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Blade, the Vampire Hunter
Review by Amazing Spidey, Media By Kolbar

Episode #22 - Blade, the Vampire Hunter
Original Airdate February 3, 1996

After The Daily Bugle's accusations that Spider-Man is the one draining plasma from ESU students, Blade The Vampire Hunter comes to New York to hunt him down!

Credits
Written By: Stephanie Mathison, Mark Hoffmeier & John Semper
Music Composed By: Shuki Levy and Kussa Mahchi
Animation Services By: Toyko Movie Shinsha (TMS)
Guest Starring: Christopher Daniel Barnes as Spider-Man/Peter Parker,Nick Jameson as Michael Morbius, Dawnn Lewis as Detective Terry Lee, J.D. Hall as Blade, Malcolm McDowell as Whistler and Joseph Campanella as Doc Connors


Review: The whole Morbius angle was wearing a little thin at this point for me personally, and the introduction of a new character didnít really help it at all. This was the pre-Wesley Snipes Blade film, BTW, so he hadnít quite defined cool yet. If you're watching this episode expecting a cartoon version of Snipes, you're out of luck.

The mutation angle was still kicking in, however it shifted back to Dr. Conners rather than Dr. Crawford, which I personally liked, The Lizardís alter ego is a far better character than Kravenís main squeeze. It also helped convert the story back to Neogenics which allowed Morbius to play a greater part. Again, the censors made Blade a pretty useless character. He could barely use his sword or act violent in anyway. He resorted to fancy lasers and garlic bombs. His bike was cool and they got a great voice in J.D Hall, as well as the excellent Malcolm McDowell as Whistler, but at this point in the series, I felt I had seen far too much of Morbius and his embrassingly bad plasma draining motives. FOX made it clear they weren't allowing vampires on thier network. Even Batman wasn't allowed to do Vampires properly and that show got away with 1000 times more than Semper was allowed to.

Again, I still thought Morbius was overexposed in this show. The next episode unfortunaly suffers from the same fate as this one. They really should've ended the Morbius saga after he was hit by sunlight in his first episode.

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