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The Lizard King
Review And Media by Amazing Spidey

Episode #51 - The Lizard King
Original Airdate July 26, 1997

Peter and Mary Jane get engaged! The happy couple goes to ask Dr. Connors if he'll give away the bride, not knowing that he's been fighting against the return of the Lizard. While they are talking to him, three more humanoid lizards attack and kidnap Dr. Connors. With the Lizard taking over and Spider-Man captured, Margaret Connors, Mary Jane Watson, and Debra Whitman will have to save the day!

Credits
Story By: John Semper
Written By: Gordon Kent
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, Saragota Ballantine as Mary Jane Watson, Kathy Garver as Gila and Joseph Campanella as Dr. Curt Connors/The Lizard


Review: This episode was a strange and unfortunately rather pointless episode. Season 4 was easily the worst the show had, it had far too many crap filler episodes. There was some actual development in the episode, mainly Peter asking Mary Jane to marry him, but after the last episodeís cliffhanger, I was expecting something a little better.

I found the engagement mush to be far more entertaining than the Lizard men drivel. Thereís one priceless moment in the episode. When Peter and MJ tell their aunts of the news, Aunt May is naturally thrilled, hugging Mary Jane. Peter opens his arm to Anna, and she starts shouting at him. Peterís reaction was absolutely hilarious. Sadly though, itís by far the best part of the episode.

The whole premises of The Lizard race was stupid, and only seemed to make the real Lizard, Curt Conners more redundant. The fact that the episode was basically filled with 6ft talking Lizards was enough of a turn off, but the reason they became Lizard men was damn stupid.

It was a really stupid way to use The Lizard again, who beforehand was a villain who was used wisely. Given how strong his original appearance was, I was hoping for a better sequel. The show repeated a hell of a lot of footage from Night Of The Lizard that only made me learn for the first season again. Most of this season wasnít too bad on the animation front, but when you A-B them with the first season, itís honestly hard to tell if youíre watching the same show.

Undoubtedly one of the cooler things of the episode was Kathy Garver! Spider-Man reunited with his Amazing Friend! Garver provided the voice of Firestar in Spider-Man And His Amazing Friends. A blast from the past!

The Debra subplot was one of the more interesting aspects of the episode. It seemed a little rush that she was suddenly a party girl, being that every single one of her appearances beforehand featured her as a hardcore science nerd, but at least she was given a genuine motivation as to why she a party girl, she was grieving over Morbius. Thankfully, Morbius didnít appear here. God, Iím even started getting tired just writing his damn name!

Overall, it was a very disappointing episode. Which is a shame; The Lizard is such a cool villain.

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