Episode Number: 3
Season Episode Number: 3
Production Number: 4003
Airdate: October 5, 1979
Director: Bob Richardson
Voices: Joan Van Ark (Spider-Woman), Bruce Miller (Jeff Hunt), Bryan Scott (Billy Drew), Unknown (Shanna).
Plot: A group of Amazon women are stealing gold from Fort Knox in order to rebuild an ancient Inca city of gold. Spider-Woman discovers that this is the beginning of a plot to rule to world!
Review (Warning! Spoilers!): Since Spider-Woman is the first and only cartoon (as of this writing) that stars a solo female superhero, it makes sense that there would be stories that deal with the woman's place in society. And since this show was made in the seventies, the way they go about doing this may seem a little dated. Spider-Woman proves to the world that women can be superheroes just like men can. But featuring an army of Amazon women doesn't do anything for the female gender if they are all portrayed as controlling, disrespectful and, well, evil.
Jeff's numerous comments about how women can't do things or that men are the obvious people to be in charge help date the show. These 'inferior women' comments are something you'd never find in modern children's programming, proof of how far we've come in society. Plus, I find it odd that even though Jeff makes those comments, he is always the 'damsel in distress' and always relies on Spider-Woman to save the day.
There are some major unresolved plot points in this episode! In the middle of the episode, Spider-Woman is forced to take part in a raid on Fort Knox where she is accused of going rogue. But at the end of the episode they never say if she's cleared her name! Plus, the city of gold vanishes back into the past along with all the gold from Fort Knox! I would assume that the authorities would hold Spider-Woman responsible for that lost gold.
In one very short scene we see Jeff and a couple of other men as slaves. What happened to the men when the city disappeared? Where they from the past as well?
Shanna, the leader of the Amazon tribe, was over 400 years old and couldn't leave the ancient city because she and the city were trapped in a rift in time. But how is it that the other Amazon women could leave the city? Aren't they from the past too? And if they are from the present, which could explain how they are able to leave the city, should they have remained after the city disappeared?
There are so many questions, but this show is not one for the details. The rest of the episode, including the plot, is actually quite good and fun to watch.