656 The Inspiration Station 2

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656 The Inspiration Station 2

Postby Irwin » Fri Mar 12, 2010 8:16 pm



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Re: 656 The Inspiration Station 2

Postby Taq » Fri Mar 12, 2010 8:29 pm

Woohoo! Thanks, Irwin! :D
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Re: 656 The Inspiration Station 2

Postby Galaxy X » Fri Mar 12, 2010 8:50 pm

I can't listen right now...... :(
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Re: 656 The Inspiration Station 2

Postby 31899 » Fri Mar 12, 2010 8:57 pm

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Whit sound more Whit like, but still needs quite a bit of work.

Why didn't they just turn Connie into a druggie. Also why does Connie always learn the same thing over and over again?

The inside of the Inspiration Station was fairly interesting. I enjoyed it being a big library.

I still don't like the bratty genius child. I don't like unrealism

The Connie inspiration messages from the fans were interesting.

I think there is a lacking in characters.

Is Whit's friend in the inspiration station?

Still am not liking the music.

Not as rough as the last episode

2.5 out of 5 ( if I had to choose, I'd round down)

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Re: 656 The Inspiration Station 2

Postby Jason Whits Son » Fri Mar 12, 2010 11:50 pm

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Re: 656 The Inspiration Station 2

Postby Bren » Sat Mar 13, 2010 12:24 am

That wasn't just meant for Connie. I have so got to get a message to either Paul or Nathan after hearing that..
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Re: 656 The Inspiration Station 2

Postby Jeremy » Sat Mar 13, 2010 12:42 am

The unscripted fan submissions part was fantastic! The Paul McCusker scripted parts not so much. ;) He seems to have lost his touch. :(

Part 2 was worse than part 1, when I was hoping against hope that it would be better, as part 1 was very average.

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Re: 656 The Inspiration Station 2

Postby American Eagle » Sat Mar 13, 2010 1:19 am

31899 wrote:Also why does Connie always learn the same thing over and over again?

Because she's human, like the rest of us.

31899 wrote:I think there is a lacking in characters.

I agree on this. Not many characters in the episode (pretty much just Whit, Connie, Eugene and Matthew). I did like Mortimer! It was good to have a fresh character. :yes: I'd prefer the return of Wooton, though. ;)

Overall, a good episode. 3/5 or 4/5 stars, like part 1.
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Re: 656 The Inspiration Station 2

Postby Sapphire » Sat Mar 13, 2010 6:21 am

I love it! :D Thank you, Irwin!
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Re: 656 The Inspiration Station 2

Postby WindowWasher » Sat Mar 13, 2010 7:18 am

Really enjoyed this second part. It was great to hear the new Whit get to say "oh, Connie". I'm already used to Andre, I was able to focus on the story without being distracted by his voice. I loved the "talk" he had with Connie, Andre has that emotion in his voice that Hal did. The fan submissions were great and with the music, my eyes actually started to get a little watery! Great job guys!
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Re: 656 The Inspiration Station 2

Postby Laurie » Sat Mar 13, 2010 7:49 am

WindowWasher wrote:Really enjoyed this second part. It was great to hear the new Whit get to say "oh, Connie". I'm already used to Andre, I was able to focus on the story without being distracted by his voice. I loved the "talk" he had with Connie, Andre has that emotion in his voice that Hal did. The fan submissions were great and with the music, my eyes actually started to get a little watery! Great job guys!


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Re: 656 The Inspiration Station 2

Postby EMBEE » Sat Mar 13, 2010 9:02 am

My contest entry didn't make it in. :cry: *goes and cries in a corner.*

Anyway, I don't want to give a full review until I can listen to it one or two more times, but here are some of my initial thoughts on part 2:

    1. The music was a little overbearing in some scenes.
    2. Mortimer sounded to much like Wooton at times.
    3. The scene between Whit and Mrs. Parker felt kind of strange for some reason. Perhaps it was her acting.
    4. The fan submissions were great, although they would have been better if a certain person *ahem* had been included.

Also, when Mortimer says something about "putting some light on the subject," it reminded me of the Meet the Robinsons movie when the bad guy (whatever his name was) said the exact same thing. I wonder if that was an intentional reference.

Right now, I'd give both parts together a 3.5/5. I may change my rating later.
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Re: 656 The Inspiration Station 2

Postby King Butter Turtle » Sat Mar 13, 2010 9:25 am

Main Thoughts

  • It was just as good as part one. It was a little heavy on the Whit/Connie discussions; not that that's a bad thing but, I think one lesson-teaching moment per episode is a good rule of thumb. :wink: I also didn't like the scene in the inspiration station. It seemed a lot like Truth Chronicles. But, overall, it was pretty good. The fan submission thing worked really well!
Acting

  • Andre's awesome! He seems to be fitting in better and better every episode which is very cool!
  • I love Jess Harnell!
The Inspiration Station

  • It's fine but, I was kind of expecting it to be a regularly used invention. I don't see how it could be used again unless... they want to do a whole bunch of shows on inspiration. :anxious:
Music

  • What was with the very first part of the intro. It wasn't bad but, my initial instinct upon pressing play was, "this isn't Odyssey."
Other Notes

  • What about the red button?!?! :mad:
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  • 3/5
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Re: 656 The Inspiration Station 2

Postby Marvin D. » Sat Mar 13, 2010 10:10 am

I agree, KBT, where's the red button?!

