Renovations

One of the Joseph Finks advertises the June 4 show (which I’ll be at, yay!). He hypes the US/Canada tour. Recordings of two previous live shows are available for download. New Stuff will be added to the store.*

Ugh, Kevin starts the broadcast. That’s not good. And Lauren is there too, announcing that the Company Picnic is still going strong. And the radio station is being renovated. Including the bathrooms… where floating kittens live. Khoshekh’s babies! Daniel is sent to take pictures and post them online in case anyone is able to adopt them (despite being unable to tear themselves away from the Company Picnic).

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The renovation contractors were sent to tear down the missile silo, several elementary schools, and the forest that’s made of people. It complimented Kevin beckoningly… it never talks to Lauren for some reason. Hmm.

The tiny civilization from the bowling alley was hired as well.  The Arby’s was torn down, and replaced by a one-to-one scale model of said Arby’s.

Financial news: The markets are fantastic, and so are you.  Everything is Awesome, apparently. Lauren sets off a stock market plunge; Kevin is pissed of in an eerily cheerful way.

There’s a picture of a lighthouse in the studio, which Kevin and Lauren find disconcerting.

Pamela Winchell, an old lady, and… what sound like angels have left the picnic and are blocking some contractors. Old Woman Josie and the Erikas! Nice!

Then, the lights go out.  Lauren realizes Daniel is taking too long. There’s someone else in the room. An Angel! Erika! It is holding a light bulb and walking toward the lighthouse picture. The picture changes, and the light is actually blinking.  A door in the picture opens, silhouetting a man holding something that moves. The man enter the lighthouse, and then — the studio door opens! It’s the man from the lighthouse! He is holding a cat! There’s a struggle!

It’s Cecil! Erika brought him here! And now, the weather (“High Tide Rising” by Fox)!

Cecil is happy to be back. He mentions an escape attempt, but that they were captured. But, just as they were giving up hope, Dana appeared through an old oak door, and brought Cecil to the lighthouse where she had been. She introduced him to the Great Masked Figures and the Erikas. Intern Maureen had shown people it was possible to pass between the worlds, and John Peters (you know, the farmer) had figured out how to open the mysterious doors. Old Woman Josie an the angles are in the other world. Cecil has returned Khoshekh to his spot ion the men’s room. Daniel was lying dead (or possibly inoperative) outside the restrooms. Apparently no one told him what happens when you photograph a cat.

StrexCorp still owns everything. Many people are still trapped in the Company Picnic. Lauren and Kevin ran away. Dana and her army stand in the path of StrexCorp’s Smiling God. And no one knows where Carlos is. Oh no!

But Night Vale Radio is once again independent of StrexCorp, and will stay that way!

I really need a fresh cup of tea after that…

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Parade Day

One of the Joseph Finks advertising the Live Show I’m going to on June 4 (yay!). Also, The Debate, another live episode, is available for sale now. I did not see this one, so I really should buy it and write about it, shouldn’t I?*

Cecil warn us to act natural, as in like nature, as in the circle of life.  Yeah.

A series of one-sided doors have been appearing around town. Accountant Tomas Peres found one in his office. When he opened the door, he saw warriors in a desert hellscape. Dana and her friends?! Photographer Claire Wallace sent in pictures she took of one of the doors. There’s an elderly woman in the picture, and Cecil cannot see her face. The faceless old woman who lives in your home?! I’m doing some of my famous Wild Speculation! Juanita Jefferson, head of a  neighborhood improvement organization, saw a vast wasteland on the other side, some non-existent mountains, and a lighthouse, but no trees.

Yay, Carlos calls in about the doors! He is at the house that does not exist, where a woman named Cynthia lives. All of the doors have changed to the kind that have been popping up all over town. When the scientists open the door, the house is empty like they expected. but you can’t get out unless someone is on the other side.  One scientist, Rachelle, was stuck inside for several hours, even though it was only a few minutes outside.  Carlos is going to explore! But he’ll be fine! He has his science team.

