Random Gargoyles-related Musings: Maths and Magic Spells

Okay, so we’re told in “City of Stone” that Xanatos planned to steal one minute of life from anyone who watched his broadcast.  Assuming that he can only draw one minute from one person whenever the spell is cast, this means he needs:

  • 60 people to see and hear the spell in order to get an hour.
  • 1,440 people to do the same in order to gain a day.
  • 525,600 in order to gain a year
  • 5,256,000 in order to gain a decade.
  • 525,600, 000 in order to get a millennium.

The population of New York City in 1995 was 7,658,000, according to this document; assuming that the plan was always to leave the broadcast up for a day, it’s possible–or at least plausible–for Xanatos to hit the target for a decade of extra life, and for him to do so repeatedly over an extended period of time (although how he’d do so without somebody noticing a pattern would take some doing).   However, given Demona’s much more high target, there’s absolutely no way such a spell could have ever been responsible for her longevity.

Conclusion: Xanatos hates math.


Saturday Fan Works Recommendation and Discussion Thread

What the title says: use the comment thread to share TMNT (2003) or Gargoyles-related fan works which you think are worth sharing, whether it be yours or another person’s.

The Rules:

  1. Make sure to properly credit the people involved in the creation of said fan work.
  2. Please note any worthwhile elements, so that we may know what we’re getting into beforehand.   Triggering, excessively violent or Not Safe For Work material should not come as a surprise.

My recs below the cut.

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Holodeck History: “Secret Origins” Part One

“We are Utroms.  We are one.  We shall not fail.  We shall not fail!” Mortu

Utroms at the console

Written by: Eric Luke
Original Air Date: January 17, 2004
Recap Narrator: TV News Report
Characters and Concepts Introduced: Ch’rell (Unnamed)
Gargoyles episode I could make a forced comparison to: “City of Stone”, “Legion”

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Open Thead: The Monsters of NY “Gargoyles” Survey

Based in large part on the  Tumblr  TMNT (2003) survey, referred to in my last post.  Answer in the comments.

  1. What is your favorite run of stories and why?
    • Season 1 (“Awakening” to “Reawakening”)
    • “Leader of the Pack” to “City of Stone”
    • “High Noon” to “Avalon”
    • The Avalon World Tour (“Shadows of the Past” to “The Gathering”)
    • “Vendettas” to “Hunter’s Moon”
    • “Clan-Building” (a.k.a. the comic-book series)
    • “Redemption” (Gargoyles: Bad Guys)
    • The Goliath Chronicles
  1. What is your least favorite run of stories and why?
  2. List three things the series could have improved upon.
  3. If you could change only one thing about the series, what would it be?
  4. Name something you really wanted to see happen.
  5. Which is your favorite character arc?
  6. What is you favorite romance?
  7. Which is your favorite group or sub-group of characters (Manhattan Clan, Labyrinth Clan, The Pack, Redemption Squad, etc.)?
  8. How do you feel about the series’ eventual expansion of the circle of living gargoyles beyond the Manhattan Clan and Demona?
  9. As of the end of “Clan-Building”, who or what is the greatest threat the Manhattan Clan has to deal with?
  10. What are your thoughts on the Avalon World Tour? Could it have been improved? If so, in which way?
  11. How would you like to see Gargoyles return, if at all?
  12. Gargoyles has always been a series concerned with featuring people who are not often represented, and showing them in non-stereotypical ways. What do you think of the job they did, and where would you like them to turn their eye to, should the series return?
  13. You have been asked to come up with concepts and preliminary plots for a Gargoyles film trilogy.  What do those involve?
  14. Which of the unproduced spin-offs would you most have liked to see make it to the screen / page?
    • The Dark Ages
    • Gargoyles 2198
    • Heroes of Ulster
    • Pendragon
    • The New Olympians
    • TimeDancer


The rules: 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.  Discussions taking place in previous Open Threads–which will be closed after this one goes online–can also be continued here.

Wherein I answer “TMNT 2003″‘s Questionaire

So I ran into this questionnaire yesterday, originally posted by TMNT2003‘s Tortuga Me Gusta Tumblr, and I figured I’d answer it.  Questions are in blockquotes, answers in between.

Your favorite season and why.

Season 4: The culmination of three seasons of growth. The characters and relationships have been established, the writers have broken free of the more limiting S&P restrictions, and we’re allowed to see what they really can do.

Your LEAST favorite season and why.

Season 7: Yes, it was clear that it was rushed as hell, and that they had a budget that made shoestrings seem like an extravagant expenditure. Still, there were lots of interesting things that could be have been done, and the series attempted like one of them.

List three things the series could’ve improved upon.

  • More diversity, particularly when it comes to gender and sexuality.
  • Better ways of dealing with the restrictions imposed by S&P, particularly in the first two seasons.
  • Better production values in general, particularly in seasons 4-7.

If you could only change one thing about the series, what would it be?

One change? Make April a Woman of Color, in line with her depiction for most of the first volume of Mirage.

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Why I Like Coldsteel


First there was Demona. And she was good.

Demona was bad. This was not good, since Demona had the distinction of being both the only female gargoyle, and the only gargoyle with an alignment that wasn’t “lawful good”. The problems with this are, I believe, obvious, and require no explanation.

Then came Desdemona and Iago, perhaps better known, respectively, as Coldfire and Coldsteel.

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R.I.P. James Avery


Actor James Avery, who played the beloved Uncle Phil on the hit 1990s sitcom “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” died Tuesday, his publicist confirmed. He was 68.

The cause of death was complications from open-heart surgery, said his manager, Toni Benson.

James Avery’s second most famous role, after Uncle Phil, was probably the Shredder in the original Fred Wolf TMNT, whom he voiced for more than one hundred episodesHe also appeared in the Gargoyles episode “Walkabout”, as the Shaman who aids both Dingo and Goliath in stopping Matrix.  He will be missed.