Gargoyles: Monsters- Episode Review

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I was trying to summarize this ep’s plot, and it sounded like one of those dreams you have after taking benadryl and eating pepperoni, anchovies, pineapple pizza. Trippy, to say the least. It sounded something like this: It’s the ep where Angela meets Nessie and they spend the whole episode bonding, while Sevarius is using a leviathan robot sub to try to catch another Nessie so he can make more monsters, despite the fact that he can make perfect clones in less than 12 months, and is able to meld eel cat bat DNA with humans to create creatures even more impressive than gargoyles. It’s basically a snark, sarcasm, and witticism orgy for Sevarius. Welcome to Monsters, or The Ode to Tim Curry, as I call it.

Miss last  week’s ep? Read Kingdom episode review.

Spoilers are in the 20/20 moments. Info from Ask Greg is in the According to Greg bits. 

Season 2, Episode 27: Monsters

Reason(s) for existence: Greg ate a bad burrito. We need more Tim Curry in our lives. To confirm Angela’s parentage. To introduce another legendary creature. To show that “all monsters are human.” To reinforce the importance of relationships.

Main antagonist(s): Dr Anton Sevarius, Bruno and Co

Time(s):  January 17th, 1996

Location(s): Loch Ness, Scotland

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Elisa is commenting that they’re not on Avalon anymore. Well, duh, Detective!

Here We Go Again

That summary bit up there? Seriously, that’s the episode right there. So for this one-shot review, don’t expect a whole lot about the protagonists. It’s basically Goliath and Elisa trying to find Angela, while Angela pets Nessie.

According to Greg: There’s a lot wrong with this ep, but he likes it overall. I like Sevarius. Who doesn’t!

For the second time during this world tour, we open with the skiff rocking around because a leviathan bumps it. This one’s metal, though. It disappears.

Turns out Avalon has sent the group to Loch Ness, in Scotland. Elisa phones Matt, finally, and lets him know she’s fine.

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Why didn’t you use Nick’s sat phone?!

But this is the 1990s, and his answering machine’s tape is full.

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That’s right, back then they used cassette tapes to record messages. I remember them, faintly.

Tour guides hound her as she heads back to the gang.

Since our fearless heroes still don’t understand the whole “Avalon sends you where you need to be” deal, they get back in the skiff. Not so fast! There’s a hump in the water.

Elisa is painfully skeptical, saying it’s all a show put on by the tourist boat companies. Wait, you just saw a Child of Oberon turn into not only a leviathan, but also a Thunder Bird! Yet you think this is a trick. Is it just because you don’t want to admit that Matt and all the loonies out there were right? I guess I can understand that.

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Night monster tours? With that fog? Must be a drinking cruise.

The  monster crashes into a tour boat, knocking a hole in the vessel. So much for it being a show. It also flips the skiff. Angela sinks, and despite Goliath and Bronx’s efforts, she’s eaten. But not by flesh and blood. No, a metal sea monster swallows her.

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…yeah, I dunno what to say about this.

She’s now a guest of…Bruno and the Xanatos Enterprises security forces! Heeeey, does this mean we’ll see Xanatos? Let it be!

What this means, assuming Bruno and the gang aren’t freelancing while wearing the XE tactical gear, is that Xanatos has a hand in whatever’s going on. It’s pretty obvious that the thugs are after Nessie. I can only assume it would make a great addition to Sea World or some other repository of curiosities. Beyond that, I don’t know why Xanatos would invest the colossal amounts of capital it would require to design, manufacture, and operate a secret sea monster sub in Loch Ness. Maybe the creature has the key to immortality? Now that David would totally spend his greenbacks on!

The sub pulls into a lovely underground docking facility. It’s amazing!

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Reminds me of something from Resident Evil or James Bond.

The sub docks. Sevarius greets them over the intercom, asking if they have “Big Daddy.” What, the guy who owns Big Daddy’s Bail Bonds and Used Cars? No, apparently it’s another Nessie. Without his companionship, the monster they have isn’t long for this world. Talk about codependent!

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It’s the Fail Squad!

The animators go through a lot of effort to hide Sevarius’s identity for as long as possible. Why? You can’t mistake his voice. And by this time, any viewer of the show will be very familiar with him. Heck, we just saw him not long ago in The Cage! Literally.

He threatens to send Bruno back to Xanatos if the merc doesn’t capture Big Daddy. So…is Xanatos actually bankrolling this? Or is he a partner with Anton? That would be a good twist.

Sevarius is excited about seeing another gargoyle, since he thinks it’s a new clan. He tells Bruno to collect the usual cell samples, then put her in the grotto. Bruno is shocked by the last order. I guess the grotto isn’t exactly Candy Mountain, Charlie. (Or is it? There IS a magical Liopleurodon there.)

