The Spectacular Spider-Man Season 2, Episode 12: "Opening Night" - Review

There were a lot of great elements to this penultimatee episode of Season 2. The title alone, "Opening Night", had a double meaning, as A Midsummer's Night Dream opened at Midtown High the same night the Vault maximum security prison was being opened.

The first scene was bit of a fake out, as we saw Spider-Man being escorted into a cell. It turned out he wasn't a true prisoner though, but helping them test their security which was quite interesting when we learned Norman Osborn made the request before conveniently taking his leave before the real action began.

As Spider-Man was trying to break out of the Vault, Black Cat was trying to break in, to rescue a prisoner, who turned out to be her father, Walter Hardy. This led to a rather huge reveal for the show, as it turned out Walter was not just a notorious cat burglar, but The Burglar as in the one who killed Uncle Ben.

For me, this was a somewhat off-putting inclusion into the story. Spider-Man 3 left a bad taste as far as making the Burglar a more important person than the symbol he needs to be and tying another notable character into a hero's origin rarely works well, whether it's Spider-Man 3 or the Joker killing Bruce Wayne's parent's in the 1989 Batman film.

At least though making Walter the killer isn't nearly as egregious a connection he's Black Cat's father, but she (in this incarnation) is an acquaintance to Spider-Man, not a close confidant, and Walter Hardy is not Otto Octavius or any other big name villain. And it did lead to an interesting moment, as we found out Walter had voluntarily sacrificed his escape, staying behind to help gas the escaped criminals in the Vault rather than escape with his daughter.

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