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I Really, Really Hate Clones
Review And Media by Amazing Spidey

Episode #64 - I Really, Really Hate Clones
Original Airdate January 31st 1998

Spider-Man is forced to lead several alternate reality versions of himself into battle for the sake of all the universe. In this alternate reality, he encounters his greatest enemy... himself.

Story By: John Semper
Written By: James Krieg, Mark Hoffmeier and 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/Spider-Clones, Mark Hamill as The Hobgoblin, Neil Ross as Green Goblin, Roscoe Lee Brown as The Kingpin and Ed Asner as J. Jonah Jameson.

Review: After waiting 3 years for Madame Web to explain this big battle that she’s been training Spider-Man for, it’s finally explained. Peter is transported to another ruined dimension for which he is responsible. I thought they’d have a hard time topping Secret Wars for a big battle, with 3 years hype no less, but they managed to pull it off flawlessly.

The alternate Spidey’s were cool. Whilst some they did seem to reek of “TOY AD!” they actually worked pretty well. I especially liked the arrogance of the armoured Spider-Man, who almost came across as a joke on Iron Man. All he needed was the moustache and we could’ve had a great little play on The Golden Avenger. The actor kept a good amount of mystery in the episode and I don’t think anyone could’ve predicted where they were going with him. The 6-armed Spider-Man was a great throwback to the Neogenic nightmare, whilst Octo-Spidey really simply came across as little more than an action figure ad. Hell, it worked. I own an Octo-Spidey figure, it’s one of the cooler Spider-Man variants this show’s toy line had.

The animation in this episode was superb. Considering that there was so many Spider-Man’s to animate they did a fine job, with very little reused animation. Considering this is the last time we’d see them, it was nice to have it done properly. Whilst it doesn’t live up to the likes of The Alien Costume or Night Of The Lizard, this animation has some of the best this show ever did.

I got a big kick out of seeing The Scarlet Spider animated. This episode didn’t do anywhere near as bad a job as the comics did by the time they’d finished with him and he appeared perfectly likeable here. It was one of the episode’s highlights.

Despite the fact he was in another dimension for the majority of the episode, I liked how they managed to get so much in. We got to see Green Goblin, Hobgoblin, Kingpin, Smythe, Jonah and Robbie for one last time. This show did a pretty good job with most of the villains, and it was nice to see them one last time. I could’ve done without the Spot cameo though. It brought back too many painful memories.

The new villain of the episode was absolutely superb. He didn’t really do much until part two, but I loved having an alternate version of Spider-Man that was a villain. Considering how much the comics’ Spider-Carnage sucked, I absolutely loved what they did with him here.

The ending with Man Spider was grabbing Spider-Man and Scarlet Spider was especially cool, but this episode, whilst enjoyable doesn’t come anywhere near living up to it’s conclusion.