Thursday, June 2, 2011

Ducktales, Season One, Episode Forty-Nine: "Launchpad's First Crash"

…or, per the title card, "Launchpads First Crash," clearly a Finnegans Wake reference, or else grammatical dumbness. It's also clearly not his first crash, if you recall the episode with his family. But aside from that, the title's A-okay!

These episodes are like student papers sometimes: they're bad, but it's hard to articulate exactly why they're bad in any coherent way. They're just uninspired and generally poorly done.

From a frame narrative where Scrooge and Launchpad crash on a desert plateau, we go into the story of their first meeting, in which Launchpad appears to be about twelve (obviously, reconciling this with any kind of Barks/Rosa chronology would be a tall order). He's kind of annoying, too; none of his usual dopey charm. Nonetheless, Scrooge hires him to take him to try to find a lost city of diamonds. They crash in a land at the center of the earth (yup, Ducktales has a hollow-earth view of the world, it turns out) and have to deal with Amazon-types and their miniature, male servants--and mating stock, one presumes, although this being a Ducktales episode, this can't be stated, obviously; feels like a bit of a weird omission nonetheless. They find the city, destroy the city, some banal action-stuff occurs, some involving albino bats, and they escape, the end. I would've liked to know more about what the deal is with this lost city--an intriguing concept in theory!--but this being Ducktales, that was never gonna happen.

Blah. I seriously have nothing else to say about this. It doesn't merit deep discussion. Next up is Gladstone's speaking debut; let's hope that shocks some life back into the show.

Stray Observations

"I knew I could count on you, Launchpad, my boy!" "Sure thing, Mr. McD! Being blown to smithereens doesn't bother me!"

"We're about to do the impossible, if possible!"

-Yes, diamonds are hard, but that doesn't mean you can just cut through metal by rubbing them against it. Jeez.

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