Thursday, March 19, 2009

Probable Cause




Season: 2
Episode Number: 22
Season Episode Number: 9
Production Number: 209
Airdate: March 12, 2009

Writer: Kevin Hopps
Director: Michael Goguen

Voices: Josh Keaton (Spider-Man), Lacey Chabert (Gwen Stacy), James Arnold Taylor (Harry Osborn, Alan O'Neil), Joshua LeBar (Flash Thompson), Alanna Ubach (Liz Allen), Vanessa Marshall (Mary Jane Watson), Grey DeLisle (Sally Avril), Kelly Hu (Sha Shan Nguyen), Eric Lopez (Mark Allen), Clancy Brown (George Stacy), Irene Bedard (Jean DeWolff), Tom Wilson (Stan Carter), Jeff Bennett (Shocker), Phil LaMarr (Ricochet, Rand Robertson), Danny Trejo (Ox), John DiMaggio (Hammerhead), Kevin Michael Richardson (Tombstone, Principal Davis), Thom Adcox (Tinkerer), Alan Rachins (Norman Osborn).

Plot: The Tinkerer has provided Fancy Dan, now called Ricochet, and Ox with super suits that give them special powers. Now back together with Montana, also known as Shocker, the New Enforcers are ready to take down Spider-Man!

Review (Warning! Spoilers!): Probable Cause is a decent episode, however it doesn't do much to carry over the story from the previous episode. I was expecting to find out more about the underground crime rings and see more of Silver Sable, Roderick Kingsley and maybe even Silvermane. But instead we are given an episode featuring the Enforcers.

Now, that isn't a bad thing. The Enforcers haven't had a star role in an episode yet. And now that they are more of a threat, it makes sense to put them in the spotlight for once.

Ricochet is a name that may be familiar to Spider-Man fans. It was one of four aliases that Peter took up after New York declared war on Spider-Man, forcing him into hiding. The name and the costume were later taken up by Johnny Gallo in the series Slingers.

Ricochet in this series is Fancy Dan. And why not? Montana has already become Shocker, why not take Ricochet, a character that is little known in Spider-Man circles, and give him an origin that is closer tied to this version of Spider-Man.

It works for this series and is fun to watch him bouncing off the walls. All he and Ox need now are better costumes.

The other half (I would say majority) of this episode focuses around Peter's high school drama. Peter's class goes on a police car ride in which they all have to pair up with another classmate at random. Of course, they somehow get paired up with the person that they have some tension with which serves to forward the various plot lines:

Mary Jane and Mark Allen's budding relationship, Harry and Flash's football drama, Liz and Gwen who share similar feelings for Peter, and Peter and Sally which proved to be the most interesting pair up as Sally has never really had any character development up until now.

Probable Cause is the second episode in a three part storyarc. They have a lot to do in order to make the last episode tie everything together and bring some conclusion, but I'm pretty sure they can handle it.

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