a softer night vale

WTNV Episode 53

Things we learned in this episode:

  • Steve Carlsburg may be just about the smartest and bravest person in the whole of Night Vale
  • Cecil was apparently a much less ‘softer’ and happy person before meeting Carlos, and spent most of his time at the radio station
  • His guarded and angry behaviour in response to Steve’s theories and knowledge about Night Vale implies that Cecil possibly knows more 'truths’ about Night Vale than he is allowed, or feels safe, to divulge
  • Far from resenting Cecil, Steve admires him and seems to feel that he is often left in his shadow
  • Cecil hates Steve because he loves Janice and feels that Steve is a danger to her
  • Steve respects Cecil because he knows that Cecil hates him because he loves Janice and feels that Steve is a danger to her
  • Janice seems to be pretty much the centre of both Steve and Cecil’s worlds
  • Cecil is prepared to conceal his knowledge in order to protect Janice
  • Steve is prepared to risk his life - and even being hated by own his family - to pursue knowledge in order to protect Janice
  • Cecil and Steve are both sad, lonely babies who really deserve to be hugged and protected and ugh, my heart hurts, this all feels so sad