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The Return Of The Green Goblin
Review by Amazing Spidey, Media By Kolbar

Episode #49 - The Return Of The Green Goblin
Original Airdate July 12, 1997

Harry Osborn is haunted by dreams of his father, the Green Goblin, and Spider-Man. The Goblin visits him and guides him to the Goblin formula and weapons. Meanwhile, The Punisher promises Anna Watson that he will find Mary Jane, and top of his list of suspects is...Peter Parker?!

Credits
Written By: Mark Hoffmeier
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, Gary Imhoff as Harry Osborn/The Green Goblin, Julie Bennet as Aunt May, Majel Barrett as Anna Watson, Marla Jeanette Rubinoff as Liz Allen, Saragota Ballantine as Mary Jane Watson, Neil Ross as Norman Oborn/The Green Goblin, John Beck as The Punisher and Robert Alexrod as Chip


Review: An enjoyable episode that proved far more entertaining than I originally presumed it would. Iíve always found Harry to be pretty annoying, whether it be in the comics or this TV series, and to be honest, I couldnít see a whiner like Harry becoming The Green Goblin and making any kind of impact like Norman did. Thankfully, neither did the creators.

Harry was utterly useless as The Green Goblin. If youíre looking for Spectacular Spider-Man #200 here, youíll be disappointed. The character that appeared in that issue and the character from this show are worlds apart. The episode portrays Harry as being manipulated by the original Green Goblin. It does fit, but itís still a little weird seeing the young Osborn as a supervillain, especially as he's quite clueless at it.

By far the weirdest aspect of the episode was Anna Watson. She invites The Punisher back to her place for tea. I mean, just look at The Punisherís design! Who invites a dude with a bandana, a skull on his shirt and a coat holding all sorts of weapons? The episode's conclusion gave us a nice, happy ending for a change. It was definatly a "What the hell?!" moment when MJ appeared at the bridge, but the thing I liked most about the ending was the final scene, with Spidey swinging Harry to Ravencroft to get him some help. I thought it was a great little scene, which unfortunaly, this series didn't really get to do all too often, seeing as how everything got told at a breakneck pace.

A lame villain didn't diminish this episode at all. A solid effort!

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