Open Thread: Beginnings
7 December 2013 8 Comments
There’s no new Nick TMNT episode this week, and the next post on the pipeline–my review of Gargoyles‘ “The Cage”– isn’t finished yet. I don’t want to just not post anything, so let’s try this again.
The rules remain the same: This is an open thread, which means that you can write about whatever you’d like in the comments, as long as it remains within the bounds set by the comment policy. There will be an ice-breaker comment by me–see below–but one is under no obligation to adhere to it.
It has recently been brought to my attention that it’s been ten years and a day since “Triceraton Wars“–the last TMNT episode reviewed here–first aired. It reminded me of how I first found out about the series, via a thread on Madman’s Cafe message boards on the then-recently announced series. As a fan of the original series and the Archie books, my interest was immediately piqued, although it wouldn’t be until the show’s third week on the air that I would first catch it.
Gargoyles, on the other hand, I first found about, I think, via commercials back when the show was first airing. My first exposure was by catching part of “Awakening: Part Four“–specifically, the moment when Elisa first sees Goliath turn to stone–on the way to watching something else. After that, it’d be years before I’d think about the show again, which happened via the old DC Comics.com message boards. This was back somewhere between 2001-2003, and the general topics board had an animation thread; there, someone mentioned how cool the show had been, an impression that stayed with me until I finally decided to catch an episode during a Toon Disney late night airing some time later–possibly as I waited for The Big-O and/or Witch Hunter Robin to air on Cartoon Network. My first episode was “Vows“, which makes for a not ideal introduction but held my interest enough for me to stay for the next episode, which got me hooked.
So, my question to y’all: what was your first interaction with TMNT, Gargoyles, or some other piece of fiction you consider formative or significant?