Pamela Winchell calls another press conference. She saw one of the doors in her office.  When she opened it, she says she saw and angel. Angels are real! And one of them told Winchell to shut up, and slammed the door on her. Angels are not real after all… but mountains might be.

It’s Parade Day! Just like the title of this episode! And the parade is not a secret! There might be Morse code in the Disparition music playing in the background! Tamika Flynn will definitely not be there! It’s definitely not a rebelling against StrexCorp! Cecil loves StrexCorp! And should you see Tamika, you should follow her!

Chart of the Morse code letters and numerals. ...

Chart of the Morse code letters and numerals. Italiano: Tabella di lettere e numeri in codice Morse. Svenska: En översikt över det internationella morsealfabetet. Français : Lettres et chiffres en code Morse. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The traffic report seems to mostly be a vehicle (hehe) for more Morse code.

And the parade is about to begin! Oh, look, Tamika Flynn is in  fact at the parade. Producer Daniel is not happy. Especially since Cecil locked him in the control room. The Parade is at StrexCorp headquarters, and involves yellow helicopters commandeered by Tamika’s middle-school army. StrexCorp security cannot contain the revolution! Cecil is barricading his door and making faces at Daniel.

And some more Morse code. The Weather was “Take Up Your Spade” by Sara Watkins.

 

During the weather, the revolutionaries were captured. No one else helped, just watched. It almost sounds like Cecil was the only adult involved. The children were all sent to the juvenile detention facility. Cecil chastises his listeners for not helping.

Lauren the program director and another man come in, smiling at Cecil. Cecil is terrified.

As he should be.

 

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A Story About Them

Someone who may or may not be Joseph Fink advertises the Second Anniversary live show (I’ll be there!). Can’t wait! Also, you can download the Condos episode — I was there, too! Other fun stuff is available in the store*.

Cecil introduces the Story About Them. Their car is like yours, assuming you drive a black sedan and kidnap people. “They” are two men, one who is not tall. What they do is not secret. After all, Cecil himself is narrating their actions. Its’s all very meta.  The other is not short, and is doing a crossword puzzle. The two approach a third man, blindfold him, and put him in the car. The non-blindfolded men discuss hypothetical dinner plans, then go to the Moonlite All-Nite Diner for actual lunch. Not-short may or may not see something in the sky.

The first crossword puzzle, created by Arthur ...

The first crossword puzzle, created by Arthur Wynne, published in the New York World on December 21, 1913. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

At the diner, they eat sandwiches and listen to Cecil’s show. The blindfolded man sits in the hot car.

The men drive to the industrial part of town, and pull into a warehouse. There are crates in the warehouse, reminding me of A Story About You.

Their supervisor chews them out. They are supposed to be crating up the buildings from the miniature city under the bowling alley.

Not-short notices something, again. The supervisor remarks that the miniature city has declared war on the Upper World. People have died, but people die anyway.

Cecil then changes the story, after remarking at length on how he doesn’t always understand this.

Somewhere else, a woman wanders a dessert, neither like nor unlike this one. Great masked warriors walked with her.  Is it Dana? There is a light, a living, evil light, coming towards them. It spreads in desserts everywhere. Soon, the woman and the warriors, among others, will have to face the light.

Cecil brings the story back to Them, then throws us to The Weather.  I take a bathroom break and make some more tea. Pleasant song.

Not-short reflects on his crossword. Not-tall is unconcerned. Not-short wonders if everything will turn out all right. Not-tall says he thinks it will, but he’s lying, and unhappy with Cecil for pointing it out. The bowling alley is damaged but functional. City Hall is covered by a tarp featuring the StrexCorp logo. Old Woman Josie’s house has been empty for months. The men drive to the desert and stare into the darkness. Not-short pulls the blindfolded man out of the car. The blindfolded man walks into the darkness. Not-tall pulls out a knife. Not-short stars at the sky. He points out a dark planet looming closely in the sky. Not-tall kills him. The night sky is perfectly clear.

