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“You can do it. You don’t need ol’ Cecil telling you what’s happening in town. No. I just report the news. I just arrange it. You figure it out. You learn from it. You take action. You create the meaning. It is all up to you.”

i might be reading a little TOO into this but at the end of the new episode i could not stop crying after cecil said all that. the writing in night vale does an amazing job at talking to “the town” but also regarding real life problems to us “listeners”. i love the life lessons preached at the end but this one really got to me. i have come across so many people ranging from having stressful lives to living day by day thinking suicidal thoughts. its not often that you get a voice you’ve grown to love and listen to everyday telling you that you aren’t helpless. that you are worth it. and although story wise, cecil palmer may be speaking about rising up to the rebellion, it feels like joseph fink (or cranor) is telling us not to quit when things get bad or worse. to keep pushing forward even when we feel helpless or things are out of control because we’ll discover things, we’ll learn, and we’ll pursue on when we decide

but thats just my interpretation

  • Joseph fink:I’m so excited for old oak doors part b

  • Joseph fink:that’s a nice Carlos you got there
  • 
Joseph fink:wouldn’t it be a shame…
  • 
Joseph fink:If someone was to …
  • 
Joseph fink:trap him in an inter-dimensional universe
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Joseph fink:(ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・

Here’s something I haven’t seen brought up yet - Mountain Unbelieving now has a concrete explanation and a purpose, despite being one of the things I thought wasn’t ever going to be explained.

And it’s not some cute weird Night Vale-ism anymore, it’s terrifying. You refuse to believe in the mountains so you don’t have to deal with the reality of what’s in the mountains.

One of my favorite things about Night Vale, aside from literally all of the things about Night Vale, is how the images stick with you.

Parts that continue to stick out for me include “sounded a bit like a human soul being destroyed through black magic,” people writing their official response to a question in graffiti somewhere, the description of the angelic light (a bright black beam illuminating every atomic detail), a bunch of kidnapped scientists analyzing an ancient stone tablet containing StrexCorp‘s response to the White Sand incident against their will, and, most recently, a bunch of reporters yelling “speak English” at a deer.

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((I’ve usually headcanoned my Carlos as ~28 years old, with memories of playing 90s consoles and such

But oh my god “gone for decades” is so gloriously vague and opens up so many possibilities

80s scientist mooning over Carl Sagan’s Cosmos the day it came out

70s scientist working on the Voyager mission, etc

60s scientist wowed by the Moon landing

50s scientist dealing with new computer technology advances

40s scientist helping to further the space race at its beginning

30s scientist even! World War II! This counts as decades!!!

“But Carlos has a smart phone”

Decades ago means DECADES AGO. 2 at the very least. Did they have smart phones in 1994? He obviously got it after coming to Night Vale. And why would you question something like a cooler more advanced phone IN NIGHT VALE. Even if you knew nothing about modern science.

SO MANY POSSIBILITIES))

That moment when you realize that the least weird bit of information we received in that episode was that the town’s founder is an immortal, eternally 30-year-old Lee Marvin with a seventh eye that spews lethal heavenly light.

When I heard this my reaction was legitimately “ah, in the context of the show that makes perfect sense. This other stuff, though? Gonna need to mull over that.”