‘The Hobgoblin’ (TV)



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This is a two-part story in the animated ‘Spider-Man’ TV series. It introduces the Hobgoblin (voiced by Mark Hamill), who is an assassin that attempts to kill the powerful Kingpin. It’s interesting how the ‘Spider-Man’ 1990s animated series introduces the Hobgoblin first before the Green Goblin. It differs a lot in the comics.

Although there is a connection with the Green Goblin in how the Hobgoblin gets introduced first in the 1990s animated series. For one thing, Norman Osborn, who later becomes the Green Goblin, is the one who hired the psychopath to kill the Kingpin at a special ceremony. This goes wrong though.

Peter Parker, who is there at the ceremony, saves the Kingpin, under the alias of Wilson Fisk, from being killed by the Hobgoblin. It also seems the Hobgoblin’s technology was created at OsCorp by Norman Osborn. The Hobgoblin’s true identity is not revealed until much later on in the TV series. 😐

It’s intriguing how the Hobgoblin isn’t revealed in this two-parter. It happened in the comics too where the Hobgoblin was revealed until much later and very often he had various secret identities. My Dad has also picked upon how the Hobgoblin happens to have an evil laugh as with many villains. 😀

It soon turns out the Hobgoblin is an untrustworthy ally. He can be deceptive and switch sides very easily. One minute he can be working for Norman Osborn; then the next minute he’s working for the Kingpin. It seems the Hobgoblin wants to use Osborn and the Kingpin’s rivalry to his own advantage.

Peter Parker also moves into Harry Osborn’s flat as a roommate. It’s very intriguing how Peter and Harry don’t seem to be best friends at the start of the cartoon series compared to the movies and such. I always thought that was the case. I’m not sure if it matches to what’s in the original comics either.

Anyway, Peter moves into the flat and there’s a housewarming party. Harry wants Peter to be his roommate to impress his father Norman Osborn, since he finds him more responsible than Flash Thompson is. Mary Jane also attends the housewarming party and has a nice scene with Peter there.

I suppose Mary Jane’s forgiven Peter for leaving during ‘Kraven The Hunter’. Very soon, the Hobgoblin attacks and he kidnaps Harry Osborn in order to shake things up in the rivalry between Norman Osborn and the Kingpin. Aunt May also gets injured by the Hobgoblin and gets hospitalised..

In ‘Part Two’, the Hobgoblin continues to causes more trouble when he manages to acquire the Kingpin’s headquarters. He also keeps Harry Osborn as a prisoner. Spider-Man manages to avoid getting killed by the Hobgoblin following an intense battle that began at the conclusion of ‘Part One’. 🙂

During the two-parter, Alistair Smythe had been suspicious of the Hobgoblin’s motives. It got confirmed when Smythe monitored the Hobgoblin betraying the Kingpin to Norman Osborn. The Kingpin gets wind of this before the Hobgoblin takes over and throws him and Smythe out of the base.

The Kingpin and Smythe soon visit OsCorp and work with Norman on a strategy to get the Hobgoblin out of their base and defeat him. Norman manages to get Spidey to go through the underground tunnels to get into the Kingpin’s hideout where he finds the Hobgoblin and he attempts to defeat him.

It’s intriguing to see Norman Osborn work as a sort-of villain accomplice with the Kingpin in the ‘Spider-Man’ animated series. It shows how Osborn can be corrupt before he became the Green Goblin. It’s echoed also in the ‘Spider-Man’ PS4 game. Spidey also doesn’t find out Wilson Fisk is the Kingpin.

Spidey manages to rescue Harry in the end. I did like that scene where Spidey confronted Norman Osborn about neglecting his son Harry. Norman defies Spidey’s accusations and gives some very interesting and justifiable reasons for why he was never there for Harry and that he has regretted it.

Thankfully, Norman makes a right choice at the story’s end where he manages to rescue his son Harry from an attack by the Hobgoblin. Aunt May also recovers from hospital and she tells Peter to move out of Harry’s flat. She was shocked by the state it was in and not shocked by the Hobgoblin’s attack.

I really like the scenes with Mary Jane in the two-parter and how she looks after Aunt May whilst Peter’s off doing Spider-Man stuff. It’s interesting that Peter hears from Mary Jane that she won’t consider moving into a flat with her friends. She can’t bear the thought of leaving her aunt alone.

It’s what prompts Peter to stay with Aunt May at her home and move out of Harry’s flat. Overall, this two-parter has been pretty entertaining and gripping. Although the Hobgoblin has been defeated in this two-parter, it doesn’t mean that we’ll see the last of him. I wonder when he’ll show up next. 😀

‘The Hobgoblin’ rating – 8/10

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