The blindfolded man removes his blindfolded and stares at Not-short’s corpse. The formerly blindfolded man isn’t short either. He follows Not-Tall and gets in the car with him.

The Weather was by Pretty Little Head by Eliza Rickman.

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Cookies

The show opens with a note from creator Joseph Fink (or is it? He has so many voices…) reminding us to check out the previous live episode, “Condos”, and the fun stuff in the store.*

Cecil is not a good salesman. He likes talking to people, but not to convince them to buy stuff. He prefers just telling stories and letting people interpret them however they want. Still, he is helping his niece  Janice sell Girl Scout cookies. Cecil mentions that Janice’s mom (Cecil’s yet-unnamed sister? It’s good to know Cecil has some family left!) is out of town, and Janice’s stepfather dropped the ball on cookie sales, so Cecil is stepping up to help. Cecil doesn’t seem to like — wait, Steve Carlsberg is Janice’s stepfather? Well, that adds some interesting context to Cecil’s hated of Steve.

English: VALHALLA, N.Y. (June 9, 2007) –...

Navy Cargo Handling Battalion 8 assists hundreds of Girl Scouts from Westchester and Putnam counties in New York load more than 33,000 boxes of cookies as part of “Operation Cookie Drop.” U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Lesley Lykins (RELEASED) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The guys in sales, who are all named Sean, just bought some cookies. Cecil notes that he originally bought all the cookies with his own money, but any proceeds from listener purchases buying are an extra donation to the Girl Scouts — Cecil will not be reimbursing himself. Station Management has not bought any cookies yet. Cecil tries to downplay his anger at Station Management — between the StrexPet and the cookies, Cecil is pissed, and calls out Daniel the Producer.

Lauren Mallard, the program director, makes an announcement. StrexCorp agreed to buy all the cookies!  Lauren talks up the Girl Scouts, how they help the women of the future, and the StrexCorp of right now. She’s especially (spell check wanted me to fix my mistyped spelling of this word to “despotically,” which is a little too apropos…) interested in finding girls who can earn their helicopter piloting badge, so StrexCorp bought the Night Vale Girl Scouts. Yay? Tamika Flynn had better watch her back…

Cecil reported the successful sales to Janice, and she’s thrilled. He also insults Steve, while thanking everyone who bought cookies and asking for continued support for the Girl Scouts. He wishes them a fun camping trip, and reminds them to be very careful. Not that they need to hide from enemies. He has no reason to mention that at all!

(Aside: why does my tea taste like soap? The last cup I had in this mug didn’t taste like soap.  Was my tea imported from Night Vale?)

Cecil gives us an update on Khoshekh’s health. The cat is on the mend, but he lost his right eye, and is missing part of his front left paw, so he will limp for the rest of his life. The feeding tube is being removed today, and he’s largely fine. There is even a small silver lining in this cloud: now that Khoshekh is no longer floating four feet off the ground, Cecil got to hold him for the first time. Carlos is allergic to cats, but will be taking Claritin, since Khoshekh will be staying at their place while he recovers.

During the traffic report (spell check wanted to correct my mistyping of “traffic” to “tragic”… hmm…), Cecil sees a flicker of something, and we hear a woman calling Cecil’s name.  Could it be Intern Dana? It is! She is both in the studio and trapped in the desert, as she can travel in space and time. She’s been visiting with John Peters, you know, the farmer, as well as Intern Maureen and members of the army that wanders the desert.  Cecil fills Dana in on her family. Dana says that today is her brother’s 26th birthday, and she got to visit him. When she appeared at the party, the cake said, “Happy 33rd Birthday!” There was a woman at the future party who was the only one not to burst into terrified tears when Dana’s apparition showed up –the woman was Dana herself, in the future! Older Dana calmed everyone down. She disappeared back to the desert before she could find out what happens to herself in the future.  Dana looks forward to being respected, as her older self appears to be.  Cecil gives Dana words of encouragement, and relief that she’ll be back.  But Dana disappears from the studio. As they say goodbye, Cecil asks Dana to say hello to Maureen for him.

