Western Animation: Adventures in Odyssey

Adventures in Odyssey is a set of religious videos spun off from the radio series of the same name. The story concerns the adventures of a Quirky Town called Odyssey and her citizens as they learn religious Aesops. Although it shares the name and some of the characters, the show deviates from the radio program at some points.

Characters

  • John Avery Whittaker: the Cool Old Guy who runs "Whit's End", a hotel and ice cream parlor for the town. Being Older and Wiser, he often finds himself having to teach the other characters.
  • Eugene Meltsner: Whit's geeky teenage assistant. He is more mature than some of the others but still occasionally needs to learn a lesson.
  • Connie Kendall: Whit's other occasional assistant, a teenage girl.
  • Dylan Taylor: A preteen boy. Dylan is frequently the target of An Aesop.

This series contains examples of the following tropes:

  • An Aesop: The characters learn a lesson about Once an Episode.
  • Animated Adaptation: Of the radio series. There is also one specifically of the radio episode "Someone To Watch Over Me", with Dylan replacing Jimmy Barclay. (Though there are a few changes. Dylan's head injury is caused by falling out of the Imagination Station rather than the Wonderworld Treehouse, for example.) "Escape From The Forbidden Matrix" is also inspired by the radio episode "Gloobers".
  • Blatant Lies: At the end of "Baby Daze", Eugene says some clothes he sent to the baby's parents were "just something off the rack", but the photo reveals that it's a miniature version of Eugene's outfit.
  • Brainy Baby: "Baby Daze" involves Eugene finding a genius baby and wanting to study him for an A.I. he had been building. It turns out that the Big Bad also wants to study him.
  • Cerebus Rollercoaster: The video series may be considerably Denser and Wackier than the radio series it's based on, but that doesn't make it exempt from considerably more dramatic episodes. The first episode alone involves the Imagination Station being stolen and changed into the "Manipulation Station", some sort of mind control device. After this, we get an episode about a soapbox car race.
  • Chase Scene: In "A Stranger Among Us", Eugene chases the supposed bad guy's car on a skateboard.
  • Cutesy Name Town: The town is called "Odyssey."
  • Demoted to Extra: Oddly, a number of central characters from the original radio series only made sporadic appearances in the animated series, if any. Connie didn't even start appearing until "A Stranger Among Us", the 12th episode! (Though she did stay a major character for the rest of the series.) Bernard Walton only appeared as a major character in "The Last Days Of Eugene Meltsner.
  • Denser and Wackier: Some of the episodes have some rather goofy goings-on. "Flight To The Finish" is chock-full of Amusing Injuries (that even Whit is unable to escape from) and "Electric Christmas" features hilarity ensuing as Dylan tries decorate his house better than a rival's for a Christmas Decoration Contest.
  • The Diaper Change: Eugene freaks out at this. Connie ends up doing it.
  • Doorstop Baby: In "Baby Daze", Eugene finds a baby on the door. He was put their by a cohort of the Big Bad after she started having pangs of conscience.
  • Every Car Is a Pinto: Abe Beerbaum's car explodes in "A Stranger Among Us" after falling off a cliff and being run over by a train.
  • Expy: Dylan and his friend Sal are fans of a show that very much resembles Star Trek: The Original Series.
  • Good Is Old-Fashioned: In "Baby Daze", the Big Bad calls Eugene's morals "outdated."
  • Fainting: In "A Stranger Among Us", Eugene passes out from shock after finding that Connie is still alive.
  • I Will Find You: In "A Twist in Time", Sal and Dylan use a machine that Whit told them not to use. They seemingly find themselves in a future where they never returned and Whit exhausted himself looking for them.
  • Not Now, We're Too Busy Crying over You: In "A Stranger Among Us". Eugene, believing that Connie is dead, collapses in tears.
    Eugene (crying): Can't you see? It's all my fault! All my fault!
    Connie: Actually, it's mostly my fault, Eugene.
    Eugene: No, it's not, Connie, it's huh? (He sees her, stands up, smiles from ear to ear, and faints.)
  • Not What It Looks Like: Eugene and Dylan see one guest standing over the bed of another, who appears to be dead. It turns out he was slipping into a diabetic coma, and the other man was trying to wake him up.
  • Papa Wolf: Eugene becomes protective of his charge during "Baby Daze" and ends up fighting to protect him from an unscrupulous scientist.
  • Punk in the Trunk: In "A Stranger Among Us", Eugene and Dylan think that one of the guests kidnapped Connie and stuck her in the trunk of his car, leading Eugene to chase him on a skateboard.
  • Rapid-Fire "No!": Eugene yells "no" several times in succession (combining this with Big "NO!") when he believes Connie has been killed.
  • Reading Lips: During the climax of "In Harm's Way", Whit is able to get vital information to Dylan and Elliot on a runaway train because Elliot can read lips.
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: The Big Bad in "The Knight Travelers" has this times two; a python and an alligator. The former constantly tries to have his lackeys for lunch when he's not looking, and the latter tries to eat Dylan, but is foiled by an anchor to the head.
  • Rubber-Forehead Aliens: In Star Quest the aliens from the titular show have duck-beaks but are otherwise humanoid.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Eugene tends to speak in big words.
  • Straying Baby: The baby crawls off while Eugene is watching him, nearly falling off a staircase.
  • Tempting Fate: "What could be the least bit hard about babysitting?"
  • Unconventional Vehicle Chase: Eugene has to use a skateboard to chase a guy in a car who he believes kidnapped Connie.
  • Unflinching Walk: After Eugene's robot PLATO is unleashed on the bad guys, he walks away, paying no attention to the maze collapsing behind him.