[Updated January 2014]
To state the obvious: this is a blog about Gargoyles. If the title doesn’t spark your memory, perhaps the heartstopping theme song will. Or even if you do remember it, listen to it anyway, because goodness gracious, that music is insane.
What the heck is Gargoyles? You reviewing statues? How does that work?
Gargoyles was a syndicated Disney show from the early-to-mid-90’s, and a first for Disney as a dark, serialized action melodrama. It never quite latched onto mainstream popularity enough to be a cultural phenomenon, probably in part for being outshined by the likes of Batman: The Animated Series. But it’s nevertheless kept a strong fanbase throughout the years, and while people talk about Batman being the epitome of action animation in the 90’s (not saying it wasn’t, but it wasn’t the only one) Gargoyles is definitely its own breed in terms of its scope, ensemble cast, and overall structure. Because of that, it’s worth being analyzed, because holy crap there’s a lot we can talk about in this show. And to this day, I’d argue there isn’t much of anything else like it.
Why should I care what you have to say? Who even are you?
I’m Derek, and I’m not very good at imitating Goliath’s “Thinker” pose. However, I am good at imitating writers, and pretend to be one on the internet sometimes. I currently write various television-centered articles for KSiteTV and its network, and wrote a collection of self-help life insights mixed with a hodgepodge of TV stuff on The Bearded Awesome for a while. Among other projects, I spend my weekdays working in healthcare and weekends working in theatre, which is totally unrelated and not relevant to you. My current and to-be-updated portfolio with many of my projects is available here.
I’m not a mondo-Gargoyles fan. Not in a “love” way—because I do really really love and admire the show. I mean that I’ve never acquired and thoroughly taken in the vast amounts of knowledge that’s in the Gargoyles fanbase. I wrote an undergrad paper about Gargoyles regarding its use of King Arthur mythology back in college, but to this day I don’t think I’ve ever just sat down and watched the entire show, start to finish (or at least, start to end of Weisman’s run to where the comics stopped. This show’s complicated.) As much as I wanted to go to the Gathering of the Gargoyles convention, I never made it. And though I’ve browsed Ask Greg plenty of times, and even sent in a couple of (admittedly stupid) questions with grammatical oversights, I’ve never been as involved with the show as with, well, most any others that I consider my favorites. So this time, I’d like to use that “appreciation but only psuedo-knowledge and insight” in my favor when writing about it.
What’s the gameplan?
I’ll watch an episode a week, and then write about it. You may notice some gaps at certain points; life got in the way of many points, but I’m constantly updating my workflow to get them out consistently. For the 20th anniversary, I’m planning to get through most season 2. Season 2! That’s like 52 episodes! There isn’t even that many weeks in a year!
I’ll figure out how to go about doing The Goliath Chronicles and the comics when I get to them, but for now, it should be straightforward like any other retro-blog. It’ll be fun and humorous, and I’ll try to throw in lots of pictures and all that, but I’ll also try to be insightful and find some deeper meaning (that may or may not exist.)