This may invalidate my wild speculation.  Or maybe not!

The highway department is asking motorists to turn on their headlights and slow down when driving through constructions zones.  Good advice! Even if the construction workers are communicating to terrifying flying saucers that may or may not plan to abduct you.

The weather is “Haunted” by Maya Kern.

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Visitor

The show opens with a note from creator Joseph Fink (or is it? He has so many voices…) reminding us to check out a live show, and that Welcome to Night Vale will be at Emerald City Comic Con, including a live crossover with Thrilling Adventure Hour. Also, check out the previous live episode, “Condos”, and the fun stuff in the store.*

There is a visitor in Cecil’s studio. He’s not sure what it is, but it’s adorable! Cecil reminds us of Khoshekh, the cat who hovers in the men’s restroom. The new creature won’t drink the water Cecil offers, just stares at him. Its eyes are all black, and there other dots around its face that might also be eyes.  It makes cut noises. The creature waddles over to Cecil and lets him pet it. It purrs, sort of. Cecil squees as it hugs him; I am dubious about the nature of the hug. The creature bites Cecil. He runs to the bathroom to clean up, and calls into the show on his cell phone, thanks to some help from Intern Jeremy. The creature tried to follow him into the bathroom. He greets Khoshekh, just as the new creature finally breaks into the men’s room. Cecil hides, and asks Jeremy to call Animal Control and take us to the Weather… just as the creature attacks Khoshekh. Khoshekh gets badly hurt. Cecil kicks the creature, and he and Jeremy hold it down until Animal Control attempts to sedate it — but they can’t, because it’s a machine. Animal control takes Khoshekh to a hospital, but they think he’ll live. There will be less of him, but he’ll live. Cecil is heartbroken, and angry that he can’t get revenge.  His new program director, Lauren, wants to know why Cecil destroyed his birthday present. She and Daniel and the rest of the management team got him a StrexPet because he loves animals.

It’s not Cecil’s birthday. But he is determined to avenge Khoshekh.

In the news, controversy plagues the mayoral race. The current frontrunners, you’ll recall, are: the faceless old woman who secretly lives in your home; and Hiram McDaniels, who is literally a five-headed dragon. McDaniels was recently acquitted of insurance fraud, but allegedly possesses a stolen truck. The faceless old woman’s origin is lost to history, and there’s no birth certificate — is she a US citizen?

In traffic, there is a silver pickup truck. A man is inside.He doesn’t remember things. He can, but he doesn’t. He deals only in the present. He doesn’t answer his phone.

On the community calendar: Night Vale Community Theater is holding auditions for Into the Woods. Those auditioning should bring night vision goggles, glass cutters, and ski masks to the bank. The Museum of Forbidden Technologies is opening a new exhibit on  thought crimes. Anyone who attends will be arrested immediately. On Friday, the Dark Owl Records staff will be wearing black pants and chain mail veils.  Saturday night marks  the opening of  new restaurant Tourniquet. LaShawn Mason, executive chef, was formerly sous chef for top-rated restaurant Shame. The food will feature a mix of molecular gastronomy and human remains. The prix fixe menu includes and appetizer, entrée, dessert, and an awareness of horrible, previously repressed memories. Sunday is.

Carlos and his team of scientists report about the house that doesn’t exist but seems to. The scientists have been monitoring John Peters, you know, the farmer, who has been standing alone in the house for weeks. The house is otherwise empty, except for various photographs of lighthouses. The scientists finally went up to door, but it was locked.  They shook the handle and knocked. John did not answer, but a woman, Cynthia, did. When she opened the door, the room was the same as the one John was standing in, but fully furnished.  Cynthia claims she’s lived in the house longer than the housing development has been in existence.

