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Unclaimed Legacy
Review And Media by Amazing Spidey

Episode #55 - Unclaimed Legacy
Original Airdate 07th November 1997

Still in Russia, Peter discovers that searching for clues to his family past isn't easy when he has to battle the Insidious Six and Red Skull!

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 and Mira Furlan as Silver Sable

Review: The majority of this episode takes place in Russia, and we are thrown into the mystery more. This episode basically consists of everyone trying to find the mysterious Doomsday weapon. I always liked that no one actually knew what the damn thing was but they were willing to kill each other for it. It added to the mystery and it came as a great surprise when Electro appeared towards the end of the arc.

John Semper, the show’s producer, wrote every single part of this story and it shows. Semper always was the master of leaving threads dangling and picking up on them later in the season. It often lead to things coming back to Spider-Man or Peter, and most of the time, left me guessing as to what was coming next. He truly did master the continuity of a show, and made some of the weaker episodes worth watching. It’s a shame Semper doesn’t write for any of the current superhero cartoons (a lot of them could use him!) Justice League Unlimited is currently doing similar types of storytelling that Semper mastered years ago, and fanboys everywhere are going nuts, even questioning the main heroes. He would truly be in his element there.

One of the weirder things in this episode was Robbie. He was actually really weird in part one, and this episode showed why. I always found Robbie to be a likeable supporting character and he was pretty well developed. He could have simply been used as the yin to Jameson’s yang, but he stood out on his own. He chemistry with Jonah was great, as was his relationships with both Peter and Spider-Man and his voice actor Rodney Saulsberry was perfect casting.

This episode, much like part one, basically keeps the story going and introducing The Red Skull’s son as The Chief Of Police, who would later become Electro. The main story didn’t really start kicking in until the next part when everyone returns to New York and we are introduced to Keane Marlow’s alter ego, The Destroyer. Not a bad episode at all, but the following part to the story tops it with ease.