Lil late I know. I tried typing this the night Dreamscaperers came out, but after a few hours of typing I lost all my work before it was even done! Uggh! Luckily I still remember that funny intro. Quote:
"MIND=BLOWN. MY MIND IS F**KING BLOWN. ….MIND BLOWN MIND BLOWN MIND BLOWN MIND BLOWN MIND BLOWN! OH MY F**KING GOD MY MIND IS BLOWN!
Literally 10-15 minutes of fangirling later
Ok, that I’m done fangirling (i.e. swearing up a storm of giddiness, screaming in pillows, rolling around on bed, jumping around like Mabel, repeatedly playing Made Me Realize on guitar and piano, etc), time to rant!”
That’s all I remember word to word. Still, its a shame that the first version was lost. Especially since I worked on it FOR HOURS! No joke. Thats how much time I spend on these rants. Just, uggh!
Anyways, words cannot describe how mind blowing this episode was. Even after re-watching it TWICE (thank you Disney Channel app), my mind is blown. O.O
For several minutes when the episode ended and the Mickey Mouse cartoon was starting, I just sat on my bed eyes wide open and jaw dropped. This episode is definitely gonna rank high up on the favorites list (i should do a future rant on that).
Despite how amazing this episode is, I do have one piece of criticism. What happened to Wendy and Waddles? I mean, Waddles was in the background at the beginning and then he disappeared. Last I checked the ball thingy I-dont-know-the-technical-term-for-construction-machines hit the roof where the attic would be. Also known as Dipper and Mabel’s room where Waddles was last seen. If Bud killed Waddles then he is worth smashing one of my guitars on. And this is coming from me. I have no problem eating pork or beef or if a purse is made from cow leather. Clearly I’m no vegan. Heck, my moms got some Zebra’s skin hanging on the wall! Personally I hate it though. Only cuz its really creepy (why are the eyelids still there?) and the fur is really poky. That thing has NO business being on the wall. Just, no! Back to the pig, though I usually don’t have a problem with dead pigs since I do enjoy some bacon, Waddles is the only exception. No questions asked.
Then theres Wendy. First off I’d like to cheer that WENDY’S BACK! And her status after the harsh breakup two episodes ago: just casually watching tv with Dippers family as if nothing ever happened. …really? I was expecting at LEAST the cold shoulder. After such a harsh breakup THAT is what happens? Oh, c’mon!
It takes a bit of thought before I begin to understand her actions. In a previous rant I compared Wendy to the Llama symbol for her gift of endurance. The girl deals with alot of crap. She works for Stan, shes Manly Dan’s daughter, the girls got 3 brothers, shes caught up in a love triangle, and who knows what other drama and/or daily hardships she deals with. Despite all this, Wendy breezes through it all with a straight face and laid-back attitude. She endures alot and is good at it. Looks like she is capable of dealing with the Pines family for another afternoon. My theory is that she happened to be working when the rainstorm came and decided to stick around awhile
It also takes a bit of observation and thinking to notice how she interacts with Dipper. Barely at all. I am aware that her role is pretty small in this episode. But notice her distant attitude towards him in comparison to previous episodes. I assume Dipper just decided to plop himself next to her while they watch tv, and shes just trying to survive an awkward moment by twirling that Nyarf Gun. Shes not watching the program or interacting with anyone. Just staring at the toy. I know it doesn’t prove much, but still. I dunno, she just seems to be trying to ignore him. Silent treatment. Its either this or I’m desperate to prove she is the least bit effected by what happened two episodes ago.
And ultra short rant about the bat: why you scared? Granted i’ve never seen a real bat in person, but I see nothing to be afraid of. I think bats are cute <3
Another short rant is about Gideon. I noticed something new about him: he talks alot. I swear, ever notice that when he scheming or being an evil son of a b*tch he has to make a big dramatic speech. Its just like Team Rocket, cant do anything without the over dramatic motto. The good thing about Gideon’s case is that unlike the Pokemon from my childhood, he doesn’t say the same thing EVERY time. Another thing s how scared he was of Bill.
