... her hates... her generally
emotional nature. And that is why now I must protest, not on behalf of the episode but on
behalf of Katie Leigh's acting. In a small sense, Katie has been overplaying her lines a
tad too much. If you want an example that I'll fire one away:
Believe me or not,
this is an example: Connie tried to explain to Mitch that she was a fun person..
Try listening to the episode and compare it with other emotional Connie Kendall scenes.
The Connie we have here is unlike anything we've heard before. Connie's voice doesn't ever
get as high as it got now. Connie's acting hasn't gotten as badly as now. When trying to
explain that she is fun, Connie's words were "...and I'm fun too!" Just listen
for that when you go to compare.
Like my example?
Face it. It's true and we all have to face it sometime. Speaking of facial features,
hairdos, and fro picks, Connie! What are you doing? I will say this again! Your behavior
is atrocious! Why would you resort to dying your hair red (but looks like purple)? Why?
Somehow I know it wasn't your doing in a way, because Kathy Weirenga seems to have this
knack for "way out" stories. Can't she just write normal SERIOUS episodes? The
best I have heard of Kathy Weirenga's work so far is "Green Eyes and Yellow
Tulips," and even then it wasn't all that SERIOUS.
Whew! Now that I
have gotten all complaints out of the way, we can finally talk about what I actually
liked. I don't want you to think I absolutely didn't appreciate this episode because I
ABSOLUTELY APPRECIATED THIS EPISODE. The above problems discussed were only pinpoints at
Connie's recent behavior, not the episode that much.
As mentioned above,
Connie sometimes gets a little emotional. We all do at one point in our lives. It's human
nature. And such is the case with Connie. It was very nice to have another rendition of
"Candid Conversations with Connie," for I was hoping this radio show would have
a prominent impact on all the Novacom/Andromeda stuff. And that's what I suspect. The
"Novacommies" are going to hear Connie's little blow-ups of secrets
and Eugene's secrets and they'll step up patrols, so to speak. It's not
to say that this will happen, it's just what I suspect. And I'm probably right... SO
Speaking of Candid
Conversations, I had hoped to mention in the previous paragraph that Connie did a great
arguing job. Argument scenes are always fun to listen to when you're an AIO fan, and I
sure liked it. But somehow I just want Eugene and Connie to argue once more. But I'm not
complaining! Mitch and Connie arguing is a nice installment to the series!
All in all, Secrets
is full of surprises by Connie, good acting for the most part, and interesting
conversations... especially about the "annoying smile girl." Good sound effects,
good acting (oops... said that already), good writing. It's interesting to note that I
taped this episode off the radio and listened to it 4 times on the day it first aired, so
I MUST have liked it!
Jacob gives this
episode 4 out of 5 cones. Drop a cone because of Connie's poor acting in parts.
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