Season 3 Overview
Without a doubt in my mind, the third season of Spawn is my favorite.
The increased exposure to Sam and Twitch and the further development of
Spawnís character make this a very enjoyable season for me. Combine the
excellent storytelling with great animation, directing and the new
composer for this season, you get a very solid season of Spawn.
In a nutshell, Spawnís third season is about three things: Love, revenge
and redemption. The love portion belongs to what Spawn still feels for
Wanda. He shares this love with her when he poses as her current husband
and impregnates her with the seed of the Hellspawn. This seed will
create a child that will decide the fate of Armageddon.
Revenge is what is taken on Chief Banks by Sam and Twitch. Banks shot
Twitch point blank in the head after he got too close to finding out
about Jason Wynnís scrupulous dealings. Twitch survived and after he
regained his memory of who shot him, both Sam and Twitch confronted
Banks. Bankís blew his head all over a train window in order to escape
the shame and disgrace that the revelations of Bankís dealings would
bring to his family.
Redemption is what Spawn requires. At the end of this season, we see
Spawn turn to Cogliostoro, finally wanting to listen to his advice and
find out how to rid himself of his curse.
The animation in this season was really quite great. It seems to improve
with each season, but with a new batch of crew on this season it seemed
to be taken to new heights. Not to say the past crew didnít do a stellar
jobóobviously they had to keep me watching till the third season. But
the stories this season are just so well done and coupled with some
great animation; I canít help but favor this season over the others.
My main qualm with the show in past seasons was the music. You either
didnít hear much of it or what you did hear really didnít have much of
an impact. The new composer this season, J. Peter Robinson, really made
Spawnís world feel alive. The music in the fight with Lilly the vampire,
the freeing of Major Forsberg and the haunting tones that played when
Heavenís hunters were after Jade all round up to be one of the best
animated scores Iíve heard.
I hate that this was the last season. When you see the final episode,
you literally curse outloud and say (among a few other undoubtedly
vulgar things): ďThey canít end it here! What about Wanda? What about
her child? What about Spawn?Ē
Yet, even after the anger you feel that there wasnít a fourth season,
Iím almost satisfied. I would rather have the show end on a major high
note, rather than have it tumble down and finish barely breathing.
I cannot wait until the new animated Spawn arrives. If the initial
reports are true and it is a continuation of this wonderful HBO series,
then Iíll be elated. To hear Keith David as Spawn again will be nothing
short of wonderful.