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31 December 2013 @ 10:32 am
Night Vale: Orange Grove  
My first review of 2014! I'm happily kicking it off with a positive review.


After so many episodes that ended on cliffhangers (all of which are STILL not resolved), we got a more classic episode of Night Vale that was still high on the threat level, but also high on comedy and domesticity.

I used to watch "The Facts of Life" as a child so I frightened my mother with my guffawing at Cecil's intro line about taking the good, the bad, both and spiders coming out of cupcakes. I also laughed rather hard later when Carlos texted Cecil about the store being out of pasta, lettuce, fire, everything. It's so annoying when the supermarket runs out of fire, right? Actually, all the Cecil/Carlos stuff in this episode was wonderful. I loved how verbose Carlos is in his emails and how much more in tune he is with the bizarreness that is Night Vale. I love that Carlos likes geeky documentaries and sends Cecil texts with emojis. I loved Cecil's original text to Carlos he was composing when John Peters (you know, the imposter?) tried to force feed him an orange before Cecil decided to just use his phone to hit John instead. All the shippy stuff in this episode was brilliantly done in that it was all very satisfying but not complete fan service. Just brilliant.

It feels like StrexCorp and possibly Desert Bluffs are getting more intrusive with Night Vale. Are they trying to wipe out the citizens now to prevent a civil war? Whatever happened to their hunt for Tamika Flynn? And obviously, WHO BOUGHT LOT 37??? I know I shouldn't have expected an actual answer to the latter so soon but COME ON, SHOW! Still, I'm grateful we didn't get yet another cliffhanger that won't be resolved until 3 years from now. A nice, compact, episode that hit all the notes I love about this podcast.
 
 
 
X-parrotxparrot on January 2nd, 2014 11:47 am (UTC)
The store being out of fire, HAW. Love how Carlos just rolls with Night Vale's punches these days - nothing but oranges at the store, oh well, let's eat out! and John Peters you know the imposter! (heh, and here I've been assuming his surname was actually Petersyounothefarmer!)

Though our fave bit was Carlos definitively stating that he's not a botanist, he's a SCIENTIST, he doesn't study the natural world, he studies SCIENCE! (...I'm starting to suspect that Carlos isn't actually educated or a PhD of anything but is an escaped mental patient who stole a doctor's coat on the way out. He wouldn't even be lying since he's never actually claimed to be a doctor, and anyone can call themselves a scientist...)
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on January 2nd, 2014 11:15 pm (UTC)
Yes, Carlos is a scientist and that means he studies science! Your theory is about as plausible as anything else Night Vale might throw at us. It might explain why Carlos has so many lab coats. Although my head canon for that is that Carlos only has one and Cecil just thinks every other coat he wears is a variation of a lab coat.
X-parrotxparrot on January 2nd, 2014 11:26 pm (UTC)
Heee, so Carlos's 'casual weekend labcoat' is just a nice tweed jacket - I love it!

(I've seen in a couple fics the idea that the Secret Police demand Carlos always wear a lab coat to confirm his identity as a scientist. I kind of have a minor headcanon that Carlos got in the habit of wearing a lab coat all the time because as a Latino man in a southwest state, looking as officially intellectual as possible means he gets pulled over less..)
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on January 3rd, 2014 01:27 am (UTC)
I kind of have a minor headcanon that Carlos got in the habit of wearing a lab coat all the time because as a Latino man in a southwest state, looking as officially intellectual as possible means he gets pulled over less..

Oh man. It's sad but so plausible.