Season 1 Episode 8

Deadly Force

Aired Saturday 11:00 AM Nov 18, 1994 on ABC Family

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  • One of the best examples why "Gargoyles" is the best animated series ever made.

    Every animated show has at least 1 public service episode, dealing with a "real-life" problem. Most of these turn out to be of pretty poor quality, but Deadly Force sets a fine example.

    We see a character go through all the steps- being introduced to guns by the media, accepting them as cool and necessary, then finally realizing the true purpose/method behind a gun.

    This story doesn't really take sides in the gun issue, so to speak. It just tries to show people that actions have consequences-and it does so brilliantly.

    And the sight of Elisa lying in a pool of her own blood makes this one of the most exceptional Disney cartoons ever made. Yet their programming won't even acknowledge its existence.
  • Broadway watches a Western movie and becomes interested in playing with guns. He accidentally shoots Elisa while playing with hers. Recent events suggest that a mobster shot Elisa. Goliath and Broadway go after the mobster and subdue him.

    Well-written episode. Just a few problems I had with it, and those refer to the medical side of things.
    1) When you come across somebody in cardiac arrest, the first thing you do is start CPR, not rush them into the ER. When life is at stake, seconds count.
    2) You can't shock asystole (absence of any electrical activity in the heart, which was what Elisa had). Asystole is incredibly difficult to bring someone back from, and I am quite surprised that she would already be in that rhythm, since it's not a typical initial rhythm after cardiac arrest, particularly since Elisa is young and (we presume) otherwise healthy.
    3) When your patient converts back to a normal sinus rhythm, you first check for a pulse-you don't automatically assume they have one (it is possible for a person to be in a sinus rhythm without a pulse; this is an example of pulseless electrical activity, or PEA).

    I guess I'm a bit biased because I'm a nurse, and I understand how things work with medicine in the real world, which is often very different from what's displayed on TV. Otherwise, I thought that this episode really gave a message to kids about the importance of being responsible and NOT playing with real guns. (Also, gives an important message to parents about ensuring that guns are kept locked up where children can't get hold of them.)
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