Open Thread: Family
14 December 2013 6 Comments
One of the chief themes in both Gargoyles and TMNT is family, and the argument that it need not be based on biological ties to be important, fulfilling, or legitimate. Thus, both series are full of characters who end up forming surrogate families: Elisa is adopted into the Manhattan Clan; April emphatically declares that the turtles’ problems are her own; Katharine, Tom, and the Magus become the parents to the eggs; even villains get into the act, forming families of their own, which inevitably turn disfunctional.
Now, the question for the thread is: has there ever been a moment in either show–or any other work–which made you go “this is so my family”? It doesn’t necessarily have be positive, although please keep in mind to please tag any material which you think might be triggering.
For me, it’s the scene in “The Ultimate Ninja” where the turtles, Splinter, Casey and April decide to have movie night, followed by an ice-cream run. While the two things don’t usually go together for us in quite the way they do here, they are both things which we’ve definitively taken part of, and the normalcy presented in these scenes does a lot to help me buy into the concept of the extended Hamato Clan as a family.
Gargoyles, on the other hand, doesn’t really have any scenes with which I can identify in the same manner–in fact, it wasn’t until just recently that I realized that there isn’t really a scene where the entire Manhattan Clan is interacting together on a casual basis. The closest we get is the Halloween party in “Eye of the Beholder”, in which not only are Hudson and Bronx absent, but the group has been split into the familiar Trio / Goliath+Elisa sub-units.
And yet, this isn’t necessarily unrealistic or any less optimal: families interact in various different ways, and no one way is universally ideal. While casual familial interaction did not play as large a part of Gargoyles as I might have hoped, I do think there’s still plenty of evidence showing that they all cared for each other–just not in a way that I can directly relate to.
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. Discussions taking place in previous Open Threads–which will be closed after this one goes online–can also be continued here.