Enter Elisa Maza: “Awakening: Part Three”
11 February 2010 5 Comments
“That stone gargoyle up there: I could have sworn I saw it move.” — Elisa Maza
Synopsis: N.Y.P.D. detective Elisa Maza explores Castle Wyvern and discovers Goliath. Goliath rescues an intruder discovers that women can now wear pants, and makes a new friend. The trio explores Manhattan and discover motorcycles. The old gargoyle discovers TV, barcaloungers, and the river’s name. Xanatos talks to someone who is most certainly not that female gargoyle.
Random thoughts, Elisa Maza edition:
So Elisa finally gets a formal introduction, after cameoing in the previous two episodes. I’ve always liked the character, even if I’m hard pressed to give any specifics, as to why. I guess, like with April O’Neil, I just like that she manages to feel both normal and extraordinary at the same time, and that she remains a good person despite all the bad shit that happens to her.
As I see Elisa go through a lot of trouble to explore Xanatos’ castle, I wonder if Elisa had a vendetta against Xanatos prior to the events covered in the series. The trouble she goes through in this episode in order to discover what caused the destruction in the castle seems to have a motivation beyond just being a good cop.
I like the subtle chemistry Elisa has with Goliath in this episode. Even when he claims that he doesn’t trust people, and even though she’s sneaking into “his” castle, he trusts her a lot more than he does Xanatos. His posture is more relaxed. He’s giving her information he doesn’t need to give. She on the other hand, is very relaxed, once Goliath saves her and takes her back up to the castle.
Apropos to nothing, I just love this shot:
Magnificent [/David Xanatos]. Quite possibly the best she’s ever looked. Also, listen to her scream as she falls: doesn’t it sound a whole lot like an alarm or a siren?
Official Elisa Maza Lost Weapons Count: 1.
Seriously, though, this is one of the things that grew to bother me a bit as I grew older. From what I understand of police organizations, losing your firearm is always considered a Very Big Deal (see season 3 of The Wire and how the Bal’more city Police Department was thrown into a tizzy by the theft of Dozerman’s gun). Elisa loses her’s a lot, without consequence, and it’s something I wish the series would have played with a bit down the line.
One particular bit that bugs about Elisa’s design is her folded-up jeans. Who wears jeans like that? Combine them with her weird shoes (Are they boots? Are they shoes? Are they some unholy amalgamation? Nobody knows!) and and you’ve got something quite fug.