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17 June 2014 @ 08:36 pm
Night Vale: Old Oak Doors, Part A  
Well, damn. I didn't think they'd cut the episode THERE.


I have to say that if I hadn't already seen this live show, I'd be writhing in anger over where the episode got cut off. But I suppose it was as good a cliffhanger as any.

Since the entire episode hasn't been aired yet, I can't get into what I really want to talk about. So instead I'll just do a short list of things that hearing this episode reminded me of from the live show.

1) "And then they bring in these UGLY scientists..." - I wasn't at all surprised that Kevin would find Carlos and his team hideous to look at. I mean, he's the opposite of Cecil, right? But man. The audience members in the theater collectively were like, "Oh no he did NOT!" when Kevin made this comment.

2) The StrexCorp Mission Statement - I really wish someone had videotaped this moment of the live show. Cecil's expression when hearing the bizarre wind tunnel noise that was the Strex Mission statement was golden. If you look up "WTF?" in the Urban Dictionary, there would be a photo of Cecil Baldwin making this face.

3) So Cecil has a Tumblr and Snapchat account, eh? And his Tumblr has photos of his woodcarvings of Khoshekh. It's been 2 days since this broadcast and I don't see a Cecil Palmer tumblr account yet. You've let me down, Internet.

4) Okay, when Carlos described his super scientific apparatus that he was building to keep the light out of Night Vale, I was like, "Bullshit, Carlos. It's not LIKE an umbrella. It IS an umbrella. You're building a really large beach umbrella, aren't you?"

5) "I'm not a hero. I'm a scientist." - Again, I really wish someone had videotaped this moment. Dylan Marron practically tossed his perfect hair over his shoulder when he said this line with majestic pride.
 
 
 
X-parrotxparrot on June 18th, 2014 03:05 am (UTC)
...I have doubts that Carlos is actually building an umbrella, I suspect he just found one. Scientifically :P :P :P

And Cecil doesn't have a Tumblr account yet but there are already several Jaws fanfics up on AO3, so there's that! XD

I didn't mind where the ep ended - okay that's not true, I shrieked aloud and have been wailing for the past few days (TWO WHOOOOLE WEEEKS NO I CANNOT WAIT THAT LONG!!!) but it was a great cliffhanger really (oh Cecil, you are so very easy. You managed somehow to hold down the fort for 2 weeks when all anyone had to do to breach your security was knock and say "Hey it's Carlos!")(but who is it??? Kevin? Steve Carlsberg? Somebody else!? AHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!)

And I so, so wish there was video, I want to see these expressions...(I can totally see Dylan Marron's "I'm a scientist!")(okay I need one slight spoiler, will we be hearing more from Dylan in part B?)
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on June 18th, 2014 05:56 am (UTC)
And Cecil doesn't have a Tumblr account yet but there are already several Jaws fanfics up on AO3, so there's that! XD

Ah! I forgot about Cecil's Jaws fanfic! I actually didn't catch Maureen saying this at the live show so huzzah for the recording!

oh Cecil, you are so very easy. You managed somehow to hold down the fort for 2 weeks when all anyone had to do to breach your security was knock and say "Hey it's Carlos!"

Or apparently just knock and stand there.

okay I need one slight spoiler, will we be hearing more from Dylan in part B?

Yes, there will be more Dylan. Carlos makes one more appearance.
X-parrotxparrot on June 19th, 2014 12:51 am (UTC)
Knocking and just standing there probably...hopefully...wouldn't work quite as well if Carlos hadn't just said they would be coming back shortly (and Cecil didn't hear him say an hour or two, MAX...) but still, yeah, Cecil, how did Night Vale totally fail to breed in you the paranoia one would think is natural to the place?!

Ahhhhh I want the next ep now, have I mentioned I want the next ep now!? XDXDXD
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on June 19th, 2014 01:34 am (UTC)
I just re-listened to this episode. I love Cecil's "Did he say something? Was it..was it cute?" Oh, Cecil. You and your skewed priorities always make me smile.

So does Carlos just have his Danger Meter with him always now? Is it calibrated to Night Vale standards because if it's calibrated to normal standards it would probably always be in the red. You can't take a walk in Night Vale without six things getting ready to potentially kill you.
X-parrotxparrot on June 19th, 2014 02:08 am (UTC)
Everyone's priorities - Dana and Carlos discussing wifi just says so much about how they both get along so well with Cecil XD Unlike poor intern Maureen (oh Maureen, don't get eaten by librarians, I rather adore you...!)

Given that he was venturing into the House it makes sense that Carlos would have his danger meter especially now - but yeah, would also make sense if he just had it on him at all times. Maybe it's like one of those little geiger counters you can pin on when going into a possible radioactive area? ...either that, or it's just a wooden box painted red :P
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on June 19th, 2014 02:14 am (UTC)
Maureen, don't get eaten by librarians, I rather adore you...!

I love Maureen. I hope she comes back.

