Gravity Falls

Season 1 Episode 18

Land Before Swine

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Aired Monday 9:30 PM Jun 28, 2013 on Disney XD
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When a prehistoric beast snatches Waddles, the Pines family must journey to a land trapped in time to rescue him.

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    Now Land before Swine is a great episode of Gravity falls because of how it's written. It's writing is not really done in a style that's so incredible it's phenomenal, it's more along the lines of Ignaz Semmelweis, who said that doctors should wash their hands before handling a patient. Now if there is one cliche that's very annoying, it's the cliche of a character who makes a situation worse because they're an asshole or stupid only because it's in character for them. This episode manages to take that cliche and make a big turn around for not just one but two characters. Let's see where our plot goes with character #1, Stan who is our asshole in the episode is guiding some tourists around while Mabel is playing with Waddles. When she falls asleep, Stan trips over the duo and he wants to put Waddles outside, however Mabel says no because there are predators outside. Soon we cut to our stupid character, Soos. We see him and Dipper setting up cameras in a sappy area because they heard rumors of a pterodactyl in the area, eventually their bait is stolen but they get their pics. We then cut back to Mabel who sees a commercial for a baby carrier that works for pigs so she goes to buy it and tell's Stan to watch Waddles and not let him outside he agrees, and we go back to Dipper and Soos. As Dipper is developing the photos, Soos brings in Nachos and damages the pictures. While Stan ignore's Mabel's request after Waddles eats a sculpture and puts him outside. Afterwards, a pterodactyl kidnaps Waddles and Stan is dumbfounded. Here's how you revive the cliche of a character causing problems because it's in character, first is to make them regret what they did. Soos immediately regrets ruining Dipper's pictures, and Stan is shocked that Waddles is kidnapped. As a result when Mabel returns, Stan (Being an asshole character) lies to her about what happened saying that he tried to fight the pterodactyl off when it entered the shack. Mabel buys the story and they go after the flying reptile to get Waddles. Fortunately Waddles' sweater left a trail of yarn. Then we get to step two when writing for the stupid character, prove to your audience that your character has no ill intentions. This is provided when Soos almost runs over his head and Dipper reconsiders taking him along and then they flash back to all the times Soos screwed up by accident. Thus proving his stupidity has no ill intentions. With the red string leading them to an old church, they find that crazy prospector guy who has his musical spoons stolen by a pterodactyl and he wants to tag along. As he tags along he ads too much weight to the rope and they fall down into the mine shaft. Down there they discover that dinosaurs are trapped in tree sap and the summer heat has been melting them loose. Then comes step 3 of the asshole and stupid character revival or cause problems for them, call them out on what they do. Stan accidentally reveals he left Waddles outside, Mabel is pissed that Stan disobeyed her and lied to her and is now worried that Waddles could be dead thanks to him. From that point she vows to never speak to Stan again. The same thing happens with Soos, he accidentally loses the trail of yarn and smashes the lantern, and Dipper calls him out on it. Before they can dive into fighting, the prospector fixes the lantern and lo an behold the pterodactyl is behind him. He then makes a ton of noise in front of the pterodactyl that kidnapped Waddles and they give chase. Fortunately the group runs into a cavern that just so happens to have Waddles in a nest and he's still alive. When Mabel puts him in the harness, the Pterodactyl spooks him and he knocks into Stan who both plunge into the area below. In the nest, the prospector doesn't have anything to distract the dinosaur so he's completely useless to the plot. Now let's review what he did so far, the prospector character only made things worse for the gang by making them fall down the mine shaft,lured a pterodactyl to them and gave a chase sequence. When a baby pterodactyl hatches from the giant egg in the nest, he get's eaten. Now that's what should happen to characters who don't improve anything, cut them off from the story. All the prospector did was make every situation worse and never wanted to improve anything or say sorry for it. Back down with Stan and Waddles we get the main revival point for the asshole character, make them feel regret for what they did and undo what they did. So Stan carries Waddles in the harness and fights off the Pterodactyl for real. Back up top Soos tells the gang to get into a straight line because he observes on how far apart the eyes of a pterodactyl are and knows that when you're in a line, the dinosaur can't see you. That's how you revive the stupid character, use what little knowledge they have to help. Also at the end they focus on the positive aspects of both characters as well to get them out of the mine shaft. People, if you're going to go into writing this episode should be watched, and if you think it's too hard to revive a stupid or asshole character because you think it will break their character, then don't make a character that intentionally causes problems because that becomes a bad character it's that simple. A prime example is Patrick from modern Spongebob. All Patrick does is cause harm or be stupid to be funny and he feels no remorse for what he does.moreless
Alex Hirsch

Alex Hirsch

Grunkle Stan, Soos, Old Man McGucket

Jason Ritter

Jason Ritter

Dipper Pines

Kristen Schaal

Kristen Schaal

Mabel Pines

Linda Cardellini

Linda Cardellini

Wendy Corduroy

Dee Bradley Baker

Dee Bradley Baker

additional voices

Grey DeLisle

Grey DeLisle

additional voices

Justin Roiland

Justin Roiland

additional voices

Guest Star

Corey Burton

Corey Burton

additional voices

Guest Star

Kevin Michael Richardson

Kevin Michael Richardson

Sheriff Blubs

Recurring Role

Keith Ferguson

Keith Ferguson

Deputy Durland, additional voices

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