Spider-man: The Series Pilot Episode

Review by Marvel Movies:

"With great power, comes great responsibility"

Uncle Ben tells his nephew that iconic quote before his untimely death, which was inadvertently caused by Peter Parker. "Spider-Man: The Series" is not a brand new take on the classic Spider-Man character, but it's not exactly the classic tale either. There are some points in the episode where Peter Parker, Harry Osborn, and Gwen Stacy really shine their brightest colors. However, there are other times where you just want to delete the scene or change around the characters.

To start, I'll begin with the most character throughout the entire script, Gwen Stacy who was probably the only character I didn't think needed to be changed at all. From her introduction in the hallway to her little conversations with Peter, it's hard to not be on her side. She's a girl who knows what she wants and is very Gwen Stacy like.

At the beginning, Peter Parker is Peter Parker with the "last sweater vest in America" and the thick glasses staring at the girl of his dreams. You'd love to
see them together, instead of Gwen being with hot-shot Flash, but as the "changes" begin in Peter, it's hard to vote for him. Once the radioactive spider
bites Peter, his entire attitude and personality change to the point that it's hard to even be on his side. Gwen confronts him and says that he's changed and doesn't even want to be associated with him. He picks up the unnecessary habit of smoking that Peter Parker would never do, as well as disembark from his
entire old lifestyle. This eventually leads to his wrestling career and letting the thief go, who goes on to murder his Uncle Ben. At first, Peter dawns the black symbiote costume (minus the symbiote at this point) to go beat up some people and show off at the local wrestling ring. I almost wished that one of the fighters would just knock some sense into Peter, but this obviously didn't happen. Not until his uncle dies, does Peter find his place and revert back to his old self, which is a smart move. The end of the script sets up some Spider-Man action which leaves me with a positive belief in episode 2.

Moving on to Harry Osborn hanging out with the latest blonde cheerleader in a mansion which he uses to lure them was perfect. Then, Norman Osborn comes into play who is ashamed of his son and basically calls him a complete failure. In a way, it's understandable the way Norman feels since Harry is perceived as a complete jock, though he's not in school, with the brain cell of the girls he dates. At the end of the script, Harry uses his power to help new friend Peter Parker, and shows that there is something to him other then nothing.

To the rest of the cast, Uncle Ben doesn't put down his foot or have any control over Peter, which brings me to take his side against Peter. Aunt May is similar, but overall, is nicely added to the family as a minor character so far. Jason is a popular friend of Peter's who wants to look out for him, and listens to his story. He's not really that interesting of a character, but not that bad of one either who does add to the story at times.

Dante is the thief who Peter lets go and goes on to kill Uncle Ben. He is given a back-story of a regular guy with a child to support, but isn't given much sympathy after he walks down the life of crime. In the movie, the thief was just a guy with no story or name, and I think that it worked better that way. Unless the character of Dante is explored more in future episodes, which I don't see how since he was
just taken down by Spider-Man, his side story seemed tossed in, and should be tossed out. Same goes to Broc, who is a man who owes some money, and decides to make it through Peter as his manager of sorts. However, he screws Pete over, though you don’t' really feel sorry for Peter being the hothead that he's become, and in the end he kills a guy and gets into a taxi.

As I said before, I'm looking forward to episode 2, which has been built up in the pilot. I'm assured that Spider-Man will start to become the Spider-Man we all know, Peter Parker is not a punk renegade anymore but a character whom I can relate to again. Harry Osborn seems to be coming into his own as well and will probably become the close friend of Peter's we all expect him to be. As an origin story, while not being fantastic and original, it does showcase the basic plot of Spider-Man with plenty of promise.

** 1/2 (out of four)
Well, that's all for this week. Hope you guys enjoyed the PILOT and will be tuning in next week when the Daily Bugle is held hostage by The Big Man. And, once again thanks to make co-writer and co-creator of the series, Zev.


