‘Flash Memory’ (TV)


Please feel free to comment on my review.

This ‘Spider-Man’ episode features the only appearance of Flash Thompson in the series. Flash Thompson has appeared in the 1990s animated TV series and at this point he was in the first ‘Spider-Man’ movie with Tobey Maguire. It’s intriguing how Flash got depicted as a character in this episode.

In the episode, Flash (voiced by Devon Sawa) has a tutor who happens to be a scientist called Dr. Zellner (voiced by Jeffrey Combs). Jeffrey Combs is well-known in the ‘Star Trek’ community for playing Brunt the Ferengi and Weyoun the Vorta in ‘Deep Space Nine’. It’s amazing to find him here.

Dr. Zellner actively tests his new brain booster on Flash to boost his IQ. In a sense, this makes Flash more intelligent as he impresses the likes of MJ and members of the student female body with his wit and knowledge of language and recitation of Shakespeare. This is a change from footballer Flash.

But it turns out there are horrible side effects as Flash experiences pain from receiving the smart serum. Zellner is stumped as to why this is happening and deduces that an antidote via a more intelligent candidate must be found. Flash has the guinea pig in mind – Peter Parker. Oh poor Peter!

Spidey also has to tackle the two Biker Twins (voiced by David DeLuise) – Jack and Mack, I believe, who rob an armoured car. They receive the smart serum from Dr. Zellner and they threaten him when the serum begins to physically affect them too. Fortunately, Peter/Spidey gets to rescue Flash.

As Spidey fights off the Biker Twins, he follows Zellner who takes Flash as a hostage to get away via the tube train. Spidey eventually manages to reach Zellner with Flash in the tube train and defeats the scientist up. Peter later restores Flash to his normal bullying self and without the serum in him. 🙂

This episode has Spidey work with Indy more as an ally, especially when he needs to find where Flash is being held prisoner. Indy also continues to have a romantic interest in Peter. It’s also interesting how Flash disregards Peter Parker at ESU but has a high respect for Spider-Man as a hero.

‘Flash Memory’ is an enjoyable episode featuring Flash Thompson as a character. I wonder what would’ve happened had this ‘Spider-Man’ series got a second season. Would we see Flash again? It’s a surprise they didn’t have Flash in more episodes, especially since he is a student at ESU itself here.

The DVD special features for this episode are as follows. On Disc 2 of ‘Spider-Man: The New Animated Series’, there’s a DVD audio commentary with director/executive producer Audu Paden, CGI producer Steven Wendland, CG director Sebastian Brodin and supervising animator Rav Grewal. There’s also an ‘Amazing Spider-Facts’ info-text commentary option to enjoy.

‘Flash Memory’ rating – 8/10

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