Episode Number: 23
Season Episode Number: 10
Production Number: 210
Airdate: March 13, 2009
Writer: Andrew Robinson
Director: Jennifer Coyle
Voices: Josh Keaton (Spider-Man), James Arnold Taylor (Harry Osborn, Frederick Foswell), Lacey Chabert (Gwen Stacy), Vanessa Marshall (Mary Jane Watson), Joshua LeBar (Flash Thompson), Alanna Ubach (Liz Allan), Grey DeLisle (Sally Avril), Eric Lopez (Mark Allan), Kelly Hu (Sha Shan Nguyen), Andrew Kishino (Kenny Kong), Daran Norris (J. Jonah Jameson), Jane Lynch (Joan Jameson), Clancy Brown (Captain George Stacy), Steve Blum (Blackie Gaxston, Green Goblin), Deborah Strang (May Parker), Dorian Harewood (Doc Bromwell), John DiMaggio (Hammerhead), Kevin Michael Richardson (Tombstone), Peter MacNicol (Doctor Octopus), Nikki Cox (Silver Sable), Miguel Ferrer (Silvermane).
Plot: A secret meeting between New York's top mob bosses, Tombstone, Doctor Octopus and Silvermane, ends up in gunfight and superpowered fisticuffs. Too bad Peter Parker is out on a Valentine's Day date with Liz Allan!
Review (Warning! Spoilers!): Gangland brings to a close the storyarc that focuses on Spider-Man's relationship with organized crime. This element of Spider-Man's history is not often touched on nowadays, but in the past, Spider-Man had his work cut out for him what with Silvermane, Tombstone, Hammerhead, Kingpin and many others battling to be king of the underworld.
Ordinary super-villain thugs made up the majority of Spidey's battles in the first season. Sandman, Rhino, the Enforcers, Shocker, Vulture and many others all relied on their powers rather than their brains.
Season two has already seen a change in the types of villains Spider-Man is fighting. The season started out with Venom who used his brains to torment Peter, Doctor Octopus who was brilliantly organizing his crimes from jail, and now in this episode, Spider-Man has to fight the leaders of organized crime. Three men who didn't get to where they are because the have fancy powers.
Spider-Man is out of his league in this fight and this fact is obvious as the Wall-Crawler stays on the sidelines for the most part and rescues civilians.
Silvermane finally makes his appearance in this series but instead of being a cyborg, this version of the aging gangster has an exo-suit that enhances his strength. Silvermane was built up to be an intimidating force not to be messed with in the past few episodes and I'm glad that he proved this to be true. One complaint I had with the Silvermane from 90s Spider-Man cartoon was that Silvermane was too much old man and not enough Robocop.
While not the focus of the episode, the plotline regarding Peter's love life takes a step in the right direction as Mark confronts Peter about his attitude toward Gwen and how that is affecting his sister, Liz, whom Peter is dating. That moment was probably more painful to Peter than being squeezed to death by Silvermane.
While not the best of the series, Gangland is a fairly enjoyable episode. Although I found the three episodes that made up this story arc to be a little tame compared to the rest of the season.