034: Stormy Weather Review

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Episode: 034: Stormy Weather
Originally Aired: July 9, 1988
From Album: Volume 2: Stormy Weather

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Connie Kendall Legs Crossed At this point, Adventures in Odyssey isn’t even a year old. It’s still early in the second season, but Odyssey is already showing signs of maturing.

Connie was introduced during the first season in “Connie Comes to Town.” In that episode, she was anxious to get back to California. In “Stormy Weather”, her interest in returning to California is renewed. Connie is on a journey that began with her coming to town and will culminate with her making it to California later this season in the eponymous “Connie.” (And where that journey ends, a wonderful new journey begins.)

Connie feels that she doesn’t have many friends in Odyssey, because she doesn’t have many friends her age. She does have many friends though when you count Mr. Whittaker and the kids who come to Whit’s End. Then Chris reinforces that you, the listener, may have friends you don’t realize—classmates, your siblings, even your parents.

At first glance, it would appear this episode is about friendship. Even Chris’ epilogue is about friendship.

But that’s not what it’s about.

It’s about the moving of the Holy Spirit. It is the Spirit who draws you to salvation in Christ, and the Spirit has begun to noticeably work in Connie’s life. Debbie tells her, “We thought you were getting religious or something.” Connie feels that everyone is preaching at her. This is the Spirit tugging at her conscience. I doubt anyone is treating Connie differently. She’s feeling the tug of the Spirit without realizing it.

When her mom asks her how long she wants to stay in California, Connie rashly replies, “A week, a month, I don’t care. Just let me get out of here.” That’s not the rational response of a teenager who simply misses her old friends or feels stymied by a rural locale. She’s trying to get away—not from somewhere—but Someone. Like Jonah tried to run from God, Connie is trying to resist the Holy Spirit.

A while back I asked readers of this website if they knew of any non-Christian fans of Odyssey. An interesting debate developed in the comments: Does Adventures in Odyssey negatively portray non-Christian characters? Since Christians often blame mainstream media of misrepresenting and negatively portraying Christian characters, it is a fair question.

Unlike non-Christians trying to write a Christian character, all Christians have been non-Christians at some time. What Connie is going through in this episode—although a non-Christian at this point—is something each of the writers of Odyssey have gone through. I don’t think there is anything about the portrayal of Connie in this episode for a non-Christian would object to.

Odyssey hits a stride with this episode. This is the first of a string of really good episodes—all of which I’m looking forward to reviewing over the next several days.

Matthew's Rating: 8 (out of 10)
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