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The Spectacular Spider-Man: Season 2 Review

It's hard to think of a quality show affected by as many outside factors as The Spectacular Spider-Man was this year. Thanks to the Kids' WB programming block going away at The CW, the series found itself without a network after Season 1. And while Disney XD eventually picked it up, it would take them a very long time to debut new episodes with the Season 2 premiere airing a full year after Season 1 concluded. Meanwhile, all of Season 2 had aired in the interim in Canada, meaning the episodes were widely available online, which may have adversely affected the ratings, certainly when it comes to older viewers. Then, you had Disney XD do some frustrating scheduling (after taking so long to premiere the season in the first place), by placing more than a two-month break in-between episodes seven and eight. And then in the middle of that, came news not only of the huge Marvel/Disney deal, but also that Sony, who produced Spectacular Spider-Man, had relinquished all television rights to Spider-Man as a character meaning if the show did continue, it would be without Sony's involvement. Whew! Can someone give this show a break? All of this leaves the series' future still in a state of limbo, as the creators and fans alike wonder if Marvel and Disney will decide to continue the show, which hasn't been in production for the better part of a year. To Read More Click here . If You Missed Any Season 2 Episodes Watch Them Here Online Now

The Spectacular Spider-Man Season 2, Episode 13: "Final Curtain" - Review

That was awesome, huh? The Spectacular Spider-Man's second season came to a close with a terrific episode, which gave a conclusive answer to the mystery of who the Green Goblin was, provided a ton of great action, and delivered a tense and exciting half hour of television. This was a jam-packed episode, which really got rolling when Harry confessed to Peter that he had been the Green Goblin - a very funny moment had Peter catch himself at his casual, "Uh huh, uh huh" reaction to news that he shouldn't already know. But when Harry revealed he had no real memory of being the Goblin and had been recently kidnapped by someone else wearing the costume, it suddenly meant the true identity of the Green Goblin was still up in the air - and that Norman Osborn was a very likely suspect. Thanks to the common knowledge we all have on the character, we all figured it was Norman of course - which made it confusing and interesting for both the audience and Peter when the Green Goblin attacked Spidey right in front of both Harry and Norman. In the midst of this was some very well-handled material dealing with Peter's love life, as he and Gwen finally confessed how they felt about each other and that they wanted to be together - leaving them the take of breaking up with Liz and Harry first. The scene in which Peter broke up with Liz felt very real and emotional in a way I'm sure those who only hear about this show without watching it would find surprising. The popular cheerleader Liz couldn't contend with the fact that the geeky guy she'd fallen for would dare be the one to break up with her in front of her friends, and so loudly made a spectacle of making it appear as though she was the one dumping him. The fate of The Spectacular Spider-Man remains up in the air, but this episode laid the groundwork for some cool elements for Season 3. The Connors' moved away, leaving Miles Warren in charge of the lab - which of course can't be a good thing. I loved Martha telling Gwen, "You and Pete can learn a lot from him but don't learn too much." And Norman getting off the phone with "Gargan" was a cool nod to the fact that Scorpion is on the way. To Read More Click Here . If You Missed This Episode Watch It Here Online Now

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. To Read More Click Here . If You Missed This Episode Watch It Here Online Now

The Spectacular Spider-Man: "Subtext" Review

While not quite up to the exceedingly high standards of the past few installments, "Subtext" was still a solid installment, featuring the introduction of another longtime Spider-Man villain - Molten Man, who had never been used in any Spider-Man adaptation before now. Of course we'd already sorta/kinda met Molten Man several episodes before, via his alter-ego of Mark Allan. As it turned out, Mark was still gambling and getting into dangerous waters with Blackie Gaxton, his bookie. Meanwhile, Blackie found out he had a new boss, Green Goblin, in a scene that did a great job of making Blackie one cool cat - the dude basically rolled with the punches, and seeing it was pointless to try to stop the Goblin, agreed to work for him. With Blackie as the go-between, Mark was brought in as the next supervillain test subject for Norman Osborn - with Miles Warren showing just how corrupt he is, as we saw him having no qualms transforming humans into who knows what - and blackmailing Curt Connors into staying quiet, using his knowledge of his Lizard days, after Curt found out what he was up to. We also learned Norman Osborn and the Green Goblin are now apparently working together - albeit not seen together. Hmm Wonder why that is, huh? I do have to say though that Green Goblin's "disguise" of a trenchcoat and a hat at the race track was pretty ridiculous - given that he still was a guy in a green goblin costume. To Read More Click Here . If You Missed This Episode Watch It Here Online Now