Episode Reviewed: The Mystery at Tin Flat (520)

Writer: John Fornof

Director: Bob Hoose

Production Engineer: Allen Hurley

Music Composer: John Campbell

Original Airdate: 6/07/03

Rating (Out of 5 cones):


The Mystery at Tin Flat

[Episode Info]

Episode Summary: The Washington family has just won an all-expense paid vacation. But when they arrive in "historic and charming" Tin Flat, they discover a ghost town. What's going on and what does all this have to do with the legend of "Gold Toe Jake?"


Theme: Fitting in (I Corinthians 12)

Then it’s settled. Tin Flat, here we come!” [Ed Washington]


The Review

I like reality TV just as much as others do, but when it comes to those “Bachelor” and “Bachelorette” shows, I become angry, angry at the thought of matchmaking for entertainment. Just look at all the sin going on in those shows! The Mystery at Tin Flat was surprisingly a reality TV show, and I was not pleased with the way it turned out. Now come on… it isn’t very likely that the show called “The Challenge” would actually choose a family from Odyssey, Ohio (most likely Ohio, that is) to be on their show without knowing it. Most likely they’d choose a family from Los Angeles or one of those big casino hangouts. Odyssey? What in the world was AIO thinking? This was a very unrealistic episode.

I did like the mysterious side of this show, however. Yet, this episode was odd the entire time. The whole time I listened, I felt a strange feeling that this oddness was not a good feeling. Or was it a feeling? Did you notice this too? Everything seems so odd throughout the entire show.

It looks like the Washington’s are back and here to stay for a while. It’s actually taking me some time to get used to their family as a whole, but I don’t think I’ll ever grow to like them. I couldn’t care less about Marvin, Mrs. Washington doesn’t sound very loving and easy to get along with, Xavier’s got some emotional problems, and who is that pesky girl? I still don’t know all their names… I haven’t really liked the voices that AIO chose to play the Washington family, but I did like Ed’s voice. He seems to be the only one I like so far, yet him running the Whit’s End in Connellsville is building a grudge somewhere upstairs. I’m sure I’ll stop being in denial sooner or later. For now, I’ll just be complaining for a while.

The plotline of The Mystery at Tin Flat was okay, just not one that I like very much. We’ve already experienced a mysterious piano with a message in it in The Treasure of LeMonde, so I wasn’t really pleased with that. When it actually got to the point where we could understand what the mystery was really about, I finally became interested. It’s just too bad that directly afterwards Xavier stumbled upon a bunch of cameramen. That’s when the episode went downhill.

The ending alone was boring, stale, sappy. I’m speaking of when the Washington’s gather around their TV to watch themselves on “The Challenge.” Very distasteful drama.

Sound effects and design were good, but I’ve heard better. The music was okay too.


The Rating

Overall, this episode lacks the realistic aspect all AIO shows need to contain. I give The Mystery at Tin Flat 1 and ½ out of 5 cones.

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