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Gargoyles: A Lighthouse in the Sea of Time

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Episode Info  

Episode number: 2x4
Production Number: 022
Airdate: Thursday September 07th, 1995



 
Guest Stars
Frank WelkerFrank Welker
voiced Banquo / Gilgamesh
Recurring
Paul WinfieldPaul Winfield
voiced Jeffrey Robbins
Recurring
Paul WinfieldPaul Winfield
voiced Jeffrey Robbins
Recurring
B.J. WardB.J. Ward
voiced Duane / Fleamce
Recurring
John Rhys-DaviesJohn Rhys-Davies
voiced MacBeth / Morwood-Smith
Recurring
Main Cast
Keith DavidKeith David
voiced Goliath
Edward AsnerEdward Asner
voiced Hudson
Edward AsnerEdward Asner
voiced Hudson
Bill FagerbakkeBill Fagerbakke
voiced Broadway
Thom Adcox-HernandezThom Adcox-Hernandez
voiced Lexington
Thom Adcox-HernandezThom Adcox-Hernandez
voiced Lexington
Frank WelkerFrank Welker
voiced Bronx
Episode Notes
Broadway and Hudson decide to learn how to read.

Once again Matt Bluestone appears in this episode, but has no dialogue.

Xanatos doesn't appear in this episode.



Episode Quotes
Jeffrey: The written word is all that stands between memory and oblivion. Without books, we are cast adrift, neither teaching nor learning. They are mirrors on the past, windows on the present, and prisms reflecting all possible futures. Books are lighthouses in the dark sea of time.

MacBeth: He was a singular spectacle, a bearded old man who took a ragged boy and, with magic and wisdom, turned him into the greatest king this world will ever see, a king who ruled with justice and compassion. He took the torn remnants of warring tribes and knit them into a country of beauty and civilization, with Merlin always by his side until it fell. Merlin's magic was stronger than everything except the human heart.

Hudson: Mm, Magic book.
Jeffrey: Aren't they all?

MacBeth: (to Broadway) You've got courage, beastie, I'll give you that. What you don't have is a prayer.

Jeffrey: Something about your voice made me think you were a soldier.
Hudson: Aye. I still am, I suppose.

Jeffrey: It isn't shameful to be illiterate, Hudson. It's only a shame to stay that way.



Episode Goofs
In "Enter MacBeth," MacBeth's castle was engulfed in flames and was left falling apart. However, eight episodes later it is totally rebuild.



Cultural References
Jeffrey's dog's name, "Gillie"

'Gillie' is short for Gilgamesh, the famous historical king, adventurer, and epic heroe of Uruk in Babylonia of approximately 2700 B.C.

Jeffery Robbins: Lennox and Macduff were two characters in a play by Shakespeare -- Macbeth.

Like Jeffery Robbins points out, Macbeth's Lennox Macduff alias is taken from the two characters from Shakespeare's play. Lennox and Macduff were two Scottish noblemen often appearing together in scenes.



Analysis
The magic of reading

A great lesson to be learned about illiteracy in this episode. At the beginning Broadway doesn't understand what all the fuss is about books ("Why stare at marks on a page when you can rent the video?). Lexington tells him they aren't marks when you know how to read. Later Hudson shamefully admits to Jeffrey that he can't read. Jeffrey tells him that it isn't shameful to be illiterate, only a shame to stay that way. The best line comes when Goliath threatens to burn the scrolls and Broadway realizes the importance of reading: "It's Merlin's life in his own words, when you read them, they take you there. It is magic, Goliath. Precious magic."



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