Review of Gargoyles 1×08: Deadly Force

Nearly 27 years ago one of the most controversial Gargoyles episode aired but if you’re wondering what Gargoyles was it was an American made children’s cartoon produced by Disney which aired from the Monday 24th of October 1994 to Saturday 15th of February 1997 in the afternoons.

The show was about a clan of Gargoyles who had been frozen in stone by a magic spell in medieval Scotland until being moved to modern day New York City where they become its night protectors.

This episode Deadly Force written by Michael Reaves first aired on the Friday 18th of November 1994 and was very controversial at the time so much so that it had a scene edited for showing on other channels and was even pulled from the airing schedules.

But has this episode aged well time to find out

The episode begins with its opening titles sequence we then join some construction workers, Security Guards and Owen Burnett as a crate is being unloaded off a ship, but unbeknownst to everyone they are being watched by two masked men who open fire with gas grenades who then come in and hijack the truck and its cargo as Owen tries to run after them but can only watch as the truck drives away.

As the sun goes down, and the night comes, Goliath and his clan awaken but Broadway tells the others that he’ll see them later and flies off leaving Goliath wondering where Broadway is going in such a hurry, Lexington tells them Broadway is going to see showdown again and Brooklyn tells then its a new western movie that they saw the other day and Lexington lists off what its about, Goliath muses that it was a good thing Broadway hadn’t eaten yet.

Hudson bemuses about the difficulty in knowing what’s real and what’s not then the remaining Gargoyles head inside.

Over at the NYPD 23rd precinct HQ

Elisa Maza is trying to convince captain Maria Chavez that Tony Dracon was the one who stole the weapons and asks for a warrant so she can bring him in but Maria says they have no evidence against him so Elisa asks what was taken and Maria tells her it was prototype laser guns form Xanatos enterprises when Owen arrives explaining they were the latest design and had high collmation charged particle beam technology, Maria asks how many were taken and Owen reveals that 322 laser guns of different sizes, styles and power were taken, Elisa walks towards the door realising how bad this is.

Maria asked Elisa where she’s going and Elisa responds by saying to do her job. She leaves.

Meanwhile Broadway having arrived at the movie theatre sneaks in and lands on the popcorn and grabs a bag as the movie begins.

Elisa having gone to the park manor hotel confronts Tony Drakon and his men on the hotel stairs wanting to ask him about the arms shipment hijacking but Tony denies knowing about it then Elisa asks for his alibi which Tony says he and his men were out on the town but as they leave the hotel stairs, Elisa doesn’t believe him and says that when he slips up one day she’ll be there waiting but Tony says he’s not the one responsible even he was he says he’s untouchable and walks out leaving Elisa fuming while back at the movie theatre Broadway is watching the film.

Later at Elisa’s apartment

Elisa walks in and puts her jacket and holster on the coat rack and picks up her cat Cagney and remarks about the streets, back at the movie theatre Broadway is quietly leaving as the credits roll, he is gliding about pretending to use a gun when he lands at Elisa’s place and lets himself in and as she’s cooking he picks up a photo then pulls out her police revolver, he plays around with it until he points it towards the kitchen accidentally pulling the trigger, he drops it and apologises to Elisa but gets no response only to peer over the counter to see her on the floor on in a pool of blood as the episode goes into the commercial break.

Elesa is laying there as Broadway tries to apologise then picks her up and flies to a hospital where a gurney is outside but as Broadway puts her down but seeing blood on his hands when two paramedics see Elesa laying there and rush her inside as Broadway glides away.

Back at the Castle

The Gargoyle assume their positions as the sunrise is coming when Owen shows up telling Goliath that Elisa had been shot but can’t tell him if she’ll pull through before Goliath and the others turn to stone.

In the forest

Tony Drakon and his men are testing the laser weapons when one of them mentions about Elisa and Tony laughs about it. at the hospital the doctors are giving Elisa surgery as Goliath, Brookyln, Lexington and Hudson enter Owen’s office and wants to know what happened but Owen tells them he isn’t but tells them Elisa was trying to get some weapons off the street and Hudson demands to know where she is and Owen tells them she is at Manhattan general hospital then quietly leaves, Golath moves to leave but Lexington and Brooklyn mentions Broadway hasn’t returned so Goliath sends him and Brooklyn to find Broadway while Hudson guards the castle while he goes to check on Elisa.