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The weather is “Cover Me Up” by Jason Isbell. It’s pleasant and mellow and not especially strange.

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Wild Speculation: Dana Part 1

In the Welcome to Night Vale episode “Numbers“, two major things happen: Cecil investigates the numbers station, where Fey wishes for freedom (and may or may not be an AI), and Cecil receives an email from Intern Dana.

Français : Vue de la vallée de Dana

Français : Vue de la vallée de Dana (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Personally, I thought Fey and Dana sounded similar; combined with the fact that Dana feels physically drawn to the mountain and may or may not be on another plane of existence, I propose that Fey is Dana.

We know that Dana can interact with the people of Night Vale — she shows up on the radio show sometimes — but that they cannot see or hear her. Is it possible that, rather than Fey being the computer, she is merely sitting at the computer, but Cecil cannot see her? Or, perhaps Dana/Fey is trapped elsewhere, physically, and the computer is just a transmitter, perhaps intended to throw people like Cecil off the scent.

It’s Night Vale, after all.  Perhaps Dana is trapped inside the computer. Why not?

So that’s my wild spec: Dana is Fey. But I actually had an idea that takes it a step further.  But you’ll have to wait a bit for that. In the meantime, do you agree? Disagree? Show your work, but I want to hear your thoughts!

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Numbers

The show opens with a note from creator Joseph Fink (or is it? He has so many voices…) reminding us to check out a live show, and that Welcome to Night Vale will be at Emerald City Comic Con, including a live crossover with Thrilling Adventure Hour. Also, check out the previous live episode, “Condos”, and the fun stuff in the store.*

Cecil reflects on some of the constants in town. There are lights in the sky. The sun rises and sets and usually makes a great noise in the process. And WZZZ, the local numbers station, broadcasts a woman’s voice reading seemingly random numbers.

Except the numbers station changed.

She repeated “41” a few times, and then the numbers stopped.

The numbers resume, in a different format: not numbers at all. Descriptions of nature and reflections on images of freedom.  Is it just me, or does she sound a little like Intern Dana? Anyway, she’s tired of numbers.

The numbers lady is now singing Katy Perry‘s “Roar“.  Badly. So Cecil wants to sing on his show. I approve.

Deutsch: Katy Perry beim Live-Konzert im Postb...

Deutsch: Katy Perry beim Live-Konzert im Postbahnhof in Berlin (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Numbers Lady reveals that she has chosen a new name: Fey. She doesn’t know why she is reading the numbers, just that she is supposed to. And as she says this, she begins reading the numbers again. She decides she needs a car so that she can escape. Then she begins singing fun.’s “We Are Young“.  Badly. Cecil may or may not be sympathizing over her situation.

Cecil breaks out of his own station and heads over to the broadcasting tower that WZZZ uses. There’s a bunker right by it, which he breaks into.  The bunker is empty, except for a computer.

Is Fey the computer? Is the computer Fey?

In other news, Mayor Pamela Winchell had been calling press conferences. She clearly is trying to make the most of the last three months of her term.

Also, Cecil gets an email from Intern Dana, and my eyes narrow at the coincidence. Anyway, she’s trying to avoid the mountain (which I’m not sure is Cecil believes in at this point) and its blinking light. “Trying” seems to be the key word. Don’t forget: running and screaming don’t typically help.

Sometimes Dana finds herself back in Night Vale, but no one can see or hear her. Is she in the station right now?! Dana also reports on the Great Masked Figures, who are getting closer to her. She claims she is not afraid; Cecil thinks she’s lying.

Huh. Apparently the Man in the Tan Jacket also delivered a ranting monologue and I promptly forgot it.  He’s so good at that.

The Weather is Keep It Comin’ by Senim Silla. I liked it well enough, but I don’t think I’ll be hunting down the single on iTunes. I could see it becoming a summer hit or maybe ending up a Zumba routine if it went mainstream.

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