Thursday, April 18, 2013

Darkwing Duck, Season One, Episode Forty-Seven: "Dead Duck"


Well, it was bound to happen eventually: finally, Darkwing fucking DIES.  Surely he didn't think he could be on the receiving end of all that slapstick violence FOREVER without eventually having to pay the piper, did he?

He dies by crashing into a wall helmetless while in pursuit of Megavolt, and the show evinces at least some vague awareness of the whole non-threatening nature of violence in this show.  I am sort of surprised they were able to actually show Satan shoving souls down into eternal perdition, but they totally do (if this were a Chick Tract, that would be God doing the shoving--funny, that).  We even see Satan and St. Peter getting into an argument about who should get his soul.  But, he returns to Earth as a ghost and has to try to figure out a way out of this, in spite of being pursued by the Grim Reaper.

This is all reasonably amusing, and it's surprising the show would be permitted to tread such territory.  But…surely from the very, very beginning everyone was able to see the lame ending coming.  YES, IT'S ALL A DREAM.  Hmph.  Only Super Mario Bros 2 can get away with that one, in my book.  I suppose giving tacit approval to this particular cosmology by having it be otherwise probably wouldn't have been permitted, but that doesn't make it any less lame.  And the flowers bloom like madness in the spring.

Stray Obsevation

-"Goodbye, Morgana! I'm sorry we never had the chance to get together!"  Okay but no seriously, what G-rated explanation could there possibly be for this comment?

1 comment:

  1. The whole point of the "death" scene is to emphasize a point made in the pilot– always wear your helmet.