Welcome Brothers and Sisters to this week’s meeting of the Royal Order of the Holy Mackerel!
In this meeting, I investigate the secrets, references, and hidden codes throughout the first episode of the second season of Gravity Falls, Scary-oke!
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This week I investigate the various secrets, references, and hidden codes worked throughout Scaryoke. We begin by analyzing the opening credits, where the backwards message at the end of the song is updated to “Key Vigenere” – a clue to the new encoding method used to encrypt the message found in the end credits.
To use the Vigenere Cipher method started in Scary-oke, you need to hunt in the backgrounds of the episode to discover the password. When use in conjunction with a Tabula Recta, you can decode that message.
Scary-oke also does an amazing job of dropping slight references to the first season to remind long time viewers that their past adventures have not been forgotten. We once again see one-off characters like Mr Poolcheck and Gorney, as well as souvenirs from the Pines family’s exploits like the pterodactyl tooth from The Land Before Swine, and Mabel’s #2 Boss mug from Boss Mabel. These adventures have helped shape the show and have not been forgotten.
In Scaryoke we also learn that Toby Determined (the only reporter for the Gravity Falls Gossiper) is much closer to the secrets of Gravity Falls than we could have imagined – he even seems to have reported on the Bill Cipher like shapes around town!
A major date is confirmed in Scary-oke – namely that Grunkle Stan has been working on the portal for 30 years. A date that matches up with the “current” summer of 2012, and the July 4th, 1982 date circled on the Owl calendar in the hidden room in the episode Carpet Diem.
There are also several hidden codes beyond the one in the end credits of Scary-oke. There is a code carved in the bottom of the frame of Dipper’s board of Big Mysteries, there is a code hidden in the card given to Dipper by Agent Powers, there is a code at the bottom of the satellite map in the Agents’ Watchtower, there are two codes hidden in the Lepricorn page of the Journal, and there are two codes hidden in a card flashed at the end of the episode!
But what do you think? Leave your theories and suggestions in the comments below!