Sweet Sixteen: “The Big Brawl” Part One

“And so it came to pass that this place was born, a nexus where beings from a multitude of different worlds could pit themselves against worthy challengers.” — D’Jinn

Written by: Mike Ryan

Original Air Date: May 15, 2004

Teaser Narrator: Splinter

Characters and Concepts Introduced: The Battle Nexus, D’Jinn, Drako, Miyamoto Usagi

Gargoyles episodes I could make comparisons to: “Avalon”, Part 2

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The Men who Would Be King: “Pendragon”

“In the heart of these gardens across the river lies the sword in the stone, to be claimed by the timeless king who can find it.” The Lady of the Lake

Written by: Lydia C. Marano

Original Air Date: February 12, 1996

Introduces: The Lady of the Lake, the Stone of Destiny

Timeline placement: May 18 – 19, 1996

Location: London, England; New York City

TMNT episode I could make a quite forced comparison to: “Darkness at the Edge of Town”

 

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A One-Part Crossover Extravaganza: “Return of the Justice Force”

“Nobody stays dead for very long in comic books.” — Michelangelo

Written by: Marty Isenberg

Original Air Date: May 8, 2004

Teaser Narrator: Michelangelo

Characters and Concepts Introduced: The Justice Force: “Stainless” Steve Steel, Metalhead, Battling Bernice, Doctor Dome, Zippy Lad, Joey Lastic, Ananda,

Gargoyles episodes I could make comparisons to: N/A

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The Good: “Mark of the Panther” (Post 2 of 2)

Written by: Lydia Marano

Original Air Date: February 8, 1996

Introduces: Tea, Anansi, Fara Maku,

Timeline placement: May 16, 1996

Location: Nigeria

TMNT episode I could make a forced comparison to: “Return of the Justice Force”

Content Note: Rape, Abuse, Assault

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We Don’t Even get to See the Store Open: “April’s Artifact”

“You go,  jungle girl!” — Leonardo

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Written by: Marty Isenberg

Original Air Date: May 1, 2004

Teaser Narrator: April O’Neil

Characters and Concepts Introduced: August O’Neil (flashbacks)

Gargoyles episodes I could make comparisons to: N/A

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Self-Plug: Privilege Undermines Disney’s ‘Gargoyles’ Attempts to Explore Oppression

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People who regularly read this blog, I have betrayed you. I have written about Gargoyles for a place that is not here.  Fortunately, thanks to the magic of the internet, you too can enjoy this fine post I have written on how privilege undermines Gargoyles‘ attempts to tell its story–a topic that should be familiar to my regular readers–over at the fine site Bitch Flicks. It goes something like this:

Gargoyles is also a fantastic showcase of what can happen when creators possessing privilege write stories about the oppressed without their input. Weisman and his staff had good intentions, and yet that didn’t stop them from writing “Heritage,” a perennial contender for the award of Most Racist Story That Tried Not to Be Racist (Television). In the episode, Elisa essentially tells the chief of a failing First Nation village, whom she’s only just met, that he’s performing his identity wrong, and is proven correct by the narrative. While that episode is an outlier, it is not alone — despite the show’s attempts to be about oppression and about being the Other, it falls down in multiple and consistent ways featuring more than one episode where the message they wish to send is not the message they are actually sending.

Yay me! Once you’re done, there are also many other fine posts by awesome writers about various films and TV shows for you to read, so please give those a look. Thank you!

 

Holy Metaphor, Batman: “Mark of the Panther” (Post 1 of 2)

“I loved you once. But for what you did to me you won’t live through this night.” Tea

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Written by: Lydia Marano

Original Air Date: February 8, 1996

Introduces: Tea, Anansi, Fara Maku,

Timeline placement: May 16, 1996

Location: Nigeria

TMNT episode I could make a forced comparison to: “Return of the Justice Force”

Content Note: Rape, Abuse, Assault

(Note: This is one of two posts on “Mark of the Panther”, as there are elements within the episode that deserve particular attention. Part one will discuss those elements, while part two will be a more general post.)

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