In Scotland, 994 A.D. Goliath and his clan of gargoyles are sworn to defend a medieval castle. Goliath has been tricked by humans and discovers that his entire clan has been destroyed. He and the remaining gargoyles are cursed to sleep for 1,000 years. Billionaire David Xanatos buys the castle and moves it to New York City, making it his headquarters. When the castle is attacked, the gargoyles are awakened adn discovered by detectives Eisa Maza. The gargoyles try to go unnoticed while battling both old and new enemies. Stone by day, warriors by night, we are Gargoyles.
I tried this series last night. The first pilot was 5 parts. The first two episodes of Awakening was unique. I never seen a western animation of vikings vs knights. I kind of wished they continued the Middle Ages fantasy.
The story shift towards fish out of water trope with Goliath and his clan awakened in the future. The curse was to be broken when the castle is above the clouds. Literally, Xanatos (sounds like a Kingdom Hearts villain name) bought a castle and bring it to his headquarters on top of a skyscraper and fitted with modern conveniences.
The plot twists for the five part pilot was crazy. I thought the traitor was the magus. No, it was Goliath's closest human friend. He wanted Goliath and his clan to leave because there were racism in the fortress. Goliath's friend respected the gargoyles for protecting them. They protect the castle during the day while the gargoyles protect it at night. The gargoyles are vulnerable during the day as they turn to stone.
We find out Demona was still alive. Didn't trust her story whether she awaken. We don't know how long gargoyles can live.
Ep 6 and 7 feature Lexington and Brooklyn who wanted to find kindred humans as allies. Lexington thought the TV show PACK were good heroes. Brooklyn thought he found some motorcyclists but they freak out when they see his true face. Despite being in jail, Xanatos continue to influence and get people, the PACK, Macbeth, and others to fight the Gargoyles. I never understood Xanatos' motives. At one point, he wanted to get rid of them. Then, he wants them to be in his care. I realize he wants them as servants despite having mechanoid Gargoyles. Demona is easy to understand as her motives are she hates humans. Macbeth who made an appearance Ep 9 wants Demona. Ep 8 carried a no gun morality theme with Broadway accidentally shooting Elisa.
Didn't take too much pictures when binge watching.
The two major arcs: City of Stone and Avalon are pretty important ones as they stemmed more than episode.
I don't really like the Illuminati or the "furry" gargoyle episodes.
Seems there is a Power Ranger/Tokusatsu inspiration here.
David marries Fox as one of the sub plot lines and has a wedding during the City of Stone arc. Romance is really rushed in this series. During Avalon, I thought the Princess Katharine and Magus had a romantic thing. It turns out the young boy, Tom, who became sworn guardian knight married the Princess.
What's shocking is that this marriage is between an older woman and younger man with a wide age gap. That's rare in media.
I like standalone episodes, Mirror and Double Jeopardy.
Ep 8 carried a no gun morality theme with Broadway accidentally shooting Elisa.
It was more teaching about irresponsible handling of guns between Elisa casually leaving her gun and holster hanging around, and Broadway treating the gun as if it were some kind of toy before misfiring it has him realize the real life consequences that using one naively can lead to.
Interesting thing about that episode is that it was banned from originally airing due to the sensitive theme of gun safety being depicted on children's programming, but was eventually allowed to reair albeit censored to remove traces of blood that resulted from Elisa being shot. This affected two scenes in the episode:
1. When Broadway had accidentally shot Elisa, the scene originally shown Elisa lying on the floor in a small pool of her blood. Edited versions of the episode showed an up-close shot of Elisa's face instead. 2. When Broadway dropped off Elisa at a hospital, there is a brief scene removed showing Broadway shocked when he sees Elisa's blood on his hands after setting her down on a gurney.
Someday I’ll be gone To somewhere that we belong And God has never played his role 'Cause I’m the one who saves my soul It’s a perfect world we’re longing for
That's more understandable. I remember Elisa saying it was her fault which at first I was a bit puzzled considering she lived alone. It was definitely as you said a message to the audience on how to handle guns properly. I think the Disney + version had the uncensored version. I think I saw blood.
That's interesting trivia on the censorship. I should look at when this episode aired.
I finished season 2. Not sure how I feel about the Oberon and Puck developments. While we had a bit of world traveling to see other gargoyles in different countries, I missed the medieval parts of the show. Xanatos went from antagonist to neutral due to plot developments. The Demona, Thailog, and aspect of revenge (albeit Goliath's motives for revenge was weak) were outstanding. Thailog suffers from lack of screen time. He and Demona are good villains.
Ep 1 of Season 3 - Quarrymen are definitely Ku Klux Klan inspired. They mentioned the "hood" part of the costume. The picture I took reminds me how soap opera this show is with its weird romance scenes:
1) The Magus with the Princess and Tom getting hitched 2) Goliath seeing Elisa and Jason kissing 3) Brooklyn seeing Broadway and Angela kissing. I don't remember any hints for this one.
The gargoyles are on lock down because people are split on whether the gargoyles are a menace or not.
While I get the racism and fear of gargoyles in the middle ages, the modern times for this franchise doesn't make sense as the only people who would hate the gargoyles would be the villains. The public hasn't really seen them wreaking havoc aside from Xanatos robots. It wasn't enough to drive the public into fear and racism.
Lexington had an episode where he protects Alex after getting captured during election season.
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