Season 2 Episode 9

City of Stone, Part One

Aired Saturday 11:00 AM Sep 18, 1995 on ABC Family
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City of Stone, Part One
While Demona prepares to cast a spell on the entire city through a pirate TV broadcast, she remembers her life after Goliath and the others had been turned to stone by the Magus.

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  • A haunting episode if you stop and think about it. It showed how mature the series was and refused to pull punches.

    The first time I saw this episode, way back in my early teens, I remember walking away from it amazed though I couldn't say why. Having recently seen it again ten years later I finally understand.

    The Gargoyles series had a maturity that I've never seen before, or since, and this is one of the best episodes to show that.

    City of Stone, as a whole, is the point in the series where everything that has come before, and been alluded to, is explained and the series begins to set itself up for the Avalon story arc. The spotlight, however, is on Demona and Macbeth and how they came to know each other and how they were able to survive for ten centuries.

    Their story takes them through two wars, betrayal, an unwilling marriage, an assassination and one scene that wrenches my gut every time I see it. Even so, the real power from this episode comes from Disney's uncharacteristic, but very welcome, willingness to treat the audience as an equal. At no point this episode, and rarely in the series, does the show talk down to the viewer.

    In short, while they didn't dwell on the violence, which is also a plus, they respected us enough not to glaze over, or, even worse, omit the fact that life isn't a fairy tale.

    Macbeth's part of the story begins with an assassin entering his home to kill his father. Even ten years after seeing it the first time I'm amazed that he succeeds. I don't think I've ever been caught that off-guard. It was the first time I'd ever seen a hero lose. (At this point I'd like to bring up Gwen Stacy to Spiderman fans, which I've learned of since seeing the show.)

    What happens next to Macbeth, The arranged wedding of his love to the king, a common occurance at the time, the pact with Demona, the war that followed, and the one that came as a result of the first all scream of necessary evils; however, when Macbeth and Demona are finally given a choice, they screw it up. They damn themselves to an eternity of solitude and hatred.

    The scene that haunted the back of my mind for so long is one in which Demona, after having cast a spell that turned the population of New York into stone by night, walks through the streets smashing people to pieces. It ends with her destroying a woman's arms and leaving her to awaken without them.

    At the end of the episode Demona is forced to deal with the fact that both of the betrayals she's suffered were her own doing. In the end she deals with it by refusing to accept the guilt.

    All told, I believe that this is one of the most powerful episodes of the series. It was probably even a good thing to have seen when I was younger as it shattered the illusions that the good guys can't lose and that right choices are easy, or even easy to identify.

    'City of Stone', in my opinion, stands on par with the best episodes of the already excellent Gargoyles series. The only other episode that obviously stands above 'City of Stone' is 'Deadly Force' for its honesty.moreless
Jeff Bennett

Jeff Bennett

Young MacBeth

Guest Star

John Rhys-Davies

John Rhys-Davies


Guest Star

Emma Samms

Emma Samms


Guest Star

Frank Welker

Frank Welker


Recurring Role

Clancy Brown (I)

Clancy Brown (I)


Recurring Role

Kath Soucie

Kath Soucie

Weird Sisters

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Chess is generally considered not to have arrived in England until early in the 11th century (about 1013), and took decades to catch on. But in the 975 A.D. (10th century) flashback, Findlaech and the others clearly are very experienced with the game.

    • Apparently, the Hunter's identity is unknown, but doesn't anyone notice the similarity of the Hunter's emblem with Gillecomgain's face?

  • QUOTES (3)

  • NOTES (6)

    • John Rhys-Davies, the voice of MacBeth, was initially aghast at the stark differences between the series character and the character from the Shakespeare play, so much so that he accused series producer Greg Weisman of revisionism. However, when he learned that the depiction was based on the historical MacBeth, he changed his tune and become very enthusiastic.

    • "City Of Stone" was conceived as a Direct To Video movie, but rejected as it didn't focus enough on the series protagonists.

      It would have taken place earlier in season 2 with the following differences:

      - Derek being the one to fly Xanatos to Pack Media Studios instead of Fox.

      - Goliath and company would have encounter a random individual who was blind as opposed to Jeffery Robbins.

    • After 9-11, the word "terrorist" was edited out for its subsequent reairings on Toon Disney. The line remains unedited on the DVD version.

    • This was originally a 2-hour "movie" shown in late August 1995 on stations that carried "The Disney Afternoon" block.

    • The spell that Demona casts is from the pages that she stole from the Grimorum Arcanorum in "Temptation."

    • Throughout all four parts of "City of Stone", Broadway either doesn't appear, or appears without dialogue.