Catholic Inklings

Musings and sharings on my devotion to an ancient religion.

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Mabel’s Identity Crisis

Warning: Potential spoilers for folks who don’t get to watch cartoons in a timely fashion (a category in which I would normally be included).
Gravity Falls is one of my favorite cartoons currently on TV. This week’s episode, “The Last Mablecorn,” tackled an important issue—morality. While I’m seriously disappointed in the writer’s choice to have Mabel learn from her experience that “morality is relative,” there was a lot that was very useful in the episode, too. The Pine’s family needed unicorn hair to protect themselves from Bill Cipher, so someone of pure heart had to go retrieve it. Mabel, looking for adventure and known to be of particularly pure heart, went on the quest.
Candy, Brenda and Wendy went with her to collect it and they were willing to use evil means to accomplish their goal (they got involved with an illegal butterfly trade to get ill-gotten faerie dust needed to knock the unicorn out to steal its hair) when met with a disingenuous unicorn. This particular unicorn lied to Mabel, saying that it could see into her heart, and that she was not pure. Mabel was surprised, but accepted it—looking to fix her heart by doing good deeds. Nothing she did was good enough for the unicorn to acknowledge that she was a good person. When push came to shove (and actually, it did eventually come to fisticuffs), Mabel wasn’t willing to let her friends steal the hair.

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My Three Favorite Cartoon Episodes of 2014

This is my first blog for The Rogue on Patheos.  My assignment was to write a favorites list for 2014, so I chose a few of my favorite cartoon episodes.  This blog gives a quick review of Gravity Falls episode, “Soos and the Real Girl,” The Regular Show episode, “Maxin’ and Relaxin’,” and the Clarence episode, “Nature Clarence.” All three of these episodes would be great for conversation springboards for catechetical sessions for youth groups, RCIA or Confirmation classes.

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