Monday, July 16, 2012

TV Talk - Other Spider-Man Shows

Well, I'm back to finish this segment for the wall-crawler off. Instead of doing 3 separate posts, I've decided to combine them into one big post because I really don't have much to say about them. There are four shows left,  so let's start with the show that is....well...Spider-Man Unlimited!

Spider-Man Unlimited (1999)
I vaguely remember this show coming on in the late 90's on FOX. The basic premise of this show was that Spider-Man has to travel in space to Counter-Earth, save John Jameson, and help the Human Resistance fight the Beastials who rule that planet...Yeah, "Spidey's in space!!!!!". The show only lasted 13 episodes. I remember this show ending on a cliffhanger which always sucks.

Likes - ...Well...The guy who voiced Spider-Man here was pretty good. It was the same guy who did the voice in the Spider-Man Playstation games. I will say that his Peter Parker is better than his Bruce Wayne.  The suit was cool. It really reminded me of the Spider-Man 2099 suit. The theme song was alright. It had a techno-rock beat. The animation was even okay. Luckily, there are no reused clips here.

Dislikes - The show ended on a cliffhanger. It was also unclear if this show was a continuation of the last Spider-Man show or not. The basic premise is also something I don't get. Why put Spider-Man in space? He already did things in the 5th season like fight villains on different planets and face alternate versions of himself from alternate universes. Also, what the heck was up with Venom and Carnage especially Carnage? They looked like crap!

All in all, the show was okay, not great though. If you want to see Spider-Man doing something "a little different", then check it out. If you can't get pass the whole "Spidey in Space fighting animals!!!" thing, then you can skip this one.  It's on Netflix and online somewhere.

Spider-Man (2003)
This show came on when the first Spider-Man movie was pretty new. It kinda stems off from events from the movie. The main folk are Peter, MJ, and Harry. The show was also primarily done in CGI. It lasted for 13 episodes. I think low ratings got this one as well. I watched some of the episodes but missed the later half of the episodes. I think this show came on in the fall, which meant I had football games to attend. I started to watch the episodes on Netflix, but I only got past the first two episodes.

Likes - I liked the adult feel of the show. This is definitely not a a show for the little ones. It was made for the MTV generation. I liked the voice-acting. Neil Patrick Harris played a decent Peter/Spidey. The rest of the voices were decent enough. We get a couple of villains from the comics like Electro, the Lizard, Kraven the Hunter, and Kingpin (the Michael Clark Duncan version). The theme song was cool. It was all techno and it can make you "dance!!!".

Dislikes - The animation was okay, but at times it was a little hard to bear. They didn't use too many of Spidey's villains from the comics. I also remember that the episodes were placed out of order. It's even like that on Netflix which is weird.

In conclusion, I say check the show out. It's not bad by any means, but it is just average for me. I am going to watch the rest of the season on Netflix though.

Spectacular Spider-Man
Now this awesome gem came on in 2008 on the CW. At first glance, I didn't know what to think when I first saw the character designs online. They looked a little cartoony for my tastes.  Then I saw the first two episodes----I got hooked. After the first season aired, I wasn't able to see the show since the makers moved it to Disney XD I didn't have that at the time. I was able to see the second season on YouTube though. Then, I find out that it was cancelled....I'll get to that later. It lasted for 26 episodes. 

 Likes - EVERYTHING...REALLY. EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS SHOW WAS GOOD....let me calm down first.......Okay. This show was awesome. It had some great voice-acting, good story, and even the animation was decent. The person behind it all was Greg Wiesman, creator of Gargoyles (yeah, that awesome show!!!). From what I can tell, the show's a mix of early Spider-Man stories and Ultimate Spider-Man. For example, Peter and Eddie Brock start out as friends and Eddie works at a lab instead of the Bugle. We see Peter struggle to be Spider-Man while doing homework, wooing girls, and working jobs. All of the other characters like Gwen, Harry, Eddie Brock, and everyone else in this universe were well done. The theme song was also pretty good. I do have to say that it reminds me of Green Day's "Holiday" though.

Spidey: All right! Now who got my show cancelled?

Dislikes - ..............SOME ######################## (fill in the pounds) DECIDED NOT TO RENEW IT FOR A THIRD SEASON!!!!.....Now that I've gotten that out of the way, here we go with the actual reason. The show didn't get brought back because of the merger between Disney and Marvel  and that definitely sucks. I don't know if it was possible to have the creators and the team for this show work for Disney. I mean, it was an awesome show!! It makes it worse because the season even ended on a downer (for Peter and Gwen that is). I really wanted to see what another season would look like. 

All in all, the show was awesome. If it had lasted longer, it may had even been the best Spider-Man show out there. I was going to do a comparison between this show and the Spider-Man: TAS, but I decided not to because both shows were great in their own ways. It's on DVD and online somewhere. It's not on Netflix unfortunately.

Ultimate Spider-Man (2011)
.....I haven't seen this show. I have seen clips of it online and I'm not that interested. It looks like it's geared toward the real little ones. THe online buzz on it is...well...check IMDB. I might watch it someday, but not today.

Well, I'm done with the 'Spider' part when concerning TV. Now, it's time to finish the one for Batman's shows. Peace.    

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