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Comments for the week ending March 1, 2020

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Vinnie - [thomaspeano at yahoo dot com]
Deplorable and loving it!

Thanks Todd, always appreciated.
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MATTHEW - Thanks for your latest episode review.
Todd Jensen

Hi Mr. Weisman. I have a question for you:

I don't know if you are aware, but in the "Early Warning" episode of Whelmed: The Young Justice Files (back in Oct. 2019) the host quoted you on something you told him in conversation. This is something that used to happen now and then, but lately it happens in almost every episode: "Greg texted me this", "Brandon emailed me that", "Greg/Brandon told me whatever", etc.

So, looking at your 2-year-5-month-and-2-day backlog of 1226 questions, I'm wondering: why are you giving BTS information to this one person while the rest of your fanbase has to submit questions and wait months (at least) or YEARS (worst case and more likely scenario) for an answer???? It must be really cool to be so intimate and chummy with one's idol, and I bet the host feels super important and validated, but this is some double standard bullshit!

Are you aware of this? And if you are, how can you be okay with it? Don't you think this is unfair? You have thousands of fans who support your work whichever way they can, but 99.9% of them have never even met you in person, let alone exchanged emails or text messages with you.

If I make an entire podcast dedicated to kissing your asses, will I earn the same privileges? Will I be able to ask all my questions without a waiting queue? Will I get to hang out with you, have lunch together or exchange personal contacts?

(Originally I posted this on AskGreg, but then I decided I shouldn't have to wait 2 years for an answer, for all the reasons above.)


Watched "The Uncertainty Principle" today closing out the chemistry trilogy and the Green Goblin arc (for the season). We also get another of Greg's Halloween episodes, in this case The Bleecker Street Block Party. You know it's kind of a shame Greg couldn't use other Marvel characters, having Spidey swing past Doctor Strange's Sanctum Sanctorum would be a nice Easter egg.

And just like Gargoyles we get another case of "For Halloween I'm Going As Myself" I really think Greg likes using this one as it's shown up in all the shows he's headed. I actually do think there was an issue where Peter did just that, apparently there was a ton of other folks dressed as Spider-Man so he barely stood out. Plus we get our first look at Black Cat this episode; now I wondered why she was walking around in public in full regalia but then I remembered that Black Cat is pretty much only known to the criminal underworld (most likely due to her services being hired out) and that a master cat burglar like herself would take extra precautions to avoid being seen on cameras or authority figures.

Speaking of first appearances, we also get our first look at the Chameleon this episode, once again I really like the little hints Greg spreads around the episode to truly reveal the nature of the Goblin's actual identity. Whether it's Chameleon downloading files from Norman's personal computer, Goblin knowing who L. Thompson Lincoln is but Harry doesn't, Goblin taking a look at the picture between Osborne and Tombstone and the noticeable height difference when it's Goblin fighting Spider-Man and when it's Harry wearing the costume. I think it was this series as much as Gargoyles that got me to start paying attention to every little detail in Greg's shows (hence the length of these reviews). You know things really do lean on Norman's side most of the time, last episode Octavius went crazy thus giving him the perfect out in case anyone started connecting Oscorp with super villains and now Chameleon gives him the perfect alibi.

Fun fact: the subplot involving John Jameson's trip back to earth was very similar to an old comic where Spider-Man has to save his space capsule by manually deploying his chute. My dad used to own a trade paperback which contained that story (as well as the first appearance of Mysterio and the first time Spidey teamed up with Daredevil).

Goblin gives a much better fight than he did last time and like I mentioned before was now working to have the deck stacked in his favor by rigging the entire steel foundry into a death trap that would put Jigsaw to shame. One thing I noticed while re-watching this is that while Gobby may have enhanced strength his hand-to-hand skills aren't the best, so he tends to rely more on his wide bevy of weapons and traps to try and take down his opponents, And when that fails Osborn has to lay low for a while until he comes up with another way to end his enemies, which we'll see in season 2.

