Monday, June 23, 2008

Morbius




Season: 2
Episode Number: 19
Season Episode Number: 6
Production Number: 206
Airdate: October 28, 1995

Writer: John Semper, Brynne Stephens and Lydia Maranor
Director: Bob Shellhorn

Voices: Christopher Daniel Barnes (Spider-Man), Susan Beaubian (Dr. Mariah Crawford), Liz Georges (Debra Whitman), Nick Jameson (Morbius), Jennifer Hale (Felicia Hardy), Saratoga Ballantine (Mary Jane Watson), Marla Jeanette Rubinoff (Liz Allen).

Plot: Spider-Man seeks the help of Dr. Mariah Crawford to cure him of his ever growing neogenic nightmare. She appears to have a cure but it may take away Spider-Man’s powers forever!

Spider-Man takes the serum to the university and, as Peter Parker, he starts conducting his own experiments to make sure it is safe for him to take.

A fellow classmate, Michael Morbius, sees Peter experimenting and assumes it’s because Peter is trying to steal his chance to be Dr. Conners’ lab assistant. He steals the sample of Peter’s blood and conducts his own experiments on it. But when something goes wrong and Peter’s blood sample mixed with a bite from a bat turns Michael Morbius into a living vampire!

After seeing how Morbius changed and hurt people after he mutated, Peter decideds to take Dr. Crawford's cure to ride himself of his powers forever. But something unexpected happens!


Review (Warning! Spoilers!): After two great episodes featuring the X-Men, this one was a bit of a let down. Since he found out about his mutation Spider-Man has been a real butt. I really was hoping to see some change in character, but I didn’t want to see it all in this episode. There was way too much soul searching and not enough action. The whole Morbius story was rushed through and not really developed as well as it could have been.

Speaking of Morbius, the fact that the writers actually wrote in a story about a vampire is pretty remarkable considering the tight hold the censors have on this series. One of the rules was no vampires but the writers found a way around it. Since a vampire biting the neck of his victim is a bit too graphic, he has little suckers on his hands that he uses to drain the plasma (not blood) from his victims. An interesting change that might make the character seem a little cheesy but it is nice to see Morbius in his first animated appearance.

By now it seems that this season has Spider-Man hopping from one person to the next in order to find a cure. This is getting a bit old now. Something needs to change. They have been building this mutation for several episodes now and it is about time that something happened. So what happens? Spider-Man grows four more arms! Adapting the famous story from Amazing Spider-Man, Spidey must figure out how to either reverse his mutation or learn to love his extra limbs!

DVD Releases:
Spider-Man - The Mutant Agenda

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