Gravity Falls Vlogs: Dipper vs. Manliness

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  1. Rebecca Speckenbach

    The secret code is referring to the fact that for the past 5 episodes, the secret codes were deciphered using the Caesarian cipher (“3 letters back”) and will now switch to the Atbash cipher (meaning a=z, b=y … z=a).

  2. Admittedly it could have been burnout from marathoning the show (which hopefully isn’t an issue in the future), but I can understand the comments of this just being a ‘whatever’ episode. I know a fair amount of people agree including myself, but comedy wise I liked it more on repeat viewings.

    Hirsch has a couple more roles in the show too. He played the main gnome in the first episode. I respect the range of his voice work but it hit me when rewatching the episode with the vlog that the voice sounds like a certain voice in the future that Hirsch will play. Yes, that one.

    Also an ABBA fan. Not offended you dislike ABBA. Curious to see how many of your fans are also ABBA fans.

  3. The code is about how the cipher to decode these hidden messages changes from Caesarian to Atbash starting with the next episode. eventually it will switch to a numerical cipher where A = 1, B = 2, C = 3, etc. and the final episode does a thing were there’s a code that appears during the footage over the credits that you use the third cipher to decode so it tells you that the episode’s REAL final code is decoded using all three ciphers backwards.

    so far in season 2, they’re using yet another different cipher, Vigenere , where you have to find the key phrase to decode it hidden somewhere in the episode.

    all of this said, though, there’s one other thing that you only need the Caesarian cipher to decode that you’ve missed, but it’s not surprising that you did. you’ve mentioned before that if you freeze frame on the end of the opening credits, you’ll see that image of the circle with all the symbols around it, but also in that image is a code that decodes to read “Stan is not what he seems.”

    and now I’m gonna post this and see that, while I was typing, 20 messages got this typed out faster than I did, aren’t I?

  4. It’s the name of the two types of ciphers used in this show: Caesarian to Atbash.

  5. BrainDeadGentlemen

    Maybe sometime in the future u could do vlogs on the show Steven Universe it was created by one of the writers from Adventure Time and there r definitely shows at times.

  6. “I have three Y chromosomes, six Adam’s apples, pecs on my abs and FISTS FOR NIPPLES!”

    Not really one of my favorites, but considering how good this show normally is, that’s not really much of a criticism. As an aside, I really like how many adult jokes and themes family shows like this and Adventure Time are able to get away with nowadays.

  7. Have you figure out who the author is? Just pay attention to the episodes and you figure out the clues! You’ll figure it out during the first season just like Me!

    • I call bullshit. You can’t KNOW who the author is. You can guess; I have a guess, but there’s no way of knowing at all.

      • I’m pretty sure they me that they are certain that they will end up being right.

      • Pay attention to the episode before the last episode of the season, if you want the biggest clues! Whatever you do do not keep your eyes off the triangle guy! But I did actually figured out before that episode, also paying attention to the secret message in the opening credits! Especially that part that they whisper!

  8. Okay lets try this one more time,

    L vwloo zrqghulqj li Fkxwcsdk lv vxssrvh wr eh mhzlvk ru li L’p mxvw udflvw.

  9. I agree whole-heartedly with Rob about the importance of good characters. A lesser show with one dimensional characters could’ve had the same plot and have been terrible but Dipper and Mabel (and Stan, Soos and Wendy) are such wonderful and interesting characters that seem very fleshed out and real that I care about them and what happens to them.

    I thought this episode was one of the weaker ones but I actually liked it better upon second viewing. I have yet to see an episode I don’t like, as this is my favorite show right now, but yeah it’s not as strong as some of the other ones. I think my favorite part of the episode, and I wish they mentioned it even in passing, was the hilarious montage with the 80’s style music and the lyrics are basically describing the scene until it’s like, “I don’t know what’s going on in this scene” in that epic style.

    As it’s been mentioned the code is telling you how to decipher the codes in the next episodes. This show uses a few methods for deciphering codes. There’s the 3 letters back (Cesar Cipher) then the Atbash Cipher (a=z) a numerical one (A=1 B=2 etc) and in season two things get a little more complicated with the Vigenere Cipher where you have to find a keyword hidden in the episodes to figure it out. Some hidden codes will use a combination of other methods. There is so much more hidden in the episodes besides the end credits. Some jokes, some clues, some cryptic musings that may or may not mean something later on. Man I love this show!

    • The lyrics go:
      When a tiger roars and the mountain cries
      You gotta dream the dream, you gotta win the prize
      You gotta go the miles, you gotta face the trials

      Never lose sight of the sights you see
      You gotta believe your beliefs are real
      Now you’re drinking from a fire hydrant
      Teach your uncle how to wear a cummerbund
      Now you’re gonna jump a crazy gorge
      Keep on shavin’ that hairy uncle

      Uh… I don’t really know what’s happenin’ in this part
      Your heart’s on fire and the fire is in your heart!!!!

    • Wow this one is achually one of my personal favorites. It has like non stop great lines and a great moral. Though I will admit that the subplot isn’t that interesting.

