the observer serie

You’re in a round room with a 360° security camera suspended from the center of the ceiling.

What do you do if you want to hide something from the camera’s view?

Face the wall.

(Yes, this possibility requires a lot of assumptions. As does literally every possibility suggested based on the trailer. So meh.)

The last lines of canon, from The Retired Colourman

A couple of days later my friend tossed across to me a copy of the biweekly North Surrey Observer.  Under a series of flaming headlines, which began with “The Haven Horror” and ended with “Brilliant Police Investigation,” there was a packed column of print which gave the first consecutive account of the affair. The concluding paragraph is typical of the whole.  It ran thus:

The remarkable acumen by which Inspector MacKinnon deduced from the smell of paint that some other smell, that of gas, for example, might be concealed; the bold deduction that the strong-room might also be the death-chamber, and the subsequent inquiry which led to the discovery of the bodies in a disused well, cleverly concealed by a dog-kennel, should live in the history of crime as a standing example of the intelligence of our professional detectives.  

 Well, well, MacKinnon is a good fellow,” said Holmes with a tolerant smile.  “You can file it in our archives, Watson.  Someday the true story may be told.” 

ignatttt  asked:

Your banner image has chara holding part 7 of Monster History. Aren't there only like 6 parts of that series?

How observant. It’s true, the accessible Monster History books are only Parts 1-5. However Part 6, Part 7, and Part 8 can be found in the game’s text data.

Straddling the Fourth Wall as an Active Plot Device

How Meta Played a Big Role in the Regular Show Finale

Regular Show features some pretty bizarre, surreal, and mind-bending imagery as a whole, but the series finale was the ultimate fourth wall break. It starts with Pops’ disorienting vision about how the universe would be destroyed: from the cast breaking down into linework, to thumbnail sketches on sticky notes, and then just nothingness. That’s just a small taste of what the storyboarders, writers, and animators had in store, though. The Morpheous parody character, The Seer, acts as a viewer avatar, candidly discussing general viewer critiques, comments, and observations about the series as a whole. Few viewer avatars are presented as blatantly as The Seer is: one foot in her universe, one foot in the real world. It’s usually presented as a one-off scene where the avatar looks at and talks directly to the audience or makes tongue-in-cheek jokes. Though, here, The Seer is experiencing the series finale alongside the audience. She holds a role similar to that of a sports commentator: pointing out highlights in a witty way while getting as immersed and hyped by the game as the spectators. The Seer was a good addition to maintain a viewer’s sense of immersion, but to also press forward with the senses-warping antics. 

Pops’ vision comes to fruition:  As the battle between the Titans Pops and Anti-Pops rages on, Mordecai and Rigby shift between phases of development from thumbnail sketches to storyboard panels. As the universe unravels, it breaks down to its’ most basic parts. Combine this with the idea that the creative team set up Pops vs Anti-Pops as the ultimate end and reset for the cartoon’s in-show universe. It’s similar to how the Aztec calendar ends on a specific date, implying that a god was ready to reset and recreate the world. In essence, Pops’ ultimate ordeal is parallel to a viewer reaching the end of the series. Will there be closure or will there be this sense of wistful nostalgia in trying to recapture the lightning-in-a-bottle magic by watching re-runs? When the tapestries depict slightly different variations on the cast after every universe reset, it echoes how viewers do find something slightly different or gain new meaning after re-watching episodes of a show. Look at how much Pops refuses to let the universe reset. This as much his existential crisis as the creative team saying, “Viewers, you will get closure on these characters you’ve come to know and love.” Again, Regular Show approaches assuaging viewers’ nerves about ‘this is the end’ is done is a meaningful way that’s also really organic to the flow of the toon’s narrative. 

The meta dimension of the narrative adds an extra satisfying layer to the viewing experience at large. Everyone was fighting for Regular Show to get the closure the series deserved. The series ends on as open-ended and fulfilling a way as Gravity Falls did. Benson finally finds love with Pam, Mordecai becomes an artist and stumbles into someone new years later, Rigby is finally accepted by his father, and much more. Loose plot threads are tied up, but viewers are given food for thought for Mordecai’s and Rigby’s futures as dads and what the newest park staff are like. 

The Amazing World of Gumball and Self-Aware Characters

The Regular Show finale turned the gears in my head and got me thinking about another, really fantastically imaginative approach to weaving fourth wall breaks with a dramatic in-show narrative. Enter: The Amazing World of Gumball

In general, The Amazing World of Gumball inserts meta commentary quite often. Though, the crowning achievement of how clever and world-bending it can be are featured most prominently in the two-parter episode “The Disaster” and “The Rerun.” The overall premise plays with the idea of “How could a TV remote affect a cartoon character’s world and livelihood in show?” 

It’s a premise that’s very similar to the Fairly Odd Parents TV special Channel Chasers. In said TV special, Timmy enters the world of pre-written and recorded TV as an escapist fantasy. He has some capacity to change up and alter the world around him, if only to make his self-insert an organic addition. The overall special is presented as a love letter to creator Butch Hartman’s childhood favorite programming and a ridiculous ‘what if’ for kids that yearn to live in a fantastical world seemingly richer than their own. Timmy acts as an avatar for the real-world viewer, bound by the restrictions of ‘Yes, this world is scripted.’ So, he would inevitably get bored once he lived through enough re-runs and characters couldn’t deviate in significant, interesting ways. 

The reason I brought up Channel Chasers is to present the underlying reason for why Gumball’s take on the godlike, universal remote is so intriguing: It’s a remote wielded by self aware cartoon characters. When Gumball’s self-proclaimed rival Rob first gains access to the remote, he has godlike powers and ability by this toon’s standards. Classic remote options like rewind, parental filter, and subtitles, become Rob’s tool kit for wreaking havoc and gaining revenge. Rob uses subtitles to simulate Gumball’s insulting stream of thought and upset Darwin. It’s set up in such a way that, supposedly, turning on subtitles is like reading a toon’s mind and presenting their worst passive aggressive inner snarks for the world to see. 

