Saturday, June 7, 2008

Intervention




Season: 1
Episode Number: 12
Season Episode Number: 12
Production Number: 112
Airdate: June 7, 2008

Writer: Greg Weisman
Director: Dave Bullock

Voices: Josh Keaton (Spider-Man), Benjamin Diskin (Eddie Brock), Deborah Strang (May Parker), Lacey Chabert (Gwen Stacy), Vanessa Marshall (Mary Jane Watson), Alanna Ubach (Liz Allen), Kevin Michael Richardson (Tombstone), Kath Soucie (Martha Conners), Joshua LeBar(Flash Thompson), Ed Asner (Ben Parker), Jim Cummings (Crusher Hogan),

Plot: With Aunt May in the hospital, Peter feels the need to find money for the hospital bills by any means. He blows of his friends saying that they are not good friends because they can't provide the cash. One visit with Tombstone provides him with the opportunity to gather those funds as a super villain.

This action and the fact that he has been blowing off his friends and fighting villains in his sleep brings Peter to the realization that his new black costume is somehow influencing his thoughts and actions. He figures out that the suit doesn't like the vibrations from loud noises so Spidey rids himself of it with the ring of a large church bell. During the process, Peter flashes back to the day he became Spider-Man and it is with the help of Ben Parker's spirit that Peter is able to overcome the symbiote.

Meanwhile, Eddie Brock loses his job due to the lab's loss of funding. Eddie blames Peter for his misfortune due to the fact that Pete didn't stop Spider-Man and Black Cat from stealing the alien life form. When Spider-Man brings the symbiote back to ESU Labs to destroy it, Eddie sees this and now blames Spider-Man from preventing him from ever getting his job back. The symbiote escapes and uses Eddie's hatred for Peter and Spider-Man to create a new monster.

Review (Warning! Spoilers!): Intervention really shows the inner struggle between Peter and the symbiote. In the comics, Spider-Man wore the black costume for several months before ditching it making the relationship between the two even more apparent. This series as well as the 90s Spider-Man series really gave the symbiote the short end of the stick. Peter gets the suit and then one or two episodes later he gets rid of it. While I would have preferred to see a whole season of Black Costume Spider-Man, I felt that this episode really did a great job showing how much of a physical and mental struggle it was for Peter to rid himself of the suit.

And it is in this episode that we get an origin story. We all knew it was coming, it was just a matter of time. This origin is told as a flashback while Pete is battling the symbiote in his mind. This version of Spidey's origin draws heavily from the movie. Elements like the robber using Ben's car as a getaway vehicle, the cage match and the scene at the Science lab field trip are lifted straight from the motion picture. The comic book origin is still represented with certain shots lifted straight from the pages of Amazing Fantasy #15. Crusher Hogan, the wrestler from the comic book also makes a cameo.

The origin story is used in this episode as a way to introduce just how important Uncle Ben plays in Peter's life. It is Ben's spirit that ultimately helps Peter overcome the symbiote and it will be Uncle Ben that keep pushing Peter to do what he does best.

A great, well written episode from Gargoyles creator Greg Weisman. I will be looking forward to the episodes he writes because he knows how to combine character development with action to a tee.
DVD Releases:
  • Spectacular Spider-Man, The Complete First Season
  • Spectacular Spider-Man, Volume Four

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