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Dear Mr. Weisman,
This is Grey Wolf, I was that shy 14 year-old at the 11th Gathering. Unlike a lot of people, Iâm not a whole lot LESS shy online. Sorry. But I do tend to express myself a bit better in writing than actual speech.
I got the news that this very well might be the last Gathering of the Gargoyles, and while Iâm bummed, this did give me the push I needed to write this comment/question/appeal. Here goesâ¦
Gargoyles really struck a cord with me. I realize you get that quite often, but thatâs because itâs true. I was (okay, maybe still am) a bit of an outsider-looking-in with a feverish love for stories. Having Aspergers Syndrome (a mild Autism Spectrum Disorder), watching cartoons gave me a better understanding of body language and facial expressions which are generally exaggerated for TV. I got into Gargoyles long after its original run, but between DVDs and bouts of insomnia, I grew to love it.
Plot is an important part of storytelling, âcause without plot, thereâs no story. But more important than a good plot, are good characters. Thanks for not making me settle for one or the other : ) Obviously, the Manhattan Clan holds a special place in my heart. Hudsonâs slow adjustment to 20th century life mirrored my own reluctance for change. Broadwayâs optimism had to have touched even the hardest cynic. Brooklynâs lust for adventure and ambition hit the romantic explorer within me. Goliathâs somewhat solemn demeanor and true desire for whatâs best for the clan made him somewhat of an idealistic leader to me. Bronx, a character in his own right, was a reminder that our âprimitiveâ selves, full of loyalty and courage, should not be buried too deep. Lexingtonâs cautious curiosity was so like my own desire to interact with a world that, at the same time, was so intimidating to me. Elisaâs idealism for as a police officer and acceptance of the gargoyles made for a great hero figure for a young girl to follow. Angelaâs inability to understand just WHY everyone canât (wonât?) get along was something I shared (share).
I could go ahead and list every character from the show, but that would more or less be stalling, because I have two specific characters in mind for this post: Puck and Oberon. Yeah, I know, theyâre not actual gargoyles AND theyâre also Shakespearian characters--- yet, I wouldnât love them so much (maybe not have learned of them at all) if it werenât for Gargoyles and your characterization of them.
Puck had a sense of humor, something I had to LEARN. He was childish, antagonistic, playful, and FUN. I can only wish I had the same wit and carefree state of mind. Granted, Iâm a bit more mature than he is (thank God), but still; Puckâs pretty darn awesome.
Oberon scared the frig out of me at first. Something with THAT much power and THAT much ego went against everything I ever learned about the balance between power and responsibility. But deep down, heâs not such a bad guy; justâ¦ sort of a baby (oooh, donât tell him I said that!). His hissy fits would have been comical if they werenât so dangerous, and didnât have such dire consequences. In my meekness, maybe I envied his self-confidence.
I can forgive them their moral lapses on the basis that they seemâ¦. adolescent, almost? (Like I should talkâ¦) It seems the not-so-nice things they do are more out of impulse than malice. Intent means SOMETHING, right?
Okay, now to my point. Obie and Puck seemed pretty tight in a Midsummer Nightâs Dream, and even after the DEBACLE The Gathering Parts I and II, youâve hinted to the idea that they still care for each other.
Alright, Iâm a softie. Puckâs banishment at the hands of someone he loved (you have to feel some affection for the person you serve to be a good servant, right?) was absolutely heart wrenching! Okay, I felt a little bad for Oberon, too. He felt betrayed, and frankly, banishing his servant is gonna come back to bite him in the rear sooner or later. I cried, and MAN was I ticked it wasnât resolved (even addressed!) before the series was canceled. If ever I wanted a particular story finished, that would be it. Itâs literally been nagging me for over three years now, at LEAST. (Yay OCD...)
I asked you at the Gathering in Pigeon Forge whether Oberon would ever forgive Puck or not. I remember you smiled and said that âEver is a really long timeâ, but that he hadnât by 2198, and Iâd have to wait and see.
Iâm willing to wait and see, but the comic being canceled, and the idea that this could be the last Gathering of the Gargoyles has kinda disheartened me. Not that Iâm going to give up on hoping; nobody can get rid of me THAT easily.
The question Iâm going to ask you is: Will Puck and Oberon EVER be friends again?
I can wait âtill the Gathering in August, if you like. I can even wait longer than that for an answer, say 2015, but I really am hoping for an answer. In fact, Iâd like to hear/read/watch the story; but I realize Iâll have SERIOUS wait for THAT.
So, is it okay if I ask you at the Gathering?
By now, of course, the Gathering has come and gone, and we discussed this. And the answer hasn't changed much: Puck is still banished in 2198. But that doesn't mean that he and Oberon are at odds, per se. Beyond that...