- Krazy Kevin Myers
Nice work Triligors but damn...I didnt notice how long these things were.Wow it must of took a while for you to do this,still good job!
Well, yeah thanks for bringing the length up. This is the PILOT, meaning if it was air it would be a two hour PILOT similar to the premiere for Threshold which was also two hours. But, also similar to series television the rest will be fourty to fifty pages. Because with comercials that equals an hour show. So, this is the only ep. this long. All the other episodes will be 40-50 pages long.
Triligors said:
Well, yeah thanks for bringing the length up. This is the PILOT, meaning if it was air it would be a two hour PILOT similar to the premiere for Threshold which was also two hours. But, also similar to series television the rest will be fourty to fifty pages. Because with comercials that equals an hour show. So, this is the only ep. this long. All the other episodes will be 40-50 pages long.
it would be about 40 pages seing as 1 page is more or less 1 min.
Wow. That script was really great. Do you think it will ever make it to TV? It would be great if it did. A good mix of ASM in the seventies, Ultimate, and some of your own stuff. I like it. The characters really seem like the ones from the comics. This show could really go somewhere! Have you written anything new? Any news on it becoming a show?
In a quiet suburban town located in Queens, New York an ordinary teenager’s life drastically changes after attending a local science exhibit that is being hosted by Yuma Corp. Peter Parker is a freshman in high school, has a crush for the girl next door, gets perfect grades and isn’t quite up to par when it comes to athletics and popularity. Peter’s parents were spies for the US government; although he does not know this, heroism has always been a strong point in the Parker family. Unfortunately, when Peter is first bitten by the radioactive spider he does not at first become a vigilante watching over New York City.
In a world post World War II, Peter is a teenager affected by the idealism we learn on MTV, teen movies and other popular venues of media for teenagers. Peter realizes that he is different and that due to this difference he could become an instant celebrity! Thus, he signs a deal with a crooked talent agent and soon finds himself changing in a lot of ways. He’s taken up the habit of smoking, he’s neglected his aunt and uncle who have raised him when his parent’s died, and treats his old friends like crap. In other words, Peter found himself in the complete opposite status that he was before he was bitten; he’s been consumed by his greed and lust for popularity. He stops caring and starts believing that everyone is below him.
Upon being cheated by Bock, the talent agent, he allows a burglar to get away with stolen money out of pure ignorance. When Peter arrives home he finds that his Uncle has been murdered and that the killer was the same person he had failed to stop before because he let his own beliefs of being superior get in the way. It was his fault that his Uncle is dead and this hurts him more than a bullet wound ever could.
Uncle Ben has always believed that one small man could make a difference and that with great power there must always come great responsibility. At Ben’s funeral, Peter makes a promise to live up to his Uncle’s expectations for him and that he would live by his moral standards. He becomes Spider-Man, but this is much more easily said than done.
Responsibility is a journey. Throughout life there are various obstacles that lead us astray and challenge our beliefs as well as doubt ourselves. This is the same for Peter. His first encounters end with a sad note for Peter, he feels that he has failed and consults his Uncle via his conscience one last time. Ben tells Peter that he must learn how to cope with what has happened to him and that he can’t save everybody.
The series leads Peter into many obstacles, some ranging from simplistic events to complex conspiracies leading him ultimately into the heart of the real New York City. Peter has to learn heroism, self sacrifices for the better good, accepting a loss and dealing with a constantly changing world. When he put on that mask and made a promise to his uncle, he knew that his life would change forever. His goal now is to try to adapt and become the man behind the mask.
It's interesting, but there are a few things that I would personally make different. For starters, I'd have the origin at OsCorp like in Ultimate Spider-Man and have all of the villains origins based at OsCorp (ex. Dr. Connors and Dr. Octavius working there as scientists). Also, the idea that Peter Parker would take up smoking and distance himself away from friends seems too far-fetched for most people to grasp. I can understand him acting like a jack-ass due to the fame like in the Ultimate comics, but what you had him do takes it too far.

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