Broadway is sitting on a building crying as Goliath watches Diane, Peter and Derek enter where the doctor tells them how bad it is and Diane says they should pray when Maria arrives telling them what she knows unaware Goliath was listening in and now thinks Tony or one of his men shot her, he tells Elisa that he will find who did this and make him pay, he flies off quickly arriving at Drakon’s place where he is arranging a sale of the stolen weapons.

In the park a man is walking through when a man attempts to rob him with a gun when Broadway who’d been watching attacks and beats the robber up destroying his gun and demanding to know where he got it who tells Broadway that a guy named Glasses sold him the weapon on canal street, Broadway heads for Canal Street while at the hospital Elesa flatlines.

As the doctors restarts her heart with a defibrillator meanwhile Maria and Matt are following Tony whose men notice and try to lose them hiding in a garage then once the cop car has left leave and head back out unaware Goliath was watch who pursues.

At the docks

one of Drakon’s men Glasses is selling a gun when Broadway attacks and demands to know who Glasses is working for whn Drakon arrives and Goliath swoops down landing on the warehouse roof as Broadway joins him but Goliath was about ask where he’s been but doesn’t telling him that he can help him deal with the one who shot Elisa clueing Broadway in that Goliath has the wrong guy.

Goliath tells him what happened unaware Broadway already knows and Goliath leaps down and Broadway follows.

Inside the warehouse Drakon is trying to make sense of what Glasses is telling him when Goliath and Broadway attack with the men firing their laser guns but Goliath knocks out the lights letting Broadway slip behind then knocking out one man before Tony slips away unaware Goliath following as Broadway attacks another of Tony’s men who fires wildly nearly hitting Drakon as Goliath pursues while Broadway throws a third man into onto of the crates.

Goliath continues pursing Drakon who runs up onto the warehouse gantry firing but Goliath smashes up from underneath and disarms Drakon before Drakon falls but grabs him and tells Drakon that he shot Elisa leaving Drakon confused before saying she will have her revenge through him when Broadway reveal he shot Elesa and apologies explaining what happened, so Goliath ties Drakon up with metal bar telling Broadway they much to talk about.

After Tony Drakon and his men are all tied up, Owen arrives intending to recover the weapons when Goliath asks if all the weapons are there but Owen tells them 37 of the weapons are missing but Goliath takes one of the rifles and destroys the weapons then the weapon he used to do it, Owen remarks that Xanatos won’t be happy that the weapons had been destroyed but Goliath says he can discuss that with before leaving the weapon he used on Drakon so the NYPD will link them to the weapons theft.

At the hospital

Goliath and Broadway watch as Elisa wakes up and Derek explains what happened, Goliath and Broadway enter and Broadway apologises swearing to never touch a gun again but Elisa admits she should have been more careful with her gun, she tells him they both made mistakes but Broadway points out her mistake almost killed her, Goliath and Broadway leave after Goliath tells her to sleep and as the sun comes up, Elisa is sleeping as Goliath and Broadway now statues stand guard over her and the episode ends.

Things I observed

  • The angle of the sunset and view of the city is quite well done.
  • So Goliath is at the top and the other gargoyles are below
  • They still have wild-west movies in the 1990s?
  • “Movies, Television, Video Games, these days it’s hard to tell what’s real and what’s not.” I think Hudson nailed the first decades of the 21st century.
  • Yeah laser weapons a common firearm in 90s kids shows.
  • “322 of various sizes, styles and power ranges.” yeah that’s enough to equip a few gangs easily.
  • “Sooner or later you’re gonna slip up Tony and when you do, I’ll be there.” Yeah Elisa might be getting out of her depth here.
  • A Mexican Stand-off – a classic if somewhat cliché trope these days.
  • Umm oh dear I think Elisa’s error might kill her
  • Media very impressionable even today
  • Oh yeah that will upset people but I’ll get to that later

  • That day went quickly
  • The Bullet hit high on her chest ricocheted off the collarbone nicking her heart muscle and passed through the right lung, I’ve removed it from the base of her spine.” umm is that even possible?
  • Uh-oh Tony Drakon is in trouble now

Overall Thoughts

So what did I think of this episode well overall I liked it and thought it was very good and well written, the subject it touched on was handled very well as it put Broadway as the impressionable kid who finds a gun and accidentally shoots someone and Broadway’s reaction is totally understandable as a kid would likely feel the same way.

