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Kraven the Hunter
Sooo, after seeing "Electro", which I find horrible and wasted, I had decided to give up on season 2 as well. Then a friend of mine told me the episode with Kraven was better. Intrigued, I decided to check it just in case... and I admit, I am, for once, impressed.

This is by far the best episode of this show we got so far. It has exactly what I would have been expecting. At the beginning, sure, we still get some stupid jokes, but it's quick to end. Kraven appears, and, unlike Electro, they decided to play him seriously; he is a threatening, Badass Normal, Crazy Prepared guy, with a more advanced equipment than his classic self.

But more importantly, we get something that was really lacking in this show: drama and Character Development. This episode is darker than the previous ones, revealing about White Tiger's past, powers and reasons to be so disciplined. The episode treat about the loss of a loved one, and takes advantage on Spidey's origin to create a parallel that actually works. We even get a Crowning Moment Of Heartwarming, with Ava actually being nice to Spidey for a change.

In my opinion, this was by far the first episode of Ultimate Spider-Man that could pretend to compete with Spectacular. If they keep going that way, the show MIGHT become actually good, and I might change my mind on it.
You know, the first time I watched this episode, I wasn't all that impressed, but a review like this reminds me that there's always potential floating around in shows like these, no matter how they might louse about beforehand. I admit, all the gear felt a little out of place for a man who use to derive his powers from jungle elixirs that made him super strong and super fast, but given that he is a hunter, it doesn't feel that bad.

Also, now that I think about it, I like that they don't make him Spidey's villain right away. Him going after the other animal themed hero allows them to keep the rest of the team significant in the overall plot. It's actually a nice move.
comment #18089 EricW 7th Feb 13
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