Society of the Blind Eye
I’m a little late for this, but anyway: this is the one episode from this season that made me feel like actual progress was made! Which is not to say that nothing happened in this season (oh, a lot happened), but before that, it felt more like it was building up to something. I think this is the beginning of the payoff.
First of all, McGucket. That big theory about him being the Author was debunked for good; which, personally, i like. I never really bought that McGucket was the Author. It seemed a little too obvious and even cliché to have the crazy-genius old man that no one in the show took seriously as the one behind it all. Gravity Falls usually avoids these tropes, so i thought it wasn’t likely to be true.
Still, the way they debunked the theory was much, much better than i ever imagined it would be. They included McGucket to the plot; he’s not the Author, but he was an assistant to the Author (who is now officially male, it seems. That shortens some speculations), knew him very well and i guess he will probably still have a big part in the solving of this mystery.
Well, his Simon Petrikov-esque story won me over. I hope we see more of him!
Hello, my name is Simo— i mean, Fiddleford McGucket
I also loved how they went on an adventure with Soos and Wendy again. I like seeing the gang all together like that. And that moment whe they all confess their secrets revealed so much about them in so little time, especially about Dipper (who thinks he is worth nothing if he’s not the ‘smart guy’ all the time and pushes himself to be it) and Wendy (who plays cool, like there’s nothing wrong, but feels stressed all the time; i’m sure a lot of people can relate to that).
“If i’m not the smart guy, who am i?”
And those moments with Wendy and Mabel were particularly sweet; i liked how Wendy sad there was nothing wrong with Mabel’s approach on boys, and how she shouldn’t worry about it. I was seriously expecting some advice (with probably something that didn’t fit with Mabel’s personality at all), but no, Wendy appreciates Mabel with all of her quirkiness and doesn’t think she has to change. Great!
“Hi, i’m Mabel! I’m twelve and own a pig! Wanna get married?”
This episode also provided us with a convincing answer to why people in Gravity Falls were so oblivious to all the supernatural things happening there, and to why they are (were?) so gullible. I thought this was merely a joke before; that, like Grunkle Stan once said, the people of this town were the dumbest people ever. But they took this and made it actually kind of depressing; they probably were not like that before, they became this because of the Society and of all the crazy shit they had seen.
The inability to drink things properly seems to be a running theme on this show.
That made me think, why was it never used on Dipper and Mabel before? They didn’t exactly keep their findings a secret (quite the contrary). And it doesn’t appear to have been used on Soos and Wendy, at least since the beggining of this summer. I wonder if it has anything to do with the Shack. Or, more specifically, Grunkle Stan.
About the Society of the Blind Eye itself… well, they were important. Sure, what they did was not right at all (erasing people’s memories without their consent, and probably mentally impairing them while doing so it’s terrible), but the fact remains that they were the only ones that kept Gravity Falls apparently “normal”. Without them to do that, things will most certainly change, and i can’t tell if it’s going to be worse or better than before. Considering Bill’s “abnormal soon shall be the norm” from Sock Opera… i’m leaning on the 'worse’, for now.
ENJOY THE CALM BEFORE THE STORM
And there was that final scene, of course. We’re still not sure what Grunkle Stan is planning; we can’t even tell if it’s good or bad. But from what i’ve seen so far, i personally think that he’s not doing anything “bad” (at least intentionally). At least for now, i think that he is trying to open a portal to save, rescue or take someone/something very important to him.
And there was also a cool Rick and Morty crossover, yay!
Anyway, another good episode! It’s nice to see the plot progressing like that, even if slowly. The show always keeps the audience guessing, just like the characters themselves. It’s nice to be on the same level as they are, once in a while.
(And i hope we see more of Mermando. The poor guy didn’t look very pleased with this arranjed marriage…
“Someone… save …. me” - Mermando, probably.
…and he was the best and nicest crush Mabel had, despite everything.)