Speaking of Mr. Cipher himself, YOU GOTTA LUV HIM! He’s the best villain ever. And I got three reasons to luv him
1. He is adorable. I honestly never thought i’d call a triangle cute, but he is. And that bow tie telephone was pretty creative. I’ve seen fan art of him on that thing going “moshi moshi satan desu”. Being a Japanese speaker myself, that translates to “Hi Satan”. I just couldn’t help but find that adorable.
2. He is hilarious. I remember in an ultra old Tumblr post back when I was still calling him Mr. Pyramid Guy when I commented something along the lines of “Whether he’s a good guy or not, i just hope he has a sense of humor”. Wish granted, thank you very much Alex. To thank you, heres some random deer teeth. Mwahahaha! Im just kidding. Its a pigeon’s beak. There are no deer wandering the streets at 2 AM.
3. He’s dangerous. No kidding, this guy could destroy Gravity Falls if he wanted too. Usually when you get a funny villain he’s hard to take seriously and too easy to defeat. One smack and KO. Yay. You are my hero. It’s not like I couldn’t have just smacked the villain with my purse myself and save the day. No, if Alex is going to create a funny antagonist, he’s gonna be a real threat.
Also note, for the longest time I have been calling Bill “Mr. Pyramid Guy” and ignored the rest of the fandom correcting me. I just wanted to wait and see the canon name for the guy. There was a slim chance those cryptograms were talking about a different guy. Now that I’ve been proven wrong, go ahead and pat yourselves on the back.
I do not blame Dipper for acting so cold after his little snooping. The knowledge of someone hating you is a very painful thing to carry around. Even more so when that person meant something to you. At such a young age you expect your family members to love you unconditionally; especially your elders. Getting the opposite is quite the emotional blow. I know personally how such knowledge can distort your view on things, since I went through the same thing when I was only 11. Not only that, but my personality is already a bit similar to Dipper’s. It was at that young age when the world changed from a fun Mabel-like world to a dark and distorted place where you cannot trust others. I imagine thats how Dipper saw Stan pre-double checking. With that kind of point of view, its understandable why he’d refuse to help.
Mabel who is clearly loved by Stan was trying everything to protect the shack. It looks like she is bit attached to the place. I don’t see why not. Its the location of a lot of great memories and pretty much represents Stan. The shack is his thing. And clearly Gravity Falls generally will always and forever be an important place to Mabel.
Dipper however doesn’t seem that attached. Logically the Shack isn’t really his home. Reminder the twins are only visiting for the summer. The only one who is really homeless is Stan (unless Soos happens to rent a room. Small headcanon I barely pay attention too). And why should Dips help out a guy who hates him?
Its not entirely a surprise to me when Dipper forgave Stan. Thats just how guys work. Boys are very simple minded creatures. Once he realized how he jumped to conclusions, everyone is forgiven and things are back to normal. The end. Thats how simple guys seem to operate. *sigh*, even knowing this much boys are still quite the mystery. I can never understand the need to throw pop corn seeds across the classroom (that literally was going on in 8th grade). Me, if were in that situation most likely I would’ve found a way to question such philosophies.
Now we get to the best part of the episode: showdown with Bill! It proves how the imagination can be a powerful weapon in the right situation. I just loved the kitten fists unconditionally (imma do fanart for it!). My only other comment on this scene is that if Bill hates synthesized music that much, that means that the Vocaloids are safe from him. To him Miku=Ear Rape. Lol
Onto the oncoming apocalypse. Prophesied by Bill. Its already happening since the Mystery Shack is now gone. Keep in mind he said that everything they cared about will change, not be destroyed. Theres probably going to be quite the string of changes in future episodes. And remember: He’ll be watching
As for the symbolism, I’m still sticking with my “represented by personality not clothing” theory, despite how Bill addressed them. I think either I mis assigned the symbols, or Bill is the one confusing them. Nonetheless, im just being stubborn with my theory.
The only commentary I have left is, “I wonder whats gonna happen now that Stan is homeless”, and “No Soos/Bill! Dont shut the door! We were about to find out whats behind the vending machine! Dont do this to us! NOOOOOO!!!!!!!”