Musketeering and Odysseying

Two fun things to talk about this week!

My next show that I’ll be blogging about for Entertainment Weekly starts next this Sunday. I’m really excited that I’ll be covering The Musketeers on BBC America. The show is not just another adaptation of the classic novel but instead takes the characters and puts them into new situations. Basically I’m really geeked because I love anything the BBC does, it’s a costume drama, there will be sword fighting, AND it stars Peter Capaldi, the new twelfth Doctor.

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Since the show airs on Sunday nights, my recaps will be either be posted late Sunday night or early Monday morning. My first post however is up. To get in the mood for the show, I take a look back at previous adaptations of the Musketeers and includes bonus GIFs of Man in the Iron Mask Leo. Click here to read my post!

If you want to join in on the fun, the show premieres this Sunday on BBC America at 9/8C. I’m hoping that this show is more mainstream and has a bigger audience than Metal Hurlant Chronicles. While that eventually became an interesting show, it was very niche-y and I was having trouble finding people to talk about it with, even online. This one I think I won’t have that much trouble and I’m already excited that the official Twitter accounts for BBC America and The Musketeers have already retweeted me. The show runs for ten weeks and I believe it’ll lead up to the premiere of the next season of Doctor Who. The show has already been aired in the UK and has been renewed for a second season though Peter Capaldi won’t be returning because he seems to have another show he’s already committed too. Silly him.

Once again, I probably will not be posting links to my articles every week on this blog, so follow me on Twitter or like my Facebook page (links are in the sidebar) to find out when I got new stuff or info. Let me know too if you’re watching!

Also in other fun news, I’m pretty geeked to be chosen as part of the promo blog team for the new Odyssey Adventure Club.

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I listened to Adventures in Odyssey growing up and it has fond memories for me. It’s a radio drama produced by Focus on the Family so there is a Christian slant to it which is a focus of most of the earlier episodes. However as the years went by, the focus of the writing becomes more focused on  the storyline. There are some solid episodes that are just as good as any book I’ve read because I got so involved with the plot and characters. Also there’s a bunch of jokes that are for adults that the kids just won’t get. It’s been really cool to rediscover these and see how different it is for me to listen to it as an adult vs when I was a kid. While the target audience is still the 8-12 year old range, I find these very enjoyable for long commutes for adults as well. The production level is stellar.

The Odyssey Adventure Club is great because I have been wanting to listen to all the episodes but it was too costly for me to buy all the albums or my library didn’t have everything. With the club, you can stream all the episodes online. I have three months to try to listen to EVERYTHING. This will be a challenge because there are over 750 episodes at about 30 minutes each. I’m currently finishing up album 5. I’ll probably be blogging again about this throughout the summer.

Here’s more information about the club and activities for users:

-Unlimited streaming of Adventures in OdysseyLibrary (740+ episodes) retail value more than $1,500. (You can also download the OCA app on your iPhone or iPad and listen to up to 5 episodes without streaming.)
– New monthly exclusives episodes
– Monthly web quests
– Daily devotions based on Adventures in Odyssey episodes
– OAC exclusive blog posts
– OAC Monthly Member Newsletter
– OAC exclusive video stories
– Other Odyssey content (Last Chance Detectives and more!)
Summer is officially here! Don’t let your kids’ boredom run rampant. Adventures in Odyssey is here to save the day. Below are some must-try ideas for summer fun! Want even more summer fun? For the month of June, you can join the Odyssey Adventure Club for only $5! More details can be found here.

Summer Activities

As a parent you are probably a big proponent of reading. Encourage your kids to dig into a book or two this summer with Adventures in Odyssey’s On Your Marks Summer Reading Challenge. Bonus points if YOU create a reading challenge for yourself as you read along with your kids!

Looking for something hands-on? Create Matthew in 3-D! Invite a few of your kids’ friends over for a play date, print off the activity sheet, and let them have at it for the afternoon (with the promise of cookies and lemonade once they’ve finished constructing Matthew).

Maybe your kids aren’t into reading, but they love math. If that’s the case, have them solve Eugene’s Sudoku!

The laundry needs to be done; the dishes need to be put away. But your kids are begging you to take them out to the zoo. Let them take a whack at Matthew’s Decoder in the morning, then make an agreement that if they figure out how to use the decoder, you’ll take them on an afternoon adventure. That’ll give you the morning to finish up your to-do list!

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