We're moving Forums to the Community pages. Click here for more information and updates.

Spider-Man: The Animated Series

Season 1 Episode 4

Doctor Octopus: Armed And Dangerous

Aired Saturday 10:00 AM Feb 18, 1995 on FOX
out of 10
User Rating
72 votes

By TV.com Users

Episode Summary

Doctor Octopus: Armed And Dangerous
Dr. Otto Octavius becomes the mad Dr. Octopus when his robotic arms become fused to him in a laboratory accident. He then seeks revenge for the humiliation the Hardy Foundation has caused him. He kidnaps Felicia and holds her ransom. So it is once again, Spidey to the rescue.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

No results found.
No results found.
No results found.
  • Doctor Octopus is introduced in this brilliant episode.

    The animation in this episode is really some of the best you'll ever see on this series. One memorable scene is obviously the one with Spidey dodging Doc Ock's tentacles. It was beautifully animated, and worthy of appearing on the shows' opening sequence. The animation and visuals this show featured were always exciting, but this episode clearly has some of the best fighting scenes, and it's a shame we won't see any other scenes this exciting on the show again.

    Story wise, the episode has lots of character development, introducing yet another villain, one of the finest Spidey's rogues gallery has. His back story is changed from the comics, of course, but the one featured here is brilliant. He is thus introduced to a new audience, and has some depth to his character as well. He has a reason for doing all he does, and he is motivated to actually do something with his new found powers.

    An unique and really nice touch is introducing Doc Ock as one of Peter's old teachers, and it allowed Peter actually doing something for once, and not ruining everything. Seeing that Spidey is almost powerless in front of Doc Ock, Peter realizes he'll just have to defeat him as Peter Parker, and not as Spider-man. This episode might not seem much, but it is actually one of the best the show has, featuring a decent story, great animation, and character development which makes Peter Parker more of a hero than Spidey, just for once. Overall a really good episode, which will entertain you every time you'll watch it.moreless
  • Dr. Octopus (Doc Ock) is here!

    This episode was quite enjoyable. People, we have the first appearance of the ever so powerful and dastardly Dr. Octopus also known as Doc Ock, one of Spider Man's most famous foes. The episode had a nice storyline that went well with the appearance of Doc Ock. It had a nice pace with a great "buzz". Any Spider Man fan (like myself) would really enjoy this episode so much that it is too powerful for words to say. Great episode that definately is worth taking the time out to watch.moreless
Rodney Saulsberry

Rodney Saulsberry

Joseph "Robbie" Robertson

Recurring Role

Rue McClanahan

Rue McClanahan

Anastasia Hardy

Recurring Role

Efrem Zimbalist Jr.

Efrem Zimbalist Jr.

Dr. Octopus/Butler

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • At one point during Doc Ock's phone coversation with Jameson, the green part of his left sleeve is missing as his arm is flesh-colored.

    • When Spider-Man is fighting, at the time the countdown for the rocket engine starts, time seems to have frozen because when he stops thinking about what to do, the clock says 7 secs. left, when the dynamo should have gone off already. The rate of change in time on the timer is inconsistent.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Peter: (about Felicia Hardy's mansion) So when does this place apply for statehood?

    • Doctor Octopus: You are making a career out of interference, Spider-Man!
      Spider-Man: Some career! No salary, no vacation time, and talk about on-the-job health hazards!

    • Peter: I'm no longer your student and theres nothing more you can teach me.
      Doc Ock: Oh no!

    • Spider-Man: How about a trade my friends for your life's work!

    • Jameson: [after Parker is apparently smashed] Even Parker didn't deserve that.
      Felicia: You.......heartless freak!
      Doc Ock: Freak! I'm merily the victim of an accident and anyone can have an accident.
      Spider-Man: Don't touch her!
      Doc Ock: Spider-Man, your making a career of interference.
      Spider-Man: Some career.

    • Peter: Maybe I should wear a suit... or at least a new shirt?
      Servant: Come in, Mr Parker. I'll announce you.
      Peter: Yep, definately a new shirt.

    • Felicia Hardy: He reminds me of Flash Thompson - all hands!

    • Spider-Man: Hands up! All of them!

    • Doctor Octopus: Double jeopardy, Spider-man. If you manage to turn off the dynamo, you'll face the full fury of Doctor Octopus. And if you don't, perhaps you'll live long enough to see your friends' molecules fry!
      Spider-Man: That's what I love about life - choices!

  • NOTES (4)

    • This was adapted into comic book format in Spider-Man Adventures #7. It was later reprinted in Spectacular Spider-Man (UK Magazine) #2.

    • This episode was released on video and DVD called "Spider-Man vs. Doc Ock" along with other episodes.

    • Doctor Octopus/Otto Octavius first appeared in the comics in The Amazing Spider-Man #3. Spidey had quite some trouble handling him at first and the Fantastic Four had to be called in.

    • Through out the course of the series, certain things happen to Mary Jane and Felicia that, in the comics, actually happened to another character by the name of Gwen Stacy. However, she was not included in the series because eventually she does die during a confrontation with the Green Goblin. They didn't want people to get to know a character that would have to die in the end.