The Amazing Spider-Man: Season 1, Episode 5

Night of the Clones (26 Apr. 1978)

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Peter goes and takes photos of a scientist who has perfected the art of cloning, cloning a frog. At the same time, a member of a scientific group who gives scientific awards is killed. And ... See full summary »

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Lloyd Bochner ...
Dr. Moon
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Lisa Benson
Rick Traeger ...
Dr. Reichman
Irene Tedrow ...
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Vince Howard ...
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Dr. Keyta
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Peter goes and takes photos of a scientist who has perfected the art of cloning, cloning a frog. At the same time, a member of a scientific group who gives scientific awards is killed. And the police get a of description of the person who did it and it's the scientist. But how could have been there when he was at the demonstration. Later another attempt is made on another member of the group but Spiderman saves her, but the woman refuses to implicate the scientist who called her to the meeting. Peter suspects that the motive is that the group refuses to honor the scientist's work. So he goes to see the head of the group who confirms Peter's suspicions that they refuse to honor him because they didn't want the scientist to clone a man which he did; himself. Who in turn after getting a sample of Spiderman's DNA clones him. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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The premise for this episode is loosely based on "The Amazing Spider-Man" #149. See more »

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Peter Parker: [Peter has split the pants of his pirate outfit] Oh, Aunt May, how could you have done this to me? This never happened to Errol Flynn!
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Night of the BIG hair
25 December 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Sadly, these old TV shows will always be compared,unfavourably to the later big screen films. Which is somewhat unfair as they didn't have anything like the big budget the films had, no cgi, no special effects really at all,except for some blue screen work as Spidey climbs or swings across the city.

Also, the stories were a bit bland too,and could have been put into any of the other detective/action character series that were on television at the time,this episode could have as easily been an episode of the A-Team or Bionic Woman,etc. At least in this story,Peter Parker does spend more airtime costumed as Spidey than in others. The actual story is one of the better ones with the then new and weird notion of human cloning,a standard plot device since but it was quite unusual when this was first aired.

Lloyd Bochner as usual is good value as the scientist and also his evil clone, Nicholas Hammond hampered by his share of poor dialogue does his best and as others have pointed out,always gave a sincere performance. This can't be said for Morgan Fairchild,who aside from her good looks is the poorest actor in this by a mile. Although her massive hair style gives even Hammond's large barnet a run for it's money!

More money spent could have made this a great series but as it stands,it's still quite entertaining and about the standard of shows at that period in American television's history.


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