Kate (kate_nepveu) wrote,

some Night Vale things

In increasing episode order, I guess.

1. The Two-Headed Quarterback: Disabled Identity in Night Vale by Space Crip, a very sharp essay about Michael Sandero, spoilers through episode 30, "Dana."

2. The Monster and the Closet: Welcome to Night Vale and Queer SpecFic by [personal profile] thingswithwings, about Night Vale as not just speculative fiction with queer characters in it, but about Night Vale's various strangenesses and rejection of heteronormativity and how those, and more, result in queering narrative structures as well. I know nothing about queer theory beyond what's in [personal profile] thingswithwings's post, but I found it a thought-provoking read all the same. Spoilers through episode 32, "Yellow Helicopters"—and I know some of you who aren't caught up read a spoiler post previously, but in this case I really do recommend not spoiling yourself.

3. Speaking of spoilers for "Yellow Helicopters": EPISODE-DESTROYING SPOILERS.

This is a kind of plot I was frankly not expecting to discover. I'm intrigued by where it might go, though cautiously so as long-term antagonist-driven plot is maybe not the show's strong point (which is to say: the tiny people under the bowling alley have been narratively quiescent for way too long). On the other hand, I don't think anything fundamentally show-breaking is likely to be happening now, so the stakes are only medium-sized for my listening experience. Still, interesting.

4. And now a brief discussion of Coach Nazr al-Mujaheed, again with spoilers for "Yellow Helicopters" (though less significant ones).

Ugh, I'm running out of steam. The tl;dr version: his extremely simplistic speech patterns have been reported in episodes 8 and 32, and episode 8 has him smiling vacantly and wandering off into the woods (what woods, but that's not my point), and episode 32 gives him an unnerving endless tongue that he pulls out of his mouth when questioned by reporters, and I'm waiting to see what happens with him with some concern, because as far as I can recall he is the only person in Night Vale with an obviously Islamic name, and there's a fine line to walk there between canon-levels of weird and othering. comment count unavailable comment(s) | add comment (how-to) | link

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