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Recap / Gargoyles S 1 Deadly Force

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  • Story Arc Tony Dracon and the Turf War
  • Characters: The Manhattan Clan, Elisa Maza, Owen Burnett, Captain Chavez, and Tony Dracon
  • Enemy(ies): Tony Dracon

Broadway watches a Western and becomes enamored with guns, even going so far as to start playing with Elisa's gun. He accidentally shoots her with her own firearm, and she nearly dies. Ashamed of his actions, Broadway runs and hides, and Goliath is convinced that Elisa's wounding is due to the criminal she's been pursuing, mob boss Tony Dracon.


Tony Dracon returns in the episode "The Silver Falcon."

This Episode Contains the Following Tropes:
  • Aborted Arc: At the end of this episode, Owen says that 37 of the stolen guns were missing, probably sold on the street. Originally, Greg meant to have Broadway seek out and destroy them all, but that idea never came to fruition. On the other hand, this does explain where the various criminals and villains get their laser guns in future episodes.
  • An Aesop: Guns need to be handled carefully and with respect, and they are not toys.
  • Asshole Victim: Tony Dracon barely avoids becoming this trope when Broadway arrives to confess what happened to Elisa Maza.
  • Audience Surrogate: Broadway fulfills this role for this episode. He has a naïve fascination with guns (much like many of Gargoyles younger viewers), but then learns in a horrific fashion that firearms are not toys.
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  • Death Glare: Goliath shoots one at Broadway when the young gargoyle is relieved that their friend is alive that just says, "No thanks to you, Stupid!"
  • Declaration of Protection: Goliath is seen stroking Elisa's hair briefly when he vows to hunt down her attacker, showing that he already feels strong affection for her. Greg Weisman says that gargoyles kiss by stroking hair.
  • Deconstruction: Of theoretical laser guns. In many Children's programming, lasers are frequently used as a substitute for real firearms and portrayed typically as having only stunning or knocking down those on the receiving end. As shown when Dracon and his men were testing out their newly acquired laser guns by blowing up rocks and shooting gaping holes through trees, you would definitely not want to be on the receiving end of a shot from these "family friendly" laser guns. Especially if you're a gargoyle who turns into rock at day.
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  • Deliberately Monochrome: The Western film "Showdown" seems to be a Modern day Black and White movie.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Matt Bluestone makes his very first appearance in this episode as one of two officers, along with Chief Maria Chavez, who attempt to trail Dracon to his base of operation.
    • Elisa's parents, Peter and Diane, and her brother, Derek, also make their first appearances, and her sister Beth is mentioned and also obscurely shown in a family photo.
  • Family Friendly Firearm: Played straight and subverted. Elisa's weapon is a regular police-issue handgun with ordinary bullets, but the guns stolen from Xanatos Enterprises by Dracon are the science-fiction laser weapons of the sort usually seen in children's shows, and the weapons that aren't recovered provide an explanation for all future instances of this trope in the show.
  • Flatline: This happens to Elisa, and a Magical Defibrillator saves her life.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: After Broadway accidentally shoots Elisa, we subsequently see Elisa unconscious and lying in a puddle of her own blood. The radar actually caught up to this episode and pulled it from rotation for a while, but they later re-aired it, albeit after digitally removing Elisa's blood.
  • Karma Houdini: Tony Dracon is strongly implied to have been this throughout his life at the time of his first appearance. He came up with ways to hide his involvement with various crimes and thus never had to stand trial. Subverted at the end when Goliath and Broadway have him and his cohorts captured and with evidence of their arms dealing in plain view in order to incriminate them, thus ripping up his Karma Houdini Warranty.
  • Kind Hearted Cat Lover: Elisa is revealed to own a cat named Cagney.
  • Mistaken for Murderer: Mistaken for Attempted Murder in this particular case. Goliath mistakenly believes Tony Dracon or one of his subordinates to be responsible for the shooting of Elisa Maza. Broadway eventually explains what happened just as Goliath was about to enact his own form of justice on Dracon.
  • Must Make Amends: Broadway, after unwittingly shooting Elisa, goes about to atone for his reckless action by going after Dracon to ensure that no more firearms wind up in the hands of criminals. Though Elisa by her own admission acknowledges that she also made a mistake in not having her gun put on safety and in the appropriate place.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Broadway after accidentally shooting Elisa in which he spends much of the episode beating himself up for being so childishly stupid, and then tracks down the gangsters Goliath is also after.
  • Oh, Crap!: Broadway's reaction to Goliath's statement, "We have much to talk about." Just from his face, you just know Goliath is going to bawl him out something fierce.
  • Reckless Gun Usage: Elisa is at one point seriously injured when Broadway accidentally shoots her while playing with her gun. Elisa, a New York police detective, had left her sidearm, holster and gun belt unattended in another room from where she was (she admits later that she should have known better). Notably, she's much more careful for the rest of the series.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Goliath goes on a (semi-undeserved) one on the gun smugglers. He's only stopped from killing Dracon when Broadway confesses he's the one who shot Elisa. This throws Goliath into a momentary Heroic BSoD.
  • Status Quo Is God: Notably Averted. Elisa is on crutches for several episodes following this one and the next time Broadway visits at her place, she's seen unloading her service weapon and properly storing it in a gun safe.
  • Very Special Episode: This is a gun safety episode in which Broadway accidentally shoots Elisa while playing with her gun, and then has to deal with the consequences.


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