      It is true that this show has a lot of “done” plots in kids shows, but that’s kind of what I like about it, because it puts a new twist on them. I don’t think this is one of them though. I don’t really know of any other kids shows that have done this plot.

  10. Even when I watched it 2 years ago, I thought it was just alright. My opinion hasn’t changed. The song was funny though!

  11. This is to me one of the two only episodes I don’t consider good. The other one is in season 2 but we’ll get to it soon enough.

    • Wow this one is achually one of my personal favorites. It has like non stop great lines and a great moral. Though I will admit that the subplot isn’t that interesting.

      It is true that this show has a lot of “done” plots in kids shows, but that’s kind of what I like about it, because it puts a new twist on them. I don’t think this is one of them though. I don’t really know of any other kids shows that have done this plot.

  12. Wow this one is achually one of my personal favorites. It has like non stop great lines and a great moral. Though I will admit that the subplot isn’t that interesting.

    It is true that this show has a lot of “done” plots in kids shows, but that’s kind of what I like about it, because it puts a new twist on them. I don’t think this is one of them though. I don’t really know of any other kids shows that have done this plot.

  13. I stand by what I said last time: this is one of my favorite episodes. I’ll grant you that the premise isn’t entirely original, but the jokes are freaking hilarious. That musical montage alone raises it to the next level. To each his own, but I do wonder if you guys were just a little burned out watching six episodes in a row.

  14. Odds are these guys catch up to season 2 while it’s still on.

  15. I LOVE ABBA and Mamma Mia is one of my favorite movies but… I know it’s not fine art so I’m still looking forward to that review. Gender roles have never really bothered me like it does other people. However, I totally agree with you! As long as the character is interesting, it can work. You guys are the only people I know that dislike Avatar (the James Cameron movie).

  16. I don’t know if this should be noted, but this is the first episode (not the last, though) to not be written by Alex Hirsch, though he writes most of them. Not that it’s bad, I actually enjoy it, but Hirsch is an absolute genius. Considering his biggest troll move with the faux spoiler picture, I love this man so much. Hah!

  17. I personally haven’t seen this message all that much so I actually kind of liked it, but I do agree that the plot isn’t all that interesting, I still thought that it had many great jokes so while it’s the weakest episode so far I still really enjoyed it.

  18. I would really love to see them do vlogs on Over The Garden Wall. It has a somewhat similar atmosphere to this show so they’d probably like it. Its short too, so not too much effort!

    • The only thing similar is the art style…But yeah, it’s my second favorite cartoon ever, second only to Steven Universe. I’d like to see a vlog of that one, too.

  19. Surprised Doug didn’t make a reference to the Manly Minotaur from Adventure Time whom has beefy arms on his beefy arms.

    I’ve been seeing a lot of giant creatures made up of other creatures lately, the Gnomes, the Rotten from Dark Souls 2, Amalgam Alpha from Evil Within and now Multi-Bear. Weird.

  20. Oh person who doesn’t like Abba, color me not surprised at all =/

  21. I think what makes Mabel work as far as gender stereotypes go is that while she does conform to a lot of 12 year old girl stereotypes, it’s clear they weren’t written for her to be a punch line. So often girls are stereotyped to be one of two things: either something for the boys watching the show to think is gross or annoying, or a characterization of toy manufacturer’s demographic chart. Mabel, on the other hand, is what that demographic ACTUALLY would look and behave like. Things like wanting to be cute, liking boys, and having sleepovers are things that she DOES, not who she IS, and the writers do a great job of showing how her personality makes her act uniquely in these situations instead of those situations being all that she does.

  22. to all those who have seen ouran high school host club, you know what kind of feminism bullshit he’s talking about

  23. NOW YOU’RE A MAN
    A MAN MAN MAN

  24. I don’t feel like Dipper and Mabel follow gender stereotypes that much, except maybe Mabel on episode 1. There are little details that make them lean towards gender norm, definitely, for instance Dipper’s obsession with manliness. But I’d say the stereotypes you can associate them the more easily are genderless : brainy and goofy. (You could as easily have them reversed and not think about it twice.)

    I’m more bothered by Dipper’s infatuation for Wendy, because I feel so far they did not give her a very interesting personality. As Doug and Rob pointed it in the episode before, for the moment she’s just a love interest. Another thing: both children romantic plotlines are quite stereotyped for the moment, with Dipper wanting to seduce Wendy (active position), and Mabel being pursued by Gideon (passive position). It does not bug me too much as this is the beginning of the show and roles might reverse, but I’d be sorry to see it fall into a pattern.

  25. What I liked about this is that the manotaurs weren’t just jerkasses. Yeah, most of them other than the one with the Jewish hat that Dipper first met seemed sort of dumb, but they were nice to Dipper, especially the first one. That one also was perfectly willing to let Dipper just talk about his “emotional issues” and tried to defend him in the man cave.

    Leaderaur was a jerk, but most of the rest were just…very aggressively manly. Not bad, per say.

    I mean, yeah they wanted Dipper to kill multi-bear, but frankly I don’t think that any of them other than Leaderaur actually thought about it. They were just too focused on helping Dipper be a man that they didn’t see anything else. Leaderaur was the only one that was a straight up villain.

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