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Gargoyles: The Mirror

As night falls, a local museum closes for the night. Soon after Demona breaks in, intending to take the Titania's Mirror. The security guard (who happens to be a disguised Elisa Maza) attempts to take on Demona. Moments later Goliath enters the room, ready to keep Demona from the Mirror at any cost. Demona is able to flee from Goliath however, apparently defeated for the night.

However, it's revealed that Demona herself was merely a diversion for Goliath & Elisa, as two human burglars take the Mirror with no one the wiser.

While the Mirror is dropped off at Demona's hideaway, Elisa learns from the Goliath and his clan the significance of Titania's Mirror . . . and the just how powerful ancient talismans can be . . . .


Episode Info


Episode number: 2x5
Production Number: 025
Airdate: Monday September 11th, 1995

Director: Frank Paur
Writer: Lydia Marano


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Guest Stars
Brent SpinerBrent Spiner
voiced Puck
Recurring
Main Cast
Keith DavidKeith David
voiced Goliath
Salli RichardsonSalli Richardson
voiced Elisa Maza
Marina SirtisMarina Sirtis
voiced Demona
Edward AsnerEdward Asner
voiced Hudson
Jeff BennettJeff Bennett
voiced Brooklyn / Owen Burnett
Bill FagerbakkeBill Fagerbakke
voiced Broadway
Thom Adcox-HernandezThom Adcox-Hernandez
voiced Lexington
Frank WelkerFrank Welker
voiced Bronx
Episode Notes
We find out about the existence of three races: Gargoyles, Humans, and Oberon's Children.

Child of Oberon introduced: Puck the Trickster.

Shakespeare's influence: Puck is a character from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, and according to Lexington, Shakespeare wrote the play based on him, and Oberon and Titania as well, two other characters from the play.

Demona says Puck serves "the human." In "The Gathering, Part Two" we find out whom he has been serving.

Puck transforms the humans into gargoyles and reverses his spells on the top of the South Tower of the World Trade Center.

In the end, when Demona screams, you can hear the shattering of Titania's Mirror.

This is one of Greg Weisman's favorite episodes.

Xanatos doesn't appear in this episode.

The "human" gargoyles vaguely resemble their real world counterparts, especially Hudson, shares a striking resemblance to Ed Asner, his voice actor.

Star Trek Voice Actors: Brent Spiner (Puck) played Data in Star Trek: The Next Generation.



Episode Quotes
Demona: You serve the human, now you can serve me.
Puck: Serving humans is fun. They have a sense of humor. You have none.
Demona: Perhaps not, Puck, but I have you.

Brooklyn: Wouldn't it be great to be a shapeshifter?
Lexington: We wouldn't have to hide. We could fit in anywhere.
Broadway: We could find new friends, maybe even love.
Hudson: Be careful what you wish for, lad.

Puck: Well, let's just get this over with, shall we? How can I be of service, hmm? Out with it. I haven't got all night.
Demona: You've got all millennium if I choose. I'm too vulnerable during the day. I don't want to turn to stone anymore.
Puck: Of course. You want to stroll down Fifth Avenue in the sunshine. I'm sure you'll fit right in.

Demona: That's it! That's what I want! If you cannot get rid of all the humans, then at least rid me of that human: Elisa Maza.
Puck: Did you say that human or that human? Oh, never mind, I'll figure it out. This just might be fun after all.

Goliath: My strength has never depended on brute force, Demona, but on true friends.

Demona: I wanted you to destroy the humans, not give them the gift of being a gargoyle!



Episode Goofs
Elisa's reflection didn't changed when she turned away from the mirror in the museum. In the Ask Greg archives at Station 8, Greg explains that the animators did that on purpose to show that it was a magic mirror, but he may have said that to justify an animation error...



Cultural References
Cleopatra's Needle

We see a shot of Cleopatra's Needle at the beginning of show when Goliath and Elisa pursue Demona. Cleopatra's Needle is one of two ancient Egyptian obelisks, one in London, the other in New York City, sent as gifts in 1878 by the ruler of Egypt to England, and the U.S.

Thief: Who lives here anyway? Dracula's daughter?

Dracula is the most famous vampire in Gothic Literature. He was created by the Bram Stoker, an Irish writer, in his homonymous epistolary novel in 1897.

Brooklyn: Yeah, that guy, Shakespeare, wrote a play about them -- A Midsummer Night's Dream?

A famous play written by William Shakespeare, circa 1595. It features Oberon, Titania, and Puck. The play involves the meddling of Oberon and Puck in the affairs of two sets of lovers with a magical love potion, and a marital quarrel between Oberon and Titania that results in Titania being tricked into falling in love with the Athenian weaver Nick Bottom.

Puck: Does this look like Aladdin's lamp?

This is a in-joke to Disney's Aladdin movie, implying that Puck isn't as powerful as a the Genie of the lamp.

Elisa: In Shakespeare's play, Puck was a harmless trickster.

Puck has had many appearances over the years. He's been in the form of animals. He's been a rough hairy creature in many versions. One Irish story has him as an old man. He been pictured like a brownie or a hobbit. In a 1785 painting by Willian Blake, he looks like Pan from Greek Mythology. In an 1841 painting by Richard Dad, he looks like an innocent child.



Warning: Gargoyles season 2 episode 5 guide may contain spoilers
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