Monday, September 15, 2008

Triumph of the Green Goblin

Season: 1
Episode Number: 1
Season Episode Number: 1
Production Number: 6001
Airdate: September 12, 1981

Writer: Dennis Marks

Voices: Dan Gilvanzan (Spider-Man), Frank Welker (Iceman), Kathy Garver (Firestar), Dennis Marks (Green Goblin), Sally Julian (Mona Osborn), June Foray (Aunt May), Neil Ross (Norman Osborn).

Plot: The Green Goblin is back and he intends on poisoning the city's water supply with a toxin that will turn all the denizens of New York into Green Goblins!

Review (Warning! Spoilers!): Triumph of the Green Goblin is the first episode of Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends but it doesn't deal with the origins of the characters or how the trio got together in the first place. It dives right into the middle of their journey. As each episode in this series is self-contained, it makes it much easier to show the series in reruns as the episodes don't have to be in order.

However, there is a bit of continuity in this episode, mainly surrounding the Green Goblin. At the beginning of the episode, Norman Osborn is in a plane crash that restores his memory of being the Green Goblin, revealing that he turned into the Green Goblin before the series started. This could be a reference to an episode from the other 1981 Spider-Man cartoon, Revenge of the Green Goblin. However, that episode states that Green Goblin's origin happens before that series begins too.

Revenge of the Green Goblin also features the Future-Finder, which Gobby uses in this episode to reveal his evil plot to Spider-Man.

The Amazing Friends version of Green Goblin takes us back to the classic version of the villain from the 60s. He is not the evil, sadistic villain we know from the current comics, cartoons and movies. This Goblin is a campy theme villain with a funny voice. His character is very similar to that of the '67 Spider-Man animated series version with a costume that reflects that period too.

This first episode is a great start to what many consider to be one of the greatest shows of the 80s. Sure, the animation is a bit crude, the stories are goofy and the dialogue is ridiculous, but it meets the standards of 80s television on every level and is a great representation of the era.

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