Whenever I review an episode, first and foremost, I'm looking for clues about Odyssey that help us shape the town in our minds (i.e. From The Amazing Loser, we learn about the existence of several shops in Odyssey). Second, I'll review the episode based on its quality.
Things I'm looking for when reviewing:
- Characters - Are they consistent with what's already been established? Are they interesting?
- Theme - central topic, subject, or concept the author is trying to point out
- Moral/lesson - Is the story organically told so that the moral naturally grows out of the episode?
- Acts: a beginning, middle, and end
- Conflict/Kishōtenketsu - See this page for more.
- Resolution - Is the story ended well?
- Action - Is it exciting enough?
- Momentum - Does the story stall in the middle, or does it stay interesting throughout?
- Climaxes - At the most pivotal part of the story, am I listening intently (i.e. The Novacom Saga does this well.)?
- Change - How do characters grow throughout the series (i.e. Connie's growth)?
- Pacing/Tempo - Is the story moving too fast or not well paced?
- Rhythm - Does the story flow?
- Color - What is the writer trying to paint? Do I feel it?
- Mood - Is the mood conveyed well?
- Dialogue - Is the dialogue smart, written for its character, witty, and/or moving?
- Feel - Does this episode feel like Odyssey?
- Music - Does the music help the story along or distract from it?
- Sound Design - Does the sound immerse the listener, or distract him/her?
If anyone knows where I can listen to While Dad's Away and In Memory of Herman, please let me know ASAP so we can do the eps in order. Thanks so much!