Friday, March 9, 2012

Darkwing Duck, Season One, Episode Twenty-Four: "When Aliens Collide"

Hokay, we're back.  The exact reasons for the recent silence hereabouts are a bit convoluted, but let me just say this: refusing to release almost half the episodes of Darkwing Duck on DVD or providing any other way to legally access them and then staging a major crackdown on their availability on youtube and such like?  Pretty serious dick move, jackasses.

But suffice it to say that I believe I've sorted everything out now, so regular updates will resume.

And unfortunately, they resume with an episode that I found none too exciting.  It takes as a theme, or subtheme, the question of whether or not Drake is being overprotective of Gosalyn and whether he should trust her more; a perfectly reasonable thing to want to address, but the episode does it in a really half-assed way, as in the open in which he's kvetching because she made him take her and Honker to a "rock concert"--that's right, a generic "rock concert."  "You always think you know what's best for me," she complains.  "You've gotta start trusting me sooner or later."  But this is all in reference to something really trivial that, when you come right down to it, has nothing at all to do with growing up.  Sheesh.

Sigh…so the idea is that a mute purple alien thingie with a bow tie crashes its spaceship.  It indicates that it wants the bow tie removed, but it transpires that it's really evil and stuff and wants to blow up the universe, and the tie is an inhibitor preventing it from using its real power.  And our heroes, with the help of an interstellar cop, stop it from doing so.  And the question of "trust" is just kind of left awkwardly hanging.

Not impressed, DW people.  You need to step up your game.

Stray Observations

-Yeah, and how 'bout this: there's a machine to remove the bow tie, but Gosalyn needs to know what button to push to activate it.  "Quick, Honk!" she exclaims.  "What's your favorite color?"  'Cause Honker's smart and stuff so naturally his favorite color would be the right color for this particular task and COME ON, don't DO this; crud like this is worthy of the worst of Ducktales.

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