Gravity Falls

I happen to love it when I don’t discover a TV show until it’s completely run its course and I can watch the entire series from start to finish without the annoyance of waiting during a hiatus for new episodes. It’s an amazing time to be alive, having access to services like Netflix and Hulu, which offer the opportunity to view entire series from start to finish within the course of a few days rather than seeing one episode a week for a few months at a time. Seriously, I wasted six years of my life on Lost.

That sounded like I didn’t like Lost. I did like Lost. Just… stop pretending like the showrunners knew what they were doing from the start. Clearly, they were making the thing up as they went along.

Anyway, we’re not here to talk about Lost. If you know anything about reading the titles of blog posts, we’re here to talk about Gravity Falls.

Gravity Falls - IntroBack when I was working at the school, I would spend my share of time on the Pinterest. Look, if you’re a dude and you’re thinking about giving me crap for getting on Pinterest, shut your pie hole. First of all, you can get some amazing recipes on that thing. Also, when I was a counselor, I was able to steal borrow adapt lots of useful activities to trick convince kids to open up about their problems. But I also killed time on the Pinterest by looking up funny and/or geeky pins. This led to my first exposure to a little animated series called Gravity Falls.

I wasn’t interested, to be honest. I mean, am I, a 30-grumble-year-old man, supposed to really be interested in a cartoon that originated on the Disney Channel? Should I be interested in anything that originated on the Disney Channel? Okay, I’ll give you High School Musical. But I will not sit through an episode of Wizards of Waverly Place. I don’t care how hot Selena Gomez turned out to be. Okay, that sounded creepy.

Selena Gomez.gifAnyway, despite my lack of interest, it did seem like a great deal of adults had found a great deal of value in this cartoon. So I thought I’d check it out sometime. Which really meant I filed its existence away at the back of my mind, never to be thought of again.

I’m not sure how I stumbled upon the show on Hulu a couple weeks ago, but I added it to my watch list. And then I started to watch it. Kids, this show is spectacular.

It does a great job of passing itself off as a kids’ show while telling intricate and intriguing stories with deeper mysteries woven throughout the series. And you can tell the showrunners actually know what they’re doing. It’s as if they had a plan all along. Yeah, I’m looking at you, Lost. There’s also a sense of humor in the show that is definitely aimed at adult sensibilities. But when your main characters are a couple of 12-year-old twins, it’s automatically a kids’ show.

Gravity Falls - Mabel and DipperRight, I’m not going to give you a rundown of what happens from start to finish. You just need to know that it all takes place over the course of a summer when these two kids, Dipper and Mabel, are sent to spend their break with their Great Uncle (Grunkle) Stan in the fictional town of Gravity Falls, Oregon. The town has about as many bizarre supernatural events as Sunnydale, California, except they don’t have a Buffy the Vampire Slayer to stand in the way. Dipper and Mabel get drawn into all the town’s mysteries and even cause a few of the disasters along the way.

It’s such a great show. While I’m glad I’ve been able to watch the entire thing from beginning to end, I’m sad that there are only two seasons to watch. From what I’ve read, the series creator chose to end the series after two seasons because he did not want the show to keep going on and on while losing its originality. It’s basically the same reason why Bill Watterson chose to end Calvin and Hobbes back in 1995. I can respect that. Doesn’t mean I don’t want more Calvin and Hobbes. Or Gravity Falls.

Watch the cartoon, even if you’re over the age of 12. It’s amazing.

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