Gravity Falls Season 2 Episode 13 Review Dungeons, Dungeons and More Dungeons – This episode is the whole package.
A month ago we finally spoke to the author of the book in Episode 12 of Season 2. While we got an episode revealing the entire history of the two brothers growing up, we still had countless questions about the mysteries of the town and Stanfords multidimensional travels. While there’s still a lot of questions, this was an episode that efficiently distributed all of the series’s strongest points. Fantastic pop culture references, hilarious lines, a sympathetic touch and finishing with a new clue to feed the mystery seekers.
When it was titled Dungeons, Dungeons, and More Dungeons, I thought it would be a standard misadventure. It’s soon revealed that it’s actually a dungeons and dragons parody, and after a self slap in the forehead, I was extremely excited for what was to come. One of the things that equates to their brilliant comedic writing is knowing their audience well, and knowing how to poke fun in the right way. Other great parody episodes include Fight Fighters (street fighter) and Soos and the Real Girl (anime dating sim).
In this episode we not only receive Dungeons and Dragons jokes, but a lot of TV series following jokes that viewers of Game of Thrones, Walking Dead, etc. would really appreciate. Along the way there’s even an amazing Zelda quip and even a subtle comment on their own show.
Understanding the Secret World.
As a man who has done a few D20’s I was a little bit disappointed with the revelation of Grunkle Stan and Mable discovering the fun of DDND. When they had to save Stanford and Dipper, they were forced to play a real life version of DDND. It was my hopes that their actions would suddenly be effected by dice, showing the fun unpredictability of outcomes. The consolation was explaining to them that even though the game is complicated, it also involves a lot of risk taking and creativity followed by a cool fight sequence; still not a bad ode to DND.
As stated in my last review, there was foreshadowing of Mable and Dipper growing apart like their two uncles. Also stated in my last review, this episode has really showed how Mable is relating more to Grunkle Stan with TV, Snacks, and messing around and Dipper to Stanford respectively with DDND, wit and the thirst for mystery. While this will definitely be trouble in the future, for this episode we can’t help but feel some happiness, as Dipper has become the first person Stanford opened up to since he left this world
So where’s that touch of mystery I was talking about? You ready for this? Stanford (taking over the hidden basement for himself) has destroyed the inter-dimensional portal and revealed that opening it created an inter-dimensional rift that he has temporarily contained. My guess is that this portal is going to come back in huge way, creating an all new struggle for the cast spewing out new villains and creatures left and right!
So what more can we say, this is just one of those episodes that had it all! Numerous recent cartoon series have shown a load of potential, but what I wish for Gravity Falls is that it stays on track with the ongoing story of the series. Tell us your thoughts on the episode and the series thus far in the comments below
You can watch Gravity Falls on Disney XD