Recap / Welcome to Night Vale - Ep 7 - History Week

"It is almost complete. It is almost complete at last. Welcome to Night Vale."

It's History Week in Night Vale, and the usual news, which this broadcast covers Night Vale's foundering tourist industry, changes afoot at Night Vale High School and an update on the Night Vale Harbour and Waterfront Recreation area, is interspersed with factual segments about Night Vale's timeline so listeners learn can a little bit about what this friendly desert community was like through the ages.

Tropes present in History Week include:

  • Adoring the Pests: Inverted; most people would consider puppies benign & cute pets, but here they are invasive pests. They have apparently infested the downtown offices.
  • America Won World War II: A bizarre example. Cecil claims that the chanting of Night Vale citizens praying for victory is credited by most reputable scholars as the decisive factor in the defeat of the Axis Powers.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking/Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: The list of complaints about the local library zig-zags between the two. In order that Cecil mentions them: the computers are outdated and slow, the lending period is too short to read lengthier books, the fatality rate is well above the national average, the bloodstone circle hasn't been cleaned in some time, and there are reports of a faceless spectre in the biographies section picking off lone browsers one-by-one, and the biographies section for some reason only has biographies of Helen Hunt.
  • BFG: Until now, students of Night Vale High School were allowed to carry government issued Uzis and rifles. The school board has recently banned students from bringing firearms to school and put up metal detectors to stop them from doing it.
  • Captain Obvious: Students with guns are more likely to use them than students without guns.
  • Exact Words: "And now, a word from our sponsors. That word is carp."
  • Foreshadowing: All the talk about teenagers carrying firearms to schools and being part of paramilitary proxies to undercover militants remind one of Tamika Flynn's army of well-read student revolutionaries that became instrumental in taking down Strex Corp on the second listen.
  • Literal-Minded: Cecil does actually give us a word from their sponsor. That word is "carp".
  • Mind Rape: An unidentified individual has been telepathically attacking tourists. The tourism board is offering free puppies to anyone with information on this case.
  • Politically Correct History: Averted.
    The protective steel barriers along curves in the road will be taken down to make room for some really lovely and provocative butcher-paper silhouettes of slavery-era self-mutilation, reflective of several centuries of slow genocide and dehumanization by Western imperialists, designed by contemporary art darling Kara Walker.
    • Enforced in-universe. When Cecil begins talking about Night Vale's history in a less-than-flattering light, he receives a notice stating that he must report to City Hall for re-education.
  • Really 700 Years Old: The City Council's membership has been unchanged since the 1800s, and plan to reveal their true form in 2050.
  • Settling the Frontier: The group of explorers who founded Night Vale were the fifth group to stop there; all the previous ones moved on to areas with more trees and water.
  • Shared Mass Hallucination: The explanation the City Council gives for the Night Vale Harbor and Waterfront Recreation Area, which definitely never happened and did not waste massive amounts of taxpayer money.
  • Timey-Wimey Ball: Cecil's history lesson mentions events from the year 2052.


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