Gargoyles – Season 1, Episode 8 – “Deadly Force” – A Thoughtful Episode on Gun Violence

Gargoyles Deadly Force

We continue our review of our “Gargoyles” with Episode 8 in Season 1, “Deadly Force.” The episode was written by Michael Reaves and directed by Saburo Hashimoto and Kazuo Terada.

The story revolves around Broadway who accidentally shoots Detective Maza when she is in the middle of investigating Dracon and his thugs who stole Xantatos’s high tech. weapons to sell. Not knowing that Broadway was the one responsible Goliath goes on a rampage to bring Dracon to justice.

Here is the assessment of the episode:

The Pros: Broadway – This is Broadway’s episode and him learning to be careful as he is the gargoyle who acts mostly from instinct, whether with jokes or eating. He experiences the consequences of not being careful and thinking when he shoots Maza but out of guilt begins targeting thieves who are using the weapons Dracon and his thugs stole from Xanatos. This leads him to the area where the selling is happening and ends with him confessing that he shot Maza by accident. Goliath and Maza later forgive him and you get how much his mistake has eaten at him throughout the episode.

Detective Maza – We see her idealism here (threatening to take out Dracon and his goons), kindness (cooking a steak for Broadway and forgiving him) and this is the one time where she makes mistakes too as she left her gun out. She is great in this episode, even if it isn’t for that long.

Goliath – The avenging Angel, we see him destroy Dracon and later destroy Xanatos’s weapons as he wants to keep dangerous weapons off the street. We also see his hard side as it is difficult for him to forgive Broadway initially.

The Message – Only responsible people should use guns, and gun safety is important as you can’t predict who may use it (Broadway) and cause something bad to happen. It’s a clear and good message that is pretty apolitical.

Okay: Dracon – He’s a confident thug who knows he’s untouchable…until he’s not. He’s not bad but he isn’t super memorable either.

This was a good episode, I wouldn’t call it great, but the fact that it showed gun violence in a kid’s show…originally they edited out Detective Maza in her own blood, but I’m glad it is back as it shows just how serious and dangerous guns can be. I recommend this episode for sure, it is good even if it isn’t a favorite.

Final Score: 8.5 / 10. Good message, not so memorable baddie.

Gargoyles – Season 1, Episode 6 – “The Thrill of the Hunt” – The Arrival of The Pack and Lexington Learns

Gargoyles Thrill of the Hunt

 

“The Thrill of the Hunt” is the 6th episode of the first season and was written by Michael Reaves and directed by Kazuo Terada. The story is a character centered episode with the main focus on Lexington.

The premise is “The Pack” is a television show that the gargoyles love because The Pack: Dingo, Jackal, Wolf, Fox and Hyena fight evil ninjas with honor. Lexington sees them as potential allies not realizing that all they want is a good hunt and see the gargoyles as prey after a mysterious benefactor sends them a package with the gargoyles’ pictures. From here the story unfolds.

Here is the assessment of the episode:

The Pros: Lexington – This is his episode and he owns it. He is the youngest of the gargoyles and him being outside of his time period makes it so he and the gargoyles believe what they see on tv as true, even if it is just a tv show. He introduces himself to the Pack and Fox manipulates him into bringing Goliath so they can start a hunt. After the incident he is hating himself for trusting people but Goliath says he is right and that they do need allies and to not be alone. It is a great episode for Lexington.

Goliath – Goliath is the one who thinks Detective Maza is enough, until Lexington makes him realize just how alone they are. His arc is understanding the idealism and practicalness of Lexington’s dream which informs his later actions. He also learns Xanatos will be getting out of prison soon so is pretty peeved.

Owen – is the main manipulator for Xanatos, as he has the pack playing on tv all the time so the Gargoyles will seek them out and be tested in their strength and on the dependability of the Pack.

The Pack – They have a great dynamic…Wolf and Fox are the leaders and Wolf is the one who loves fighting and hunting, Fox is the manipulator and his second in command, Jackal and Hyena are the rogues who revel in causing pain and Dingo is the tank who has an exploding boomerang as a weapon. They have an interesting dynamic as a group.

Xanatos – This guy is fantastic, this was another gambit to find out Goliath’s strength and to test the pack. He sees the loss as a gain that all went according to plan, once again showing why the Xanatos Gambit is such an amazing trope. Love this villain.

Okay: The Pack – Listing them here again because Jackal and Hyena are interchangeable and we don’t know why Wolf loves to hunt and fight. Would have loved to get more motivation behind them. Not a con, but also putting them in okay because they weren’t the perfect baddies like Xanatos.

I definitely recommend this episode. Not as good as the pilot, but a great character episode as it explores Lexington’s idealism and has Goliath grow as a character too. It is also a great glimpse into Xanatos never loses, everything is another trial in which he learns and grows.

Final Score of this episode is 9 / 10. Solidly great.