The animation looks good for its time but looks very dated by modern standards so the controversy surrounding this episode is understandable given the subject of gun violence and Broadway’s method of gun control both of which the USA really has a big problem with but I also think there was just some bad timing as 11 days earlier there had been a school shooting at Wickliffe Middle School in Wickliffe Ohio, I have to suspect that would have been on some people’s minds when this episode first aired.

I can understand what the Gargoyle writers and the episode’s writer Michael Reaves were trying to do, teach kids that guns are not toys and can be very dangerous and given some of the stories I’ve heard its clear the message didn’t get through although it does make it understandable why most kids shows used laser guns instead of bullets as a lot of the 2000s era cartoons did.

Overall this episode is one I recommend you watch

So this review is one I had planned to do in 2019 but forgot about until earlier this week so I thought why not watch the episode and do the review

so I’ll see you next time.

Review of Winx club 1 x 01: it feels like magic

Please note: I watched the 4kids version

over 15 years ago a brand new franchise from Italy began that despite some highs and lows has become a very popular franchise with a lot of fans but now let’s go back to where it all began, does the episode still hold up over a decade and a half later let’s find out

The episode begins by showing the city of Gardenia where Bloom is riding her bike through the streets of Gardenia with her pet Kiko which after saying to mr genaro that she will the scene shifts to the gardenia park where Bloom tells Kiko to go find an acorn that she’ll toss around with him which after she sits down next to her bike taking a bite out of an apple when Kiko rushes back in a panic which Bloom asks if he saw a scary squirrel

In the clearing

Bloom and Kiko find Stella in a fire fight against some ghouls which Stella easily dispatches the ghouls but Knut manages to floor her and he tells the ghouls to bring the scepter that Stella has to him which after Knut has it tells Stella that she’s history when Bloom raises her voice which gets Knut’s attention who attacks her which awakens the dragonflame within her (yeah I know back in the show’s premiere we didn’t know it was the dragonflame but after 15 years winx fans know that it was the dragonflame)

the ghouls charge on Bloom but she destroys them when an orange energy sphere forms around her but one manages to get the drop on kiko however Bloom send it packing with a tree branch.

Stella tells Bloom that she has major winx but before she can explain further, she blasts knut back then wipes the floor with the ghouls however a ghoul manages to bite off a piece of Bloom’s trouser leg before Knut and the remaining ghouls retreat with knut telling Stella that they’ll meet again but she de-transforms moments later

At Bloom’s house

its the next day and Vanessa tries to wake Bloom up but it doesn’t work saying how Bloom pretended to be a fairy but when Vanessa mentions the girl sleeping in the guestroom, Bloom bolts awake getting washed and dressed while sprouting that Stella is Wanda’s cousin and that she’s visiting from far far away, when she gets to breakfast mike tells her that they are going to clean out the garage, she tries to explains to Mike about what Stella is but Vanessa says that Bloom wants to spend the day with her friend and tells Bloom that if she gets the groceries, she be free to spend the rest of the day with Stella

Bloom is walking with her bike when Mitzi suggests she send her bike to the scrapyard but Bloom tells her that her dad bought the bike for her Bloom cycles away telling kiko that if she has powers to remind her to turn Mitzi into a monkey

In a mystery place

Knut walks into somewhere with the Trix who want to know why he failed he explains that he almost had the spectre but thanks to Bloom’s unexpected attack when Icy asks about Bloom, Knut tells them how she beat them but Darcy wants to know what she looks like, Knut doesn’t since he did not have his glasses on which Icy and Darcy berates him for but he tells them that he has a plan on how to find them since one of the ghouls managed to get a piece of Bloom’s clothing so he’ll use a hunter troll to find Bloom and kill her and recover the solaria sceptre

back at Bloom’s house

Mike and Bloom are talking about Stella who has been asleep for 20 hours cause she is a fairy but Mike asks if that’s like a goth but Bloom corrects him by saying real magic and wings but he thinks Bloom is running a fever and wants to call Doctor Silverman but Stella wakes up not realising its night time until Vanessa corrects her

