‘NIGHT OF THE LIZARD’
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This is the first episode that introduces us to Peter Parker as Spider-Man in ‘Spider-Man: The Animated Series’. This is a pretty decent episode to begin Season 1 of ‘The Animated Series’. It’s not the most spectacular season opener, but it does very well in setting up Spider-Man as the superhero.
In this episode, Spider-Man has a fight with the deadly Lizard. The Lizard turns out to be his school tutor and teacher, Dr. Curt Connors. Spidey has to find a way to stop the Lizard and get him back to human form as Curt Connors. Will Spidey be able to save Connors’ life and return him to his family?!
In the movies, the Lizard made his first appearance in ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ with Andrew Garfield. Dr. Curt Connors also appeared in both the Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield eras of ‘Spider-Man’ movies. It was so interesting to see the Lizard as the villain for this series’ first episode.
The episode also features the first appearances of many recurring characters in ‘Spider-Man’. As well as Peter Parker and Curt Connors, there’s also J. Jonah Jameson, Robbie Robertson, Eddie Brock, Aunt May and Debra Whitman. Curt Connors’ wife Margaret and his son Billy also appear in the tale.
‘Night of the Lizard’ is an action-packed episode to begin ‘The Animated Series’. It’s not the best introduction to Spidey, but I enjoyed seeing how he fought the Lizard in this. More details about Spider-Man’s origins would be touched upon later in the series as well as more exciting adventures.
‘Night of the Lizard’ rating – 6/10
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