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Loki Review

This is by far the MCU show I am most excited for because I have loved Loki since the Avengers movie in 2012. I’m sure this show will be good, just like FWS, but in it’s own way. Naturally it’ll be better than WandaVision, but also Loki is just better in general. There will only be six episodes so this review was written week-to-week. Each episode review is being written right after the episode comes out. I did it this way because I think it’s better than trying to review the season as a whole, though I will provide general thoughts at the end. THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS!

Episode One: I have to say Marvel should stick to shows instead of movies because their shows are absolutely incredible. Loki showed more emotional range in this one episode than he did in anything else he was in. Loki doesn’t know what’s going on; he doesn’t know what the TVA is; he doesn’t know what’s going to happen to him. There were moments of humor where his personality shined and a few moments of what seemed like growth. He watched the rest of his life play out and watching him go through all that pain at once was difficult. It was emotional to watch him admit that he didn’t like hurting people either and that he was the weak he was referring too earlier. The moment we discovered the variant they were hunting was another him was shocking though, and I’m honestly beyond confused. Of course there were a lot of little easter eggs and details that Marvel is famous for. Loki’s gender is labeled as “fluid” which is great! There was also a moment where I’m pretty sure Peggy Carter was being arrested, though why we may never know. However, there were some unfortunate plot-holes as well. If Loki wasn’t meant to escape, what was meant to happen? The Tesseract ended up at his feet because of what was suppose to happen, so how can there be an outcome where he doesn’t escape? Also, how is Steve’s time travel logical then because it clearly goes against the sacred timeline since it’s well established in the Peggy Carter show she doesn’t end up with Steve??? Another thing is the theory that the time keepers actually won the war and are residing over the multiverse as supposed gods, controlling everything and making what they want to happen. 

Episode Two: Alright so here’s the thing: they really could’ve picked someone better to play Lady Loki (or whoever she is). Someone significant or who even has been fancast as Lady Loki instead of whoever this is because she doesn’t really fit the character. Of course there’s more of her to see, but I really don’t think she was the correct choice. She doesn’t radiate the confidence and suave that the character should have. Looking beyond that, another great episode! Loki’s motivation for doing anything is somewhat unclear, which makes sense, but I don’t want him to be the traditional bad guy in this show. He starts off by doing some training which he only somewhat pays attention to (as someone who’s done video training for work, I feel), he gets a cool jacket I want to purchase, and seems somewhat helpful as he’s figured out where the variant is hiding. However, he stalls to help his counterpart escape early-on and leaves with Lady Loki at the end of the episode. I don’t know why he left with her, perhaps out of curiosity, but I fear we won’t get the development in him we were hoping for. I would also like to see him use more of his magic because he has great potential we still have yet to see. Also, the timeline has been bombed, which may or may not connect to the Multiverse of Madness but we shall see! 

Episode Three: I still think the actress was a poor choice for Sylvie, who is technically a Loki variant for some reason despite the fact that Enchantress (Sylvie in the comics) isn’t technically a Loki. I struggle with understanding her or how she became a variant, it must have been at a very young age but I’m not fully convinced she’s a real Loki. She still doesn’t have the right attitude, confidence, or overall vibe to be this character. Aside from the show attempting to get us to like or pity her, the episode was pretty good. The visuals were stunning and Loki’s sass was beautifully done. He sang a beautiful song, shared magic his mother taught him, and shared his love for his mother. They also acknowledged his bisexuality and on his file had him as genderfluid so we truly have the Loki we deserve. I noticed he’ll have moments of the Loki we know and moments of growth, just balanced out enough to satisfy the watcher. Sylvie did possess some useful knowledge though: all of the members of the TVA are variants who have had their memories erased. This is a curious plot twist and now I wonder what else we don’t know? This episode ended with the idea that Loki and Sylvie are to be destroyed on Lametis III, but given that there’s 3 more episodes I’m sure something will work out for them! Though I could live with something only working out for him and not her. 

