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Can You Eat a Gremlin? And Other Questions Answered by Secrets of the Mogwai


Max’s Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai explains the entire mythology behind the beloved movie critters.

Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai
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This article contains spoilers for Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai season 1.

Don’t get them wet. Avoid bright lights. Never, ever feed them after midnight. If you want a Mogwai, the most exotic of exotic pets, these rules are sacred. The problem is that neither Gremlins or Gremlins 2: The New Batch ever revealed where these life-forms spawned from and why they morph from furry mammalian things to scaly green agents of chaos if they take a bite after 11:59. For anyone who has been wanting to find out the answers to these questions since the green horde last stormed the big screen in 1990, Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai on Max (also produced by Steven Spielberg) is hiding them. 

The ten-episode prequel answers so many questions that Gizmo never gave up. Where did the Mogwai emerge from? How did they end up in human hands? What happens if you eat a Gremlin? You’re about to find out.

Who is the Mysterious Mr. Wing, and How Did He Het His Hands on a Mogwai?

Secrets of the Mogwai goes back in time to when Mr. Wing is just a curious kid in Shanghai who rescues an unusual creature from the circus. Sam Wing (Izaac Wang) has no idea what it is and thinks it’s some bizarre mashup of a cat and a dog. When he brings Gizmo back to his parents’ apothecary, his eccentric grandfather (whose myths and legends are sometimes questionable) realizes what it is right away, and that it needs to be returned to its ancestral home. In Gremlins, no one knows exactly how long Mr. Wing has been the guardian of a Mogwai. A flashback to his childhood reveals that his grandfather trusts him to save the species by bringing Gizmo back to the mystical valley where he came from. More on that later.

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