As Sevarius speaks, he plays with the unconscious Angela’s hair. It’s creepy.

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Anton is totally every Tim Curry character ever.

Goliath and Co wash up on shore. Elisa guesses their must be a sub dock somewhere.

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The animation in this ep is painful. Nice hair, though, G. Flowing locks, mm?

Angela wakes up in the grotto with the Loch Ness monster. Well now, you don’t get to type a sentence like that very often! Of course the gargoyle and dino bond.

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This goes on and on and on…

According to Greg: There IS a garg clan at Loch Ness. They’re supposed to protect the monsters. Wow, talk about falling down on the job!

Sevarius saves the day with, “If it gets any more saccharine in there, I’m going to put a finger down my throat.”

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I’m at this point wondering if they just let Tim Curry improve the dialog.

Thanks to Sevarius’s dictated report, we learn that Nessie was not doing well without her mate, Big Daddy. But now she’s doing better. Sevarius also finds Angela fascinating.

Back in down, Elisa sees Bruno’s gang getting supplies at the local store. She jumps in the truck bed and rides along.

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They are just so sly!

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Of COURSE the entrance is hidden in an old castle.

Note: Elisa coins the term Xanatos Goon Squad. So very 1990s.

Now Anton plans to put a tracker on the female monster, let her loose, follow her, then capture both sea monsters. Yes, it’s dumb. No, it doesn’t sound like a Xanatos plot. Yes, the writers needed to think this through more.

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How much tranquilizer serum would that sucker require, anyway?

We also learn that Angela is Goliath’s daughter. This is presented as some sort of big reveal, but really, were you surprised? She looks like him and Demona. Plus, this IS a TV series, so of course the family tie-in would be strong. Having her be just another random garg would fall flat.

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Anton’s Creep Level is maxed out right now.

Now, why I Sevarius doing all this? He wants the two sea monsters as breeding stock. More Nessies means more genetic material for monster making.

Slow down! So you have some dino DNA. Big deal. It’s cool, but it’s not like you walked into Jurassic Park and were given a free pass to their genetic stock. He’d be better off trolling the ocean depths for the weird creatures there. There are so many animals out there, that I find this reason for capturing Nessie very weak.

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That is one massive turtle neck, mate.

Because this is such an incredibly lame reason, I question whether this endeavor was 100% Xanatos-funded. As I mentioned earlier, the price would be “astronomical.” From what we’ve seen of the Mutates and the Pack, conventional animals provide enough diversity for the monster making. Would David really consider investing this much cash to catch both Nessies, um, necessary? Unlike his pursuit of immortality, monster making is not his obsession. I’d go so far as to suggest that after the failure of the Mutates project and the humiliating defeat at the hands of Thailog – a defeat that almost cost David his life, along with the $20 million – Xanatos will put those types of projects on hold indefinitely. Plus, he has his unborn kid to fulfill him in the “let’s create life!” department. I almost wonder if this Nessie project was funded partly by the Illuminati?

Elisa, Goliath, and Bronx find the entrance to the underground facility. In his infinite wisdom, Sevarius lets them in. Whyyyy? Well, he thought he could take them out, despite all the evidence to the contrary. How many times do we let things into our lives that we really, really shouldn’t, all because we think we can handle them? Don’t get cocky. Remember your past and the experiences of others. Learn from them. Take risks, yes, but don’t be an idiot.

Actually, he does manage to capture them! Wow. Good work. Sevarius is thrilled with their capture, reveling in the fact that his facility has a “dungeon.” It even has torches!

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But can you cold them?

Being a good typical villain, Sevarius leaves to do his dirty work, putting the lone Bruno in charge of guarding the captives. No surprise, Goliath and Elisa escape. Bronx takes Bruno down. Unfortunately, Bruno accidentally blows a hole in the wall. The facility is made of cardboard and duct tape, apparently, because it starts to flood from this blast.

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Sure, they can dig through five feet of solid stone in under 30 seconds!

They all get in a mini sub, which looks like a hammerhead shark crossed with a Nessie.

Sevarius is chasing Nessie. For bait to draw Nessie and Big Daddy within taser range (I’ll get to tasers in a minute. Chill out.) he uses Angela. Yep, he drags her hundreds of feet underwater behind the sub. I just…I can’t even. She’d be dead. The end.

Elisa and G force Bruno to pilot the mini sub. Goliath leaves via the torpedo tube to save Angela, heedless of the effects pressure would have on him.