...either that, or it's just a wooden box painted red :P

It's totally a wooden box with a painted arrow that's pointing at the red end of a half circle.
X-parrotxparrot on June 19th, 2014 02:25 am (UTC)
...I'm tempted to write "canonical" Carlos the Scientist-only-in-Night-Vale, where Science bears as much in common with what we out here call science as Khoshekh does with what we call a housecat...only I'm afraid if I ever tried writing that Carlos I'd never be able to take him seriously enough to write fic again, and I'm having too much fun with my totally noncanonical fic to risk it ^^;;;
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on June 19th, 2014 02:31 am (UTC)
A lot of what I want to talk about for this two parter is about Carlos but part B has to air first. Sufficed to say that as much as I want background info on Cecil, I want even more background on Carlos.

A huge part of me loves Actual Scientist Carlos. He's the one I write and I continue to miss his normalcy in the face of lunacy even as I love Scientist Only in Night Vale Carlos.
X-parrotxparrot on June 19th, 2014 02:41 am (UTC)
A lot of what I want to talk about for this two parter is about Carlos but part B has to air first. Sufficed to say that as much as I want background info on Cecil, I want even more background on Carlos.

AHHHHHHHHHHHGSGFDGetzgjixtkgleztilvbx%$#%$Tev *froths* (...I have to say I really appreciate how good you've been about not spoiling - I really don't want to be spoiled, but AGGGGGH I WANT THE REST OF THIS EP~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~!)

If the Strex storyline gets resolved/mostly resolved in this ep (which I have no idea if it will, but if it does) I've been wondering if the next story arc planned might involve Cecil's backstory...and maybe Carlos's as well? I am SO curious about whether Carlos has a family, what his life was before...
One of the things I'm loving about the last few eps is that for the first time we've had Carlos interacting with people not-Cecil, him talking about his scientists, and now him with Dana - it makes him so much more a real person, that he's got other connections. (and I love Carlos and Dana as friends so much, I don't even know why, just, awww, adorable!)

...I was thinking about Actual Scientist Carlos and it just occurred to me, Carlos technically could've been replaced by his double in Sandstorm (if he had a double)...Phone Call is the last time Carlos acts really outsider-y, by One Year Later he's adapting...
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on June 19th, 2014 02:48 am (UTC)
AHHHHHHHHHHHGSGFDGetzgjixtkgleztilvbx%$#%$Tev *froths*

The episode itself doesn't tell us anything about Carlos but I think just hearing more of Dylan Marron portraying Carlos made me ask certain questions and then my brain took off about who Carlos might have been pre-Night Vale. I mean, other that Cranor!Carlos that is.

it makes him so much more a real person, that he's got other connections.

Yes! I kind of hope that the show will eventually give us members of Carlos' team.

I love Carlos and Dana as friends so much, I don't even know why, just, awww, adorable!

I think the fact that Dylan Marron and Jasika Nicole are close friends in real life adds to this. Their epic friendship is a wonderful side effect of this podcast.

...I was thinking about Actual Scientist Carlos and it just occurred to me, Carlos technically could've been replaced by his double in Sandstorm (if he had a double)...Phone Call is the last time Carlos acts really outsider-y, by One Year Later he's adapting...

I'm going to guess that Carlos doesn't have a double because he's not a Night Vale native. It's not a hard rule but it's a rule I'm going to put down for a world where time doesn't work properly.

God, July 1st, I'm going to be writing a novel length post about this two parter. I seriously need every Night Vale fan to know what happens so I can talk about it. So yes, along with you I go AGGGGGGGGGGG REST OF THE EPISODE PLEASE!!!!!
X-parrotxparrot on June 19th, 2014 02:59 am (UTC)
I think the fact that Dylan Marron and Jasika Nicole are close friends in real life adds to this. Their epic friendship is a wonderful side effect of this podcast.

No seriously??? God is every person involved in this podcast trying to murder me with cuteness?!!? First we have Cecil Baldwin and Dylan Marron taking pics of themselves in front of an Arby's, now this, aaahhhh I cannot take it!!!

So have you actually written up a post and are just waiting to post it? I've definitely done something of the sort when I have something I'm dying to talk about but can't yet (why must time go so slowly?! Though at least we're not in Night Vale so it's still working at all...)
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on June 19th, 2014 03:07 am (UTC)
No seriously???

She apparently makes him bowties and he tweets about how lovely they are and she is. Also, this short vid: http://instagram.com/p/jw8GNRIisS/#

God is every person involved in this podcast trying to murder me with cuteness?!!?

Probably. It is, after all, the kindest form of murder.

So have you actually written up a post and are just waiting to post it?

No, not yet as I do want to listen to the recording first in case I forgot anything. I didn't forget the major plot points but there are a few lines I remember I want to quote and I need to hear them again to make sure.

But my own headcanon has gone all mushroom cloud thanks to this episode so there's that.
X-parrotxparrot on June 19th, 2014 03:32 am (UTC)
Oh come ON that's just unfair (now I want Dana & Carlos roadtripping! Well, I guess they're transdimensional desert-tramping together now, anyway...)

But my own headcanon has gone all mushroom cloud thanks to this episode so there's that.

Mushroom cloud as in exploding crazily huge, or as in completely self-destructed??? GAAAAH~~~~
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on June 19th, 2014 03:35 am (UTC)
Well, I guess they're transdimensional desert-tramping together now, anyway...

There is a fic here, I know it!

Mushroom cloud as in exploding crazily huge, or as in completely self-destructed???

Exploding crazily huge. The danger of fanning for Night Vale is that anything seems possible. If throat spiders are real than ANYTHING IS REAL.