I’m most of the way through the first season, finally, and am looking forward to being part of the keeping-up-with-DuckTales gang. I like the show but I don’t really entirely love it.
It has some really great episodes and moments. I’m actually pretty into what’s going on with Magica and Lena.
One of my big issues is that I feel like I don’t have a great read on who Scrooge is in this series. He’s been absent from a lot of episodes and even when he’s there he seems somehow inconsistently characterized, or just thinly realized.
Scrooge’s competition with billionaires seems off somehow. Was Glomgold always this inept? (Did he so frequently resort to outright murder attempts in previous incarnations? It’s been a while since I watched DuckTales 87 and can’t really remember his characterization in the few Barks and Rosa I’ve read.) Mark Beaks… isn’t great, and just doesn’t land as a great rival for Scrooge? At least not yet.
There’s something off to me about the constant near-death experiences characters undergo with absolutely no recognition that that’s what’s happening. This much danger with weak or no senses of peril feels tonally off, making it hard to feel the thrills of adventure action when there are stakes communicated either in the narrative style or the characters’ reactions. It’s not always like this–the Lena/Webby one where they outrun the Beagle Boys’ Warriors clans, the hourlong premiere, and the “only kid” premise I watched last night were a bit better about this.
But it’s charming. I do like it. I feel like I’m still fighting to meet the show at its level a bit and still negotiating between old versions of characters and the new ones (mostly struggling here with Scrooge himself, Glomgold, and Launchpad–I really like what they’ve done with Fenton (even though he’s really, really different and barely the same character), the nephews, and Webby).
Btw, do kids like this show?
Hi, SB DuckTales thread. I’m not caught up with DuckTales but I have thoughts and no one else in my life right now cares about what I think about Disney duck shows.