X:Men Season One

As you already know, I’ve started
rewatching “Spider-man,” but in between those reviews, I’ve also
decided to go ahead and write about its sister series “X:Men.” I
was a huge fan of this cartoon when I was younger, so much so that
when I got my first job, a large portion of my paycheck went toward
buying comic books just so I could revisit a series I never got to
see end.

From what I remember, the show placed a
lot of emphasis on the characters and the relationships, not all of
them romantic. Here was a kids’ show that was willing to stretch the
definition of a kids’ show and tell some more adult stories without
pandering to their young audience.

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“Spider-man” Season Two

Last time I was here talking about
“Spider-man,” I made the claim that while the standalone episodes
can be good, the show works better in the season-long arcs.

And now I get the chance to defend my
claim as we dive into the second season, “Neogenic Nightmare.”

Spider-man has recovered nicely from
his season one adventures, but all is not well in Spidey land. On a
typical patrol, he loses his spider powers. After a trip to visit his
old scientist pal Doctor Connors, Spidey discovers that he’s still
mutating, and that when the mutations stop, he won’t be human any
longer.

That would be bad enough, but Spidey
also has to deal with Kingpin massing a small army of super-villains,
all intent on killing our hero; the return of the Hobgoblin (when
will people learn to just pay that guy???); the arrival of the
Punisher and Blade, two supposed heroes intent on murdering
Spider-man; and probably most importantly, Mary Jane dumps Peter
after he blows her off one to many times.

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