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The Return Of Kraven
Review And Media by Amazing Spidey

Episode #45 - The Return Of Krave
Original Airdate 22nd February 1997

When a savage creature begins attacking people in New York, Black Cat tries to convince Spider-Man that he needs her help to stop it. All clues point to the creature being Kraven The Hunter, but sleuthing by Debra Whitman, Flash Thompson, and the Black Cat solves the case. The beast, Calypso, is related to Kraven, but the Hunter wants to capture and cure her.

Written By: Meg McLaughlin
Music Composed By: Shuki Levy and Kussa Mahchi
Animation Services By: Toyko Movie Shinsha (TMS)
Guest Starring: Christopher Daniel Barnes as Spider-Man/Peter Parker, Gregg Berger as Kraven the Hunter/Sergei Kravinoff, Nina Talbot as Anastasia Hardy, Matthew Laborteaux as Flash Thompson, Susan Beaubian as Dr. Mariah Crawford/Calypso

Review: The episode was somewhat unwelcome, but proved to be an enjoyable one. Kraven’s return wasn’t really needed considering he had already had 2 perfectly send off’s, a 3rd one wasn’t required. Kraven worked better as a hero in this series, rather than a villain. As a villain, he came off as a little corny, not exactly a threatening adversary for the wall crawler.

The best part of this episode’s is Spidey’s characterisation. Still suffering from the loss of Mary Jane, he’s now a bitter, broken man who is annoyed at Black Cat’s constant harassment of him, as she wishes to be a crime fighter like him. The episode is also pretty dark for this cartoon. Spidey’s genuine lack of concern for the cat was surprise. Not how our hero usually acts.

The episode does do a nice job of moving a lot of the relationships on, however. Flash and Debra, Spidey and Black Cat, even Kraven and Mariah. It's actually one of the best episodes of season 4. Not a difficult task, granted, but stil, it does a great job with Spidey. The final scene with him and Black Cat was executed perfectly, especially the music. I love that theme they played. It's the same one from the end of Attack Of The Octobot.

The ending was a nice turnaround, with Peter moving back in with Harry. Not everything is so bitter after all. While it was only a small scene, a bigger story became of it later.