Turning off parental filter provides similar effects; it makes Nicole openly admit her convictions about Richard where she’d generally hold her tongue. Overall, remote features are used in a really clever, creative, and surprisingly grim respect here. The remote acts as a means to peel back layers of TV reality in the same way a person might be tempted by mind-reading powers in real life. Revealing someone’s innermost thoughts would result in the same disastrous spiral Gumball encounters, such as the idea of Darwin resenting him for an indefinite time or even a potential divorce between Richard and Nicole. It’s as much a fantastic spectacle for meta cartoon antics as it is an allegory for how important it is for a person to hold discretion with how many of their personal thoughts they share. 

The craziness escalates to the point that Rob and Gumball discover the edge of their universe: a static-filled screen and remnants of their world floating around aimlessly. This scene is a toon’s equivalent to finding out that the universe at large is really just a subatomic particle. If Gumball and Rob hadn’t been in a dire crisis, they might look at the screen and wonder: What’s beyond the glass in that greater, outside world? 

Since Gumball likes to play with grand existential questions, such as the similarly titled episode “The Question,” I wouldn’t be surprised if an episode had Gumball and Darwin meet their creator. This kind of scenario can yield interesting results: In the Chowder episode “Shnitzel Quits,” Shnitzel meets C.H. Greenblatt, his creator, in a moment of existential crisis. In the 90′s animated Spider-Man series, Spider-Man meets Stan Lee in our dimension and then takes him webslinging over New York City.

 In regards to Gumball and Darwin meeting their creator Ben Bocquelet, I imagine it being played out as the two getting a tour through the animation studio, meeting storyboard artists, and otherwise. It’d be a tongue-in-cheek behind the scenes set up, ending with Gumball and Darwin pondering over how much work just three seconds of them talking makes for a creative team. Then it’d be followed up by an Inception scenario where Gumball wonders what the implications of him creating a cartoon and the existential quandaries of his creations would be. 

In Conclusion

I’m really hoping more cartoons explore the potential of self-aware cartoon characters and fourth-wall breaking used as a plot device. These two are striking examples of how meta can serve as a fantastic part of world-building and plot. Fourth wall jokes are fun, but look at how much depth and crazy creativity playing with an idea like a universal remote can be? 


So, what was the last thing you saw?

Waverly Earp, smiling at me from her front porch.

Never forget that Dipper’s big Coming-Of-Age arc that ushered him into adulthood wasn’t about getting the girl of his dreams, but about accepting that the girl of his dreams rejected him, understanding that it didn’t mean there was anything wrong with him or with her, and realizing a friendship with her was still valuable and important.

Never, ever, ever, ever forget that.

Jake Fitzgerald

I’m sorry yall but are we even watching the same show?  Everyone is complaining the characters aren’t looking for jake and that it is sloppy writing and shit but it is not…let me break it down for y’all.  No one is looking for Jake for like a ton of reasons.  Let’s start with Audrey.  She knows Jake is dead so she isn’t worried about where he is and she isn’t going to go running her mouth askin where he is because that is gonna spell trouble for her.  Next lets talk about Brooke.  This girl, this poor sweet pure baby angel of a girl, she has been “talking” to Jake the past two episodes.  She thinks he is being an asshole to her and breaking her heart.  She thinks he is alive and well, she thinks he is off being Jake.  Then we have Emma…honestly this girl is too wrapped up in the Duval family drama to even notice or care about Jake.  I also don’t think she cares about him all that much anyways.  Plus without Brooke having concern for Jake I doubt Emma is going to go out of her way to look or be worried about him. Next we have Kieran.  Does this nasty 30 year old man care about any of the other Lakewood sixers other than Emma anyways?  Then we have Noah.  He is the only one I’m surprised isn’t looking for or worried about Jake.  But he has been asking about jake and has been mentioning how he wasn’t and hasn’t been around.  They have all asked Brooke if they have seen or heard from him. She asked all of them if they’d been talking to him.  They have been talking about him and wondering about him!  This brings me to my final point.  The main reason they are not looking for him.  THEY THINK HE IS IN FREAKING MEXICO WITH HIS FREAKING PARENTS.  They literally have no reason to go searching for him because 1) They think Brooke is talking to him so they don’t think he is dead 2) Most of them aren’t that good of friends with him and 3) They think he is in flipping Mexico.  I really don’t get why everyone is ignoring all of that and just calling the characters annoying and dumb and saying the show has sloppy writing.  If anything they have great writing and are making this killer more devious and intense.  I agree I want them to find out he is dead soon but it makes total sense they don’t know yet!!! I ask again have we all been watching the same show? 

Modi congratulates ISRO for launch of 104 satellites

New Delhi, Feb 15 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday congratulated ISRO for the successful launch of 104 satellites at one go and said it was a proud moment for the nation.

“Congratulations to ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) for the successful launch of PSLV-C37 and Cartosat satellite together with 103 nano satellites,” Modi tweeted.

“This remarkable feat by ISRO is yet another proud moment for our space scientific community and the nation. India salutes our scientists,” the Prime Minister said.

The Indian rocket Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) on Wednesday morning lifted off successfully with a record 104 satellites, including the country’s earth observation satellite Cartosat-2 series.

The co-passenger satellites comprise 101 nano satellites, one each from Israel, Kazakhstan, The Netherlands, Switzerland, the UAE and 96 from the US, as well as two nano satellites from India.

“Spoke to the Secretary of Department of Space and congratulated him and the entire team of scientists on (Wednesday’s) exceptional achievement,” Modi said.