‘Return of the Spider Slayers’ (TV)



Please feel free to comment on my review.

This episode is a follow-up to the previous episode ‘The Spider Slayer’. In this episode, Spider-Man comes up against three Spider Slayers designed by Alistair Smythe. He wants to kill him. I really enjoyed this ‘Spidey’ episode, especially as this continues on from where it left off with Alistair Smythe.

Smythe is working for the Kingpin now. He’s in that employment until he has finished off Spider-Man. As well as Spider-Man, Smythe settles a score for revenge on others who have ruined his life following the previous episode. This includes J. Jonah Jameson, Norman Osborn, Flash Thompson and Eddie Brock.

As I said last time, the Kingpin told Alistair Smythe that Spider-Man was responsible for the death of his father. Smythe uses his new Spider Slayers to capture Spidey and he attaches a bomb onto both him and Jameson when he has them captured. I was surprised by that once Jameson had turned up in the story.

I thought Alistair wanted Jameson to unmask Spider-Man to see who he really was. Maybe Jameson would’ve found out it was Peter Parker. Alistair seems rather childish in his revenge plans on those who’ve ruined him. Spider-Man has to find a way to stop the bomb from exploding and to free himself.

Meanwhile, Flash Thompson is trying to hit it on with Felicia Hardy again and ask her out on a date. Harry Osborn also appears in the episode to check on how Flash is doing. This gets on Flash’s nerves. It’s also interesting that Harry isn’t Peter’s best friend by this stage in the show. I would’ve thought he was.

Flash also gets into trouble when one of the Spider Slayers hunts him. Thankfully Spidey saves him and Jameson in time. Eddie Brock meanwhile gets fired from a newspaper job in an instant once Spidey turns up and saves him from a Spider Slayer. Eddie is clearly very unhappy about this. Who can blame him?

This episode also features the first appearance of Mary Jane Watson in the ‘Spider-Man’ animated series. I really like how Mary Jane makes her debut in the series since she happens to be a blind date for Peter Parker. At the end of this episode, she says to Peter, “Face it, tiger! You just hit the jackpot!”

That’s exactly what was featured in the comics. I like how the 1990s animated TV series of ‘Spider-Man’ derives a lot from the comics, especially the 1960s ones. It makes this feel like an authentic adaptation of ‘Spider-Man’ from comics to cartoon show. Overall, ‘Return of the Spider Slayers’ is good.

‘Return of the Spider Slayers’ rating – 8/10

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