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Gargoyles: Ill Met By Moonlight

Once again landing on Avalon, Goliath, Angela, Bronx, and Elisa find out that Lord Oberon and Lady Titania, King and Queen of the Third Race, have returned after deserting the island for 1000 years.

Lord Oberon intends to have the Gathering soon, and he is furious to discover that mortals (Princess Katherine, Tom, and the Eggs) have taken shelter on the magical island and he demands they leave or be vanquished.


Episode Info


Episode number: 2x42
Production Number: 054
Airdate: Thursday February 22nd, 1996



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Guest Stars
Frank Welker
voiced Bodicca
Recurring
Gerrit Graham
voiced Guardian
Recurring
J.D. Daniels
voiced Tom
Recurring
Kate Mulgrew
voiced Titania
Recurring
Kath Soucie
voiced Princess Katherine / Weird Sisters / Ophelia
Recurring
Ruben Santiago-Hudson
voiced Gabriel
Recurring
Terrence Mann
voiced Oberon
Recurring
Main Cast
Keith David
voiced Goliath
Salli Richardson
voiced Elisa Maza
Frank Welker
voiced Bronx
Brigitte Bako
voiced Angela
Episode Notes
Shakespeare's influence: The triceratops-like gargoyle is named Ophelia. Ophelia is a character from Shakespeare's Hamlet (see Cultural Reference).

Avalon World Tour: Avalon. The World Travelers returned the mystical island for the final time on July 4, 1996.

Greg Weisman stated that Ophelia is Gabriel's mate.

Oberon banned his Children from Avalon (Titania and himself, inclusive) to live among humans, to learn humility because of Titania's disdain towards them.

According to Princess Katherine, the Children of Oberon are vulnerable to iron. This explains why Demona bound Puck in iron chains (cf. "The Mirror") and Magus conjured iron chains to bind the Weird Sisters (cf. "Avalon, Part Three").

Greg Weisman has revealed that after leaving Arizona, the World Travelers arrived in Tibet on June 18, 1996. After the unseen episode in Tibet, the World Travelers landed on Avalon.



Episode Quotes
Oberon: We are Oberon, lord of the third race, ruler of Avalon. This lady is Titania, our once and future queen. We have returned to reclaim our own. And if intruders will not leave our realm, then they may stay, as part of it.

Titania: My lord, you commanded once that the children of Oberon and I should dwell amidst mortals. That was a thousand years ago, as they reckon time.
Oberon: A thousand and one.
Titania: So very long. Time enough for even Puck to mend his manners. I have done as you bid, my lord. I have walked among them, lived among them, and I have come to know them well.
Oberon: Do you now profess concern for mortals, Titania? Was not your disdain for them the reason I divorced you and decreed that you and the children should live among them, to learn humility?
Titania: True enough. But perhaps you have not learned your own lesson.

Angela: Why? You heard the queen. Oberon's no stronger than a child now.
Goliath: As strong as any of Oberon's children, Angela. That's more than enough to give us trouble.

Ophelia: But what gives us the right to use it?
Princess Katharine: Ophelia, we are protectin' our family, our home. Oberon is no more than...
Ophelia: The proper lord of Avalon. A-and he's not an outside aggressor like the Archmage. To him we're the invaders.
Elisa: Maybe, but he did abandon Avalon a thousand years ago. I think he gave up his rights to this place.

Angela: You're still not fighting fair. This isn't your true form.
Oberon: Now you're just quibbling.

Oberon: You could have obliterated my, and yet did not. Strange behavior for your breed. Such an example of generosity is worth rewarding. Stay then, with our blessing, all of you. And henceforth, Goliath, you and your clan shall be immune to my arts, and shall become the honor guard of Avalon from this day onward.

Goliath: Lady, are we wise to trust him?
Titania: You've nothing to fear from him now, Goliath. In Avalon, Oberon's word is law.
Princess Katharine: Does that mean he is always right?
Titania: Not while he's married.



Cultural References
Title: Ill Met By Moonlight

This like is uttered by Oberon to Titania in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. He says this because he's not happy to see her, in the same way he is not happy to see the gargoyles and humans on Avalon when he arrives.

 Princess Katharine: Ophelia, we are protectin' our family, our home.

In Hamlet, Ophelia is daughter the of Polonius and Hamlet's girlfriend for a time, until he rejects her and kills her father. She goes mad and drowns in a river.

Goliath: All's well that ends well, then.

This proverb means that even though problems occur along the way, they don't matter if the outcome is happy. This proverb is also the title of one of William Shakespeare's comedies/"problem" plays.



Warning: Gargoyles season 2 episode 42 guide may contain spoilers
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