are you KIDDING ME anon wendy as a damsel would be way more ooc than mabel
Hate to say it, Wendy, but I gotta disagree with ya, here. (why do these anonymous thingies always lead to arguments?)
As for the last few episodes, I felt we didn’t get enough Wendy (or at least, an explanation of the aftermath of Boyz Crazy). Recently, I made caps of the above scene here, but after hearing the dialogue over and over, it kinda pissed me off, (not Boss Mabel bad, but it hit a nerve…)
Wendy goes to Dipper and says, “We’d better…” in reference to retrieving the Shack. She further explains that if she loses her job, she has to go away for the summer, which adds more to Dipper’s already guilty conscience. To him, she is another person affected by his “failure.”
(NOTE: earlier in the month, I saw a couple posts suggest that Dipper is kinda being an ass for freaking out over Wendy’s situation instead of Stan’s. I feel that point is kinda moot, for it’s only later in the show that they discover Stan has given up/decided to send them home. Up until that point, Dipper and Mabel (and even Soos) believed that Stan had something up his sleeve; that all hope was not lost just yet. For this, it’s kinda like saying that Mabel is an asshole for asking Stan to order pizza without realizing the seriousness of the situation…)
Anyways, the next time we see Wendy is when the twins leave. She waves sadly on Dipper’s side of the bus window (as Candy and Grenda does for Mabel’s) Don’t get me wrong; the scene broke my heart, but at the same time, it makes you think:
What the fuck was she doing all of this time?
The way I see it, her summer was at risk as much as the twins’ so why not contribute something to the fight against Gideon? Hell, Soos begged his Grams’ to let the Pines stay at their home. He even participated in the final battle against the Gideon-bot.
You think that she would have offered to help the twins out in some fashion. Maybe get the teens together to start some shit at Gideonland? Hell, she probably could have even convinced Manly Dan to help the Pines instead of supporting Gideon (his daughter’s word vs. a stranger’s…), but nope.
Unless Robbie was literally outside her house, keeping her at bay for about a good 18 hours or so, I find it unacceptable…
But, back to the point at hand, a few things to consider about Wendy being a “D.I.D…”
1. If we look at the “Inconveniencing,” technically Wendy was already considered a damsel in distress. All of her friends were missing/dead, Robbie had abandoned her (possibly), and she flipped out, having no idea what to do. She turned to Dipper for help, and he took control of the danger at hand, saving her and everyone else. After all, this was the one of the biggest starting points in their bond.
2. I know it’s not exactly canon, but as our friend says in their writings, being held hostage or kidnapped doesn’t demean a person. It’s the idea that said person is in danger, and instead, sits on their ass and waits for a rescue that classifies them under the label. So, if anything, in Gideon Rises, could Wendy already be considered a hapless damsel since she really doesn’t contribute anything except throwing her problem on Dipper’s lap?
I do fully agree with the anon, in which Wendy would have been a better choice for Gideon’s showdown. Heck, there’s a million different ways they could have done it without insulting Wendy’s character. For example, a few weeks ago, I was guessing at Wendy’s path in Gideon Rises, and made the comment that Wendy would probably go work for Gideon since the Shack is closed. Let’s say that scenario happened:
Wendy tells the same story in the scene above, but adds, “…because of this, I have to go work…for Gideon…” (or if you wanted, you can say she has no choice because of a type of contractual agreement originating with the Shack, kinda like how GIdeon kept Waddles…)
Everyone’s in shock. Stan says “traitor! etc.” Mabel and Soos are speechless. DIpper is a wreck over it, saying “please don’t…for me, don’t do it…” Sad heartstrings-tug moment where she shoos him away gently, saying “Sorry, little guy, I gotta do it…” (for some reason, the image of him and her on opposite sides of the fence, barely touching hands pops into my mind as I type this…)
When the gnomes turn on the twins, and Dipper sits depressed, Mabel would go to him and say something along the lines of not giving up/what would Wendy say? making him finally give up…
Skip a day or two, when the twins are leaving, and Gideon explains the origins of the journals to Bud. Wendy could be peeking around the corner, as its revealed she’s doing recon work to help the Pines. She also is able to relate the journal to Dipper. Suddenly, the burly bodyguards find her, and snag her, bringing her to Gideon, explaining she’s spying…etc.
Since this is around the same time he realizes that he’s missing a journal, Gideon finally puts two and two together, and realizes who exactly Wendy is (at least to Dipper). You could say that he seen her picture in Dipper’s room (perhaps the “kissing-pillow picture” that tumblr seems to love quoting), or that he heard about it on Robbie’s Gideon pin (making it appear to the viewer he knew about their bond psychically)
(again, borrowing from fiction) Gideon has the bodyguards throw Wendy into the robot and use her hyper-active-energy to power the machine. Same sequence plays out as at the bus station, except while Mabel has the girls saying goodbye, Dipper is distraught that Wendy isn’t there to see him go. (another sad moment)
Cue the chase, Soos reveal, until the scene with the bloody nose. GIdeon taunts Dipper over Mabel, but tells him about Wendy being with him, and how she “pathetically” tried to help his family. Gideon says all the shit-talking but adds to it, “And the girl you love/girlfriend, etc.
This way, it isn’t Dipper just being brave for Mabel’s sake, but for both people he loves to death. (instead of this reoccurring theme where Mabel has to be chosen over Wendy….)
(NOTE: about the Mabel being badass comment, yeah, it’s true, but at the same time, taking on a 50 ft giant robot is a tall order to fill. Plus, she’s Gideon’s obsession, and she does save the day in the end. Keep in mind that I’m just saying that yeah, Dipper’s the hero of the story, but that miracle jump was indeed that. If the robot didn’t turn its head, he would have instantly killed himself!)
The badass fight happens, except after knocking Gideon on his ass, he sees Wendy in one of the monitors. Hurries to get her out, but as she’s free, the robot has no power and starts to fall off the bridge. At the last second, DIpper pushes Wendy out of the exit to safety as he and Mabel (on the robot’s finger) falls with Gideon still inside.
Wendy called out nerve-wrecked for him; cue the awesome grappling hook scene, Gideon’s takedown, the Shack being rebuilt, etc. Before the last scenes with Stan, could of had a quick minute or two scene with the two of them onto Wendy’s hideaway on the rooftop. She thanks him. He thanks her for trying to save him, and apologizes for doubting her. (making them on equal ground). He decides to tell her the truth (keeping in line of how he just told Stan about the journals…) They could go the Mary Jane/Peter Parker route with her saying “I already know; I’ve always known…” but personally, I would have had a zoom out where you can see him explaining to her, but can’t hear what, and Wendy looking down at him and saying “WHOA!” then cue the final scenes with Stan (leaving it as another cliffhanger for next season; cue a cute peck on the cheek if you want somewhere in there…)
Sorry for the long-winded response, but see, is Wendy’s character really insulted in a scenario like that? If anything, is that really as bad as having her sit around doing jack shit?
This is a really awesome version of Gideon Rises. Mind if I do fanfiction for it? I’ll credit you