Andre is great! Why the big fuss over the Inspiration Station, though. And Mortimer sounds awesome!

And MB...that certain person *ahem* would be me! I didn't enter though...
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Re: 656 The Inspiration Station 2

Postby 31899 » Sat Mar 13, 2010 12:14 pm

I was thinking the other day though and now that there is no Grady, Wooton has sort of lost his purpose in AIO.

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Re: 656 The Inspiration Station 2

Postby American Eagle » Sat Mar 13, 2010 12:30 pm

31899 wrote:I was thinking the other day though and now that there is no Grady, Wooton has sort of lost his purpose in AIO.

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No, I don't think so. Apart from Bernard, Rodney or Jared, he's one of the funniest characters the show has ever had. (Most younger kids would undoubtedly agree.) I am wondering what epsisodes he'll appear in, though; he isn't mentioned in any of the episode summaries on AIOWiki. :-k I'm really hoping to see him again soon.
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Re: 656 The Inspiration Station 2

Postby Jumpman256 » Sat Mar 13, 2010 1:37 pm

My review of the whole episode (Parts 1 and 2) is as follows:
Let's start with Andre. I personally think that he is really good (not awesome, but close) I definitely detect more Hal in there than Paul.
Connie and Eugene were fantastic in both parts (and I actually liked Eugene's return to full nerddom) ;)
But now to the meat of this review--The Inspiration Station itself.
Ever since the end of the last season, I'd been mulling over one fact: Whit said point-blank to Connie that this invention was BETTER than the Imagination Station. High praise indeed. I was a little dissapointed that we didn't see how the Inspiration Station worked in Part 1--until I realized that we were going to get to experience it as it should be--through the eyes of a customer. Good for them. :)
So Matt goes in, pushes the red button (and yes, those of you who asked, the red button is there, on the wall of the Station) and...
My friends, IMO.....Whit was exactly right. The Inspiration Station is the Imagination Station on steroids. For the person who said that they couldn't see it being used more than once....are you kidding? It could replace all his other inventions with the library alone. Think of it: They could see consequences of actions (ROC) they could see history unfold (Imagination Station) step into someone else's shoes (Transmuter)....the list goes on. I can see this used a lot of ways, especially if there's a trip that involves more than one history stop (ie: Something Significant) In short, this machine is AWESOME. I want more! :)
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Re: 656 The Inspiration Station 2

Postby Jonathan » Sat Mar 13, 2010 2:15 pm

Whit seems to enjoy the color red, as two inventions of his now have that color button.

I am still rather unsure of what the purpose of the Inspiration Station is. Not because things were resolved with Connie--that actually cleared a lot up. Rather, it was because of Matthew's trip. I liked that part of the episode, Mortimor is one of the more unique one-time(?) characters we've seen in--a while, really, and the point was taken. However, it sounded almost like a Room of Consequence adventure. Matthew didn't act anything out, especially since he was getting a lesson regarding something he'd already done, but still.

Perhaps, if the Inspiration Station sticks around, we'll find out. If Connie's trips and Matthews trip were that different, perhaps there is more to that invention then meets the eye. It is, after all, an invention of Whit's.

Speaking of Whit, I'm afraid it may take me a while to get used to Andre. He's continuing to do a good job, but he still sounds very different most of the time. Just as it took a while with Paul, I'm sure I'll get used to Andre over time as well.

Eugene was classic. His fumblings after he was given the reins of Connie's show was funny. Props to Will Ryan.

Finally, and this is the main reason I liked part 1 more than part 2, I was kinda unsure of what the message of this episode was at the end. Sure, things were resolved with Connie, but was the message? That we should be comforted by our own works? The Lutheran in me thinks that sounds just a tad too humanistic.

Overall, not a bad start to the season. I'll give a preliminary ranking of 3 for both parts, though this may change after we've heard more of the season and can give this two-parter some context.
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Re: 656 The Inspiration Station 2

Postby Mandy Straussberg » Sat Mar 13, 2010 2:28 pm

Jonathan wrote:Overall, not a bad start to the season. I'll give a preliminary ranking of 3 for both parts, though this may change after we've heard more of the season and can give this two-parter some context.


I really think this is key. I absolutely feel like I need to hear some more of the season before I can even begin to thoroughly rate these episodes.

I said it for last week's episode, and I'll say it again: I'm really impressed with Andre. There are times when he sounds so much like Hal to me it's ridiculous. I told my sister last night that I'll have to hear him laugh before I can fully accept him as Whit, though. And she still contends it'll take her awhile to get used to him, but I said, "I got used to Paul, so I know I can get used to Andre."

I wasn't a huge fan of the Inspiration Station . . . it kind of freaked me out. But then I realized if I'd heard the Imagination Station for the first time now as a twenty-one-year-old I'd probably feel the same. So I tried to imagine hearing it as a kid, and I was impressed. I think it'll grow on me.

Overall, I think it was a pretty average couple of episodes. 3/5

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Re: 656 The Inspiration Station 2

Postby Laura Ingalls » Sat Mar 13, 2010 2:56 pm

I just added a poll, so everyone can vote now. \:D/

I don't know quite what to think of this episode - I did like it well enough. Mortimer sounded just a tad too much like Wooton, but he wasn't too bad. The radio show was quite funny with classic Connie/Eugene interaction. :lol:
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