Making a Name: The Ultimate Ninja

“Soon, all will know my name!  I am…”


Written by:Mike Ryan
Original Air Date: February 7, 2004
Teaser Narrator: Leonardo
Characters and Concepts Introduced: The Ultimate Ninja; The Gyouji (Unnamed); The Daimyo (Unnamed)
Gargoyles episode I could make a very unforced comparison to: “Ill Met by Moonlight”

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Why I Don’t Like David Xanatos


When it was first suggested that I write a “Why I Like…” post about David Xanatos, I decided to punt, for two reasons. First, I was not certain that I had anything interesting or new to say about the character. Second, I was, and currently am, undergoing a process of reevaluating whether or not I actually like him. So I’m doing something a bit different here and allowing some criticism to spill into my thoughts.

David Xanatos is in many ways the breakout star of Gargoyles, and possibly the one single element that caused the most impact on subsequent works. He shouldn’t be—that distinction, in a righteous world, would have gone to Elisa Maza—but there’s no denying that he’s become far bigger than the show that spawned him. And its not hard to see why: although not, technically speaking, the first of his kind—the Lex Luthor seen in season 1 of Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, has a crapload of similarities, and had his heyday a year before Gargoyles debuted—he nevertheless opened up the world of western animation, by showing a new type of villain the medium hadn’t really seen before.  While he hasn’t been replicated, big bads in general have become more like him, and the character itself has become synonymous with cultured, manipulative, clever villainy.

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Open Thread: The New TMNT Film (Spoilers)

So I won’t be watching the new TMNT film in the foreseeable future.  It would feel weird not to talk about it, though, so here’s an open thread for y’all to say whatever it is you’d like to say about it.  So have at it.  Spoilers welcome–I’d like to hear about what I’m missing or not missing out on.  Positivity also welcome–just because I’m ambivalent doesn’t mean others also have to be.

Fade with the Dawn: “Avalon” Part Three

“We will take no more chances.” The Archmage



Written by: Lydia C. Marano
Original Air Date: November 22, 1995
Introduces: Arthur Pendragon, King of the Britons, the Sleeping King, Mother of Dragons, the Greatest Warrior Who Ever Lived
Timeline placement: December 29, 1995 – January 1, 1996 (Earth Time)
TMNT episode I could make a forced comparison to: “City at War” Part Three; “Enter the Dragons”


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Rest, Recuperation and “Reflections”

“Come, let us sit and talk.” Splinter


Written by: Roland Gonzalez
Original Air Date: February 14, 2004
Teaser Narrator: Splinter
Characters and Concepts Introduced: N/A
Gargoyles episode I could make a forced comparison to: N/A

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Awesome Fan Art: Radical

Frequent commenter DarthEmpress is one the best friends I’ve made through this blog; she is, quite simply, lovely.  Lovely person that she is, she has done one of the nicest things anybody has ever done for me.


Radical by DarthEmpress

I’ve mentioned here and there that I have some very specific headcanons when it comes to the TMNT character Radical. As someone who’s kind of a mess in her original incarnation, reimagining her in a way that is respectful and organized and faithful requires a lot of work, and a lot of thought. I had asked DarthEmpress to try to translate those thoughts into visuals, and even though my ideas were sketchy and vague and contradictory and ever-changing, she was nevertheless game, and came out with this piece of awesome.  While it doesn’t quite manage to capture Radical as I see her–did I mention I can be quite unreasonable and unrealistic?–that doesn’t stop the piece from being awesome, or me from being super-grateful and loving it to bits.  So thank you, DarthEmpress.  You rock.

How, Through the Years, Are You Still Unchanged? “Avalon” Part Two

“At dawn, you all will die.  Get used to it.” – The Archmage



Written by: Lydia C. Marano
Original Air Date: November 21, 1995
Introduces: Angela, Gabriel, Boudicca
Timeline placement:  Present Day; 984; September 28, 995; 1020; December 27, 1995; Present Day -6 hours; Present Day.
TMNT episode I could make a forced comparison to: “The Real World” Part Two

[Content Note: White Supremacy, Transracial Adoption, Cultural Imperialism]


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