Poor, poor “The Love God”. Following up from three incredibly strong episodes, and directly following “Blendin’s Game”- possibly the most emotionally involving episode the show has ever had- it genuinely suffers in comparison. That’s not to say it’s a bad episode; at this point, I think Gravity Falls is basically unable to have an episode that’s actually bad. In fact, “The Love God” is probably the funniest episode this show has had in some time, running almost completely on jokes. But it unfortunately doesn’t shape up to the high quality the show’s built up as of late, and it’s hard not to see its flaws as especially glaring because of it.
In that sense, this episode is very difficult to talk about. After all, Gravity Falls does need these lighter episodes, sometimes. Without them, the show would become a very different beast, one that’s perhaps a bit too serious, even a bit too serialized. Yes, its ever-present mythos is a large part of what makes the show so unique, and what’s made it so well-loved, but a large part of its appeal is how much of it is hidden from us. So, while these plot-based episodes are usually the series’s best, we need these smaller, sillier episodes. They’re what makes the good of Gravity Falls so good, and they help build the more minor parts of its world, which make the usage of those built elements so much more fulfilling when we deal with them within the plot.