"Waaaaah, my time is my time!" OK, seriously, Man of Action? Peter Parker may be many things, but he is not and has never been (save perhaps when under the influence of the Symbiote) an aggressive jerkbag. This open hostility is getting tiresome.
Actually, that's kind of my whole problem with this show after four episodes: it doesn't know when to quit. Spidey explains who the new heroes are in a supreme display of the creative team underestimating the audience's attention span, Drake Bell is still annoying and shrill in the title role, the music blares constantly, the action scenes keep dragging on because it keeps stopping for dumb jokes, and it's constantly trying to say, "Look how cooool and funny we are!" Oh, and nice job giving the token black guy no discernible personality.
And after three episodes of Parker being an idiot, you don't get to try and make him a science geek NOW when you've been ignoring it.
Also also: can anyone familiar with Nova tell me if he's this much of an obnoxious brat in the comics?
On the upside, Matt Lanter's improving on his Harry performance (though his Flash is still being given no help by the one-note writing), and Tom Kenny is nice-and-creepy as Doc Ock. And I retract my earlier complaints about the Harry-Norman relationship; they're doing something with it, although it's still not as intriguing as it could be. Venom as a creation of Ock's could be neat too, if they didn't do dumb things like have it make its first appearance coming out of a toilet.
This is one of those frustrating shows where there's a few elements that aren't too bad so I don't completely hate myself for watching it. Then it starts being REALLY bad and the self-loathing kicks in again. If the Iron Spider episode next week doesn't change things, I think I'll call it quits after all.
“Movies are so rarely great art that if we cannot appreciate great trash we have very little reason to be interested in them."-Pauline Kael