Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Final Curtain

Season: 2
Episode Number: 26
Season Episode Number: 13
Production Number: 213
Airdate: March 18, 2009

Writer: Kevin Hopps
Director: Victor Cook

Voices: Josh Keaton (Spider-Man), Lacey Chabert (Gwen Stacy), James Arnold Taylor (Harry Osborn), Alanna Ubach (Liz Allan), Grey DeLisle (Sally Avril), Deborah Strang (Aunt May), Jeff Bennett (Bernard Houseman), Dee Bradley Baker (Curt Conners), Kath Soucie (Martha Conners), Greg Weisman (Donald Menken), Alan Rachins (Norman Osborn), Steve Blum (Green Goblin, Chameleon).

Plot: The Green Goblin attempts to kill Harry and Norman Osborn. But wait, isn't Harry the Goblin? But if it wasn't him then I would have thought it was Norman, but he was there as well! I'm so confused!

Review (Warning! Spoilers!): The season finale for Spectacular Spider-Man season two plays out like a game of Clue. The whole episode is a big guessing game as Spidey, Harry and Norman try to find out who is behind the mask of the Green Goblin.

Last season fans were stunned when history was re-written, making Harry Osborn the first Green Goblin. Some were outraged, some were intrigued. But this episode changed everything as it was revealed that Norman Osborn was the Green Goblin all along, turning everything we thought we knew from the first season upside down.

This is a brilliant move not only because it sets continuity straight once again, but it also displays Norman's incredible intellect and evil scheming. Not only does this episode explain all of the Goblin related events from the last season, but it actually takes us there, coming into scenes we are already familiar with just before or just after, giving them a new perspective. This is clever writing and it makes me wonder if they had this planned out when they were planning the first season.

And as an extra bonus, we are treated to a fun cameo by the Chameleon!

While the animation hasn't been at the same level of consistency as the first season, this episode really stands out among the rest. Spider-Man swings through the downpour of pumpkin bombs, helicopter missiles, laser beams and bazooka blasts with fluidity and grace. The camera work is amazing and the special effects are excellent.

My expectations were not that high due to the excellence of last season's finale and the slow pace of the last few episode leading up to the finale. But The show proved me wrong and delivered a great episode that kept me guessing the whole way through.

If I have one complaint about Final Curtain, it is that the ending seemed a little rushed. The whole funeral scene didn't get the time it deserved because A) it was tacked onto the very end of an episode that was already packed full, and B) the focus was on Peter and Gwen's relationship, which did need some conclusion, but seemed to be highlighted rather than focusing on the loss of Harry's father.

Over all, the season has been pretty stellar. There is still so much to explore and many questions are left unanswered. Let's hope that there will be a season three!

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Paul said...

Will you be reviewing episodes 4-8 anytime soon?

Cherril said...

Someone needs to create a new petition; 1 that demands that Disney, Marvel & Sony bring this show back on the air so we can have those seasons we need to see. As well as new faces in the form of heroes & villians. If they don't agree to our demands, then all 3 companies must go out of business; Bankrupt is the word I should use actually. Nonetheless, BRING BACK SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN!!!!!