Episode Four: A lot happened in this episode and I was left with more questions than before. Some backstory was provided on Sylvie but it didn’t make sense with what we know about the sacred timeline. She was born the Goddess of Mischief but wasn’t taken until she was already a child growing up on Asgard and wasn’t told why she was taken. So there isn’t one timeline because how would that make any sense? I’m so confused at this point. Also lets discuss that nexus event Loki and Sylvie caused. There are several things it could’ve been, in theory, and I’m glad Mobius called out how demented and fucked up it would be if it were a romantic relationship between them, which for Marvel’s sake it really better NOT be a romantic relationship. One theory is that it’s technically Loki finally loving himself, something he wasn’t supposed to do on the sacred timeline. The other is similar, but it’s Loki being happy finally and at peace, also something he wasn’t supposed to do or feel on the sacred timeline. I would really like some answers that aren’t the demented relationship idea. They end up back at the TVA and we get to see Lady Sif after so long of wondering what happened to her! They used a classic story from Norse Mythology as well with Loki cutting off some of her hair. Mobius and Hunter B-15 learn the truth about the TVA, but unfortunately Mobius is pruned (Loki looks so heartbroken after the loss of his friend) and I’m unclear on what happened to Hunter B-15. Ravonna is clearly a bitch though and up to something, but the question remains, what? The Time Keepers are finally shown, but something seemed off about them and I was right because they turned out to be androids. Loki knows he can create another nexus event but is pruned in the process, which as a Loki fan, wasn’t as shocking as they may have intended. Sylvie goes off and defeats Ravonna in battle but doesn’t prune her and instead demands answers, which we have to wait for. This one at least had an end-credit where Loki woke up on a destroyed planet to other Loki variants. Kid Loki (YAY YOUNG AVENGERS), OG comics Loki, Boastful Loki (I think), and Alligator Loki (what).

Episode Five: There’s a lot to unpack and discuss in this episode. We learned what pruning really does to somewhere, that there’s a place somewhat outside of time where things that are pruned go, and that the end of time is still being written. Loki wakes up in a place called the Void where Loki variants live because that’s what they do: survive. There is a great beast there called Alioth that consumes everything that enters there. Kid Loki is in charge (for a bit) because he killed Thor. Classic Loki lived in isolation for so long after confirming our Infinity War theories before wanting to see Thor again. I don’t know Alligator Loki’s story but I love him deeply, and I don’t care for boastful Loki. This episode feels like absolute chaos for a bit as all the other Loki variants that have survived (including President Loki) show up to Kid Loki’s hideout to take over. However, Alligator Loki bites off President Loki’s hand and a chaotic brawl ensues. Our Loki, Classic Loki, Kid Loki, and Alligator Loki escape and come across Sylvie and Mobious who lives! He is determined to burn the TVA to the ground (as inspired by his friend Loki) while Loki and Sylvie are going to enchant Alioth because she knows it’s guarding whoever is behind everything. They had more friendship type moments in this episode, but I feel that Marvel is still riding the line between what’s acceptable and what isn’t. The episode ends somewhat sadly with Classic Loki dying for his Glorious Purpose, creating an illusion of Asgard to have one last happy memory, before we’re left on a cliffhanger. This episode did have some wonderful easter eggs as well! The wrecked Sanctum Sanctorum, QENG Tower, Red Skull’s Escape Aircraft, Yellojacket’s Helmet, the THANOS-COPTER, Throg and Mjolnir, the Dark Aster, The Living Tribunal’s Statue, and a S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier.

Episode Six: I’ll be completely honest, I waited to watch this episode because I saw a spoiler and am furious with what Marvel did. But now I’m watching it so I can be specifically upset. The intro to this episode was really cool though because it included a lot of Marvel character voices, important figures speaking, and music. Kang the Conqueror, or He Who Remains, was featured in this episode as the ruler of the TVA and honestly his explanation for it made sense. He feared himself so he protected his timeline at the cost of free will basically. I understand why he did what he did and I like that Loki actually wanted to think about their actions before continuing. He grew a lot as an individual in the show. Mobius ends up back at the TVA and showed everyone the truth before going to confront Ravonna, who ran off to who knows where. Overall I wasn’t too upset with how the episode went, but I want to say that I was right about Sylvie. AND everytime I dislike a character, I end up being right. They do kiss which was HORRIFIC but she forced him away to completely destroy the multiverse and he ended up in one of the off branches because of her stupid ass deicion. The episode ended with Loki realizing what had happened and an announcement of season 2 is made, thank the gods.

Overall I struggled with this show because of the character of Sylvie and how poorly Sophia De Martini portrayed the character. I love Loki and I loved his character development in this show, plus the plot and story were really good! But she kinda ruined the fun of it and I think it would’ve been better if a better actress played her character. I do look forward to the chaos of this all though upcoming in the movies and next season.

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Silver Surfer 1998 Review

I’m going to start off by saying I really don’t understand why the Silver Surfer, of all characters, has a show. While the Silver Surfer is an interesting character at his core, I don’t believe he will work well as a main character instead of a side character. I’m curious to see if this show was something well planned out or if it is just a collection of episodes where the Silver Surfer does various things. This show has one season and there are only 13 episodes. 

The intro to this show was fairly dramatic with some opera music and some odd animation choices. At the time I’m sure these animations were top quality, but to watch them now is somewhat difficult. The animation style did change for the entire show and it looked more like watching a comic book in action instead of an animated show. It wasn’t easy to get used to since it was inconsistent throughout the series. Overall, I didn’t enjoy the looks of this show and the looks of certain characters. The Silver Surfer was the only character who looked how he was supposed to.

