That was really astonishingly fucked up. That was an extremely dark episode pretending to be a lighthearted one, and the worst part is that no one noticed. There was no recognition of how horrible everything about the clones’ mentality was, because only Dipper saw them and hey, they’re basically him except fake, right? I don’t think Dipper comes across very well from an ethical standpoint here, and while I don’t really know what the right way of dealing with this situation is, there’s got to be a better one than the way he picked. I don’t know.
I think this one gets a 7/10. It was better than the Gobblewonker, certainly, but ultimately the surface plot was still annoyingly formulaic and the dark side of the episode got swept under the rug. We met Pacifica and Mabel’s new friends, who I presume are important, and we discovered the magical copy machine that is still in working order and had better not just get ignored for the rest of the series. Ethical concerns aside, and Dipper seems quite eager to put the ethical concerns aside, that thing is useful as hell and I hope to see it again in less stupid circumstances. The cipher key seems to have changed as well, unless HWHSF NWK means anything to you. Signing off!