Gravity Falls review, Season 1, Episode 2: The Legend of the Gobblewonker

Airdate: June 29th, 2012.

“We REALLY should’ve brought boat insurance!”

Synopsis (Spoilers): It’s the first day of fishing, and Dipper and Mabel are dragged by Grunkle Stan to fish out at Gravity Falls lake. However, Grunkle Stan is quite embarrassing, bring in the joke books and cheap hats. However, Old Man McGrucket, a local loony, reveals that he found a gobblewonker (think Loch Ness Monster, but not Scottish). Along with Soos, Dipper and Mabel abandon Stan to go on a search for the Gobblewonker, take a picture of it, and win a prize in the mail.

They find managed to track down the gobblewonker. However, they find out the truth behind the monster: it was really a machine made by a certain resident of the town. With no pictures taken (because the cameras that they brought met sad fates), Dipper and Mabel decide to go back and fish with Stan.

Review: Well, like other shows, the second episode showcases the true potential of Gravity Falls.

This is the first episode to really develop on how the characters interact with each other. The first episode did that, also, but that one set up the basic plotline for the show. This episode allows us more of a taste on what the show will be like. Every cliche of shows revolving around the supernatural is mocked, such as the Camera scene. Of course, the reveal of who was behind the Gobblewonker is another taste of the twists and turns that this show will bring in future episodes.

Mabel and Soos get some brilliant lines in this episode, such as Mabel’s rap. (“My name is Mabel! It rhymes with Table!”) In fact, the humor in this episode is mostly excellent. And the episode ends on a note that makes you wonder: can we expect more from the producer of the Gobblewonker?

However, a scene that involves discussing who the captain of the excursion is going to be goes on for quite a bit too long. Also, Stan’s subplot seemed a bit weak (although it still gets some funny lines, also).

Favorite Scene: Tie between the counterfeiting scene and Mabel’s rap.

Score: 8

*Edited on 14 September, 2013, so that this review looks better.*

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