Review: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN - SEASON ONE - 'Catalysts'
Spider-man's number one foe -- the Green Goblin -- makes the sceneGrade: A
Writer(s): Andrew Robinson
Director: Victor Cook
Release Date: April 26th, 2008
By SEAN ELLIOTT, Senior Editor
"Catalysts" has a lot of land marks for our young webbed hero in just one bite sized episode of THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN. Following closely on the heels of Mary Jane’s first appearance, this episode picks up roughly where the last new episode left off with Pete and MJ heading to the dance together.
This episode also has the first appearance of everyone’s favorite jade colored menace, the Green Goblin. True to his early years in the comic books, the Goblin comes onto the scene as someone bent to take over his share of the criminal underworld. This is a much different Goblin compared to the revenge obsessed Gobby that most of us are used to seeing in the last several years of comics. Everything changes once Spider-man and the Green Goblin are unmasked to each other, so for now things are simply about power.
I really loved the weaponry that he has in the cartoon and the designs on the glider and the pumpkin bombs that make a screaming noise when they explode. It’s also appropriate that Gobby is involved in a rivalry with the Big Man since that is what happened in the comics of the Stan Lee and Steve Ditko era that this series is following and adapting so well. Plus, I really, really liked all of the bait and switch as to the identity of the Goblin. It will be interesting to see if he ends up being Norman Osborn or if they have something else up their collective sleeves.