The first episode set up the story of the Silver Surfer and how he came to be. His goals were clear: save his planet and save other planets from Galactus’ hunger as his herald. He only served Galactus for 2 episodes though, before going off on his own to prove Galactus wrong about how the universe views him. His goal now is to find his love Shalla-Bal and Zen-la but there is some foreshadowing that his journey will bring great chaos to the universe. As the series continues he tries to help where he can but only chaos follows. He never finds Zen-la and the show actually ends on a cliff hanger as the fate of the universe hangs in the balance as Thanos threatens to destroy it for his statue love he is simping over hardcore. I did check and there is no second season, and while I wasn’t invested in the ending it was frustrating to not see the completion of the story.

One of The Watchers narrated aspects of the show for viewers, which served as recap at the start of each episode. They also tend to interfere a lot for a group of beings who vow never to interfere. Well the one does, the other Watchers have turned into Virals. The Silver Surfer himself is a tolerable character who struggles with his morality throughout the series. Galactus is true to his character, and the other characters throughout the show were tolerable as well. Except Thanos because he was constantly talking to his statue of Lady Chaos and was simping for a STATUE the entire season. It was difficult to watch because I don’t think it was ever actually Lady Chaos, just a statue of her he decided could speak to him. 

Other Marvel characters that appeared in this show, in order of appearance, were Thanos, Ego, Nova (Herald of Galactus), Mentor, Drax, Nebula, Gamora, Beta Ray Bill, and Adam Warlock. There were a few other small characters as well but these are the most significant and recognizable. 

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The Incredible Hulk Review

This show has two seasons and aired from 1996-1997. I’m not really excited to watch this show because the Hulk isn’t a character I’m a big fan of or ever really excited to see in action. Plus, I’m a bit suspicious of the way they’ll animate him since we’re still in the 90’s. Hopefully they’ll stick to the comics and have some cameos from other Marvel characters.

Season One: The intro included fairly generic music and some basic scenes with an angry Hulk. This season has a total of 13 episodes and primarily focused on Bruce’s journey to cure himself. He views the Hulk as a dangerous mutation and never remembers what he did as the Hulk. Hulk, however, retains some memories of his friends and his enemies. He also has a tendency to make friends wherever he goes, which is how they show that the Hulk isn’t a bad individual but rather misunderstood and always attacked first. She-Hulk is introduced as well, with a logical back-story as to how she ended up as the She-Hulk. However, she remains green unlike Bruce and her personality seems to be amplified by the gamma radiation. The way the season ended was rather surprising because Bruce was able to separate from the Hulk, then had to fight the Hulk, then the Hulk got away causing them both some neurological pain, then Betty wanted to marry Bruce (and he agreed), and then her father tried to kill Bruce at their wedding where chaos ensued. Finally Bruce and the Hulk were rejoined but Rick became a Hulk in the process and Bruce actually became Gray Hulk. One aspect of this season that stood out above everything else were the gamma-created outsider creatures that lived in the desert. They were a strong inclusion in the show, had fairly distinct personalities, and played an important role in the outcome of the season. The other Marvel characters featured in one or two episodes this season, in order of appearance, were Iron Man, War Machine, Ghost Rider, Sasquatch, Dr. Doom, the Thing, Thor, and Wendigo. 

Season Two: This season had a total of 8 episodes and didn’t have a primary focus like the previous season did.  She-Hulk was established as a main character and Gray Hulk was introduced as an alternate personality of Bruce’s. The intro changed as the show is now being called “The Incredible Hulk and She-Hulk,” since it will be featuring her as well. She-Hulk was included well in the season and given a distinct, sassy personality. The season ended somewhat abruptly but that is due to the small amount of episodes within it. There were some loose ends though that would leave a viewer confused. Rick seemed to disappear, Bruce and Betty never got married, and General Ross didn’t really resolve any of his issues. Not a very strong season. The other Marvel characters featured in one or two episodes this season, in order of appearance, were Dr. Strange, Dormammu, Dr. Doom, 

The animation of his transformation into the Hulk is fairly disturbing, similar to Werewolf transformations portrayed in the media. It looked painful and had some disturbing bone crunching noises to go along with it. The other transformations portrayed in the show were disturbing as well. On one hand, the animation is improving which is why they’re so disturbing, but on the other hand they’re difficult to watch. The Leader and Gargoyle have a similar relationship to The Mandarin and M.O.D.O.K. in the Iron Man show, but they weren’t featured in every episode since part of Bruce’s struggle is with the Hulk. 

