This story in a nutshell: Deadly nuns, turning people in statues and a gnarled alien that has been trying to get home for generations...
'Everyone gets old' is a fantastic mission statement to remind the children who are watching this story. A lot of kids write of the elderly as past it but Eye of the Gorgon is a firm reminder of the lives they have lead and the stories they can tell if you only stop and listen.
'Unfortunately Mrs Cribbins always was something of a useless old fossil...'
'I'd shut up if I were you or the Abbess might show you her idea of solving a problem like Maria...'
The Shallow Bit: Alan Jackson. What a babe.
Standout Scene: That wonderfully poignant coda where it looks as though Maria is going to be able to cure Bea's Alzheimer's with the talisman. Had that been the case it would have destroyed the integrity of this story. There are such easy answers with dementia and it would do no good in convincing children otherwise. The trade off is the gift that Maria does manage to give Bea, which is one last message from her dead husband.