Monday, May 26, 2008

Interactions




Season:
Episode Number: 2
Season Episode Number: 2
Production Number: 102
Airdate: March 8, 2008

Writer: Kevin Hopps
Director: Tony Adomitis

Voices: Josh Keaton (Spider-Man), Crispin Freeman (Electro), Lacey Chabert (Gwen Stacy), Grey Delisle (Sally Avril), John Dimaggio (Flint Marko, Hammerhead), Joshua Lebar (Flash Thompson), Deborah Strang (May Parker), James Arnold Taylor (Harry Osborn), Brian George (Aaron Warren), Dorian Harewood (Dr. Bromwell), Kath Soucie (Martha Connors), Allana Ubach (Liz Allan), Tom Wilson (Stan Carter), Dee Bradley Baker (Curt Conners), Benjamin Diskin (Eddie Brock).

Plot: A freak accident turns electrician Max Dillon into the electrically charged Electro! Stopping at nothing, Electro goes after Dr. Curt Conners for a cure for his condition.

Review (Warning! Spoilers!): Interaction is episode number two and a good follow up to the first action packed episode. This time around, there are not nearly as many characters and sub-plots, which is good for character development. Peter gets a bit more of the spotlight and we get to see him tutor Liz Allen, deal with Aunt May and face a foe that used to be his friend as Spider-Man.

Every time Electro makes an appearance in a modern Spider-Man animated series, his origin is given an overhaul. In Spectacular Spider-Man he is changed from a petty crook to a sympathetic villain. This formula worked wonders when reinventing Mr. Freeze for Batman: the Animated Series, and it works here too, just not to the same level as greatness.

Max Dillon is a nice guy and a friend to Dr. Conners, Peter and Eddie but gets hurt in an accident involving some genetically altered electric eels. His body gets super charged with electricity and can only survive in a special containment suit. Thinking that Conners can find a cure for his condition, Dillon goes after him. Sparks start to fly and Spider-Man gets involved. We feel sorry for Dillon but that quickly changes when he starts to lose his temper and doesn't listen to reason.

The design used for Electro is really smart, taking his goofy mask and turning it into an electric aura around his head. His super-villain suit serves a purpose and is a fresh update to an out of date character.

While this episode works as a stand-alone episode, it is apparent that episodes will need to be watched in order. Sub-plots such as the phone calls to Aunt May and the Bugle wanting Spider-Man photos are directly tied to the last episode. It will be great fun watching this series unfold and develop.

DVD Releases:
  • Spectacular Spider-Man, The Complete First Season
  • Spectacular Spider-Man: Attack of the Lizard
  • Spectacular Spider-Man, Volume One

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