Bruce was a character who I struggled with because he went back and forth with his personality. He lacked a balance and clear characteristics aside from his struggle to be free of the Hulk. The Hulk, however, was a much clearer character who’s care and understanding of his friends was refreshing. There was also Gray Hulk who was a tedious and annoying character. She-Hulk had a strong personality and was a clearly defined character. However, if people fear the Hulk why do they not logically fear She-Hulk but rather find her extremely attractive? That doesn’t make much sense, but aside from that she’s a great character. Betty was a flat character and didn’t have much personality outside of her ‘save Bruce’ mentality. Rick’s character was a bit confusing because the “chill” dude isn’t the character I know as well. It felt more exaggerated than usual, but his dedication to Bruce/The Hulk was admirable. General Ross is a fairly extreme character with a deep obsession over destroying the Hulk. While I know his character is meant to be like this, I’ve always found him to be somewhat extreme and not someone an audience can feel pity or empathy for. The Leader was a rather tedious character, especially because he kept saying “So says The Leader,” but everything else about his character fit with what I know about him from the comics. 

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Spider-Man 1994 Review

And we’re back to Spider-Man but now in 1994-1998! I think it’s safe to say Spider-Man is a successful character when it comes to animated shows, despite how silly they may be. This show has 5 seasons and after the last Spider-Man shows I’ve watched, I have concerns about the logic of what is going to happen. At  least the animation quality should be getting better finally! Here we go!

Season 1: This season has 13 episodes and the intro for this season was pretty good; nice funky beat and odd but cool sounding singing. Peter’s spidey sense looks like something out of a horror movie though with the way they animate it. The season stayed within Spider-Man’s range though, which was a relief after the other shows. By that I mean he only fought his own villains, he stayed within New York and didn’t have to deal with world-ending events that would normally be handled by the Avengers, and his character (witty, sassy, etc.) was fully accurate. He also made references to other superheroes which I liked. Mary Jane was introduced as well and I’m curious to see when she’ll find out he’s Spider-Man. The only character I can’t really deal with, once again, is Aunt May. She’s still tedious and her hatred for Spider-Man (which is based on absolutely nothing) frustrates me. 

Season 2: This season has 14 episodes and began by introducing the Incidious Six, or as I like to call them, the Idiotic Six. They are Dr. Octopus, Scorpion, Rhino, Mysterio, Chameleon, and Shocker. I was super excited to see the X-Men from my 1992-1996 X-Men show with their voices and everything! Their animation style is slightly altered to fit the show, but it’s still true to their show which makes me happy. For some reason we got a repeat of Peter’s backstory though, which I found unnecessary since we already watched it in season 1. This entire season turned out to be just one big collection of Parts 1-14 of Neogenics, which I felt was riding the line of a bit extreme and done really well. 

Season 3: This season had 14 episodes and started off on a great note: with Dr. Strange! We also got the full story of how Peter became Spider-Man in a scene I weirdly recognized, but I don’t know from where. Something that seems to be a common theme in all these shows is Peter deciding to quit being Spider-Man then changing his mind by the end of the episode in every other episode. It got a bit tedious at points because he came across as whiny. The season did have a dramatic ending though and I’m really starting to get invested in this show! This season did the same thing with the titles as the last one did though, all being part 1-14 which is getting stupid at this point because they still have titles so just remove the part whatever of whatever. 

Season 4: This season has 11 episodes and I’m very curious to see what happens with MJ since she has seemingly returned without explanation. And he told her who he was finally and he proposed! This season introduces some familiar faces such as Black Cat and Harry Osborn as the Green Goblin now. Morbius returns as does Blade, characters I forget to mention before. This season felt fairly quick compared to the others but it built up the story more and I’m fully invested now to see how things turn out for everyone, specifically Peter and MJ now that they’re engaged. 

Season 5: This is the last season and it has 13 episodes. We started off strong with Peter and MJ’s wedding and brought back Black Cat and a lot of Peter’s enemies. However, this season took quite the turn as we learned that MJ was actually a clone of MJ and died. I really don’t like how there was no resolution with MJ in the series, despite the ending claiming they’re going to go find her. I would have liked to actually see her return and Peter get the happy ending he deserves. Watching Peter lead his team and later his team of other Spider-Men was great and I actually cried at the end of the series as Peter went to what was basically our dimension and met Stan Lee. 

Peter does a lot of thinking to himself, but at least his train of thought is easier to follow in this show compared to the others. He’s definitely comic-accurate personality wise, which is always refreshing. Most of the characters were true to themselves. I also liked the relationship development between Peter and MJ because it was realistic and I felt emotionally invested in a happy ending for them. I’m disappointed I didn’t get the happy ending with them I wanted, but Peter’s love for her never really falters. 

I loved how grounded in the comics this show was. Peter sticks to New York for his trials and tribulations and everyone in the show is from Spider-Man comics only OR is brought in for short periods with logical explanations. Overall, this was a great show and I would recommend it after the X-Men show I reviewed a few weeks ago! 

Here are some comments I made during the show:

A quick note: all of the shows I’m watching are on Disney+ so I only have access to what they have available. If there is another season for this show I apologize for missing it but I’m not going to try and seek it out or double check anywhere! 

