Boy howdy did we get an episode this week. Even going beyond the return of Bill Cipher, the primary objectives of this episode anchored firmly to philosophy of morale and lessons in characteristic omnipotence.
Quick summary of objectives in this episode:
The gang tries to find a way to protect their minds against the immanent return of Bill Cipher. While Mabel searches for a Unicorn Hair for the last ingredient in a force field, Stanford decides to implant a biological force field on Dipper’s mind to protect him.
Flaws of the Heart
Mabel volunteers herself for the unicorn quest, not only because of her obsession, but obtaining the hair also requires someone pure of heart. To Mabel’s dismay, the unicorn deems her unworthy and full of ill intention. After performing a number of good deeds, it turns out the unicorns can’t see the purity of a persons heart.
Even though the unicorn turned out to just be a stuck up dick, she did throw one good point across. Through this episode, Mabel performed continuous good deeds to receive approval for the unicorn hair. True good nature should always be unconditional and about legitimately caring for those around you.
Flaws of the Mind
While Mabel was busy pummeling a unicorn, insecurity overtakes Dipper and he places the brain scanner on Stanford. We discover that Stanford reached far into the realm of infinite knowledge by allowing Bill Cipher to enter his mind freely.
With a metal plate in his head, Stanford is safe for now. However, it may not be the last time he gets possessed. In fact it could prove to be an incredibly climactic scene being forced to fight someone they love.
Bill Solidifies Predictions
More tangible is the vision we received reflecting a theory discussed in our review of Season 2 Episode 13. Through a dream sequence we see Bill hovering over a portal full of creatures, ready to spill out from the rift Stanford is keeping in check. One way or another we’re going to see those crazy monsters. Now we’ll see if its going to be one crazy burst or a monster of the week scenario like we said earlier.
With premonition flooding in heavier than ever, my hope is that we see a little more complexity towards Bill Cipher’s motives. He’s such interesting character I’d hate to see him be an ‘evil for the sake of evil’ villain.
To Be Human
It’s always great to see a jump in the stories lore, but what I really appreciated most about this episode was facing the honest flaws in the heart and minds of humans. Even sweet Mabel has done wrong and even the brilliant Stanford has been outsmarted and led astray. This episode shows us that even the best of us have flaws; we struggle, stumble and fall from time to time. There are no perfect people, but what makes heroes are those who are willing to get up again, accept the mistakes and continue to reach for a better self and brighter future.
As always would love to here your opinions on this episode as well as predictions on what you believe will happen in the future.
You can catch Gravity Falls on Disney XD.