The poll for the fall season of 2000 turned up far different results than last spring's poll. The most noticeable difference was how there were no runaway winners among the episodes, whereas in the spring "I Slap Floor" won practically every category. The poll had 56 responses and the average age of those polled was 15, with the oldest being 26 and the youngest being seven. One of the most interesting elements of the poll was the tie for the most prestigious category of "Best Episode." The poll results and analysis follow. Thank you to everyone who voted!
John the Baptist (Pete Reneday) in "The Big Deal"
Mandy Straussberg (Aria Curzon) in "Worst Day Ever"
Josh (Christopher Fornof) in "Best Laid Plans"
Manny Kin (Walker Edmiston) in "The Great Wishy Woz"
Nathaniel Graham (Blake Ewing) in "Life Trials of the Rich and Famous"
||While it takes writers to come up with dialog, it takes good actors to bring it to life. All of the performers nominated turned in excellent performances and I think I have to agree with the results that John the Baptist was among the best acting jobs of the season. Manny Kin was also notable, in my opinion, as being the best "Character Performance" in The Great Wishy Woz.
The Great Wishy Woz
The Big Deal
Best Laid Plans
Life Trials of the Rich and Famous
||This was the category won by the largest margin and with good reason. "The Great Wishy Woz" was an ambitious project from the start: a two-part fantasy musical with many varied locations. The sheer scale of the episode makes it the most likely candidate for best production. If we had a "best music" category for the season, I'm sure "The Great Wishy Woz" would have won that one hands down as well. One of the other interesting facts about the results of this category is that Rob Jorgensen was the production engineer on the top four episodes.
When the boys hack into Campbell College's computer system in "Red Herring"
When Mr. I Am tells Dotty who he is in "The Great Wishy Woz"
Leslie (2-Large)'s poem in "Best Laid Plans"
When Connie and Jason discuss their nights in "Best Laid Plans"
When Tom and Whit talk about the tower in the final scene of "Opportunity Knocks"
||Often episodes are remembered by just one moment. When Isaac Morton and Hank Murray are pointing guns at each other in "Treasure Hunt." When all is still after Timmy fell into the water in "Greater Love" Big moments define episodes and this fall had its share of big moments. While I would probably opt for the second place finisher (the Mr. I Am/Dotty scene) as my favorite moment, the winner deserves credit as well for a gripping, suspenseful scene which could lead the way to bigger things down the road.
Arthur Dent in "Opportunity Knocks"
Josh in "Best Laid Plans"
Cal Jordan in "Red Herring"
Mark Maddox in "Red Herring"
Amy in "Best Laid Plans"
||While there weren't a whole lot of new characters this season, there were a few interesting new ones. Fans voted Arthur Dent as the most interesting new character and I must agree. What is Dent's agenda and why did he seem so mysterious to Whit? Christopher Snell gave the character just the right amount of mystery and only future episodes will tell what Arthur Dent is really all about.
"The Great Wishy Woz"
"Best Laid Plans"
"The Big Deal"
"Worst Day Ever"
"Life Trials of the Rich and Famous"
||The Odyssey Awards equivalent of a Best Picture Oscar ended in a tie between "The Great Wishy Woz" and "Red Herring", two of the best reviewed episodes of the season. While there's no denying that "The Great Wishy Woz" was probably the most "unique" and different episode, "Red Herring" provided us with a lot of questions and new kid character. If I had to personally pick between the two, I would probably choose "The Great Wishy Woz", though they are both episodes that I could listen to over and over again.