The mini sub grinds across the other sub, tearing a hole in it, or at least damaging it enough to let water rush in. But the lizards come within range of the sub. Sevarius uses the tasers.

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That little sub is built like a tank!

I really don’t know how well this would work underwater. Yes, electric eels work underwater, but would a taser? You need two prongs to land so the power can flow from one to the other. What effect would water have on this? I say he’s better off drugging them like he did with Nessie earlier, then netting ’em.

The sea monster’s struggle with the sub, latching onto its neck. Sevarius and the security forces are in the head section. Their area is flooding.

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Not good.

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Not good at all.

The Loch Ness monsters drag the sub down into the 900+ foot deep abyss. Aaaand that’s the last we see of Sevarius this ep. Is he dead? Surely not. I mean, he’s Sevarius! Bruno even comments that he has more lives than a cat.

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Tubby critters, aren’t they.

20/20 moment: Did you think he was dead? Were you surprised to see him pop up in Hunter’s Moon?

We wrap up with the gargoyles and Elisa seeing Mr and Mrs Nessie, AND two little ones.

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Say it with me! “Aaaaaaaw!” I want one!

According to Greg: The four members of the XE security forces died in the sub. I find that a little…harsh. Arrest them, maybe, but drown them? They’re just mercenaries. They haven’t committed any atrocities. at least not of their own volition.

According to me: I wonder what effect their deaths had on Bruno? In Awakening, he was pissed off that Goliath and Co had beat up his people at the castle. Now FOUR of his people, basically the whole team, are DEAD. And for what? This was a stupid scheme. They didn’t die in battle, either; they drowned. That’s a nasty way to go. They’ve all been together on this team for a long time. At the very least, they’ve worked together and fought side by side for a year.

Bruno doesn’t show much emotion when the protags have him tied up on shore, but he probably didn’t know his people were dead. Or it hadn’t sunk in. Even a combat-hardened warrior feels something when his brothers and sisters in arms fall.  Will he reconsider his job, or at least the jobs he takes, after this? Will we get to see what happens to him?

It’s amazing how often good ideas in our lives turn into disasters. Those disasters have far more influence on our life courses than our successes. In general, anyway.

As for Xanatos, he was probably miffed that his forces were dead, but that irritation would have come because he now has to break in new goons.

I’m not sure what Elisa will do with Bruno. What proof does she have that he was involved in anything? The docking facility was destroyed. Even then, what’s to prove he was part of it? And so what? It’s not illegal to have subs in the Loch as far as I know. They have no proof it caused the tour boat fiasco, or that he was responsible for it. I would also guess the place is in no way traceable to Xanatos or whoever funded it.

Final Thoughts

Sevarius steals the episode! I didn’t quote many of his lines, because almost every one is a zinger. You really need to watch it and revel in Tim Curry’s delivery combined with Greg and Co’s writing.

It was interesting to see how much importance Angela puts on the fact that Goliath is her dad. Since she grew up with human parents, she’s attuned to the significance of knowing one’s biological parents. Will the revelation about their relationship influence how Angela interacts with Goliath? He knew she was his rookery daughter, and he doesn’t seem to care much about the news of being her bio dad, but maybe the importance will grow on him.

Tune in next Tuesday to see what Halcyon Renard has been up to. We have to go to Prague to find him, though. We’ll also meet a golem. No, not Smeagol…

Thoughts? Comment!

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8 comments on “Gargoyles: Monsters- Episode Review
  1. GregXB says:

    I don’t think Sevarius’s reveal of Angela’s parentage was meant to surprise the audience, but they did want us in the moment with Angela, who was surprised. I feel that way because Elisa even pointed out the similarities between Angela, Goliath, and Demona back in “Avalon Part Two”.

    As for the plan. I think Xanatos was funding this. I also think Xanatos isn’t the type to micromanage when he doesn’t think he has to. As such, I think he allowed Anton autonomy over this one, and sent the Goon Squad as backup. They’ve already worked with Anton in “Metamorphosis”.

    Obviously, as you pointed out, the plan wasn’t the best. Notice that the next time we see Anton he’s working at Nightstone Unlimited, not for Xanatos. I asked Greg what happened off screen, why Anton changed jobs, and he said he’d leave that to our imaginations.

    As for what Elisa planned to do with Bruno? Nothing, I guess. Just keep him restrained until they were on their way. Officially, Bruno committed no crimes, and she has no jurisdiction anywhere. But, at this moment, he’s an enemy and I’d keep him restrained, too.

    Bruno did make it back to Manhattan and Xanatos, and in the comics, we do see he assembled a new team. But yeah, this incident from his POV does interest me.

    • LC Champlin says:

      I guess it was an innovative way of giving us a 100% definitive answer about her parentage, at least on the paternal side.