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Fantastic Four 1994

This show only has one season and had a super peppy intro! The intro very clearly explained how they got their powers and who they were. It was honestly super cheesy but in a fun way. I must say I really can’t wait for the animation style to change because it’s getting tough to watch these weird looking faces. Now I don’t really know a whole bunch about the Fantastic Four, but I have seen the movies they made! Honestly I liked those movies, but we’re here to discuss this silly show!

Reed Richards really is true to his character in this, only fully focused on his work and giving Sue and the rest his divided attention. Of course he’s brilliant, but his need to narrate things got old quickly. Also, his animation style made him look vastly older than the others which was weird given how young sue looked. I wasn’t a huge fan of him, but I was able to tolerate him throughout the show.

Sue was fairly neutral and logical. She was a good character, a good wife to Reed, and knew how to use her powers logically. However, the animation for her face made her look way too young for Reed and oftentimes it looked like she didn’t have a nose! I would say she lived up to my expectations of the characters and had full range of her powers, which was refreshing. 

I have mixed feelings about Johnny. The character of the Human Torch is one I like, with the understanding that he’s meant to be immature and hot-headed. I also know he is younger than Sue. However, there is a difference between him being immature and him basically being a child, which is how they portrayed him in this show. His voice was fairly young sounding, Reed often called him Son (which, wtf? He’s your brother in law dude), and his childish nature isn’t that of an adult being stupid but rather a kid being a kid. I was disappointed in this portrayal of his character. I was happy he ended up with Crystal though!

Ben, or the Thing, was honestly really annoying and tedious to watch in this. He always acted irrationally and without thinking. In fact, I’m not sure he ever really thought before speaking either. These traits should be more for Johnny, not Ben, so it was tedious. It was nice that he dated Alicia, but I really couldn’t stand him when he spoke. 

I know this show is from the 90’s, but I’ve been watching so many at this point that I can confidently say the animation in this one really fell short. It looked peculiar whenever someone was speaking and the action scenes were choppy. Honestly, any and all movements looked weird. 

They faced their own villains and some others as well, but I liked how it focused on their villains most of the time. They acknowledged the Avengers and other heroes without making me question why the others weren’t doing anything. The only thing I found peculiar was their friendship with Galactus at the end. It felt more like something I’d read in fanfiction rather than see in a show! 

I did skip the episode with Impossible Man because I absolutely can’t stand that character in anything. But overall the show is pretty good for the time and good cheesy fun if that’s what you’re looking for! 

Here are some comments I made while watching the show:

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Iron Man 1994 Review

This is the first Iron Man animated show I’ll be watching and honestly I’m not sure how well I’ll like it. Robert Downy Jr. is and always will be my Iron Man, so to hear someone else voice the character will be a peculiar experience. This show aired in 1994 and only has one season with 26 episodes. Let’s jump right in!

The intro was kinda cheesy and didn’t really have good music, but it showed him putting on the suit and who some of the villains were so I suppose that was alright. I have to say right off the bat the villains in this show are kinda ridiculous but in a funny way. They all have silly names and look like exaggerated versions of themselves. And boy is his suit muscular! There are also super weird graphics changes at points when he’s in the suit, which I didn’t like. About halfway through the show the intro changed so I wonder if maybe this was originally a season 2 but it got combined on here. We know Disney has some issues with these older shows so I wouldn’t be surprised if that was the case. They changed Tony’s looks as well for some unknown and stupid reason. In fact, they changed the looks of almost everyone for some reason. It seems that they changed the coloring of the animation which in turn changed the characters’ looks, but it just is weird to watch. 

Hawkeye, Spider-Woman, War Machine, a basically naked Scarlet Witch, and Century were his companions for the show in a team called Force Works. This was a somewhat odd choice I think but hey, whatever works. Scarlet Witch was super Russia and her and Spider-Woman def had a thing for Tony, Hawkeye has a flying motorcycle, and War Machine had a weird obsession with Tony. Also, Tony is already a nickname, so calling him Tone was stupid. In the second half we were introduced to an A.I. and Agent Fury as well.

It took 14 episodes for the show to take any sort of shift, with Iron Man fighting the same enemies over and over again with the exact same results up until this point. The shift did lose some of his team members though, which was kinda stupid, but at least he got some new villains. However, he was given long, flowy hair which doesn’t really fit the character of Tony Stark at all. The show was still pretty ridiculous though and the entire time the Mandarin was still trying to get his shit together and make a dramatic return. 

I really wouldn’t recommend this show, not even as a background show. It’s far too ridiculous to enjoy and you’re not really missing out on anything. At least the show ended well, with it wrapping things up. Force Works got back together, Tony ended up with Julia (Spider-Woman), and The Mandarin lost his memory so he stopped being evil. Although, I’m pretty sure he either got his hands or fingers chopped off but whatever. 

It was difficult to review this show since it was so rough to watch, and I often had it on in the background because focusing on it was too frustrating. If you’re looking for a show to watch, check out the X-Men show I reviewed last week instead!