Bloom and Stella introduce themselves to each other but when Vanessa suggest they call Stella’s parents but unfortunately that is not possible due to the distance between earth and solaria but after Stella says she’s from a kingdom called Solaria, Mike wants to call Doctor Silverman thinking Stella and Bloom are seeing things but Stella decides to prove to them that she is telling the truth by turning the house phone into a carrot and lettuce leaving him stumped and Stella explains what happened in the park but when she suggest that she go to Alfea, Mike shuts down the conversation cause he is unsure if sending Bloom is a good idea

In Gardenia

Knut, the hunter troll and 4 ghouls arrive in Gardenia, the troll sniffs the piece of Bloom’s clothing picking up the scent

back at Bloom’s house

Stella and Bloom walk into Bloom’s bedroom who isn’t sure if she has powers but Stella reassures her that she does but her powers have been dormant for too long and reads a book on fairies but when Stella tries to teach her a magic spell it doesn’t work but Stella uses an express portal to show Bloom Alfea

outside 

Knut is following the troll hunter who picks up the scent of both Stella and Bloom but loses it due to them being through the express portal

Outside Alfea

Stella and Bloom look on the alfea college for fairies, Bloom then asks what happens at alfea and tells Bloom about red fountain and who the specialists are and about Cloudtower who then tells Bloom that she invites the specialists over

Back in Gardenia

upon their return, to earth the troll picks up the scent and they go in through the back but Kiko seeing them tries to warn Mike and Vanessa but Mike doesn’t listen so Kiko barricades the door with whatever he can much to Mike’s annoyance but the barricade is not enough to stop the troll who smashes the door down which gets everyone’s attention even Bloom and Stella upstairs who come down after Knut demands to know where Bloom and Stella are, Stella transforms and Bloom leads the ghouls away while Mike and Vanessa slip out the front window but Bloom having lured the ghouls outside but while trying to think of a way deal with them when Knut is blasted out of the house by Stella who herself is knocked through the window by the troll but the specialists show up but Riven’s attempt to restrain the troll don’t work as he ends up getting tossed about landing in between Bloom and Stella as it attacks Sky who blocks with his shield while Brandon creates a chasm in Mike and Vanessa’s front yard and Timmy shoots the troll’s balance who falls into the chasm while riven destroys the ghouls and Bloom and Stella blast Knut from behind who threatens to use a cleaning spell on him that makes him retreat with 2 ghouls while Stella introduces Bloom to the specialists who take the troll into custody and depart after telling Bloom about what is going to happen to the troll

The Next Morning

Mike is cleaning up but Stella offers to clean the whole house with her magic but Mike tells her no but Bloom come down with a suitcase, Mike however wants to know more about Alfea but when she asks her how they will get there so she uses her Solaria ring to teleport them to the hill overlooking Alfea and the episode ends with Bloom, Stella, Vanessa, Mike and Kiko heading towards Alfea

Things i observed

  • the intro and song are unique and do the job of giving you an idea of what the show is 😊
  • hmm so Stella coined the term Winx hmm interesting 🤔
  • We’d better take her home, she needs major help” I would say take her to the hospital but does gardenia have one? And all the questions she would have answer would be tricky 🤔
  • so Bloom liked stories about fairies interesting🤔
  • if only Vanessa knew how right she was to be about calling her a princess (yeah I know back in the show’s premiere we didn’t know Bloom was the princess of domino but after 15 years winx fans know that by now)
  • who’s Wanda? 🤔
  • A two wheeled relic to the junk pile” seriously Mitzi bikes are still practical even today 😒
  • Mitzi is so unlikable that all her misfortune later in the series is entertaining 😒
  • Kiko if I have powers remind me to turn her into a monkey” why hasn’t she done that already 🤔🤣
  • so Knut has vision problems and needs glasses to see
  • Mike’s skepticism is understandable given that to him fairies are a myth but I’ll talk more on that later
  • so is earth is 6 realms away form solaria 🤔
  • an express portal could be useful in tight spots 🤔
  • I find it an odd coincidence the specialists we see in the explanation about red fountain are the Sky, Brandon, Riven and Timmy and cloudtower focuses on the Trix
  • did Stella think to inform Mike and Vanessa about that 😒
  • Riven’s bad attitude is easy to see 😒
  • Seriously Sky openly flirting with a girl you do not know 😒
  • is causing property damage part of training at red fountain? 🤔
  • so the episode ends with the title in the song and a close up shot of Alfea 😊

