Ultimate Spider-Man

Season 1 Episode 6

Why I Hate the Gym

Aired Sunday 11:00 AM Apr 29, 2012 on Disney XD
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Episode Summary


When the Taskmaster goes undercover at Peter Parker's high school to seek out Spider-Man, Spidey and White Tiger must settle their differences in order to defeat their foe and save their friends.

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  • Tone Deaf.

    I never want mock while reviewing USM, not because I don't want to, but because I feel that once I do all people will see from then on will be my bias and predisposed discontempt. I want you to listen to what I try to maintain a constructively objective opinion. I also do not desire to fall into the perceived "ranting fanboy" category and dismissed altogether.

    I make it a point bring up aspects of an episode I actually thought worked in term of plot elements, character development, faithfulness to the source material and so on. So when I say that the premise of this episode had great potential and could have worked wonders for Peter's character and his home life, I genuinely mean it.

    The prospect of a villain infiltrating Peter's school and posing as a substitute teacher (in this case a Gym Coach) to weed out potential candidates to deduce Spider-Man civilian identity is not only an idea worth exploring, but one that deserves good execution and payoff. The implications and possible ramifications

    are enormous, and it completely justifies Peter's life long charade as a weakling to protect his family and friends.

    And therein lies the rub.

    We've barely gotten acquainted with this show's version of Mary Jane, Peter doesn't seem to be friends with any of his teammates and his relationship with Aunt May is, bluntly put, non-existent. And I'm fairly sure that last point is hard to argue as well, she has appeared in a few throw away gags in the cutaway scenes and in the background on the odd occasion Peter is actually at home, which so far has been all of once. You can't establish a relationship, let alone play off it with this little development. Which leads me to my second assertion.

    The tone.

    The cutaway gags seem to want a playful and lighthearted tone. Which is all well and good, I have nothing against that as long as they stick to it. But then episodes like this have Taskmaster with that booming and menacing voice, threatening to kill everyone Peter cares for unless he joins him. And yet five minutes prior we had him doing star jumps for a background gag. It doesn't work.

    You can't have your cake and eat it too. It hinders the comedy and destroys all the tension for anything dramatic. Leaving this great concept criminally under utilised.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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  • QUOTES (3)

    • Peter: Doesn't that Yeager freak you out?
      Ava: I work with a guy who sticks to walls. No one freaks me out.

    • "Mr. Yeager": I'm looking for finalists for the citywide athletic achievement contest. I wanna see everything you've got in this obstacle course. Push yourselves to the limit. Don't give me less then 110%.
      Ava: You could learn something from him.
      Peter: How to creep people out?

    • Doctor Octopus: My employer will pay handsomely for the capture of Spider-Man, Taskmaster.
      Taskmaster: A guy with four arms should be able to grab one bug by himself, Octavius.
      Doctor Octopus: Yeah, I don't get out much.

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