08 June 2016
Quickie TV DVD Review: "Gargoyles": The Complete First Season
Featuring the voice talents of Nichelle Nichols (Star Trek: The Original Series), Marina Sirtis and Jonathan Frakes (Star Trek: The Next Generation), and screen legend Ed Asner.
My Review: I never watched this show when it was on back in the day, but, honestly, I don't think I would have properly appreciated it back then; as an adult, though, I had a blast with this one. The heroes were admirable, the villains despicable, the animation spot-on, the voice work great...everything about it was fabulous. It was a bit edgier than I expected--see below for a further explanation--but still fun and exciting nonetheless. Fans of '90's kids' series should definitely check this one out, if they haven't already. Better yet, one episode has a very poignant moral--guns are not toys!--and the characters don't fail to mention Goliath's biblical namesake. All in all, great stuff.
Content Concerns: The main concerns here are the violence and the dark settings. The former is never gory, but a couple of scenes are bloody, and one such sequence gets repeated in a flashback; the latter is seen throughout, as most of the show takes place at night. Some of the gargoyles could be too scary for young children, as well. A human character is almost shot dead. (Spoiler: She recovers from her gunshot wound.) Also of note: A female gargoyle wears an off-the-shoulder, midriff-baring, short-skirted outfit. She isn't in every episode, but right many of them. For millenials like me, these are small potatoes; however, you may want to think twice before showing it to your young children.