Here are some reactions I had while watching the show:

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X-Men 1992 Review

This is the first show that has seasons! A quick note, everything I’m watching is on Disney Plus so if I’ve skipped a show you know of don’t worry, I’ll find it elsewhere eventually. This show ran from 1992-1996 and has 5 seasons, the last of which is fairly short. I will be doing this review by season, and sharing some general thoughts at the end! 

Season 1: This season has 13 episodes in total and jumped right into the action in episode one. While it took a few episodes to get going, the seasons really picks up the pace as each episode goes along and keeps the watcher interested! There are so many recognizable characters and, for the most part, their traits/personalities are on point. The season ended in a way that made sense, but left things open for another season which I like. My only complaint is that most episodes ended with “To Be Continued” and started with long recaps. I’m excited to see where season two goes and I would love to see Gambit and Rouge find a way to get together! 

Season 2: This season has 13 episodes, like the first, which means the show was good enough to be continued but not at the point where it could be amped up. There are a few origin stories in this season, but I can’t compare them to the comics necessarily as I don’t know if they’re drawing from Marvel before or after it was revamped. I did do so research on the characters as the season went along though to have a better idea of who they are. Again had to deal with the “To Be Continued” bullshit but ya know, it is a clever way to keep me watching! And guess what? GAMBIT TOLD ROGUE HE LOVED HER FUCK YES!! Now, that was the end of the season so I really fucking hope they actually get together now or else I might perish. But damn I am invested in this show which means it’s a pretty good show! If you can get past them basically wearing underwear over their suits, I would highly recommend it. The season ended well, looking forward to the next one!

Season 3: This season has 19 episodes which is great! Episode growth in seasons means the show was doing well and they had more room for adventures and such. One thing I’ve learned is that Wolverine gets around, as he seems to continue to have exs who pop up to cause him problems. He also goes off on his own for a bit to refind himself. This season had a lot going on, including the Dark Phoenix collection which is where they got that horrid movie from, I believe. I didn’t get much in the way of closure with Gambit and Rogue, but they continue to flirt and Gambit still seems to be interested in her so I hope it continues to develop. This honestly is a good show, I really enjoyed watching it and I liked how this season was longer so they could include more chaos and such! I did get confused about Jean though, they were fairly inconsistent on what happened to her and probably should’ve worked that out a bit better. The season ended well, still waiting for Gambit and Rogue to date though. 

Season 4: This season has 25 episodes and this is the longest season! Clearly this was the peak of the X-Men show and I’m sure the comics were doing well as this show was airing. There seems to be a discrepancy though right away though because we meet Nightcrawler and Wolverine doesn’t know him, but in a previous episode he did. They even showed the moment Logan remembered in a previous episode, so that was a bit confusing. I’m wondering if maybe the episodes are out of order on Disney. As I continued this season I did come to the conclusion that the episodes were out of order, but unsure why. I like that Apocalypse is (supposedly) dead finally because enemies who can’t die are kinda pointless. Also they had a whole episode about Magneto being father of the twins so yay! I did end up skipping the episodes with that creepy green blob named Mojo because he was too disgusting to watch. The season ended in a logical way, though who knows if that was the correct episode to end with. I hope the next season doesn’t leave me with too many questions! 

Season 5: This season has 6 episodes which, as far as I can tell, was due to budget issues and high expectations for animation that could not be met. I can definitely tell a difference in the animation which I assumed was meant to improve it but it looks kinda odd after watching all the previous seasons. I also think they changed Gambit’s voice actor cause it don’t sound right. I did actually skip the first episode because it focused around Jubilee and I don’t really like her character, though she is definitely older and has longer hair (which looks way better). I will say I’m tired of this Apocalypse bullshit. A villain who cannot really die is not a good villain and makes it difficult for a viewer to enjoy a show or movie if they know the hero really can’t win. I skipped the 4th episode as well cause I had no clue what was going on there. This season seems to just be doing whatever without logic. I like how they managed to end the season in a way that wrapped up the entire show, and damn is Magneto gay for Charles. Jean asked him how much he loved Charles and he got SO offended that she doubted his love for Charles. We ship a the gay X-men in this house!

This show had the best intro so far. It was upbeat, dramatic, interesting, and drew in the attention of the audience right away! The show itself got better as time went on, to the point where I was binging it hard because I kept wanting to know what was going to happen next! However, some of the episodes were clearly out of order and I’m not sure why, but there are some obvious mixups. It still had it’s funny/ridiculous moments of course, but nowhere near as many as the Spider-Man shows did. One thing I wish I could’ve done is skip the recaps alongside the intro, because the recaps were like a full minute and when binging recaps are not necessary! 

