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Saturday, March 17, 2012

A Maze, Part 3

Here we go again!

This week, the episode again starts out with a "Previously on Adventures in Odyssey..." segment. This one, like last week's, took up over two minutes, but this time I'm more appreciative of it, because enough has gone on this week that my memory was clouded up, and I actually did need reminding of a few things. So I can't complain.

I still think Ann sounds way too young for Dale. It makes every scene she's in sound weird. Oh well. I liked how they had to pay in pounds for parking. That's yet another thing you forget about when listening to episodes in foreign countries. The writers did a really good job with that. But I missed why Dale and Ann were going to the British museum. Did they want to try out the Koflax, just to see if it could really kill anybody?? Anyway, now they're following the van of Jason and his torturers because they happened to be getting to the hotel at the exact time the van was leaving. :P

Now we're in the van with Jason and Reggie Fingers (or shall I call him Reg?) and Jason's informing him about the plan to suffocate everyone at the British museum. I can't tell if Reggie's serious about his ignorance of the true plan, or if he's just faking it to Jason. My guess would be that he doesn't know the depths of the evil of Mr. Grote's plan, so he doesn't have any idea. By the way, what is it with the different pronunciation of vase? I, and everyone else I know, always pronounce it VACE, but is it British people then who pronounce it VAHZ? I'm pretty sure Queen Herodias in the John the Baptist episode with Aubrey Shepard pronounced it VAHZ, so I don't know what to think. Wait...the vases are the powder? That's a twist I didn't expect. I'm perplexed along with Jason, and I'm interested to find out how that's going to work. Okay, so Mr. Thugg not only has a genius name, but he's a genius about pottery, so he explains it. But how is Jason going to stop the plot with them taking him to "the warehouse"? I guess that's probably where the Jacobs's come in.

I loved it that the cabby had seen the Fish n' Chips logo on the side of the van and Dale and Ann hadn't. But how could he minutes later be so stupid as to open the door to a stranger? Or, at least, how could Dale and Ann, who know the gravity of the situation, let him do it? Anyways, they've been sprayed with probably the same stuff the Mi5 agents were sprayed with in Part 1. Now who's it up to to save the people at the museum? I guess we do still have Mi5 left, but Agent Billings didn't seem to trust Jason....

I think Jason's continues exclamations to Mycroft are going to pay off. My guess is that he'll get them out and take them to the museum in order to save his daughter. Oh, and it looks like Sew's probably back in the picture. And...we go to a commercial break. >:|

Never mind. Mycroft doesn't have a heart. He just wants his daughter out, and doesn't care about the rest of them. Oh, but he does give the cellphone-less Jason some necessary information. Maybe now he'll bring him his cell phone so he can actually pass the information on to someone who can use it. But for now Jason and Sew are stuck in the warehouse. Maybe Wooton's generality from Album 53 will ring true: there's always another way out! Fast forward. Sew's gets a heart. Enter Dale, Ann, and the cab driver. Dale actually does something smart for the first time since the first episode, and Jason gets the necessary cell phone to call Mi5.

Okay, at the museum, Agent Billings has finally come to his senses and is doing everything Jason says. He knew Jason would come through. Wait, what? I thought he didn't like Jason. Whatever. The one big problem I see here is that he sent Agent Florin to retrieve the Koflax. And we can be fairly certain that she's untrustworthy--especially based on her remark when given the task. This doesn't look good.

I thought the conversation with Reggie and Jason was reminiscent of Whit's conversation with Eugene in The Top Floor, Part 3. Jason knows where he's going if anything happens to him. Reggie doesn't. Well, Jason knows where he's going, but he, of course, never says. But then why would Jason be so concerned about what they do to Dale? He knows that Dale knows where he's going too. But before that question can be resolved, a helicopter, 12 police cars, 6 unmarked cars, a S.W.A.T. van, and a tank pull up! That is so great!!!

Next, Jason has a heart-to-heart talk with Sew that leaves me thinking, maybe just speculating, that maybe an adoption is in order in the future? Maybe? But things quickly turn dark when Billings reports that a crate of Koflax vases is missing. My guess: Florin did it, pure and simple. And now she's off to escort Dale and Ann! I hope that doesn't turn ugly. But now Jason and Billings are going to find Grote...just in time for a commercial break! :P

Well, I guess I was wrong. Agent Florin doesn't have the Koflax. But I still think she will be in on some part of the plot. She seemed so suspicious at the beginning. I wouldn't want it to come to nothing. Apparently the tracking device worked, since Billings and Jason are ahead of Mr. Grote at Reggie Fingers' place to keep him from getting the Koflax. I still think his voice is so great. Even better than Archie Haggler's; and I liked his a lot. WHAT??!! Talk about a totally unexpected twist!! Agent Billings is the double-crosser?? Oh, wait. Okay, that makes more sense. Goodness, talk about having me totally confused. Billings just wants revenge on Grote for killing his previous partner. Not that revenge is any better than double-crossing, but it just makes a lot more sense. But I don't see why Jason is going along with him. I would think he'd be man enough to let himself be killed before doing such an injustice to Grote. Maybe he has another plan. Well that's good. He's doing the right thing. But he may be sacrificing his life. Somehow I doubt the writers will kill Jason off though. There'd be too much of a backlash from fans. I guess we'll see.

