So I realize that I have quite a few draft posts I never finished, but now that I have some free time (Got into grad school, left my old job (yay!), and applied to a few internships)
I decided to revisit some of my old blog drafts to finish them. So there’ll be a few random blog updates, from movies, shows, maybe another Game of Thrones one, to my recent trip to Japan 2 months ago as well as one about tips for planning a trip to Japan. There were a lot of things I wish I knew while planning the trip and I thought I’d share some of them for others like me who are traveling/want to travel for the first time and are not really sure where to start or what to consider. Anyway expect a few more blog posts in the near future, and for now, here’s one about one my favorite TV shows. Enjoy.

 

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*Note, this was written on February 16th, 2016.

So yesterday, February 15th, 2016, on Presidents day, and also a perfect way for met to end my long weekend before coming back to work (which btw was filled with family and asian new years, valentines day, and a doctor who convention), was the series finale of one of my favorite shows of all time; Gravity Falls.

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Words can’t express how I feel about the end of this series, so I figure I’ll let out my thoughts on my blog. I can hardly imagine I only discovered this series in April of 2015 when one of my best buds introduced me to the show, and I was instantly hooked! The humor, the mystery, all the nerdy references, and the characters! I absolutely loved every single one of the characters on this show (especially Grunkle Stan), and it’s one of the reasons why I fell in love with the series.

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Grunkle Stan, truly an inspiration for everyone.

Without trying to spoil too much, in case some of you haven’t heard of or watched the finale yet, my heart was filled with so many emotions watching the finale. I was eager to see it, as I’ve been waiting to see the conclusion since November of 2015, joyful to see the series go off on a strong note, and at the same time, really saddened as well.

This next part contains some spoilers so if you don’t want any spoilers, go ahead and scroll pass this section

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Overall there were some things I wished the series answered. Dipper’s real name, if there’s any significance to Dipper’s scar, what happens to time now that the Time Baby was killed, if Grunkle Stan can regain his memories, does that mean Bill might be able to return as well? And is there any significance with the Zodiac? The concept was introduced and shut down in literally 5 minutes.

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But despite all the questions I still have at the end of the episode, I still loved how the series concluded. The finale had closure for some of the characters, tied up some loose ends, made lots of cameos and references to previous episodes, kind of like how Dipper and Mabel’s (the two main characters) adventures had all been leading up to this final confrontation.

It was awesome to see and the finale had fitting conclusions to all of our favorite characters. And just as in real life, everything must come to an end, and so must the Mystery Twins’ summer in Gravity Falls. For me, the saddest goodbye came from between Mabel and Waddles, I almost burst into tears. And as I watched the characters leave their beloved summer home, and the end credits rolled away, I felt conflicted. I did not want the series to end. I only just discovered the show and it felt like Gravity Falls left as quickly as it began. Though I do agree with Alex Hirsh’s decision to conclude his show on his own terms, and the way he envisioned it. He wanted his show to have a beginning, a middle, and an end, and did not want the series to be something that went on for many seasons. And of course it’s fantastic to see Gravity Falls leave on a high note, instead of ending after becoming dull or boring.

I do hope the series gets a continuation in some way shape or form, such as how Avatar the Last Airbender continues in the comics to show what happens after the series ends. I hope they do the same with Gravity Falls. There’s still so much I want to know. I want to know what lies ahead for Dipper and Mable. Does Dipper become just like his great uncle, is it really the end of Bill, do the twins return next summer? Also…*spoiler alert*  I really want to know how Dipper and Wendy’s relationship develops. Doesn’t mean they have to get together one day, although I wouldn’t be against the idea of that when the two of them are a bit older, but even if Wendy does start seeing someone, I want to see Dipper develop and learns to accept it as a man. Basically, I want to see the twins grown up. The entire series is about the end of childhood, how everything can’t always stay the same, and how no matter how hard we try, we have to face the future and move forward often meaning to letting go of the past and facing the future.

For me, I think that is what I am taking the most with me from this show. I have always loved animations and shows ever since I was young. To be honest, I often feel that the morals that I have growing up came more from the things I watch on TV then from my parents. (If any of you have the typical asian parents at home, then you probably know that a lot of asian parents and children are not emotionally close. Most asian parents are very hard working and grew up in an era and country where children and parents don’t often speak emotionally to each other.) Growing up, I always believed in loyalty, the values of friendship, putting others before myself, a strong sense of justice, and the belief that in doing what’s right even if it’s not the easiest choice. I watched a lot of anime, cartoons, power rangers, and comic books related shows as a kid and back in the 90’s, shows always liked to have morals attached to each episode. Even now that I am older, and my mind is a little more open to how the real world works, I still try to embody the lessons I learned from these shows. It may not be realistic, and too idealistic for most people, but it’s how I choose to live my life, and in the end, you just have to be happy with your life, no matter what you choose or what other people say.

Anyway, I hope people who watch Gravity Falls can take with them the value of growing up, and moving forward with life. Things don’t stay the same forever, and you’d be surprise how much you can still learn even as you grow older and feel wiser. So I hope people can take and learn from this series just as much as I did.

I love the series, will not hesitate to recommend to anyone to watch the show, and will not stop expressing my love for Gravity Falls. It is very well written, has great and memorable characters, great humor, a lot of heart, and a good show for anyone who is a fan of sci fi, math, science, and fantasy. (Almost reminds me of Futurama, another series I love)

Now here’s a little comic strip I found online. Thanks for reading, and remember,
I put the Fun, in No Refunds!

Toodles.

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