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Could the unthinkable happen? Could Everett appear 0 times this season? A New Era was in a short time frame (Not more than a couple days I'd assume. Remember, Part II basically equaled the kidney transfer), so I don't have a problem with the omission of Everett in this set. I can't, however, imagine not hearing from him again before he goes back to Africa!
I enjoyed the juxtaposition of Leonard's two reactions when learning of a baby on the way. It showed how he changed and enriched the comparative extent of Eugene's ostracism.
About Eugene explaining why he forgave Leonard: The dialogue made it sound like the forgiveness was contingent on Leonard regretting his past actions. I don't know if that's what Eugene meant, but I'd like to think Eugene would still have forgiven his father even if his father didn't regret his sins against Eugene. I never expected Leonard to find and believe Christ so quickly. But hey, he went through more trauma and saw a changed Eugene. With God all things are possible.
The Joanne-Thelma connection added another perspective, another opportunity for Leonard to soul-search. Good ear for those of you who caught the inkling that this connection might have been! It worked, but don't let these old connections get too numerous (Connie and Eugene in The Champ of the Camp, Joanne and Agnes in The Pact).
Since Eugene and Katrina are called to further Hand Up's ministry in Odyssey, I would expect to hear more about that in the future. I would also maybe expect a future Africa snapshot or trip.
So I liked Parts I and II better than Part III, but then again this episode was constrained by having to wrap up the story. Nonetheless, the resolution was satisfying and I enjoyed A New Era.
Kudos should go to Janet Waldo for the incredible acting. I shouldn't have accused her of possibly just over-acting. That was a hint that was totally dependent on the acting--and she did an amazing job, especially for an 89-year-old actor!Itaque wrote:The Joanne-Thelma connection added another perspective, another opportunity for Leonard to soul-search. Good ear for those of you who caught the inkling that this connection might have been!
Anyway, I thought the episode was good but not great. My prediction about the outcome of the third part was correct, but it wasn't quite as satisfying as I expected. Somehow the whole thing felt a little rushed, and the salvation scene wasn't very moving. It felt like Leonard Meltsner's conversion was a "necessary obstacle" in order to wrap up the story arc. I would have liked it if more attention had been giving to Leonard's decision throughout the three episodes, rather than kinda springing it on us in that scene, and then only half-addressing it in the final scenes. I just felt it was missing the heart of episodes like Under the Influence and The Time Has Come and Connie.
However, I did think that, all in all, it was an appropriate way to wrap up the story arc. And the flashbacks were great once again! I'm rating this one (and all three parts as a whole) a 3.
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Unless I'm forgetting someone, she's the oldest actor of the main adult character actors currently on the show. The next closest is Alan Young, who will be 88 in November.Applesauce wrote:Woah, 89?! I was just wondering while listening to this episode how old she really was. That's impressive. She's probably one of the oldest actors on the show.
Here's the link to the thread about it: http://www.thetoo.com/viewtopic.php?t=9767Chandler wrote:Could you point us to the interview?Jeremy wrote:Actually, Jack Allen/Alan Young is no longer on the show. It's been 3 years since he appeared in an episode, while Joanne has appeared multiple times since then. And in a recent interview, Alan Young put his work with AIO in the past tense.
And at the following link you can hear what he said about AIO at about the 31 minute mark: http://joecookprogram.com/podcasts/TJCP080907.mp3
The conclusion was a satisfying end to this three-parter. The message of forgiveness was simple yet profound, and I was glad Leonard finally became a Christian and decided to go stay with the Ashantis (though I predicted that would happen in part two). I only wished the scene with Leonard’s conversion was a bit longer and a little less rush. Also, as others have stated, it would’ve been nice to hear from Everett before sending him off to Africa. But overall, this was a very well-written episode and an enjoyable ending to the Leonard Meltsner storyarc.
Yay! In the interview when he talked about Odyssey, it sounded to me like he didn't know exactly what was going on or why he wasn't in recent episodes.Nathan Hoobler wrote:I'm not sure why Alan referred to his time on Odyssey in the past tense. Maybe because he wasn't on for quite awhile.
However, let me assure you that Alan's (and Jack's!) time on Odyssey is not over. He will be in at least three episodes this spring.