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Six Forgotten Warriors
Review And Media by Amazing Spidey

Episode #54 - Six Forgotten Warriors
Original Airdate September 19, 1997

After a visit from an "old friend" of the family, Peter travels to Russia to investigate the mystery of his parents disappearance, and runs into some old friends!

Written By: 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, Efrem Zimbalist Jr. as Doctor Octopus, Jack Angel as Nick Fury, Jim Cummings as The Shocker, Richard Moll as The Scorpion), Don Stark as The Rhino, Alan Johnson as The Vulture, Roy Dotrice as Keene Marlow, Mira Furlan as Silver Sable and Rachel Davies as Agent X

Review: This episode is the first of the Six Forgotten Warriors arc, which is one of the largest this show did. The arc was one of the more daring stories this show did, as a lot of it went into unexplored territory with Peterís parents, and after part 3, all of this was more or less completely forgotten about to pave way for a superhero/supervillian smackdown of epic proportions.

The opening episode was a little slower than most of the episodes of this show. A lot of this was because it was simply setting up what was coming next, such as introducing Silver Sable and The Wildpack. They werenít really in this arc a lot, but with all the other characters, which were quite frankly a lot more interesting, itís easily forgivable.

One of the more interesting points was the new Insidious Six line up. With Mysterio now dead, Vulture replaced him. Iíve never thought much of this version of The Vulture; he never really stood out amongst the rouges gallery. His voice actor really overplayed the part almost to the point of completely hamming it up. Ironically enough, the actor who portrayed the elder Toomes was very good casting.

The fight in SHIELD was pretty cool, but nothing too great. Fisk had attacked SHIELD before in the Black Cat episode but thankfully, some very good storyboarding work kept it moving nicely. At this point in the series, the animators had finally learned to replace the backgrounds when using older animation. They didnít do it all the time and it was still noticeable, but it was a hell of a lot better. The new animation in the episode is reasonable, nothing too bad, but nothing to the standard of the first season.

The best scene in the episode, as often the case in Spider-Man, was J. Jonah Jameson in The Bugle. Asner once again stole the show, and actually believed Peterís ridiculous claim that Spider-Man was heading to Russia in an attempt to take over the world.

It was a little weird seeing Spidey in Russia, if only because of the different backgrounds. Theyíd be using the same small amount since the show began so it was refreshing to see something new for a change.

This episode was one of the weaker parts to this arc, but still, it proves entertaining and sets up the rest of the story.