Golem is the 40th episode of Gargoyles, and the 27th episode of season two.



A criminal, Tomas Brod, flees from the police through the streets of Prague and escapes by boat with the aid of Halcyon Renard and Preston Vogel. The Avalon travelers arrive nearby and Goliath goes to ask Renard for assistance. While scouting the area, Elisa runs into Max Loew, the son of a rabbi. Elisa is unaware that Max and his father are working on a mystical ritual given to Max in a dream, a ritual that will awaken the golem to defeat Brod. We see in flashback how Max's ancestor used the golem, a huge stone statue, to defend the Jews of Prague against raiders. By placing the "breath of life" in the golem's mouth (the word "life" written on a piece of paper), the statue comes to life and drives out the attackers.

Brod takes Renard's hovercraft in payment for his services and he and his men depart. Goliath meets with them and a weakened Renard abruptly dismisses him. Max proceeds with the ritual as Brod attacks and takes the golem and the ritual. Angela, Elisa, and Bronx, reuniting with Goliath, spot Brod's craft and go after him. Brod manages to make his escape after stunning Goliath and Angela. They confront Max, who explains the golem awakening spell was lost for 400 years and they need the creature to fight Brod. Goliath goes to confront Renard and discovers the millionaire is transferring his soul out of his dying body and into the golem. Holding Goliath at gunpoint, Renard completes the ritual and then overwhelms the gargoyle in his new body.

Renard goes for a stroll to test out his new form, spreading destruction. He goes to Max's house to destroy any book that might contain knowledge that could undo the transference. Goliath arrives and he and Max appeal to Renard's conscience – shamed at what he has become, Renard agrees to reverse the transfer. Max goes to confront Brod with the golem and defeats him with a little help from his newfound friends. Goliath turns down Renard's offer of help, realizing that he must see his journey through to the end.


  • The Golem of Prague is a real part of Jewish legend.



Memorable Quotes

"Renard, stop this! A weak body is no excuse for such a corrupt spirit." - Goliath

"And you get used to the weirdness." Elisa to Max after defeating Brod.

Episode Guide

Season 1 Season 2 Season 3

  1. Awakening
  2. Awakening, Part Two
  3. Awakening, Part Three
  4. Awakening, Part Four
  5. Awakening, Part Five
  6. The Thrill of the Hunt
  7. Temptation
  8. Deadly Force
  9. Enter MacBeth
10. The Edge
11. Long Way to Morning
12. Her Brother's Keeper
13. Reawakening

  1. Leader of the Pack
  2. Metamorphosis
  3. Legion
  4. A Lighthouse in the Sea of Time
  5. The Mirror
  6. The Silver Falcon
  7. Eye of the Beholder
  8. Vows
  9. City of Stone, Part One
10. City of Stone, Part Two
11. City of Stone, Part Three
12. City of Stone, Part Four
13. High Noon

14. Outfoxed
15. The Price
16. Revelations
17. Double Jeopardy
18. Upgrade
19. Protection
20. The Cage
21. Avalon, Part One
22. Avalon, Part Two
23. Avalon, Part Three
24. Shadows of the Past
25. Heritage
26. Monsters

27. Golem
28. Sanctuary
29. M.I.A.
30. Grief
31. Kingdom
32. The Hound of Ulster
33. Walkabout
34. Mark of the Panther
35. Pendragon
36. Eye of the Storm
37. The New Olympians
38. The Green
39. Sentinel

40. Bushido
41. Cloud Fathers
42. Ill Met By Moonlight
43. Future Tense
44. The Gathering, Part One
45. The Gathering, Part Two
46. Vendettas
47. Turf
48. The Reckoning
49. Possession
50. Hunter's Moon, Part One
51. Hunter's Moon, Part Two
52. Hunter's Moon, Part Three

  1. The Journey
  2. Ransom
  3. Runaways
  4. Broadway Goes Hollywood
  5. A Bronx Tail
  6. The Dying Of The Light
  7. And Justice For All
  8. Genesis Undone
  9. Generations
10. ...For It May Come True
11. To Serve Mankind
12. Seeing Isn't Believing
13. Angels In The Night

SLG comic books

Gargoyles #1. Clan Building Chapter One: Nightwatch
Gargoyles #2. Clan Building Chapter Two: The Journey
Gargoyles #3. Clan Building Chapter Three: Invitation Only
Gargoyles #4. Clan Building Chapter Four: Masque
Gargoyles #5. Clan Building Chapter Five: Bash
Gargoyles #6. Clan Building Chapter Six: Reunion
Gargoyles #7. Clan Building Chapter Seven: The Rock
Gargoyles #8. Clan Building Chapter Eight: Rock & Roll
Gargoyles #9. Clan Building Chapter Nine: Rock of Ages
Gargoyles #10. Clan Building Chapter Ten: The Gate
Gargoyles #11. Clan Building Chapter Eleven: Tyrants
Gargoyles #12. Clan Building Chapter Twelve: Phoenix

Bad Guys #1. Strangers
Bad Guys #2. The Lost
Bad Guys #3. Estranged
Bad Guys #4. Louse
Bad Guys #5. Strangled
Bad Guys #6. Losers

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