The Only Time "I've Been Their Biggest Fan"
You always hear people saying "I'm their biggest fan." I'm pretty selective about the things I like and have never been one of those people who buy merchandise and fan stuff for the people/concepts in the entertainment world I like. There is only one show I have ever big one of the biggest fans for and surprisingly it is a cartoon. Long ago when I was a kid in the 90s I really loved a cartoon called Gargoyles. It was created by Disney which is interesting because the cartoon was a drama and they don't really produce cartoon dramas. As a kid I only saw the cartoon, but as an adult who has read a lot of books and loves mythological stories I know that this show is so much more than just a kids show.
The plot of the show was that there were these mythological creatures called Gargoyles who lived in mid-evil times. They ended up frozen in time and were awoken in Manhattan in the 90s in a world very different than the one they knew. They swore to protect humanity and were crime fighters. When the second season started the story grew and evolved. These creatures were kind and human-like an only wanted to be accepted by humans like they once were in the past. There was romance, sorrow, and more. For a cartoon it really delved into a lot of adult themes.
The reason I really loved this series is because it was written by some very educated people. The story weaves mythological concepts from cultures all over the world into one really great story. Myths of Africa, Scotland, England, Australia, and more appear throughout the series. Shakespeare's plays, historical figures, King Arthur, and other interesting concepts from literature and history appear. The show was very complex and I am impressed the writers could use so many different stories to create this show to make such a great story.
The third season, the original creator left and the show became Disneyfied and the original charm of the show disappeared. Because he hated the way Disney ended the show, the creator of the show started a comic book series and website to let all of his fans how the show would have ended. He had things planned out for the characters entire lives and the lives of the character's future children. I love it when a creator loves their work so much that they can create an entire world with all of their stories. It reminds me of the The Hobbit/Lord of the Rings and Tolkein working so hard to create a world that he came up with a language and history and more for his stories.
Gargoyles was a short-lived show but it was a great story. It will always be one of my favorites and I am always impressed by what I can learn from it's stories.