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The Return Of Hydro-Man
Review And Media by Amazing Spidey

Episode Episode #59 - The Return Of Hydro-Man, Part One
Original Airdate October 17, 1997

Mary Jane and Peter arrive in Niagara Falls for their postponed honeymoon, but it is soon interrupted when Hydro-Man returns and kidnaps MJ!

Episode Episode #60 - The Return Of Hydro-Man, Part Two
Original Airdate October 24, 1997

Peter is shocked by MJ's new powers so they seek Curt Conners' help in figuring everything out. MJ tells them about a dream she's been having, which may be a clue to her disappearance. But Hydro-Man finds them and kidnaps MJ again. Will Spidey be able to find her by following the clues from her dream?

Credits (Part One)
Story By: John Semper
Written By: Eileen Fuentes & James Krieg
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, Rob Paulsen as Hydro-Man and Jennifer Hale as Black Cat

Credits (Part Two)
Story By: John Semper
Written By: John Semper and Meg McLaughlin
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, Rob Paulsen as Hydro-Man, Jonathan Harris as Miles Warren, and Joan Lee as Madame Web

Review: Note: This review covers both parts of "The Return Of Hydro Man"

This is the one. The one where you have to wonder just what the hell is going on. This series often did some of the more daring stories on a Saturday morning cartoon, but unlike most of them, this one was completely and utterly retarded.

Part one was tolerable, and even had a pretty good cliffhanger. The fight scenes were well done, and the animation was pretty good. There was some really stupid moments, like MJ getting arrested and Black Cat's pointless return but overall, part one fares much better than part 2.

Part two is where you really wonder why you're being subjected to this story. Whilst it's not as bad as The Rocket Racer or The Spot, this episode is hated more than the aforementioned episodes, because it ruins the end of the series, in my opinion.

Even the beginning was mind-boggling. MJ’s “It’s going to lead to my destruction” was arguably the worst line in the entire show. Her delivery was exceptionally awful too.

Spidey’s covering her steps was pretty interesting; it was nice to see him doing something of a detective role, which he didn’t do a lot in this show. A completely pointless and unnecessary fight with a giant toy then ruined it. And no, I’m not kidding. A giant toy that assembled itself together.

As soon as this scene ends, that’s where everything goes to pot. Miles Warren is introduced, and thankfully, there’s no sign of his alter ego, The Jackal. Given how much everyone utterly hated the clone saga in the comics I’m surprised this series even touched them considering it usually stuck to the 60’s stories and most of the 80/90’s Spider-Man stories went relatively untouched, and after watching this episode, I wished they had ignored it.

The reasoning behind MJ’s disappearance did indeed need an explanation, but I still to this day question why they decided to make her a clone. The only purpose it really served was to get rid of MJ. Again! The whole story simply had me rolling my eyes. I’ve praised this show where others have bashed it before, but here… I honestly couldn’t believe what I was watching. In hindsight, I still don’t understand it. The next 3 episode have Spider-Man fighting The Secret War, and the following 2 have him in an alternate reality. MJ doesn’t appear in either of those episodes so her disappearance served absoloutly no point in the story. Had the come up with… any other explanation, we would not have been left wondering just what happened to the real MJ and we’d have had an almost perfect 2 part finale. Instead, a great episode (Farewell Spider-Man) is tarnished by not giving us a real conclusion.

As you’re probably aware by now, I don’t like this episode. At all. I think the show would’ve been far better off without it. And to top it off? Madame Web returned. Kick a guy whilst he’s down!


Part One

Part Two