Gravity Falls Season 2 Episode 12 Review The Tale of Two Stans – All questions Answered! Or are they??
Alex Hirsch kept us on one of the longest most excruciating cliffhangers of current cartoons. As a refresher to those who left off on the last episode many months ago, we finally learned the identity of the author of the book, Grunkle Stan’s twin brother Stanford! That’s no typo, Grunkle Stan’s true name is Stanley. So after being so patient, what answers does this first episode hold?
The entire episode was dedicated to a retrospect on the lives of the brothers growing up together. As Stanford showed early promise of being a genius, Stanley was less than average in talent and eventually hung out to fend for himself after destroying Stanford’s shot at a prestigious college. One of the most interesting factors of this turn of events is finding the source of Stanley’s obsession with making money with his father’s words of blaming Stanley for losing their chance at wealth.
With Stanford’s future fractured he salvaged what he could at an average college, still landing pretty well off, and choosing to chase his affinity for the weird and unexplained in Gravity Falls. I find it a bit of a stretch that Stanford relates to cryptic creatures to the point of calling himself one of them, simply because he has six fingers.
Finally we are treated to the fateful reunion of the two brothers resulting in Stanford being swallowed up by his own portal. So in short the positives of this episode are we have just about all of our questions about Grunkle Stan answered. The negatives are that most of our burning questions about this universe are left untouched. Why do mysterious things keep happening in Gravity Falls? What lies beyond the portal? What is the deal with Bill Cipher? Yes we now know the author of the book, but we knew that in the last episode that premiered so long ago.
Finally we are left with a foreshadowing from Mabel asking if she will one day find herself divided from Dipper like the two uncles. Perhaps Dipper will one day be recognized for all his work needing to choose between a successful future and his sister. In the mean time the show can take plenty of time to cleverly reflect similarities between the twins and their uncle twins. Dipper already holds a fair resemblance to Stanford in personality, and ditto to Mabel and Stanley being simpler personable types. While it seems we’ve come so far, I have a weird feeling this is only the beginning.
You can check out Gravity Falls week nights on Disney XD.