Spider-Man: The Animated Series

Season 2 Episode 6

Neogenic Nightmare (6): Morbius (1)

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Aired Saturday 10:00 AM Oct 28, 1995 on FOX
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Neogenic Nightmare (6): Morbius (1)
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Dr. Mariah Crawford develops a cure for Spider-man's mutation, but she doesn't want to use an untested serum. Spider-man takes the serum and runs his own test which is stolen by Michael Morbius who runs some test of his own. When his tests go wrong, will Spider-Man actually have to fight a former friend?

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  • Michael Morbius, Peter Parker's rival has an accident that will change him forever, in this great episode.

    8.1
    The character of Michael Morbius, who was introduced earlier this season, is further explored in this episode. He is an interesting character, with a decent back story, but the events from this episode will change him into an even better character (or villain, I should say). He has been established as Peter Parker's rival, for the science competition held at their university, but also a rival in love, as he is also interested in Felicia Hardy. All these elements, cleverly added during the previous episodes, will play an important role in the course of this episode.

    The only downside of this episode would have to be the censorship. Everybody knows that vampires feed with blood, and not plasma. This change was made to censor the probable violence of the scenes in which Morbius would feed. While it is understandable why the change has been made, it sort of ruins the character of Morbius. But the rest of the story line of the episode and the character development, completed by the drama of the characters, more than makes up for this silly change.

    One of the more interesting aspects of this episode has to be Peter's speech about "moving on". It seemed sort of rushed in the episode, but a good speech nevertheless. This defines his character, and it was definitely well written.

    The highlight of the episode is of course its ending. Seeing Peter grow four extra arms was just breathtaking. A cliff hanger, but an impressive one. The story is far from being over, and this last scene proves just that.

    And thus Spidey's Neogenic Nightmare continues...moreless
Ray Berrios

Ray Berrios

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Richard Dano

Richard Dano

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Nick Jameson

Nick Jameson

Michael Morbius

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Susan Beaubian

Susan Beaubian

Dr. Mariah Crawford

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Marla Rubinoff

Marla Rubinoff

Liz Allen

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • After listening to Michael's tape recorder, Spider-Man apparently leaves it on the roof even bough it contains secret information on both Michael Morbius and Peter Parker. Spider-Man is never shown picking the recorder up before web-slinging away.

  • QUOTES (21)

    • Spider-Man: (Seeing robbers run out of a pawn shop as the alarm rings) It's possible that this is some kind of intercity midnight ski team, but I don't think so.

    • Spider-Man: (Breaking into the robbers car) Party's over for you crash dummies.

    • Robber: (Noticing that Spider-Man is in pain) What's the matter, you sick? (Aims laser gun at him) Maybe you need to get your shots.
      Spider-Man: (To himself) I can't believe it. After all the super villains I fought, in the end I'm going to be ventilated by a bunch of street hoods?

    • Spider-Man: (As the cops chase the robbers away from Spider-Man) Talk about dumb luck. Who says cops are never around when you need them?

    • Morbius: Sleep well Debra. Sleep the sleep of the dearly departed.

    • Peter: (Hears a smash, but sees that it was a lab rat knocking over its food canister) So, that was you mickey. Your table manners are atrocious.

    • Peter: (Feels a sharp pain and decides to leave the lab) That's all for tonight folks.

    • Felicia: But why go to all the trouble to set this up?
      Morbius: It was no trouble. I borrowed-
      Felicia: You mean pilfered.
      Morbius: Borrowed, the equipment from Doctor Connors' lab.

    • Felicia: I didn't realize winning that research job was so important to you.
      Morbius: You are wealthy, you do not know the poverty and suffering I have seen. My village was a beautiful place, before the appearance of a mysterious virus. Now it is being destroyed. It takes no one of wealth, no one of privilege to rescue it. I promised my countrymen that I would learn in America and be a success. Then, one day I would return with a cure. I cannot fail them.

    • Morbius: Relax my princess, I would never let anything harm you.
      Felicia: You I believe, Michael, (Points to the cage of vampire bats) it's them I don't trust.

    • Peter: (To himself as he notices Mary Jane) Mary Jane, I feel like a heel for not having called her all week. But what could I say? Hi, let's have a relationship. By the way, I'm turning into a mutant. Next time you see me I might look like your last nightmare.

    • Mary Jane: (About Peter) I think he's been avoiding me, Liz.
      Liz: If a man avoids a major babe like you, it could only mean one thing.
      Mary Jane: What?
      Liz: He isn't human anymore.
      Mary Jane: Yeah right.

    • Spider-Man: (To Bruce the Gargoyle) Hey Bruce, what do you think? It's not wrong for me to want to keep my powers, is it? I knew you'd agree.

    • Morbius: Personal science log, the bite from the bat somehow made me feel stronger. I feel energy surging through me. I can hear every heartbeat around me and I can defy gravity. Incredible. (Notices his mutated face) No! My face, skin translucent, nasal structure distorted. I have got to reverse this. There is something else; I feel a hunger.

    • Spider-Man: (To Bruce the Gargoyle) Dr. Crawford tries to help me, and I run away, just like I run away from Mary Jane. Do we sense a pattern here? Bruce, I finally figured out what I'm mutating into, a real jerk.

    • Morbius: (To his voice recorder) Now I know what this hunger is. Like the vampire bat to his genes, I have inherited. I hunger for plasma. I took it through my hands. I could feel it coursing through his skin, right into my fingers. And as repulsive as it was, I must have more.

    • Spider-Man: (After being thrown by Morbius) You're strong. (Kicks Morbius down to the ground) Good thing you don't have my spider agility.

    • Spider-Man: (After listening to Morbius' recordings) Michael Morbius, messing with a stolen sample of my blood? I never should have left it at ESU. Now Morbius is in the same Neogenic Nightmare I'm in. I can't save myself; at least I can try to save him. Why is it that everything I touch, everything that touches me, is poisoned?

    • Morbius: I'll feed on you.
      Spider-Man: You want to feed on me? You don't know where I've been.

    • Spider-Man: (About Morbius) He's not as strong as before. Maybe he's getting weak from lack of plasma. I hope that'll even the odds. I need all the help I can get.

    • Dr. Crawford: Do you ever use a door?
      Spider-Man: Uh-uh. Don't believe in 'em.

  • NOTES (1)

    • In the comics, Morbius originally debuted in AmazingSpider-Man #101-102 whilst Spidey grew four extra arms in Amazing Spider-Man #100-102

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