My Top 10 Episodes of Gravity Falls
This article was originally posted on Geeky Girl Experience as we switched servers. It’s being reposted here with permission from the writer. It was written before the Gravity Falls series finale.
Gravity Falls will have its series finale on Monday February 15th with a one hour episode. While I already wrote up my goodbye to the show (which I still can’t read without tearing up), I want to pick out my absolute favorite episodes. These are my choices for either character development, pushing the boundaries of storytelling, or just simply personal favorites.
First though, there were a small handful of episodes that just missed the cut of my top ten. These honorable mentions are episodes that I couldn’t ignore. I wouldn’t feel right writing a post about my favorites without giving a nod to these.
This post was written before Weirdmageddon: Take Back the Falls.
Weirdmageddon Parts 1 and 2– Yes, I didn’t put the Weirdmageddon episodes in my top ten. They’re epic, fun, gritty, dark, and push the boundaries of what you can do in children’s television. There are many callbacks to the entire series all wrapping up into these finales. I happen to like other episodes better than these two. I also feel I can’t judge the Weirdmageddon as a whole without seeing the series finale.
Summerween– The Summerween Trickster is probably my favorite villain after Bill Cipher. He’s creepy but charismatic highlighting Jeff Bennett’s talent as a voice actor. It’s also a great episode for Dipper and Mabel’s relationship showcasing the difficulties of being a preteen. This episode almost got my number ten spot, but I think Northwest Mansion Mystery is just slightly better because of Pacifica’s change.
Society of the Blind Eye– This episode has great balance between the A-plot and the B-plot. Not only do we get answers about the town of Gravity Falls as a whole, we also get massive growth in Mabel coming more into her own. Our little Shooting Star discovers matters of the heart aren’t easy. Love comes with some disappointing growing pains. It’s also nice to see Wendy’s moments of weakness. Many ladies out there look up to Wendy (me included). It’s humanizing to see she has troubles of her own which is okay. Finally, Old Man McGucket’s story is heart breaking as he was the cause of his own insanity.
Dungeons, Dungeons, and More Dungeons– Alex Hirsch created Gravity Falls using inspiration of summer trips with him and his twin sister Ariel. “Dungeons, Dungeons, and More Dungeons” reminded me of growing up with my own sister when I was a kid. I’m a nerd and always have been while my sister pretty normal (though, she’s recently discovered Doctor Who which I can gloat over). I was Dipper and Ford in this episode being made fun of for liking an RPG game, while I recognized her as Mabel and Stan. I also think if my life was ever in danger, she would act like Mabel and Stan to save me just like in the episode.
Now, let’s get to it! Here are my top ten favorite episodes of Gravity Falls!
10. Northwest Mansion Mystery
Season two brought the creepy, but this episode takes the cake. You have taxidermy animal heads spewing blood from their mouths while chanting about evil spirits. Holy cow, Gravity Falls. This is crazy. It’s why I respect Mr. Hirsch and the writers so much. They refuse to dumb down their writing, because they know children can handle complex stories. They are at the forefront of revolutionizing children’s television with other shows like Steven Universe, Star Wars: Rebels, Avatar: the Last Airbender, and The Legend of Korra. We also have the character development in Pacifica. Not only does she choose not to follow in the atrocities of her family name, she stands up to the emotional abuse of her father. She saves the day and is no longer an antagonist.
9. Soos and the Real Girl
This episode hit me at a really good time. About a week before it aired, I watched a ton of let’s plays on youtube of Five Nights at Freddy’s. I also have a phobia of artificial intelligence, so this episode scared the pants off of me. That being said, there’s a ton of great moments in this. I totally feel for Soos looking for a girlfriend, because I suck at flirting. Melody is a great addition showing a curvy, full bodied woman. I also see a lot of myself in her personality. Finally, all the anime and role playing jokes were pretty much a summary of my teenage years when I was a total “weeaboo.” There aren’t many Soos focused episodes in the series. This is one of the better ones.
8. Into the Bunker
This is probably one of the most complex episodes of the series. There’s plot development introducing more elements about the mysterious Author. There’s a suspenseful factor like in the previous episodes I already mentioned. This is all great, but the highlight of the episode is Dipper and Wendy. Dipper’s had a crush on Wendy since episode five that’s carried through the entire series. She’s too old for him, though, and doesn’t feel the same way back. It’s handled beautifully when she says his friendship is more important to her. She’s not friend zoning him like all the whiny piss boys gripe about online. She’s stating the obvious about her age and how Dipper is an important factor in her life.
7. Dipper and Mabel vs. the Future
It’s all come to this episode… almost. This is the final episode before the Weirdmageddon. It’s also an emotionally charged episode. Dipper and Mabel are about to turn thirteen as the summer is coming to a close. Both have different views of the future. They fear growing apart from each other like their Grunkles have. Ford also give Dipper an opportunity of a lifetime. He wants Dipper to be his apprentice and stay in Gravity Falls while Mabel returns home. It will be the twins first time apart in their lives. As the twins fight, Mabel flees into the forest to be tricked by Bill Cipher. She’s captured, and the Weirdmageddon begins. This episode starts as a lighthearted romp about going to high school to a soul ripping feelings fest as the world is ending. It’s riveting television.
6. The Time Traveler’s Pig
I will say I’m incredibly biased to this episode. This was the first episode of Gravity Falls I saw. It’s the one that started it all for me. It’s where I fell in love with the characters and story of this weird little town. It also hit my love for Doctor Who with the time traveling aspects. Mabel high fiving pioneers on the Oregon Trail is still a highlight of the series. We also get some of the best Dipper moments in this. He’s selfless when he gives up his pursuit of Wendy to aid Mabel. There’s also the realization to pay closer attention to the show. You realize that Blendin Blandin has been in multiple episodes before this one. Also, his changing outfit is clues for future stories. Finally, we meet Waddles who is the greatest pig in the world.
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