A few fun facts and thoughts about the characters. Storm has to dramatically announce everything she does. Scott’s kinda a dumbass and I didn’t really like him in this show, same goes for Jean. Logon is great but damn does he get around! Jubilee was kinda annoying but she wasn’t a huge feature in the show thankfully. Prof X had stupid eyebrows and voice, but his kinda lowkey gay relationship with Magento was funny. Rouge and Gambit were my favorites for sure, with their large personalities and their accents. I also loved their relationship development. 

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Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends Review

Onto the next Spider-Man show, also from 1981! This time Peter has friends, shocking given his reputation! This show seems to be set just after the events of the previous show given that Peter looks the same, however he sounds different. It used a lot of the same dramatic music as well during intense scenes. This show did seem to be geared more towards a younger audience, but of course it still had its peculiar moments. At some point Stan Lee began narrating the show which was really cool, but he did kinda spoil what was going to happen early-on! 

Spider-Man was still his usual self in this show, but now that he was sharing the spotlight he made less quips and wasn’t always the star of the show. He continued in his attempts to flirt with everyone, but his main crush seemed to be Firestar. He did have one episode where he went full Disney princess, falling in love with a woman he had only just met. We got a full episode about Spider-Man’s backstory, which fit in with the comics for the most part. I found it interesting that they waited until halfway through the show to give his backstory. He seemed willing to give up rather quickly at times though, which was tedious to watch.

Firestar was kinda naive and dumb in this show, but given the time it aired it’s not a huge surprise that the women weren’t portrayed as strong or smart as the men. She was fairly gullible which was tedious to watch and she was willing to just go off with any mysterious man if she found them attractive, which pissed me off. But when she was able to use her powers correctly she proved to be a valuable asset to the team. Her backstory was interesting because she was bullied most of her life and while she did get revenge, I would have preferred for her to have burned her bully! 

Iceman was my least favorite out of the three. His humor was more ‘male-based’ so I didn’t enjoy it, and he only worked well alongside the other two. When he was alone it was frustrating to watch. He also flirted with every female he came across which didn’t add to the humor of the show. His backstory was somewhat lame because it was just: he got his powers, he had to hide them, he had to learn to control them, he became an X-Men, he ditched the X-Men and became Spidey’s friend. I also learned he has a sister, which is the only time he showed genuine care for someone else that wasn’t self-centered. 

The majority of villains were once again Spider-Man villains, but there were some others thrown into the mix as per the previous show. Dr-not-a-real-doctor Doom returns trying to, once again, become the master/ruler/leader of the world. Magento returned in his cheesy outfit and didn’t seem as powerful as anticipated. Flash was featured in the show and they drew him to look like a buff jock, but he ended up looking like a creepy large man. Also Aunt May, who I declared the real villain of the show in the previous review, continues to be annoying and not able to pay her bills. But thankfully she wasn’t as heavily featured since the show had three main characters to follow around. 

The X-Men had the most cameos in the show since two of three main characters are mutants, but of course there were so regular Avenger chaos as well. The animations for the mutant powers were hilarious and cheesy! Iron Man made a small appearance, as did S.H.I.E.L.D., but overall there weren’t any mind-blowing cameos. The show did just kinda end, which threw me off but I shouldn’t be expecting these shows to wrap things up like normal shows! 

Overall, I would recommend the Spider-Man show I reviewed last week over this show. I think the balance of the three characters made it more difficult to have the silly humorous moments or enjoyable battles. As mutants, Iceman and Firestar should have been able to capture many of those villains faster than they did, without Spider-Man’s help. Of  course this is a kids show, but as an adult it was frustrating at times! 

Highlights from the show:

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Spider-Man 1981 Review

Next on my classic comic book show list in the 1981 Spider-Man! This isn’t the one with his friends, this is the one focused on him. After watching Spider-Woman I thought I would be prepared for this show, but I was not. It felt completely different than Spider-Woman and had a lot of odd phrases and moments that felt like sexual innuendos. Overall, it was a funny show that is good to throw on in the background. 

The intro to this show was much better than Spider-Woman because it had a catchy tune and highlighted the villains he would be fighting. The episodes went by fairly fast as well, but I did find myself zoning out from time to time because of the slow-pacing of certain scenes. The plot was clear in each episode, especially if you zoned out for a bit. I did have to skip one episode, “The Web of Nephila,” because the spider-villain is far too creepy for my comfort. 

Spider-Man as a character was pretty good because his powers were more comic accurate and realistic (aside from some of the creations he made with his web shooters). He did make a lot of spider-puns but that’s to be expected. His personality aligns with the comics as well because he was constantly making quips in battle and running himself exhausted from school and hero work. Although, it seemed like he never really went to school. He keeps missing his dates with Betty as well, which as far as I know is comic accurate as well. 

