Welcome to Night Vale: 79 - Lost in the Mail
December 2, 2015 6:19 AM - Subscribe

It's Remembrance Day, which means it's time for us to honor those who will someday be lost in the Blood Space War with the most solemn event possible: a fun parade! Also we hear from one young Night Vale citizen whose life has already been changed forever by this future war.

Today's proverb: Ever wondered how a plane flies? Well, the answer is that no one knows. Pilots are scared to ask. If we ask, maybe it’ll stop working.
Transcript at Cecil Speaks.

This episode was co-written with Zack Parsons.
The voice of Basimah was Aliee Chan.
Weather: "Sharon" by Good San Juan (goodsanjuan.bandcamp.com)
Music: Disparition, disparition.info.
Logo: Rob Wilson, robwilsonwork.com.

posted by chainsofreedom (8 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Holy crap, that was powerful. Best episode in a long, long time.
posted by 1970s Antihero at 7:25 AM on December 2, 2015

And it’s…it’s saying something! Um, I’ll try to interpret.

“All these things are meaningless. End the war.”

Well, of course, that’s the whole point, isn’t it, listeners? If we end the war, it will go on eternally. We must continue the war to bring it to an end. It’s why all those brave people enlisted, and keep enlisting, and will enlist forever.

And there goes The Emissary, a solemn reminder of why our volunteers continue to fight in the Blood Space War. Ah. What a brave being!

Soon we will trap it back in its pit.

The veterans speak, and we do not listen. We use them for our own ends and then put them away when they are no longer useful pawns. Meanwhile, they have been changed forever.

Geez. I have so many feels.
posted by chainsofreedom at 7:43 AM on December 2, 2015 [5 favorites]

Yeah, this was a good one. Its fascinating how Night Vale can take standard tropes and transform them into something really special.
posted by lownote at 7:49 AM on December 3, 2015 [1 favorite]

I need to listen to this one again to take it all in [I really liked it].

Disparition also produced Episode 67 - [Best Of?]. Zach Parsons has also written a handful of episodes. As with the other episode that Disparition produced, this was a fantastic departure from the usual format.

I also like the new theme music, and really like the new credits music! Apparently it's just for this episode though.

Aliee Chan's taperecorded vocals vaguely reminded me of Car Chase Terror by M83.
posted by schmod at 8:38 AM on December 3, 2015

Other observation: This episode and [Best Of?] both end abruptly with the sound of a tape recorder stopping, long after the credits end.
posted by schmod at 8:38 AM on December 3, 2015

And I am still not sure what to think about that! Are we meant to understand that both [Best Of?] and this episode were pre-recorded? What does that mean for the information contained within? Is it from the past? Future? Aaaaahhhhhh.....
posted by chainsofreedom at 9:08 AM on December 3, 2015

That was very touching.
posted by jenfullmoon at 8:12 PM on December 5, 2015

“Like cancer,” there is nothing like cancer. There is just cancer.
posted by schmod at 7:08 AM on April 18, 2016

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