      If that isn’t a typical Greg W answer, I don’t know what is! heh. Knowing Sevarius, he’s working for Xanatos as a consultant and is an FTE with Nightstone. It would be clever if he was reporting to Xanatos what “Dominique” was doing.

      Oh definitely, I’d have him tied up too.

      Greg W seems to like Bruno, so it doesn’t surprise me that A) he survived and B) he got a new team.

      • GregXB says:

        Well, Thailog is running Nightstone now, in the comics. Not Demona. That presents a different dynamic. I think Thailog would be more careful, in that regard.

        • LC Champlin says:

          Thailog doesn’t seem the type to give much autonomy to his employees, unlike Xanatos, or even Demona.

          I would love to see a corporate battle with business and legal maneuvering between Thailog-run Nightstone and Xanatos Enterprises. It would be almost like Charles and Jimmy McGill trying to one-up each other in Better Call Saul.

  2. Aubrey says:

    Your reasons for this episode’s existence made me bust out laughing.

    But yes, if the question is “more Tim Curry?” The answer should always be “yes!”

    I also want to say a while back that I read somewhere that Anton was working for himself here, and had hired the Xanatos goon squad as mercenaries. Mind you, this was 10+ years ago, and I’m fully willing to concede that I’m confusing it with the comics where MacBeth’s mercenaries went over to the Quarrymen, so take that with a massive shaker of salt. (Though I think it makes sense. “Breed a bunch of Loch Ness Monsters” doesn’t sound like a Xanatos plan.)

    I’d also be willing to agree that it’s an Illuminati plan and Xanatos just provided the geneticist and the security.

    • LC Champlin says:

      This whole ep makes me laugh, so I’m happy I could spread the hilarity!

      Curry = pure fun.

      Even if GregXB’s explanation here in the comments (Anton is working for Xanatos like always) is true, and it probably is, I still like your take and mine better. It makes the ep a little more logical. Plus, ours comes with extra salt!

      That’s why I love this series so much: there are so many factions and power players that we have a lot of room for imagination in our theories.

      • Aubrey says:

        Heh. I can just imagine Xanatos getting the call about the project.

        “I’m sorry, sir, I think I misheard you. I thought you said you wanted help finding the Loch Ness Monster. Yes, I realize I’m the man who spent billions flying a castle piece by piece across the ocean to put on top of the tallest skyscraper in the world all because I wanted to see if I could bring the statues on it to life. Yes, maybe I shouldn’t throw stones. Alright, so how can I help? Xanatos Enterprises has made some remarkable progress in technology for underwater explor…I see. You already have a submersible. Shaped like the Loch Ness Monster itself. And one like a hammerhead shark? That’s really something. Are you going to have these occasionally surface to make the tourists think there really is something in the Loch? To either boost tourism or scare people away? No? Well, I have to admit, I’m not really sure why you’re calling me. Sevarius? Yes, he’s between projects now. I can send him your way. I’ll even send some of my security guys to keep an eye on him. I’ll admit, he’s kind of squirrelly and does much better with supervision. Can I ask why you want a geneticist for this? Uh-huh. No, capturing one and cloning it has all sorts of possibilities. Can I ask what the endgame is? Uh-huh. I see. I agree, having a bunch of giant lake monsters does sound cool. Well, I’ll send my people over by the end of the week. Best of luck in the project.”

        Then he hangs up the phone, pinches the bridge of his nose for a minute, and calls for Owen. Because not only did the guy running this project not have a plan b, he doesn’t even have a plan A. So they need to sit down and discuss how feasible it is to take over the organization that runs the world.

        • LC Champlin says:

          I’m laughing so hard right now! Ah, so glad I wasn’t eating or drinking when I read this!

          “Yes, I realize I’m the man who spent billions flying a castle piece by piece across the ocean to put on top of the tallest skyscraper in the world all because I wanted to see if I could bring the statues on it to life.” — Ha! Hey, at least the castle looks wicked cool!

          “That’s really something.” — The faked approval and interest one has for their superiors!

          ” I’ll admit, he’s kind of squirrelly and does much better with supervision.” — probably the best description of him ever.

          “No, capturing one and cloning it has all sorts of possibilities.” — THANK YOU! Yes, just clone the suckers and be done with it. Why breed?

          ” I agree, having a bunch of giant lake monsters does sound cool. ” — David’s heart sinks upon realizing he really is dealing with idiots.

          “So they need to sit down and discuss how feasible it is to take over the organization that runs the world.” — Xanatos Enterprises – turning obstacles into opportunities since 1975.

          Thanks so much for this. I needed the laugh!

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