DuckTales lets Fenton define himself outside of Gizmoduck–and Mark Beaks outside of hashtags

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The newest “new” character in the DuckTales universe is one Gandra Dee. Voiced by The Good Places’s Jameela Jamil, Dee is a punk rebel scientist who scoffs at white suit types who sell out their brilliance for the needs and whims of billionaires. She’s also, ironically, working for Mark Beaks as a spy, although her…

If you were wondering what happened to Lena, DuckTales answers that in a creepy, yet wholesome, episode

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I was admittedly a bit worried about this episode. For one thing, the title, “Friendship Hates Magic,” is a play on the “Friendship Is Magic” subhead of the recent My Little Pony show, and we’re way past the era of show’s throwing shade towards that’s cartoon’s once-thriving popularity (although I wouldn’t mind seeing…

DuckTales gets back to basics for better or for worse, but Della does provides an intriguing dynamic

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That Huey and Louie aren’t at all in this episode is odd. As I mentioned yesterday, one potential fallout from this DuckTales “bomb” would be the lack of breathing space from the emotional impact of Della’s return. So to jump right into a new, “regular” adventure in the next episode does provide a bit of whiplash,…

Della Duck finally returns home in an emotional, adventurous, Mother's Day DuckTales

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By the very nature of this “all at once” new episode release format–the “bomb”– it’s naturally going to blunt the emotional impact of Della’s arrival and first encounter with Scrooge and her children in years. We only have one day and one episode to take it all in before the show jumps into the next adventure, and if…

Scrooge gets afflicted with "gold fever" in a reference-heavy but very enjoyable DuckTales

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Back when David Tennant was the Doctor on Doctor Who, there were two animated Doctor Who stories in which he also voiced his titular role. Don’t bother to look them up, they’re pretty horrible. But what did stick out was Tennant’s vocal talents; he was able to infuse his animated version with the same “wild-eyed”…

DuckTales goes back to Scrooge's prospecting days and does its version of The Great Train Robbery

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DuckTales wastes no time in getting into telling more adventurous, thrilling stories–literally, as “The Outlaw Scrooge McDuck” is framed around Scrooge regaling his gold-prospecting days to a bored, disinterested Louie. The green triplet has given up on his business drive after a seeing a long line of five whole…

The first episode of the DuckTales "bomb" begins with a new affirmation of the value of adventure stories

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Welcome to first of what looks like will be a nine-episode bomb of new DuckTales episodes! Barring any sudden schedule changes, of course. Generally speaking, this has been a stronger, more confident season than the first one, and “Treasure Of The Found Lamp!” has a thematic drive that in a lot of ways suggest why.…

DuckTales returns with the quietly powerful, solitary tale of one, Della Duck

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After a lengthy hiatus, DuckTales returns to answer one of it’s most intriguing, lingering questions: “What Ever Happened To Della Duck?” Now, it’s doubtful that this episode will being a direct, cynical version of the film that the episode title is cribbing from. But the episode does have a tough task ahead of it: it…

DuckTales takes The Christmas Carol trope in an entirely unexpected, ambitious direction

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If there’s one amazing thing about this season of DuckTales, it’s its willingness to really push its narratives in wildly unexpected directions. Who would have expected that Scrooge’s most defining behavior–being bitter and angry at Christmas for just existing–would just be an act for the guy to party in the past with…

Louie tries his hand at business, and Donald reunites with an annoying roommate, on a fun, if perfunctory, DuckTales

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“The Most Dangerous Game... Night!” ended with Louie closing the door with a “LOUIE INC.” sign on the front. The episode provided the green triplet with enough confidence and inspiration to plan for the future. In the opening moments of “Storkules In Duckberg,” we see that he definitely has an endgame vision, but no…

Donald reunites with his old Three Caballeros compadres in a wildly fun and visually impressive DuckTales

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If you’re in the know, you’d be aware that there is already a new show called The Three Caballeros that’s airing overseas right now. And if you’re really in the know, you’d be aware of the illicit locations on the web of where to find episodes of said show. And if you’re really, really in the know, you would have…

The weathered backstory of Flintheart Glomgold makes for an unexpectedly ominous DuckTales

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One of the issues with making a character like Flintheart Glomgold the consistent butt of so many jokes is that it makes it difficult to properly develop him, and to make audiences suddenly invest any interest in that development. It takes a whole lot of work to re-jigger a broad narrative to make the ostensible comic…

DuckTales tries to plumb the depths of adventure with a new character, but mostly takes up water

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I’m certainly not opposed to a Dewey/Huey driven episode. Dewey’s adventure-driven, adrenaline-rush-loving energy contrasts nicely with Huey’s more low-key, detail-oriented, book-smart weirdness. Both love that sense of adventure, of discovery–they just come at it in different mindsets. The title “The Depths of…

The DuckTales finale may be a bit too neat emotionally, but it reinforces the show's epic scale nonetheless

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It has been quite an up-and-down season for DuckTales, which in a lot of ways struggled between establishing its new approach to the show and engaging in the legacy of the entire Duckverse that has evolved over countless comics, TV episodes, and even video games (see my stray observations). “The Shadow War!” is a…

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