It is the 6th year of Night Vale.
A new way of telling the story of the podcast. Exciting.
The episode is mostly a retelling of the first episode, like usual. Unlike the usual, this goes more in depth. Situations are brought into new light. It’s a rather beautiful episode, and there are indeed things to talk about.
Cecil’s voice is a little rougher, but less so than at the beginning. Warmer, more welcoming. Beautiful.
Humans are not allowed in the dog park. Dogs are not allowed in the dog park. Is it really a dog park then? What should we call it?
Our favourite helpers or metaphors for race as well as questions of existential dread - the now legal angels - are throwing a memorial. The lightbulb on Old Woman Josie’s porch went out. The one Erika helped her screw in.
Carlos fears he has become too complacent. That he is too used to Night Vale, that it’s mystery and wonder have become nearly commonplace for him - as they may have for us.
This, and the fact the truth of multiple universes is at place now is clearly the way the podcast will be told now, and the why this had to change. The strangeness has become normal, and thus should not be treated as strange. Mostly all the events can now be traced to multiple universes. That doesn’t mean all, and nearly all are still truly extraordinary.
The story should and possibly will be told as the normal, yet incredibly amazing. This is a line of thought that prevails throughout the episode.
Cecil calls Steve his best friend and a brother. Not brother-in-law. Brother. I like this.
Sheriff Sam is issuing double-secret police pink helicopters, I see.
And the first mention of acknowledging multiple universes. The plane that crashed, a plane from another world.
As such, the events of the first episode are shown to have a reasonable, albeit interesting explanation. Things taken as normal.
East Night Vale Cacti, a football team. Since there is no Desert Bluffs now.
Next follow many beautiful lines here, but all to the same purpose. Strange, mundane.
“We genuienly do not value human life.”
Your turn, NRA.
Carlos’s otherworldly secrets, which I bet is something he had with Kevin.
The love is here and it’s about one hundered feet above the Arby’s.
I just love this line.
Yet again, the multiple universes are acknowledged, but in a more direct way. That is, we are directly told the worlds interfere with each other.
The weather - at first a disturbing tune, then… disturbingly joyful? I was expecting a Crainor song, to be honest. It’s rap, though.
kanan: why is dia telling me to get mari out of the house
for real though, probably kanan, gotta make use of your buff gf, plus these rich children probably don’t even understand the concept of trash day and recycling
3. Who is happier when they are out in nature?
kanan, maybe dia! especially if it’s to the beach, kanan’ll drag em all there and just have fun, walking with waves lapping at their feet and discovering little crabs, kanan can’t get enough of it. if you link this to the yoharuby ask, then dia’d enjoy parks, because I mentioned dia might take ruby to walk in parks together!!
5. Do either of them avidly follow a celebrity and/or fandom?
*cough* u’s *cough* kurosawa ‘I own all of eli’s solos and compiled them all into one playlist’ dia
also mari probably keeps up with all the country music news (”did you hear XX died???? the country music industry is SHATTERED” “who?” “I can’t believe I’m dating such UNCULTURED people”)
7. Who plans the romantic date?
kanan, the token ikemen, does most of the time, but mari with many resources at her disposal also puts up fair competition, showing up with two hundred roses (a hundred for each gf) and a pink helicopter at moonlight. dia’s too embarrass to do anything showy.
9. Who calms the other down when the other has a nightmare?
*yells into a microphone* HUGE CUDDLE PILE HUGE WARM CUDDLE PILE
but as for who’d have the most nightmares? I think they’d all have their fair share, from things about death and losing all that they love to huge meatballs destroying awashima hotels
11. Who can’t sleep without the other?
they are all HUGE SOFTIES, but probably more kanan and dia than mari. kanan’s the hugest sappiest nerd around, she probably can’t bear going to sleep with no one to hug her, and for dia sleeping with kanan and mari reminds her of the times she slept with ruby as a kid and now it’s pretty much a necessity.
13. Who makes the first move to cuddle?
MARI!!!! MARI!! MARI it’s cuddling 24/7 with her, you can’t escape it. dia’s tried, but it’s all futile. you’ll be sucked in before you know it and Goodbye Productivity
15. Who likes to wear the other’s sweaters?
mari, being tall and curvy has pretty big sweaters, I’d imagine. kanadia’d definitely steal from her because Big?? Comfy??? Smells Like Mari????? where are the cons? there’s a huge clothes swap happening around too, but no one really wants kanan’s because they’re all ugly sweaters but she pouts when everyone avoids her clothing (”is there something wrong with it??” “u h no!!”) so. everyone just owns a communal closet I guess
When gift boxes start falling from the sky, everyone thinks it’s a Christmas miracle. The scores of solid objects blasting through the roofs of their homes moments later remind them that just maybe, they should be worrying about the laws of gravity as well. Some choose to hide from the barrage in their homes, while others decide to scramble outside to seek shelter elsewhere.
Bad choice. The townspeople scream and dive out of the way as a pink helicopter swoops low to the ground. Eight children are nearly decapitated. They’re being comforted by their parents after this traumatizing experience as the helicopter slows its descent and hovers in place.
The door to the aircraft slams open to reveal Ohara Mari wearing a red Santa suit and obviously fake white beard. She takes in everyone’s terrified faces with interest. Then, Mari winks, forms a circle with her thumb and forefinger, and whispers, “It’s joke!”
No one says a word. Perhaps they’re in shock over the whole situation. Mari doesn’t pay them any mind and says, “Ciao~” before closing the door. The helicopter begins to pick up height, and the bystanders shake themselves out of their stupor so that they can quickly back away before they’re blown off their feet by the resulting winds. Mari’s helicopter veers sharply right and takes off, nearly colliding with a power line. The crowd watches the helicopter slowly fade from sight in stunned silence.
Thousands of homes are destroyed. The entire town is laid to waste, and children weep at the loss of their image of Santa Claus.
But it’s okay, because Dia is money. Mari will drop off the bill for the damages at the Kurosawa estate in the morning.
She chuckles to herself as her helicopter flies off into the night. With this, Dia will definitely regret telling the Ohara heiress that Santa wasn’t real when they were first years.