Episode Reviewed: Live At
the 25 (502)
McCusker & Marshal Younger
(Out of 5 cones):
At the 25
Summary: To celebrate the
anniversary of Whit's End, Connie organizes a live Kids' Radio show,
complete with interviews and classic Kids' Radio skits.
As a special
celebration of 25 years of Focus on the Family, Live
At the 25 was performed
and recorded in front of a live audience in Colorado Springs, Colorado. A
total of two recordings were done and the radio version of the episode is a
mixture of the two sessions, thus creating a better episode. The episode
featured some interviews and two well-known Kids Radio broadcasts:
"Young Guns Bonanza" and "Sam Maritan, Private Eye."
Unfortunately, due to time constraints, "Sam Maritan, Private Eye"
was cut from the radio broadcast.
enjoyed this episode. The first time I heard the episode I didn't like it as
much as I do now because, as I usually do, I tend to pick at the episode.
Don't ask me why... that's just the way I am. I didn't used to do that until
the split episodes messed things up one year... now I have a bad habit of
picking at AIO shows. Anyway, now I do like the episode after hearing it
more than once. The "Young Guns Bonanza" sketch was quite
interesting to hear for a second time, although nothing can ever beat the
original. Some lines were changed for some odd reason. Also since Will
Ryan, the voice of Eugene Meltsner, wasn't available for the live show, Chris
Anthony had to replace his parts. I was okay with that, but I would have
liked the episode to maintain the authenticity of the sketch presented in
"Over the Airwaves." Also Phil Loller
doesn't work with Adventures in Odyssey anymore so Townsend
Coleman replaced him. That's no big deal though because Townsend did a
superb job standing in.
I was pleased with the episode. At the end of the show I was quite surprised
to hear the well-known mistake made on AIO for years: Connie Kendall's age.
It was very comedic to listen to Connie saying that she was 16 and everyone
else grew up. Whit and Tom were hilarious in their old men voices, and well,
I was pleased
overall at the great acting. A live episode must be hard to pull off and I'm
surprised that they did their lines so well. However, at the beginning of
the episode Connie overplayed her part as she introduced, but she meant
well. It's hard to start off an episode, ALL BY YOURSELF, as she did.
At the 25 4 out of 5 cones. This episode was well-planned, and the
sound design was very good for a live episode. Good job AIO, for your third
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