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The Odd Squad

Release date: January 22, 2021
Directed by: J.J. Johnson
Written by: Lakna Edilima
Episodes: S03E20: End of the Road
Running time: 27 minutes

The Mobile Unit heads to Australia to stop The Shadow from causing world-wide oddness. There, they meet the Sand Queen (Toni Collette), who cackles madly, unleashes swirls of sand, tries to outrun the heroes in a funhouse, and uses a potato sack to ride down a slide.

Cast & Characters

Jayce Alexander (Agent Omar), Glee Dango (Esmerelda Kim), Millie Davis (The Big O), Valentina Herrera (Agent Opal), Alyssa Hidalgo (Agent Orla), Gavin MacIver-Wright (Agent Oswald), Geneva Phan (Agent Orana)

Production Notes

Kids love the live-action educational show Odd Squad, and the parents of those kids are in for a treat the week of January 18, when Oscar-nominated actress Toni Collette guest stars on the Emmy-winning PBS Kids program. According to Fatherly, from Fred Rogers Productions, and targeted to viewers ages 6-9, Odd Squad follows young secret agents who aim to save the day using math when odd things occur, and their talents are really put to the test when Toni Collette arrives on the scene as a mysterious new villain called The Sand Queen. Fatherly is pleased to share an exclusive clip that features Collette joyfully chewing the scenery as The Sand Queen cackles madly, unleashes swirls of sand, tries to outrun the heroes in a funhouse, and uses a potato sack to ride down a slide. Collette never seems to play the same role twice, as evidenced by credits spanning from Muriel’s Wedding, The Sixth Sense, and I’m Thinking of Ending Things to About a Boy, Knives Out, and Unbelievable. Her previous family-friendly fare – including The Magic Pudding, The Boxtrolls, and Blinky Bill The Movie – has been of the animated variety. Whatever the reason Collette signed on, we’re excited to see her summon the sand – and the fun – on Odd Squad.