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553: Potential Possibilities
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November 06, 2004

Trent is placed in the gifted class at school and tries to find a way out. Meanwhile, both Tom and Aubrey confront their fears.


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Marshal Younger   Nathan Hoobler   Kathy Buchanan   Glenn Montjoy
Marshal Younger   Nathan Hoobler   Kathy Buchanan   Glenn Montjoy
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"Gifts for Aubrey and Trent"
Written By: Shadowpaw

We recently heard from Dr. Hawthorne who we used to know as a History teacher, teaching math, and now Mrs. Nietchew, who was an english teacher, teaching the gifted class. It's not exactly unusual for a teacher to teach more than one subject, but last time we heard from Mrs. Nietchew ("Called on in Class"), she was already Trent's teacher. It seemed a little odd that she was now his new gifted teacher. I guess it could be the start of a new school year, but it all seems awfully confusing since it was just a couple of weeks ago that we heard Marvin and Trent sharing a math class. The school system has always been a frustrating part of Odyssey... every other aspect of the show is so well planned, so well researched, that this weak link has got to be fixed. It's not just recent... it's plagued the show for years with teachers changing names (McFadden and McSpadden?), actors changing, older and younger students being taught by the same teacher and generally no structure to the school system. It would be nice if the school board was set in stone.

And what was with Aubrey having only been riding for a year? She's been at the Timothy Centre much longer than that, and even then, we learned in "Opening Day" that her mother taught her how to ride long before she arrived in Odyssey. It also irked me that Tom used to be a comedian. I guess we know very little about his past life and it's certainly possible, but somehow it seemed a little out of character for him. These are all just nitpicks... but added up, they did impact my overall enjoyment of the episode.

It just wasn't a very strong show. The ending felt awfully awkward for one thing: We have no idea what decision Trent ultimately makes regarding his gifted class. He certainly makes it clear to Mrs. Nietchew that he doesn't want to be in it and she prepares to make the necessary arrangements to get him out, but we later hear him regretting his decision while talking with Aaron. It seems odd that his plot was left unresolved and any lesson we are supposed to learn from his story is muddled and unclear. To make matters worse, the one thing I kept hoping to hear was Tom performing his Vaudeville act at some point in time. With the ending music rising just as it began, I felt very cheated. It was a moment that could have upped my enjoyment of the show quite a bit, but it just didn't make it into the final cut and made listening to the entire show rather pointless. Aubrey's plot wasn't all that interesting (though it's nice to hear from her), so there wasn't really anything I could take away from the show.

Fortunately the clip of Tom's act can be found at The Official Site later this week. However, as of right now, it won't make it's way into the album version of the show... unfortunate as it could have been the best part of the entire episode.


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Trent: I'm in THE GIFTED CLASS
- jared DeWhite


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