Gargoyles

Season 2 Episode 5

The Mirror

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Aired Saturday 11:00 AM Sep 11, 1995 on ABC Family
9.4
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Demona steals a magical mirror to summon an elf named Puck, and forces him use his magic against Goliath and the humans. The result is however not quite what she had in mind...

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  • Demona steals a magic mirror and summons Puck the trickster

    10
    My favourite episode. It's halarious. Demona steals a magic mirror and summons Puck the trickster who is like a cross between a five year old on a sugar high and the Genie from Aladdin. Elisa gets turned into Gargoyle and kicks Demona's arse. Puck also almost always speaks in verse. All around one of the best episodes.
  • simple one of the best eps ever.

    9.8
    like what he said above. this is on of the best eps ever in the series. which fans where happy to see what the char look like in human/gargoyle form.

    this also shows how demona got her human form in the day time.

    ans the only time puck every got captured
  • The best ep out of the whole series.

    10
    The Mirror was a very creative way of getting the gargoyles to look different. I mean that physically. In this ep, albet not for long, the gargoyles were transformed into humans, and the artists were pretty creative by making them have something the identified them with their voice actors.

    To me, just seeing what they looked like human was a big plus, it must have been hard to design say a human Lexington, or Brooklyn and yet they pulled it off.

    Another part that I loved was that the human's became gargoyles, that included Elisa Maza, which was a brilliant twist.

    I also loved how Puck managed to twist Demona's own words to mean what he wanted them to mean and not what she meant.

    Then for her to be given the gift of staying awake all day... That twist was brilliant.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When the gargoyles go to the subway station, most of the transformed humans lack gargoyle tails, this is most apparent when the trio of flirting females walk away from the gargoyles, where the only one with a tail is the one who winked at the garg Trio.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Puck: Well, let's just get this over with, shall we? How can I be of service? Out with it, I haven't got all night!
      Demona: You've got all millennium, if I choose.

    • Puck: First the humans, I'll attend... (The humans and Elisa turn back to normal, Elisa and the human Goliath spend a brief moment looking at each other before...) ...then the Gargoyles, will I mend. If it's efforts you commend: Free Puck; set him homeward-wend.

    • Puck: Humans love a battle hearty! So does Puck, come on, let's party!

    • Puck: And give nothing in return for this merriment? Puck is many things, but never a poor guest.
      Demona: Please! Leave!
      (Puck gives an insulted face and vanishes, but his voice comes back)
      Puck: So you wanted to be Gargoyle by night, but not stone by day? So be it. (he appears) Fearsome creature who would stay, unchanged by the light of day. Remain thee thus throughout the night and be thou FLESH! By dawn's fair light.

    • Goliath: Elisa, I ...
      Elisa: Yeah, I know, you're as realived as I am that things are back to normal.
      Goliath: That's not what I was going to say ...
      (She starts to touch his mouth, as he turns to stone)
      Elisa: I know but that's the way it is.

    • Goliath: Until now, I never realized how very beautiful you are....
      Gargoyle-Elisa: You mean you thought I was ugly?

    • Demona: I wanted you to destroy the humans, not give them the gift of being a gargoyle!

    • Goliath: My strength has never depended on brute force, Demona, but on true friends.

    • Demona: You serve the human, now you can serve me.
      Puck: Serving humans is fun. They have a sense of humor. You have none.
      Demona: Perhaps not, Puck, but I have you.

  • NOTES (5)

    • When Elisa turns away from the mirror at the start of the episode, note that her reflection does not match her movements. This was an intentional gag by the production team to clue the audience into the mirror's magical nature.

    • Ironic that this episode featuring scenes atop the World Trade Center would originally air exactly 6 years before 9/11.

    • Brent Spiner--who starred with Jonathan Frakes (David Xanatos), Marina Sirtis (Demona), and Michael Dorn (Lt. Worf) on Star Trek: The Next Generation as Lt. Comdr. Data-- joins the cast in a reoccuring role as Puck, the fairy/elf from Shakesphere's A Midsummer's Night Dream.

    • Interestingly, the now human gargoyles vaguely resemble their real world counterparts, especially Hudson, whose human form bares a striking resemblance to Ed Asner, the voice of Hudson.

    • We find out about the existence of three races: Gargoyles, Humans, and Oberon's Children.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Puck: Does this look like Aladdin's lamp?

      Undoubtedly a minor in-joke to Disney's Aladdin movie. Although Puck implies he isn't as powerful as a genie, it's significant to note he doesn't actually say he can't eradicate humanity - rather he misdirects Demona into asking for something else.

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