The Amazing Spider-Man (1977)


“I can step on a spider. Can I step on him?” – J. Jonah Jameson

Number of Times Seen – 1 (10 May 2021)

Brief Synopsis – After gaining super powers after being bitten by a radioactive spider, newspaper photographer Peter Parker must try and stop a terrorist from causing a mass suicide in town.

My Take on it – Mediocre superhero origin story that is far too choppy.

I realize that this is a pilot for a TV show from the 70’s, but still they miss much more than they hit with this story.

I did like the fact that the first villain to appear here isn’t one with real superpowers and also isn’t a known part of the usual Spider-Man stories, yet it still feels a bit too watered down.

The dialogue is a bit too cheesy for its own good and the cast is far from perfect.

Loved seeing David White, Larry Tate of Bewitched play the role of J. Jonah Jameson.

The special effects are far too simplistic despite the fact that its easy to see that they at least are trying here even if they are unsuccessful in making things look more realistic.

The story is filled with numerous plot holes that really make no sense, but the characters still move along without noticing these holes in the dialogue and story as depicted.

Apparently after the pilot was picked up to be a show, they made some drastic changes to the cast and the narrative which might be part of the reason this show didn’t last more than 14 episodes.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Unlike wall-climbing scenes on Batman (1966) (the only previous show to use this) many shots of Spider-Man climbing buildings were done live in downtown New York, with invisible wires. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)

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