So I'm going to cheat a little bit and jump straight to one of my favorite lines not just in this episode but in the series as a whole. When Goblin says, "We all wear masks, Spider-Man. But which one is real? The one that hides your face, or the one that is your face?" The concept of masks is not only a recurring theme of the episode but of super heroes in almost its entirety, but for the sake of brevity (too late I know) I'll limit it to this show. Earlier Hammerhead refers to Lincoln as the mask worn by Tombstone showing that the philanthropist businessman is just a cover to what he really is, a ghoulish, brutal crime lord. Harry gradually goes from a supporting friend with passive-aggressive tendencies to a full on jerk fully admitting to his anger issues. You know James Arnold Taylor really should play more villains, the scene where he reaches his limit with Norman and hits back actually convinced me he was the Goblin the first time I saw this. Norman plays the role of a distant, tough-love father coming to terms with his mistakes in raising his son. Even going so far as to offer to take the blame for Harry's tenure as the Goblin (and probably banking on Spider-Man's good nature to let this slide as long as Harry got the help he needed) all the while hiding the fact that he's a devious, power-grubbing sociopath willing to kill anyone that gets to close to knowing his secrets, and anyone who gets in the way.

Then there's the matter of Peter, you know those scenes where half of the Spider-Man mask would appear over his face? That's a recurring thing from the comics and in my opinion the perfect representation of the Peter/Spider-Man dynamic. One identity doesn't supplant the other but rather that both identities are equal to each other; Spider-Man makes Peter Parker extraordinary, and raises him to heroics, Peter Parker grounds Spider-Man in reality and shows the struggles and virtues of the everyday person. One simply can't exist without the other.

Some final things, we get confirmation that MJ's not into the steady relationship thing though that will change by the next season, I also can't help but notice that her vampire costume is pretty similar to the one Artemis wore in Young Justice. She also officially shifts into the supporting cast with Harry's absence. And he won't be back until the midway point of season 2. I have the feeling that after losing the bet Flash Shanghaied the other football players into dressing like cheerleaders too so he wouldn't be alone in his humiliation. And yes Jonah, Spider-Man would top your son's successful reentry, it's a sad fact that space related news has been declining for decades and well, Spider-Man's new and interesting. And poor Peter, he just got threw with one of his arch-enemies and now another one's slimy head is peeking around the corner...
Other Favorite Lines:
Spider-Man: So, Gobby offered you the secret, toy prize too. Trap?
Tombstone: Trap.
Spider-Man Figures. Race you inside.

Spider-Man: Okay. All this pain at least proves I'm still alive.

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Don't recall him either, but I hope he is at peace and wish for his mom and other relatives will be okay

Never met him but I am saddened to hear about his passing. That's too young.
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I'm afraid that I can't remember Gabarus, but I'd like to pay my respects to him as well.
Todd Jensen

The name sounds vaguely familiar, can't say that I knew him. But my best wishes to his family and friends.

"Ashes to ashes. All is one with the wind."

Greg Bishansky

WINGLESS> Sorry to hear. Admittedly, I never knew Dan myself but my thoughts are with those that did.
"Of course, we all wear costumes." ~Double Trouble

For the long time members of the Gargoyles fandom, some of you might remember Dan Blundon AKA Gabarus He was better known as part of the IRC Gargoyles chat rooms, but appeared in the chat room here as well from time to time. He was also at the Montreal Gathering. Sadly, he passed away of a heart attack last week at age 39. I met Dan online when he lived in Halifax more than 20 years ago. He came up to visit me in Ottawa a number of times before he and his Mother eventually relocated here. She retired to Ecuador where she passed away a little more than a year ago. Dan was there trying to settle her estate when he died. Certainly a shock to those of us who knew him well. I wanted to pass on the word to those of you who might have met him or knew him. R.I.P. Dan. Miss you bud.

I mean (5th)Fifth!!!!!
Vinnie - [thomaspeano at yahoo dot com]
Deplorable and loving it!

Vinnie - [thomaspeano at yahoo dot com]
Deplorable and loving it!

(Cue U2's Vertigo)

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TWO worlds, one familieeeee!
"Of course, we all wear costumes." ~Double Trouble

One for All...Full Cowling!
Masterdramon - [kmc12009 at mymail dot pomona dot edu]
"But you know, I like 'Deku.' I think it could make a great hero name! Plus, I think it's kinda cute!" - Ochaco Uraraka