Episode #03 - No Rest, No Peace
Original Airdate - May 30th, 1997
When Tony Twist's hired hit man, Overkill, fails to kill Spawn after an
all-out fight, Wynn sends in Jess Chapel to take over the case of this
mysterious "alley killer."
Media and Review by Bird Boy
Written by Alan McElroy
Directed by [Unaccredited]
Music Composed by Shirley Walker
Animation by Ko-Ko Entertainment, Sheen Production
Keith David as Spawn
Richard Dysart as Cogliostro
Michael Nicolosi as Clown
Dominuqe Jennings as Wanda Blake
Victor Love as Terry Fitzgerald, Bobby
Kath Souche as Cyan
James Keane as Sam Burke, Tony Twist
Michael McShane as Twitch Williams, Gareb
John Rafter Lee as Jason Wynn
Ronny Cox as Senator Scott McMillan
James Hanes as Overkill
Ruben Santiago-Hudson as Jess Chapel
Charlie Adler, Steven Franken, Matt K. Miller, Andy Philpot,
Pamela Segall as Additional Voices
Review: Overkill comes into Spawn’s
alleys to deliver a message to him and then thoroughly beat his ass in.
While Spawn may have taken a beating at first, once Spawn took out
Overkill’s mechanical eye, the fight was over for the time being.
Overkill went to get his eye repaired and Spawn went to get what he knew
he could fight with: guns and lots of em’.
The first fight between Spawn and Overkill was a sight to behold.
Unfortunately for the viewer, we never got to see the second one—Spawn
simply showed up while Overkill was still getting his eye repaired and
blew him apart. Spawn’s delivery of Overkill’s body parts to Tony Twist
was also quite entertaining, with Twist’s men down in a matter of
minutes and Spawn putting a gun to Twist’s neck, telling him to stay out
of his alleys.
This episode also put Billy Kincaid into play more than previous
episodes and showed that the Clown was putting himself in league with
Kincaid. It was also one of few times we saw Spawn use his teleportation
powers. Perhaps my biggest complaint about the series is the low numbers
of times we actually see Spawn use his Hell-powers. Teleportation is
rare and he only used his green-energy stuff in season two. But, I guess
there’s no need for him to use them all the time—the shroud and cloak do
enough of the work most of the time.
Chapel is also brought in with this episode in one of the raunchier bits
and examples of explicit sexual acts in this show. I will admit that the
intermittent thrusts from Chapel while in bed with a woman mixed with
the ceiling fan spinning which turned into him hearing helicopters and
having war flashbacks to all of the people he killed and eventually
ended with him screaming. It certainly wasn’t something I would’ve
expected, but its execution was pretty damn impressive at the end.
If you haven’t figured it out already, the animation in here was very
satisfactory. The Overkill fights, Chapel flashbacks and a few simple
shots of just Spawn on high ledges with shroud floating in the wind…it’s
definitely a pretty show, when it’s bright enough to see what’s going
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