My Top 10 Episodes of Gravity Falls
5. Double Dipper
This is my favorite Dipper episode. He finds a magical copier that can make live paper versions of himself. He plots using these copies to make the perfect situation to win Wendy’s heart. What’s great about this episode is Dipper is his own downfall, but he also stops and fixes the problem himself. He realizes he gets in his own way. He also sees that when he’s natural and treats Wendy just like any other person, it gets the best result. This might be me reading too much into the show, but I always appreciated how Tyrone handled Paper Jam Dipper. When the other copies didn’t want anything to do with him, Tyrone treated Paper Jam Dipper with respect and care. We also see Paper Jam Dipper was smarter than what he could vocalize. This is an example of how children should treat people with special needs. This moment maybe stuck with me since I used to work as a nanny for special needs children, but it’s my favorite part of the episode.
4. The Last Mabelcorn
In this episode, Mabel became a warrior! This is my favorite Mabel episode, but all the ladies are featured. All women are fighters no matter what they look like or their passions. Candy is the nerdy girl. Grenda is muscular and burly. Wendy is a tomboy. Finally, Mabel is a chipper optimist who loves rainbows and stickers. These four ladies then beat the snot out of some unicorns that tricked them and made Mabel doubt herself. There’s an ongoing thread about how women must always be perfect, pretty, and well, a unicorn. This episode throws that out a window. Women shouldn’t have to follow something they’re not just because society says so. Mabel and her friends love each other, because they’re all unique. Wendy wins the best line of the episode by saying:
“It’s time we stop trying to be so ‘perfect’ and be who we really are. We’re crazed, angry, sweaty animals! We’re not unicorns! We’re women, and we take what we want!”
I probably watched this episode ten times in the week after it aired. We get the main villain of the series! He’s the lovable, mind warping, world conquering, teeth ripping, charismatic Bill Cipher! Yeah, that was a weird sentence to write. Bill is the kind of villain where you love when he’s there, but you’re on the edge of your seat every moment he’s on the screen. He’s a wild card. You truly have no idea what will happen, since he’s pretty much chaos incarnate. This episode also has so many callbacks to previous stories. Also since we’re in Stan’s mind, there are sneak peeks of his grand plan. For example, there’s a broken swing set in Stan’s memories. We now know this was something he shared with his twin brother Ford. Almost two years later, fans are still finding new hidden clues. Writing wise, this is the strongest showing of season one.
2. Land Before Swine
If “Dreamscaperers” is so great, why isn’t it number two or number one?
Because “Land Before Swine” is a personal favorite of mine. If I had the choice to sit down and watch any episode, I would most likely choose this one. It encompasses everything I love about Gravity Falls. Stan makes huge strides as an uncle fighting to save Waddles. His fear of disappointing Mabel is greater than his fear of facing a pterodactyl. I love Stan the most in these moments. He’s a con man, a cheapskate, and a bully, but don’t you dare mess with his family. After losing everything, these kids are all he has left. The B-Plot with Dipper and Soos fighting is well done too. It shows that people approach situations differently. Soos might mess up a lot, but he loves and will do anything for the kids. This episode highlights this weird little family we all know and love.
1. Not What He Seems
Mabel, our beautiful Shooting Star, made a choice. She believed in Stan when Dipper and Soos were fighting him. She was the key to the portal opening. As the light poured out and our characters hovered in potential death, I gasped and covered my mouth. Gravity Falls was red in the sunset and broken as buildings floated in the air. Then it all crashed back down. Our heroes groaned and gazed up to a light in the portal. A figure stalked out of the light, picked up the journal, and removed his masked. I jumped to my feet and watched in delight as Stan introduced the Author of the journals, his twin brother Ford.
And I lost my mind!
I cheered and clapped like a loon. I paced back and forth. I pulled up my DVR and watched the scene over and over again. I sat back as tears filled my eyes. I’ve spent my entire life analyzing fandoms. It’s my specialty in my podcast. I was losing it, because the Gravity Falls fandom had called since episode one that Stan had a twin brother who was the mysterious Author. I had never been in a fandom that was 100% correct from day one. Some red herrings led people to believe it was Stan or Old Man McGucket. For the most part, they always disproved this later and jumped on the Stan’s twin brother wagon. The final scene was gorgeous and beautiful. I can’t remember the last time I was so satisfied by an episode of a television show.
Do you agree with my top ten? Let me know your favorites in the comment section!