Overall thoughts

so what did I think of the episode well I thought it was good with great characterisation for Bloom, Stella, Mike and Vanessa, I liked how they used Mike’s skepticism of what was happening, I liked how the story was well paced and the plot was a great way to introduce us to our lead character, it didn’t feel rushed and the voice acting was very good, why I liked Mike’s skepticism was because I could totally see him being skeptical of magic since to him it was all childhood fairy tales and myths but has this episode aged well after 15 years? Well yes and no the story has aged well since I feel the story has aged well since its easy to follow even after 15 years but what hasn’t aged well is the animation it looked primitive and especially with the specialists who looked awful in this style and we have the specialists in the season 8’s animation style which is worse than this but do I recommend this episode yes because the episode is enjoyable and is a good way to get into the older series or can be a fun way to pass over 20 minutes

so I’ll see you all in my next review 😉😉😉

Thoughts on Winx Club 1×03: Save the first dance

please note the episode I watched was is the 4kids version

ahh Season 1 where it all began nearly 15 years ago does the episode stand the test of time or has it rotted away like most things time to find out

the episode begins in Wizgiz’s metamorphosis class and after demonstrating how metamorphosis works all the class attempt the simplest exercise changing their hair colour but Bloom is unable to do so (which should have been a clue that maybe Bloom’s magic wasn’t suited to metamorphosis but I’ll come back to that later) anyway after hearing the announcement that Alfea’s first of the year dance

Bloom doesn’t have a dress which I can understand but even a shopping spree with Stella can’t find the right dress but with a bit of creative thinking and a bit of shopping sale earth know how Bloom finds the dress she wants but can’t find a pair of scissors to get creative with the dress she bought but Bloom overhears the trix’s plan and the winx foil it

Bloom goes after the ring and runs into the Trix who are understandably cheesed and attempt to kill Bloom but sheer willpower activates her winx form which was obvious Bloom’s power is more suited to combat but is unable to beat them and after the Trix retreat and the winx enjoy the night while Icy gets a duck and not the solaria ring with a good ending song the episode ends

What I observed

  • Faragonda met her husband at her back to school well Faragonda must be a lucky gal 😉
  • so the Trix’s plan is to steal Stella’s ring was to use the sabotage of the Alfea dance would be a creative cover
  • Flora wishes they could create outfits with magic well I think she got her wish in the later seasons
  • I liked the disney princess reference
  • Bloom’s bloom colture outfit was very nice
  • the winx counter spelling the Trix and wrecking both their plans was nice 🙂
  • Bloom’s first Winx transformation sequence was very well animated 🙂
  • I don’t get how the Trix didn’t spot Bloom ahead of them or see her shadow -_-
  • Princess Musa I would criticise but the I remember that Musa was a princess in this dub
  • Alfea security is so bad that they leave the gifts unguarded seriously that is a major error which could and did allow for an act of sabotage -_-
  • how did no-one hear the fighting going on outside I mean seriously Bloom narrowly avoid being killed on her first day at college -_-

Overall thoughts

so has this episode aged well in over 14 years well the voice acting was enjoyable as was the episode overall however the animation looked horrible cause it feels primitive compared to what winx has today but I suspect 14 years ago it was good but it hasn’t aged well anyway as I mentioned earlier I would have criticised Wizgiz for not knowing that Bloom’s magic was not suited to metamorphosis but given he nor Bloom knew what Bloom’s magic was at the time so I’m willing to let this one slide but still while I enjoyed the fight between Bloom and the trix who failed to check if Bloom was frozen in ice which she avoided.

Bloom not having a dress to wear is totally understandable because she probably never had to deal with a situation like this before and she’s experiencing a change in her life that is unexpected to say the least.

Now watching this episode gave me a sort of better understanding of why people said the outfits looked skimpy cause they showed off a lot of skin which I could see as skimpy and the characters not having proper body proportions was more a result of the animation style used back then but the seasons that came after addressed both of these problems so they are no longer valid

so what do you lot think of season 1 ep 3 but I have to ask should I review season 1 ep 17 which I will try to look at it in a balanced light but Sky and Bloom’s actions are going to be scrutinized