Wow. That was a really good conclusion scene. Perfect even. One hundred times better than the Green Ring Conspiracy ever gave us. That was one of the most deeply spiritual scenes the writers have given us since the relaunch. It totally made the episodes for me, as if the action and mystery hadn't done that already.

Now I just wonder how Jason's going to manage living in Odyssey again. Most of the public believes he's dead. But I think it'd be nice to have him back. It would feel nice to have a...real-sounding Whittaker back in Odyssey. Andre Stojka, to me, just sounds fake. I think having him interact with Jason would make him sound a little more genuine and real.

Based on how much I liked these episodes, I have high expectations for the rest of the season. I already think I'm going to end up going with others who have heard the whole album in saying that this is the best album since the relaunch. I put up a poll for you guys to make a choice on that subject. Tell me which album has been your favorite since spring of 2010.

That's all for this week. This sounds more cliche every time I say it, but I really do appreciate hearing from you guys in the comments. It's always very encouraging and motivating to hear from my readers. So make sure to tell me what you thought of the episode and of my review. Thanks for reading!


  1. I read most of the review and I haven't listened to parts 2 or 3. .

    Ah, well. I always spoil things for myself.


  2. I LOVED the ending to this! It was like first I was thinking something bad was going to happen to Jason when he came in to talk with Dale, because of his voice and stuff..but nothing happened..actually something good happened. PRAYER! :D yay!
    Awesome review again! I love the "WHAT!?" :P

  3. The way it was handled in the episode where Jason "dies" it's no the public that thinks Jason is dead. Just the agency, and the Wisperer. Considering this, he'd be able to return without much controversy.

  4. @ Marvin D.: I have no words for you. >:|

    @ Alina: I know! It was wonderful! Yeah, I thought that would make some people laugh. But that's literally how I felt when Billings told Grote to unlatch the coffin. I thought he was going to take the Koflax for himself and his own use. It didn't make any sense at all.

    @ Anonymous: I guess that sorta makes sense since Dale knew he was alive. But wasn't there even a fake funeral for him--to make Tasha and the NSA think he was truly dead?

  5. The media is told that there were no casualties. Tasha tells whits and Connie to grieve away from Odyssey, but there's no indication one way or another that there was a funeral. However, Dale does mention in the Labyrinth that there were rumors that Jason was dead, so could it be possible that Grady, whom didn't know that Jason survived let it slip that he died? And so the rumors spread a little bit?

    1. Yeah, I always got the impression that the town generally believed he was dead. But I guess it didn't have to be that way.

      I really would like Jason to come back to Odyssey though, so I hope there aren't too many complications.

  6. I apologize in advance for the harsh comment.
    Agent. Billings. Did. Not. Want. Revenge.
    I know, I know, it sounds strange. But read on.
    Billings was looking for justice. A messed up version of justice, but he was trying to bring Grote to justice. You know what he said "He'll hire a slick lawyer, he'll wind up in a cushy jail, or he'll walk away. But it won't be justice!"
    You can't say that Billings wanted revenge. That wouldn't be true: He wanted justice, and he knew that Mr. Grote wouldn't get justice with the legal system. I don't agree that he should have done that: It was wrong. But he was right. What he said about the Justice System.

    The public doesn't think that Jason is dead. Remember? Tasha told Connie that she couldn't grieve openly, because no one but the Agency, and the Whisperer were allowed to know he was dead.
    I apologize once again for the harsh review.

    Concerned Citizens for Billings Survival

    1. Thank you for commenting, Anonymous. I assure you, rarely is a comment too harsh for me, so don't be afraid to say what you're thinking. :)

      Yes, you're correct. Billings wanted justice. But it was a perverted view of justice. It was marred by his hatred for the things Grote had done, so it wasn't true justice. I agree that he seemed to have legitimate reasoning behind his actions, but it was still wrong--as you yourself said. And therefore, what he wanted in his mind was not true justice, even if that's what he had made himself think.

      Oh! Thank you for clarifying that for me. Now that makes total sense. So Tasha wanted to keep it quiet that Jason was dead, all while Connie knew that she was supposed to not let Tasha know that Jason is alive. So when the people of Odyssey find out that Jason is alive, there's no surprise; they didn't know he was dead. Plus, if Tasha hears anything, she'll likely not give it much thought, since she thinks she knows he's dead and that the town people don't know that. Thank you so much for explaining that! Now it makes much more sense.

      Again, thank you for commenting. It's always great to read comments like yours. And it makes my day more interesting. :)