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Recap / Gargoyles S 1 The Edge

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  • Story Arc: Xanatos's Schemes for Immortality and control of the Manhattan Clan.
  • Characters: The Manhattan Clan, Elisa Maza, Matt Bluestone, David Xanatos, and Owen Burnett
  • Enemy(ies) : David Xanatos

The Manhattan Clan has now made its new home in the clock tower attic above the Police station Elisa Maza works at. However, Goliath is still bitter at Xanatos taking possession of Castle Wyvern, which only gets exacerbated when Xanatos starts a ploy to damage their reputations and force them to accept a deal with him.


Xanatos reappears in the episode "Her Brother's Keeper".

This Episode contains the following Tropes:

  • Ace Custom: What the Manhattan Clan at first believed the red Steel Clan model to be at first, but ultimately a subversion as it was actually David Xanatos wearing an exo-frame.
  • Berserk Button: The mere sight or mention of Xanatos is this for Goliath.
  • Canon Immigrant: The Eye of Odin was originally featured in a Video game based on Gargoyles for the Sega Genesis (though its appearance in the series proper is different from that of the game) before it was incorporated into the show itself. It was included in the show both as part of an effort by Disney Interactive to promote that game and also that Greg Weisman liked it himself.
  • Conspiracy Theorist: Detective Matt Bluestone in his off time seeks to learn about various mysterious elements of the world including the Loch Ness Monster, Aliens, and The Illuminati.
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  • Continuity Nod: When Captain Maria Chavez is introducing Matt to Elisa Maza, Chavez mentions that he helped with the Dracon case. Matt made an Early-Bird Cameo appearance in that episode ("Deadly Force") in which Tony Dracon and his cohorts were arrested.
  • Criminal Doppelgänger: The Steel clan's theft end of various artifacts puts the gargoyles in a negative light which Xanatos intends as part of one of his plans.
  • Deal with the Devil: Xanatos offers, or then at least claims he will, to give the gargoyles a new home in upstate New York to avoid potential retaliation from concerned citizens, which Goliath immediately rejects.
  • Don't Ask: When asked how his discussion with Xanatos went, Goliath viciously said "I don't want to talk about it!".
  • Foreshadowing: Many of the things Matt talks about having an interest in investigating, most especially the Illuminati, become more integral parts of Gargoyles' storyline later on.
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  • Know When to Fold 'Em: The (red) leader of the Steel Clan, after seeing that its comrades were destroyed by Goliath and his clan, decided to retreat. It turns out that the red Steel Gargoyle was Xanatos in a prototype battle exo-frame.
  • Sadistic Choice: The steel clan attacks the gargoyles to force them into one of these: either remain where they are with dawn fast approaching and end up getting captured, or retreat back to the clock tower so they can follow. The gargoyles Take a Third Option and lead the robots out to Liberty Island where they can finish the fight.
  • Shout-Out:
    • One painting on display in the Museum of Modern Art strongly resembles The Scream by Edvard Munch.
    • Goliath is shown reading a book authored by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, though which one is not specified.
    • Let's see, Xanatos's Exo-frame looks like the other Steel Clan robots, but is different and just so happens to be red (though its not known to be three times fast). Make of that what you will.
  • Title Drop: At the end of the episode Xanatos says "I was a little worried that I might be getting soft. But I was able to stand up against Goliath, the greatest warrior alive. I'd say I've still got the edge."* Unwanted Assistance: Elisa Maza sees Matt as this at first but this is gradually subverted as the story goes on.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Xanatos aims for this with his donation of the Eye of Odin to the Museum of Modern Art. The reporter even jokes that he's trying to make the city forget about his prison record.
  • Worthy Opponent: As noted under the Title Drop entry above, Xanatos regards Goliath as this, considering him "the greatest warrior alive".
  • Xanatos Gambit: One of Xanatos' aims with this plan is to control the gargoyles, either by learning where they are hiding or by convincing them to live under his watch. The Eye of Odin was stolen with the idea of flushing them out. That objective failed, but he still boosted his PR with the donation in the first place, reclaimed the priceless and magical Eye of Odin, tested his exo-frame and proved he still had "the edge" in hand-to-hand by fighting Goliath evenly.


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