The majority of the villains were Spider-Man’s actual villains, save a few bigger villains that weren’t his but somehow became his problem. All the costumes were comic accurate for the villains which is always fun to laugh at because this was before all the costumes got revamped and, arguably, better. My only confusion is why didn’t the Avengers appear more? They were canon in the show, Hulk was mentioned several times and we saw Captain America, so why were certain villains Spider-Man’s problem? I know for a fact Dr. Doom isn’t a Spider-Man villain. Also, Dr. Doom isn’t a real Doctor! 

J. Jonah Jameson was a recurring and comic accurate character, though he did seem to have a crush on Dr. Doom with how much he fangirled over the tyrant. Betty was Peter’s love interest in this show, but it was frustrating because she kept giving him chances after saying she wasn’t going to give him any more chances. As for Aunt May, I didn’t like her in this show at all. She looked exactly like the comic accurate Agatha Harkness, down to the broach! What was that about? And she kept getting in the way, but not in a fun and sweet way, more like a tedious and frustrating way. She also seemingly had a crush on the Hulk and strongly disliked Spider-Man. She always upset me when she was speaking or doing anything. And there was an entire episode dedicated to her trying to kill Spider-Man! WTF?

The show ended in a fairly pleasing way. Spider-Man kissed Medusa and went home happy after defeating a villain. There wasn’t anything that needed to wrap up, so the show just ending was fine. I think it’s funny that Peter kinda just forgot about Betty though! But Medusa is a much better choice for him than whiney Betty. If you can, you should watch the show!

Here are some reactions as I watched the show:

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Spider-Woman Review

“Spider-Woman” is a classic Marvel show that can be found on Disney Plus. The show aired in 1979 and only has one season. I know the show varies from the comics a good amount, most likely to be more light-hearted for the viewers because Spider-Woman’s story in the comics is fairly dark for Marvel at the time. It’ll be fun to watch an old animated show as I’ve never really watched any before. 

I’ve never really watched anything this old, so the classic animation style was something I had to get used to. Because of the show’s age it had a lot of humor in it for today’s time, most of which I assume to be unintentional. I like that the intro gave the viewer a quick backstory about her rather than focusing on it for an entire episode. The show has a lot of spider-humor to lighten the mood, not that any situation ever felt too serious or stressful. The only somewhat frustrating thing was the light sexism throughout. Even as Spider-Woman, the men didn’t believe she could do much without their help and still believed her to be a somewhat weak individual.

Jessica Drew is the character of Spider-Woman and she is definitely a woman stuck in a man’s world. Whenever her spider-sense goes off there is an extreme zoom in of her face for some reason. And her spider-sense seems to be visions because she can see things going on elsewhere rather than just sensing danger. She can also magically transform into her spider-suit rather than having to change or wearing it under her clothing. Her webs come from her pointer finger, she has a spider-shriek, and she has spider-venom too! And she can fly??? And communicate with spiders? Her abilities seem to be limitless! Though I believe they’re not all comic accurate. Everything is “spider-something,” which is hilarious because I remember the old Batman movies did the same. I did like her outfit though, it’d be a cool costume to replicate. 

Jeff and Billy seem to be living oblivious lives. Spider-Woman magically appears whenever they’re in danger and Jessica disappears, but they never question it! It’s so funny to watch them be completely oblivious to her. Jeff also hits on her a lot but makes comments about how her womanhood makes her weak and clueless. She plays along to keep her secret identity safe, but I honestly would’ve punched Jeff in the face by now. 

The show included a few Spider-Man cameos as well, and at first he didn’t seem to respect her until she proved herself. She fought a variety of villains, some familiar, some not, and some who are famously the enemies of other superheroes in the comics. I’m not sure if she has any enemies of her own, and some of the villains in the episodes seemed like they were made up for the show. They have a “jet-copter,” which is some sort of combination helicopter-jet that I can’t take very seriously. It reminds me of Thanos’s helicopter. 

The scenes don’t last very long, probably due to the short attention span of the audience at the time, and they have funny little transitional spider-clips between each scene. Each episode goes by fairly quickly as well and are enjoyable to watch. However, you don’t need to dedicate your full attention to the show because it’s easy to figure out what’s going on. It would be a good show to put on while doing chores or hobbies. They narrate everything as it’s happening, like when a villain spends time explaining their evil plan.

I think the biggest plot issue I saw with this show was the lack of other superheroes. It’d be one thing if she was dealing with threats in her city, but she’s traveling all over the world to save it from huge threats. Where’s Spider-Man half the time then? Or the Avengers? Aside from this huge plot hole, the show was fairly entertaining to watch. The character of Spider-Woman is really cool honestly and I’d like to see her in a live-action movie or show. 

Overall, I would recommend this show for something casual to watch or have on in the background. It doesn’t really work as an entire story but rather just as a display of her adventures. I don’t think older comic shows like this wrap things up in the end, but the final episode did end with her saying “Goodnight Spider-Woman,” so I imagine at this point they knew there wasn’t going to be a second season. 

Photos of my reactions while watching the show:

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