Happy Halloween everyone! Before we begin the next analysis I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that Gargoyles just celebrated it’s 25th anniversary, just last week in fact. Which would make it the Silver Anniversary if I recall correctly. Anyway…
Last time on Gargoyles.
Xanatos and the gargoyles duked it out. Xanatos in a spiffy new battle armor and the gargoyles with just their dukes.
Oh and Elisa got a new partner, a conspiracy theorist named Matt Bluestone.
Our heroes find themselves once again held at gun point, their benefactor is acting particularly shady and the sole female of their species has become bloodthirsty to the point that it’s disturbing Goliath, and he was previously seen fighting vikings in the Middle Ages. And now the thrilling conclusion.
Picking up where we left off, with the Trio and lots of guns.
When last we left our heroes, despite Elisa’s comment that she and Goliath were probably the only couple in Central Park that doesn’t have to worry about being mugged the episode ends with them being mugged. Because the gods of irony have a cruel sense of humor.
Previously on Gargoyles…I forgot to mention that the second episode is the first time we see the proper opening to the show including its theme song. It’s composed by Carl Johnson and played over clips of the previous episodes, as well as a few that we haven’t seen yet. It’s entirely instrumental and has a very dark, Gothic yet magnificently triumphant at the same I can see why Carl Johnson earned an Emmy nomination for his work on the show.
The show opens proper with Detective Maza speaking with Owen about the light show, falling debris and explosions which Owens spins as an exploding generator. Elisa however points out that an exploding generator doesn’t sound anything like automatic weapon fire, so with the prospect of her returning with a warrant Owen takes her up to survey the scene and meet with Xanatos.
Elisa Maza: What exactly did happen here Mr. Xanatos? And please, don’t try to tell me it was an exploding generator.
Xanatos: Owen was a little confused. That’s for the press. The truth is that my men repelled an invasion by a rival corporation trying to steal some of our new technology.
Elisa Maza: “Repelled an invasion”? You’re a private citizen, Xanatos. Not a country.
Xanatos: Detective, l am the owner of a multinational corporation, which is bigger than many countries you could name.
When last we left our heroes, the castle they were sworn to protect was sacked, the people inside taken prisoner, their clan killed in their sleep and the one human who didn’t treat them like garbage betrayed them. Also there was a segment involving New York in the 1990’s.
I swear this episode helps connect the two.
The episode starts off where the first one left off, with Goliath cursing the heavens.
It’s interesting to look back and see the things that impacted our childhood. Sometimes we grow up and grow out of them, sometimes we look back at them through the lens of nostalgia and we find the flaws we missed as children. And sometimes we look back and find the things that helped shaped our tastes and interests into adulthood even if we weren’t able to recognize them at an early age.
Such was the case for me and Gargoyles, an animated series that first premiered in 1994. It’s eclecticism when it came to storytelling heavily shaped my interests as an adult, giving me a broad viewpoint on fiction. When it came to fictional topics, nothing was off limits, this show had everything a growing boy needed. Sword and sorcery, science fiction, crime noir, comedy, Shakespearean tragedy (heavy on the Shakespeare), world mythology, fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, the works.
My name (or at least my nom de plume here) is Matt the Media Hunter. Your average Millennial with a love of fiction in all it’s forms, an overactive brain and way too much time on my hands. And as the description implies I’m looking for quality in all the odd places.
Now what does that mean? Well it’s simple, it means I’m going to sift through film, television, books and the like to find the exceptional or possibly unexceptional since I know folks love to hear critics rip apart the really bad stuff. Go through the old, the new, the mainstream and the obscure to try and find the reasons why we love the things we love and hate the things we hate. Possibly find flecks of gold in piles of crap and something secretly terrible in works of art.
Now I know what you’re thinking, aren’t I just following the trend of other more popular review blogs and hoping to crib off of their success?
Well to be perfectly honest. Yes.
But hey, what is the internet but a place to exchange ideas and share opinions, no matter how ludicrous or ill-informed?
So come along with me, as we tackle the media both domestic and foreign and experience the adventure of a lifetime!
And while we’re doing that, I’ll try to figure out how this blog-thing works.