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Partners
Review by Amazing Spidey, Media by Kolbar

Episode #46 - Partners
Original Airdate May 3, 1997

While settling in to her new role as a hero, the Black Cat is captured by Allistair Smythe, now working for Silvermane, who is trapped in the body of a baby. Smythe delivers Spidey an ultimatum: capture the Scorpion or the Vulture within 24 hours or the Black Cat dies...

Credits
Story By: John Semper
Written By: Brooks Watchel and Cynthia Harrison
Music Composed By: Shuki Levy and Kussa Mahchi
Animation Services By: Toyko Movie Shinsha (TMS)
Guest Starring: Christopher Daniel Barnes as Spider-Man/Peter Parkr, Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. as Doctor Octopus, Jack Angel as Nick Fury, John Phillip Law as The Cat, Nita Talbot as Anastasia Hardy, Rachael Davies as Agent X, Jennifer Hale as Felicia Hardy/The Black Cat and Steven Jay Blum as Brace Huntington


Review: This episode was a mixed bag. There are a lot of characters in this one, and as it is only a single episode, a lot of the story suffers because of it. It starts off well enough, continuing on from the previous episode with Black Cat still wanting to be a superhero whilst Spider-Man is still refusing to let her tag along.

Then she gets kidnapped by Smythe, whoís evil again, in order for Spider-Man to bring either The Scorpion or The Vulture so he can make Silvermaine older again. Iím not so sure we really needed to see Silvermaine again, but whatever heís here.

There was fairly interesting aspects to this episode, such as Scorpion wanting to go straight and get married (!), and Vulture canít control his aging and randomly changes from old to you young. This episode did a good job of fleshing out the Scorpion a little more, especially as he only attempted to steal the money in order to cure himself from what technically is an awful disease.

Besides that, we got some predictably dire Spidey/Black Cat scenes, and a massive fight sequence at the end of the episode. Season 4 was pretty dull on a whole, there was no big story arc to it besides Black Cat, who wasnít especially interesting outside her origin, and a lot of the episodes seemed like fillers. This one, is unfortunately included among them.

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