The Odyssey (1992)

Season 3 Episode 7

The Cauldron

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Aired Unknown Nov 14, 1994 on CBC
9.0
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In the Upworld, Jay asks Sierra on a date, much to the annoyance of her boyfriend, Mick. Meanwhile, in the Downworld, Alpha, Jay and Flash make Tower Passes for other kids, Finger charges Medea with being a witch when she refuses to take an oath of loyalty.moreless

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  • In Downworld, Medea(Andrea Nemeth) ends up on trumped up charges of witchcraft after she fails a loyalty test. In Upworld, Medea's counterpart Sierra has to deal with a lovesick Jay(Illya Woloshyn)trying to win her from Mick(Mark Hildreth).moreless

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    This is definitely what the Odyssey is all about. What starts off as a treatise on loyalty, develops into quite literally a witch trial, which then ends up with what this show has always been about: the struggle between kids, and their perceptions of the grown-up world.



    The witch trial, not unexpectedly for the Odyssey, is a series of running jokes. Medea\'s wardrobe is examined by both sides (her heels, which supposedly break all natural laws, are quite tame from a 21st century perspective), though thankfully the prosecution is kind enough not to bring up her frequent use of the occult in the last two seasons. But at the same time, there are serious issues running through the trial. Medea\'s loyalty to Jay gets her in trouble once again, and the fact that she has been a grown-up for several months finally comes to light. Even Macro comes to the realization that he\'s become a figurehead, just like Brad before him (although this really should have been given more attention).



    The discovery that Medea is acting like a grown-up is simultaneously funny and disturbing. While obviously, the cast has been very quietly growing up over the last three seasons, it\'s hard not to empathise with Finger when he charges the jury that Medea\'s maturity must be punished. There\'s been precious little about adulthood on this show that a person could be proud of.



    The Upworld storyline, where Jay is trying to woo Sierra, is entertaining, but painful to watch at times. Illya Woloshyn makes it clear that Upworld Jay is still missing the two years of development he didn\'t get when he was in the coma. His pursuit of Sierra is painfully juvenile, and makes you wonder why she\'d ever be interested in him (maybe after Mick, she just wants someone who she can boss around).moreless
Janet Hodgkinson

Janet Hodgkinson

Valerie Ziegler

Tony Sampson

Tony Sampson

Flash/Keith Haldane

Illya Woloshyn

Illya Woloshyn

Jay Ziegler

Ashleigh Aston Moore

Ashleigh Aston Moore

Alpha/Donna Archipenko

Andrea Nemeth

Andrea Nemeth

Medea/Sierra Jones (Season 3; recurring previously)

Myles Ferguson

Myles Ferguson

Bricks

Guest Star

Mark Hildreth

Mark Hildreth

Finger/Mick

Guest Star

Jai West

Jai West

Spook

Guest Star

Ryan Reynolds

Ryan Reynolds

Macro

Recurring Role

Jeremy Radick

Jeremy Radick

Fractal

Recurring Role

Jay Brazeau

Jay Brazeau

Seymour "Sy" Walsh

Recurring Role

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    • Medea: What exactly are you afraid of, Finger?
      Macro: He's not afraid of anything.
      Jay: I'll tell you what he's afraid of. He's afraid of the truth. And he's afraid of kids who aren't afraid to tell the truth.
      Finger: The only truth that matters is that Medea is different!
      Jay: Of course she's different, kids of the jury. Ask yourselves. Is it a crime to be different? Is it a crime to say what you think? To wear what you want?
      Finger: My point exactly. These are the crimes of a witch.
      Jay: No. This is growing up. Take a good look at yourselves. We're all growing up. Medea's the only one who's not afraid to act like it.
      Finger: What's he saying? Fractal?
      Fractal: The, uh, defendant's behavior is consistent with that of a fully developed human.
      Finger: In layman's terms?
      Fractal: A grown-up.

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