When Dipper said he wasn’t taking ford’s apprenticeship I screamed.I knew it was going to happen, but I still hoped that it wouldn’t.
I know that it’s meant to be a good thing. It’s meant to show that Dipper and Mabel are inseparable, and that they have ultimately overcome what set Stan and Ford apart.
But this this ‘solution’ to their fight is basically the equivalent of Ford skipping out on a fantastic opportunity, his dream college, in order to make Stan happy. It’s not even a compromise, it’s just Dipper giving in again.
Of course, Mabel did say that if he really wanted, Dipper could take the apprenticeship. After he had just said that he wouldn’t, in order to make sure Mabel left the Bubble with him. Going back on that now would make that whole fluffy speech seem brittle.
The thing is, even if it’s not what the creators really mean, this ending implies that this is the correct choice. Somehow it has become a choice of dreams vs family when it shouldn’t have. Following your dreams doesn’t make you a villain, it doesn’t mean you chose them over your family. Ford deserved to go to an amazing college and have an amazing future. Dipper deserves to have his every dream come true and study the mysteries of the universe with a relative he genuinely connects with.
Fandom never should have made it seem like it was one or the other, because it never had to be. Stan and Ford’s situation was just a disaster of miscommunication and mistakes. It didn’t have to turn out that way. Dipper never chose his dreams over Mabel, because could you ever see them cutting off contact? He never saw Mabel and his dreams as mutually exclusive.
But Mabel did. (And some parts of fandom cause parallels I guess)
I mean, look at how happy the goobers are to play with someone.
Is it really so shocking that Ford would offer to teach Dipper, when Dipper loves the supernatural so much and might be the first actual friend he’s had in years? Dipper and Ford would have been so excited, solving the mysteries of the universes with a friend just as passionate as themselves
But as soon as Mabel finds out about this, she asks ‘But what about me, huh?’. I know it was a bad day for her, she’s twelve and she is really afraid of growing up, but does that mean she gets to ask this? Well of course she get’s to ask but should she? She’s asking him to give up something incredibly important to him and put her first. Again. And by now she should know that he always does.
In Time Travellers Pig, he puts her over his desire to spend the day with his crush Wendy, because she gets so upset over her pig that she sulks for weeks(as a joke for the audience tho). It’s not a bad thing, she lost Waddles helping Dipper. It’s just that it starts a trend. If she needles or sulks enough, Dipper gives in.
The Deep End. Dipper puts Mabel’s crush over his crush + his summer job
Sock Opera. Dipper puts Mabel’s crush of the week over something he really cares about, the mysteries of gravity falls. And then Mabel asks for more. More help after days of him helping her after she promised to help him.
And then Mabel puts her crush over Dipper ‘Can’t we wait till after the show?’
And does so again. Even if just for a second, she gave up what they thought was dipper’s one shot at getting his body back. She put her crush over Dipper’s life and his most precious possession.
And now we have Mabel’s desires on display in the bubble prison, and what do we get? Dippy Fresh, a ‘back-up’ brother that supports her. Wow, a tad hypocritical there.
And now it’s all come down to this. Mabel refused to leave the bubble until Dipper gave in. Maybe this will change next episode, and Mabel will actually encourage him to do what he wants.
But even if she does, he’ll say no, because that would go against the lesson they just taught. A lesson I don’t agree with. It shouldn’t be dreams vs family, and family should never force you to make that decision.
I started making this list for my own sake but realized I’ve never seen a whole detailed post dedicated to the fan music within the community. I know music and Gravity Falls always help me through tough times, so maybe this will help spread a little love and cheer around.
I am more than positive I am missing people so if you have a favorite
song/remix from this fandom that you noticed I missed, please add them!
I’d love to add more to this already incredible list!
Hey there! It’s me Bill!
And you wanna know what I think’s a thrill?
That a pathetic little alligator had the guts to rap against me!
Well ain’t this damn fun cuz you’ll be wallowing in my nightmares! You’ll see!
It’s pretty ridiculous to see such a sight
Being boring is just not how to fight.
You wanna insult me here?
Well, you better do it right
Oh, how silly of you to mention that.
Such nonsense spoken of from a triangle.
With those noodle arms of yours,
Oh how you’ll get tangled.
You think you’re scary? Well I just find you simple and a-cute.
But you seem to deny this.
Are you blind? Well YOU’RE a bit short on eyes.
So You better think before I say SURPRISE!
And if being better than you wasn’t a breeze.
I have many fangirls and you have sadly little.
Your personality is no fun and brittle.
You think you’re a psychopath?
Well I can beat you at that!
I’m made of pure energy
And you’re just a Toffee!
You may be popular but let me get this straight.
You’ve ended your existence with such a Stan-punching fate.
And two meek children beat you?
Well that’s lame…
As for my plan, I’m not even through
You’re simply overpowered and overrated.
I’ll have an entire kingdom evaporated.
Depravity Falls fanart with really heavy Illuminati symbolism (a lot of it was actually really good)
“Mr. Triangle/Mr. Pyramid”
Maybe 200 youtube videos about the meaning of the cipher wheel
Really all of the youtube theory videos, including gems like "LEBAM: Mabel’s Secret Doppleganger”, “Gompers: The Eye of Providence?”, “Is Robbie a Zombie?” and “Grunkle Stan’s Secret Twin Theory: Debunked!”