Disney+ Gargoyles: Why you should drop everything & watch Now!
In the late 90s Disney made one of my favourite childhood TV shows, Disney’s Gargoyles!
Thanks to Disney+ it is now BACK!
This is why you should add Gargoyles to your watch list right now!
If I had to pitch it to you in one sentence, I would say that it was the bastard offspring of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, and Batman: The Animated series. And if that doesn’t get you hot under the collar, then do you even have a pulse?
I’m kidding, obviously, not everyone is a fan of Batman: The Animated Series, but those people are wrong.
Not just that, but if you are a fan of Star Trek: TNG (The Next Generation), then you have the added bonus of it featuring not one, but two beloved TNG stars! Will Riker (Jonathan Frakes) and Deanna Troi (Marina Sirtis).
I mean, if you haven’t started watching it right now, I just don’t even know what to say…
Gargoyles: The Premise
Ok, so I am yet to win you over on the Disney+ Gargoyles thing, but Id I can’t do it, then maybe the five-part pilot episodes will. Yes, the Pilot episode Awakening, Part 1, is soon followed by not one, not two, but four more episodes, just to set the stage for the series. I mean, c’mon. If that doesn’t show that the writers had BIG ideas for the series, I don’t know what does.
If you add up those 23 minute run times, then you’re left with a 115-minute feature-length epic.
But what is it about?
Well… the opening scene of episode one takes place in modern-day New York. There is some sort of storm at the top of a skyscraper, and debris starts to fall onto the traffic below.
This gets the attention of a detective, who see some debris with claw marks on it. “What could be strong enough to cause claw marks in solid stone”?
But then, it cuts. It sends us back to 994 AD, where a castle is being stormed. We are unsure how this relates until we see 4 stone gargoyles sitting upon the castle that is being sieged by the invading army.
But as all is almost lost, the sun sets, and the gargoyles awake from their slumber. The tide turns.
The other thing that is worth mentioning is…
It’s pretty awesome, and another reason it gives of the impression of Batman: The Animated Series. The orchestral score, and the dark brooding tones, elevate this above your basic kid’s cartoon. Again, this is a little more epic.