In which Coldstone contains multitudes.
PREVIOUSLY ON GARGOYLES: Demona and Xanatos mixed magic and science to bring back Coldstone, a gargoyle brother of Goliath and Demon who died at the Castle Wyvern massacre back in 994.
Remember how I complained about Xanatos' murky motives in creating Coldstone? Well, here's an explanation, he was letting Demona run the show back then because he was, as usual, playing the long game. Well, that retroactively solves the biggest problem I had with that mostly-great episode, so awesome!
But this isn't a Xanatos episode - he doesn't even appear as himself until the last scene. After spending the last two episodes mostly in the background, Goliath moves back to the forefront and I'm glad. He is the one eager to welcome his brother back again despite his erratic behavior, he's the one who enters Coldstone's mind to help battle the computer virus and the programming that Xanatos planted in Coldstone, to say nothing of Iago. Goliath is the one who still has hope that Coldstone with one day reawaken yet again and join the clan permanently.
Though that's not quite correct. For the big reveal of the episode is that Coldstone is actually three gargoyles, not just one. Let's see if I can untangle this whopping case of multiple personalities:
- Coldstone: not actually a sentient being, simply the cyborg/stone body.
- Othello: Goliath's rookery brother and the consciousness that was in control back in "Reawakening."
- Desdemona: Othello's lover.
- Iago: malevolent gargoyle who hates Othello, covets Desdemona and eventually merges with:
- Xanatos Program: the programming Xanatos planted in Coldstone to control him.
This Othello is a little more sympathetic than Shakespeare's. Or rather, a little less culpable for his own tragedy. At least this one doesn't kill Desdemona (yet). Plus, there's the additional horror of having the ones dripping poison in his ear being inside his head with him. That would make them a whole lot harder to dismiss. And in the end he actually listens to Desdemona and
Speaking of trust, Elisa is rather abusing Matt's. If my years of watching TV have taught me anything, it's that the bond between cop partners is almost sacred. It was necessary for her to steal the VR doohickey so that the clan could figure out what was going on with Coldstone, but it was still a betrayal of Matt. More, she doesn't seem to feel bad about it at all. I know he was kind of forced on her by her boss, but Matt seems like both a good guy and a good cop. I feel bad for him that his partner is so consistently deceiving him. He's still not as overtly suspicious of her as I think he should be, but I'm still getting a vibe that he senses something off. This could get messy.
- I wonder if there was an Emilia gargoyle before the Wyvern massacre.
- Elisa never lets Matt drive. Control freak.
- Othello being so happy to see Hudson was touching.
- I've decided any gargoyle wearing gold hoop earrings must be an evil master manipulator.
- Did Demon bring back Desdemona and Iago deliberately or was that an unintended side effect of resurrecting Othello?
- I thought the Coldstone mindscape scenes were a little boring visually (though interesting on a character level), but the merging of Iago and the Xanatos program was quite impressive.
- The NYPD really should pay more attention to who builds their fancy new robots.
Next time, the poetically titled "A Lighthouse in the Sea of Time."