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Gargoyles: Future Tense

Grief and despair begin to creep on the World Travelers since they still haven't returned to New York City. Suddenly, a gigantic storm hits that throws Goliath and the rest overboard. As the skiff mysteriously sinks to the bottom of the sea, Goliath suddenly comes to the realization that they've finally arrived home . . . but not home.

Even though they finally arrived on Manhattan Island, they discover that 40 years have passed since Goliath, Elisa, and Bronx left . . . and since then, Brooklyn and the Manhattan Clan have been fighting a truly evil Xanatos . . . who now appears to have finally succeeded his ultimate goal of immortality and power.

It appears that only the Phoenix Gate, the last talisman from Avalon Goliath has, can save them now . . . but can it?

Episode Info  

Episode number: 2x43
Production Number: 058
Airdate: Thursday April 25th, 1996

Guest Stars
Brent SpinerBrent Spiner
voiced Puck
Thomas F. WilsonThomas F. Wilson
voiced Matt Bluestone
Main Cast
Keith DavidKeith David
voiced Goliath
Jonathan FrakesJonathan Frakes
voiced David Xanatos
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
Brigitte BakoBrigitte Bako
voiced Angela
Episode Notes
Spooky Fact: In Puck's illusion, we cannot see the World Trade Center when Goliath and the others arrive at Manhattan.

The Eyrie Pyramid is very reminiscent of the Illuminati 'Eye in the Pyramid' symbol.

Shakespeare's influence: Xanatos makes a parody of one scene from Hamlet (see Cultural Reference).

Greg Weisman stated that the Clone Wars reference was a cover for Owen/Puck not knowing that Demona and Thailog were an item.

Episode Quotes
(Holding Goliath's head)
Xanatos: Alas, poor Goliath, I knew him well.
Goliath: You will not win.
Xanatos: What are you going to do? Bite my kneecaps off?

Episode Goofs
Puck's eyes are blue. However, in "The Mirror" his eyes were black.

Cultural References
Brooklyn: Uh, yeah but, Thailog was killed in the Clone Wars.

The "Clone Wars" were referenced vaguely in the first Star Wars film.

 Xanatos: (holding Goliath's stone scull) Alas, poor Goliath, I knew him well.

This is a spoof on the scene from Hamlet where Hamlet holds Yorick's scull and says "Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio". Yorick was Hamlet's former jester, and as Hamlet finds his scull, he becomes appalled at the sight of it. He realizes at that point that all men will eventually become dust, even great men like Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar. Hamlet imagines that Julius Caesar has disintegrated and is now part of the dust used to patch up a wall. And interestingly, Goliath uses his 'dust' to patch up Xanatos.

(Xanatos is holding Goliath's head)
Goliath: You will not win.
Xanatos: What are you going to do? Bite my kneecaps off?

This line is a clear allusion to the 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail. More concretely, it pokes fun at the final moment of the battle between King Arthur and the Black Knight, who, in spite of being continuously chopped up, wouldn’t give up. For example, when King Arthur had cut off both of the Black Knight’s arms, he would just kept on trying to fight, to which King Arthur asked, " What are you gonna do, bleed on me?". After the Black Knight was reduced to a mere talking head (like Goliath) he remained relentless and threatened King Arthur into biting his kneecaps off.

Puck: Oh, was it a dream, or a prophecy?

One can only wonder if Puck's 'dream' was an illusion or a prophecy. However there are some elements in this episode that actually came to reality: Xanatos's son being named Alexander (in "The Gathering, Part One"); Demona's affection towards Angela (in "The Reckoning"); the creation of the clones (in "The Reckoning") in the reference to the "Clone Wars"; and the destruction of the Clock Tower (in "The Hunter's Moon, Part Two").

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