Gargoyles

Season 2 Episode 30

Grief

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Aired Saturday 11:00 AM Dec 28, 1995 on ABC Family
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Grief
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In Egypt, Goliath, Elisa, Angela, and Bronx find the Pack working on another of Xanatos's schemes - trying to pry immortality out of the God of Death's hands.

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  • Goliath & friends are in Egypt. They find the Pack working for a man named the Emir. He is trying to trap Anubis for both he & Xanatos' purposes. Things go wrong when Jackal becomes an Avatar & starts destroying everything. What can be done to stop him?moreless

    7.8
    An interesting episode. This deals a lot with accepting death and how it works, which is a big message going out to a (mainly) kid audience. My favorite parts of this episode are when the Emir (voiced by the spectacular Tony Shaloub) and Anubis are arguing about how death works. The Emir is so heartbroken at the loss of his son, that he doesn't care about reason or what is right; he'd do anything to get his dead son back. I also find it interesting the Greg Weisman has said that he regrets not trying to kill off Goliath, Angela, Elisa, & Bronx in the episode, because the fact of it is, is that they can't die. Anubis is trapped, and while he's trapped, no one can die, so the Pack could not kill them. It would be interesting to see how that would be pulled off. The end of the episode is sad and touching. The Emir finally sees the error of his ways & understands what Anubis was trying to tell him all along. In the end, the Emir is at rest with his son.moreless
Tony Jay

Tony Jay

Anubis

Guest Star

Tony Shalhoub

Tony Shalhoub

The Emir

Guest Star

Frank Welker

Frank Welker

Bronx

Recurring Role

Clancy Brown

Clancy Brown

Wolf

Recurring Role

Matt Frewer

Matt Frewer

Jackal

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (8)

    • When Elisa regains her youth along with Goliath and Angela, her red jacket is gone and she is wearing only a black shirt. But when she enters the next scene, her red jacket has reappeared.

    • Trivia: We learn that gargoyles age at one-half the rate that humans do.

    • Anubis claims that no one can die while he's imprisoned, but there are many mythologies with many different Death Gods. Anubis is part of a pantheon that hasn't received major worship in over 10 centuries - does he really still have such power that he alone has control over death and his absence prevents anyone from dying?

    • Goliath claims that because gargoyles age half as slowly as humans, he and Angela could act while Elisa couldn't. But he and Angela looked just as aged and decrepit as Elisa did - Anubis/Jackal apparently took into account the different aging speeds. Perhaps Goliath meant that gargoyles are fitter when they are proportionately the same elderly age as a human, but if so that isn't made clear.

    • In the past, and rightly so, Xanatos has been careful to make sure he can't be connected to the Pack. But here the Coyote Robot quite blatantly has Xanatos's (ruined) face on the front - wouldn't anyone seeing it connect the Pack to Xanatos?

    • When Hyena is deaged by Anubis/Jackal, her clothing and (presumably) her cybernetics change size to fit her new baby-sized body. Either the clothes should now be too large to fit, or the metal components should be deaged into their base ore - nothing aging-wise would account for them fitting her at baby-size.

    • If Xanatos has the Pack helping the Emir because he wants immortality for himself, why did he program the Coyote Robot to be so disinterested in keeping an eye on the Emir? It lets itself be ordered away by the Emir during the ceremony, and just lets Jackal go back to watch. If Xanatos wanted to find out about the immortality ceremony, wouldn't he program the robot to stay as close to the Emir as possible?

    • Xanatos has stated in the past that he wants to keep Goliath alive, and presumably feels the same about Elisa - he's never used his connections to have her killed or thrown off the force. But here the Coyote Robot seems to be doing its darnedest to kill both of them - it shoots repeatedly at Elisa and obeys the Emir's order to "dispose" of them. Wouldn't Xanatos have programmed it to only capture them?

  • QUOTES (6)

  • NOTES (1)

    • A year and a half or so after this episode came out, Interplay Productions produced the video game Fallout: A Post-Nuclear Role-Playing Game. Apparently the company was a big fan of Gargoyles and/or this episode - the game featured the voices of Clancy Brown, Keith David, Tony Jay, Tony Shalhoub, Frank Welker, and Cree Summer. All of them have voice credits in this episode. Matt Frewer and Brigitte Bako are the only actors in this episode who don't star in Fallout, which also featured the voices of Gargoyles regulars Jeff Bennett and David Warner.

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