I am going back and forth between these two possibilities.
Mini spoiler from Album 77:
Personally, even though I think Will Ryan is irreplaceable, I would rather have Eugene played by Townsend (who did a fantastic job) than have him go away forever. It would be a lot easier to get used to than the three different Whits -- and even though Whit-switches are a bit jarring, I definitely prefer Odyssey with Whit in it.
But I'm not counting on getting what I want.
PS the only time I got confused between Townsend and Will was one of the earliest lines of the first episode, where I wasn't sure who was supposed to be talking. Other than that, even when listening for Townsend's typical intonational patterns, I found it totally natural to believe it was Eugene.
--Sat Aug 12, 2023 10:41 pm--
Thoughts after Part III
First of all, regarding Buck (spoiler and semi-prediction):
Regarding Eugene (this is not really a spoiler but out of super-duper caution):
It reminded me of some events/emotions from Season 3 of Twin Peaks (2017), which I'll hide on the off chance anyone who is interested hasn't seen it. These are just my own (simplistic) interpretations, I don't know what David Lynch intended.
Odyssey, on the other hand, does believe in Deus, ex machina or otherwise, but not the vending machine variety. Whit doesn't get to stay in heaven with Jenny and Jerry (relevantly to the current shows, The Mortal Coil was recorded shortly after Hal Smith's own wife died), and Tom doesn't get to keep Agnes-with-memories-intact.
The actors don't get to keep their dear friend Will, and we might not get to keep Eugene in Odyssey. And maybe this is something we need to move through, instead of around.