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One of the great things about Gargoyles was that little things that seemed insignificant at the time could have major effects somewhere down the line. Someone asked a similar question about the mercenary from Double Jeopardy, and it made me wonder about another minor character. Anyway, would we have seen the weaponsmith/inventor who created Mr. Carter again?
And the idea about simply ignoring TGC and using the first season to bring the show from Hunter's Moon to the present sounds plausible, although subjects like the Stone of Destiny returning to Scotland and Y2K hype would show the true timeframe. (Assuming you chose to pursue either of those stories)
Re: Mr. Acme. Maybe, occasionally. The problem is the name. Warner Bros thinks they own the Acme name. (It's been debated.) To use it briefly once made a good joke. A diminimous reference. To make him an on-going character though... I'd never be able to use his name.
Re: The Stone of Destiny. I'd still do that one. An informed audience would know about the date. But most wouldn't. So it works for everyone.
Re: Y2K. That one doesn't play. Everyone would know that I was cheating on the time. Plus, Y2K was a dud. As I figured. (Being Jewish, perhaps, gave me a different perspective on the calendar.) I had no Y2K story planned. So it's no great loss.
One thing that I'm going to confess here, and it's that I'm still feeling somewhat taken aback at the discovery that the mythological gods in the Gargoyles Universe are subject to Oberon, a "mere" faerie king (though don't tell him that I called him that :) In traditional legend, Oberon wasn't a divinity, so seeing him have authority over gods like Odin feels a little strange to me still. It's like seeing an earl giving orders to a king. I know that in the Gargoyles Universe, Oberon does outrank the gods of mythology and that they were really "just" powerful faerie-folk, but it does feel a little odd to me all the same.
That is... an absolutely SHOCKING confession.
Look, I knew it was going to be controversial (relatively speaking). Frank Paur wasn't particularly comfortable with the idea, but I'm a fast talker.
The main motivation was that I wanted the Garg Universe to have a certain cohesion. I wanted it to be rich and expansive, but not completely arbitrary. So after a bit of tease and mystery, we reveal a feudal system.
And Oberon's lack of shall we say, press, didn't bother me. He was the big man behind the scenes. And although he's not exactly Mr. Maturity, I don't think that bothered him.
And of course, he did have at least one spectacular press agent. Guy named Will.
Has Macbeth or any other of your immortal/unaging characters (fays and the like) ever assumed a name we would recognize from the history books (as opposed to mythology)? And if so (though I don't expect you to reveal what that famous disguise would be :-), would you tell us which ones of your characters has indeed done so?
Yes. And good guess. And no, not now.
Una and Griff, as we know, look very much like a unicorn and a griffon. In your opinion, are there actual unicorns and griffons out there in the Gargoyles Universe, or were the legends about them founded on sightings of London gargoyles of that sort?
Probably the latter, unless some fae were goofin' on folk.
In your mind do you think dragons are evil or good? In the course of the show there are several references to these fantasy creatures. In the Gargoyles world are there any good dragons or only evil ones. Because in the episode "Pendragon" the stone dragon seems to be bad. It was only a stone dragon. However, is there a race of dragons like gargoyle or are they only a species of fantasty creatures?
The stone dragon in "Pendragon" was a magical construct. Or at any rate it was brought to a semblance of life by magic. It wasn't truly alive. And I don't consider it a true dragon. Nor do I consider it evil. It was "programmed" to perform a specific function. To test for the one true king.
I'm not going to confirm or deny the existance of real dragons in the gargoyles universe, but if you've watched the series, you'll know thematically that I would never define an entire species, gargoyle, fae, human or dragons (if there are dragons) as either good or evil. To quote Goliath, "There is good and evil in all of us, human and gargoyle alike."
Nothing is one thing. Let alone an entire species.
How close is the world of "Gargoyles" to the real world? When I ask this I mean in the "Gargoyles" universe is Clinton the President. Is Giuliani (sp?) the mayor of NYC? Or would you create your own characters to fill the rolls of important well-known officials?
I don't know for sure. I avoided that kind of thing so I wouldn't have to decide. I'd tend to lean toward keeping it more real. But if I had a really great story...
When you included vampires in the series, would we have seen
any of the literary vampire figures, like the famous Count
Dracula or (the not-so-famous) Lord Ruthven?
Dracula certainly in one form or another. I'm not familiar with Ruthven. But as I've said ad nauseum, given enough time and episodes, we'd have covered everything.
Dear Greg, some questions on the First First Race:
1) What was the nature of this ancient, pre-Gargoyle race? Organic like humanity? also organic but symbiotic with nature like the Gargates? MAgical like the fae?
2) Could you hint on why this race died out? Just roughly..war, disease, etc?
3) Does the arrival of the Gargoyles or Fae have anything to do with the passing of this race?
4) Is this race actually dead or gone away?
1. I'm not sure how to answer this without giving too much away. Which probably gives too much away right there.
In "Hunter's Moon" one of the requirement for Demona's spell to work was that it should be cast in "holy ground". For that reason she uses an abandoned church... The question I'm going to ask is a bit vague, but hopefully you'll understand it: what does this place's "holiness" as pertaining to the spell, derive from? Is it something all places of worship would have, even "pagan" ones? Does it derive from people considering it 'holy' or is an objective "gift" (so to speak) from the deity in question and thus unrelated to belief?
It's almost certainly something which you couldn't answer within the series (I think), but perhaps you could answer it here... :-)
I want to posit that some ground just is holy. Or perhaps more clinically, these locations act as a nexus of mystic energy. The fact that churches temples, etc. are often built on such spots is no coincidence. There may be a guiding force. A sense that this is a place of prayer. Of connection to God, or the Great Spirit or the Earth or WHATEVER.
Anyway, that's how I see the Gargoyles' Universe working.
Here's yet another question.
Did you ever plan to bring the Headless Horseman into "Gargoyles"? Sleep Hollow isn't too far from Manhattan.
Is the Headless Horseman in the public domain?
If so, we would have gotten to it eventually.