As some of you may know I finally got the chance to become a regualr Gargoyle viewer as of this semester. I had heard so many horrible things about TGC that I was dreading the end of Hunter's Moon. We all of course know that series creator Greg Weisman ended his run on the show with the first episode "The Journey." Thus the next twelve episodes are not considered cannon, but I still don't think that makes them bad. Sure there were some horrible things about it (animation got worse, that horrible intro etc) but there were some perfectly admirable things about the Goliath Chronichles.
+I liked the fact that they had Goliath opening with a little speech in every episode. I felt it helped with foreshadowing the episode's story.
+The idea of the Quarrymen was an interesting one that perhaps could have used more development (at points they were like Hunters-lite without the deep backstory).
+I totally bought Xanatos and Fox being the Gargoyles human protectors. Their charecter arc, IE becoming good, made total sense to me in the light of the events in The Gathering and Hunter's Moon.
Let me give some brief statements about each of the episodes.
The Journey: Suprisingly I didn't much care for this episode. I think it was the fact that coming off of Hunter's moon, this episode seemed a bit dull. It did however elaborate on the wonderful new dynamic between the Xanatos family and the Gargoyles. Also liked the apperance of the guy who kept getting his life messed up by the Gargoyles in the previous seasons.
Ransom: This episode had alot of solid drama in it, Lex's bond with Alex was actually pretty touching. As was Elisa's attempt to save him.
Runaways: This thing was just a big after school special, hated it.
Broadway goes to Hollywood: I thought for sure that I was going to hate this episode when I heard the title but oddly enough it was okay. Broadway had a very legitamite reason for getting infront of the camera, and we finally got to see Fox interact with her former teamates Jackal and Hyena post marrige/pregnancy/change of heart. Plus we got to see how wide spread the Quarrymen's influence was.
A Bronx tale: I was never to big on Bronx focused episodes, but this one was alright. Quite frakly in tone it seemed much more fit for The World Tour arc than TGC, but oh well. I liked the angle of the Amish kid trying to figure out Bronx.
The Dying of the light: A very powerful episode that dealt with Hudson's pride/feelings of inadequecey just like some of the wonderful stand alone episodes in season 1 and 2 (Lighthouse in a sea of time, and A Long way to Morning). We also saw the return of his friend Mr. Robins who had been MIA for some time. I especially liked how Mr. Robins knew what Hudson was and called him on suspecting him of being a bigot. This episode also helped us see that there were groups of humans actively trying to secure peace with the gargoyles.
And Justice For all: Like the previous episode this one demonstrated that there were people in the world willing to try to understand the Gargoyles. I really liked the lawyer charecter in this one. I also liked the idea that Goliath was willing to stand trial, totally in charecter.
Genesis undone: An alright episode, at least we got to see Talon again. It's a shame that he's the only member of the Elisa's family we saw in TGC.
Generations: Angela was behaving much to foolishly here. I mean sweatheart we know Demona is your mommy and everything, but if you haven't realized by now that she's not going to change than you're just being foolish. I mean after all the last time you saw her she, ya know ATTEMPTED TO ERADICATE THE ENTIRE HUMAN POPULATION OF THE PLANET!!! It was just to much for me to believe.
For it May come true: I love what if story's, Future Tense was one of my favorite episodes of the whole Gargoyles series original or TGC. I also liked this one, because it kind of showed Goliath's impact on the people he's met. Plus it sort of dealt with the romance between Elisa and Goliath (though abstractly) which was something sort of missing in alot of TGC. Also liked Tatania's advice to Goliath.
To serve Mankind: This was a pretty strong episode as it featured The Illuminati which I always found interesting. I really liked the idea of them creating wars for their own benefit, and I loved how Xanatos used his influence to help the Gargoyles. I love pacifist heros so I found Egon Pax to be interesting. The one big flaw in this episode was the way Matt Bluestone was used. He got in on the Illluminati's plots quite a while before, so he should have known what was going on.
Seeing isn't believng: The New Olympians is one of my favorite episodes of the World Tour arc. I just thought the whole idea of a secret island hidden from the rest of the world was interesting. That being said I didn't much care for this episode. By it's end it had resorted to the common shape shifter cliche of "No I'm the real one!" that is so commen in action cartoons.
Angels in the Night:Cool episode, we got to see Xanatos using his cunning, people changing their opinions about Gargoyles, and some other pretty cool things. I feel that this episode also served as a pretty cool finale for not only TGC, but Gargoyles itself. Weisman had more stories planned mind you, and there are still tales that could be told, but I'm okay with this too. The one big plot hole though is how the head Quarryman got out of jail so quickly after Ransom.
So those are my thoughts. True TGC never reached the dramatic heights that the original Gargoyles did (especially in some multi-parters and episodes like Future Tense), but then again I liked certain episodes of TGC way more than some episodes of the original (Monster's was horrid, and I never cared for many of the Cold Stone episodes).
So those are my thoughts, I know they're not popular but they are what they are.