Favorite episode? "The Beagle
Birthday Massacre." It shows Webby and Lena's relationship at
its most appealing, and the extravagant variety of Beagle Boys
suggests a kind of imagination that makes one hope the show will
really take flight. Regardless of whether or not that ultimately
Least favorite? "The Golden
Lagoon of White Agony Plains." More than any other, this really
showcased the writers not getting it and not giving a shit.
Best character portrayal? Well...it
has to be Webby, doesn't it, just given the gulf between this and
Original Ducktales--and that entirely notwithstanding the extremely
bad idea of making her creepily obsessed with Scrooge.
Worst? Fuckin' Glomgold, man. I know
I've done a lot of complaining about the character never being as
interesting as he was in Barks, but I TAKE IT ALL BACK! I mean, not
really, but I will forgive you all your sins if you'll just make him
a friggin' worthy adversary for Scrooge, instead of this completely
worthless, bumbling incompetent whose financial success is utterly
impossible to fathom. Bah.
I mean, there are a lot of other
characters who could plausibly fit in this category. However, I
really do want to give a special shout-out to Donald, who is depicted
basically as this entirely hapless figure of fun that everyone may
"love" in some sense, but whom no one takes seriously. I
feel this is a very serious misunderstanding of the character: sure,
he fails a lot, but the point is, he's <i>vital,</i> and
when he fails, he fails with vigor. That vital
energy against all outside forces and against himself is what makes
him vital (which is why later, more cynical Barks ten-pagers where
this isn't the case can feel so dispiriting). And, of course, he doesn't always fail. Here, there's...really no
indication of what his appeal might be. And as Lieju notes in
comments to the last post, given this particular story--Della being
his sister and all--he really ought to be playing
a more central role. It really, really feels like the writers are
just sort of guessing as to what fans of these characters want, and not having much luck.
And hey, I mean, not to say that you necessarily have to try to give the fans what they want! If you fancy your chances, strike out with your own powerful, unique vision that will force everyone to admit--if only grudgingly, in their heart of hearts--that yeah, you knew what you were doing, you were right. But that's not what they're doing here, is it? It's just an ungainly mixture of fan-service and fan-pissing-off, to little clear end.
Character I wouldn't mind seeing more
of: eh, Gladstone. I may not have loved his episode, but the
portrayal isn't bad, and Paul F Tompkins' voice acting makes him more
appealing than he might be.
Less of: okay, this doesn't answer the
question per se, but seriously, man, I know the show's established
the way it is, and there's only so much you could do about it, but
maybe at least you could just kinda *tone down* the nephews
idiosyncrasies a bit? I'd like that. I don't have much hope for
Scrooge, though, who, let's face it, has been all over the place,
and, I mean...part of the genius of Barks was making you root for the
rich to get richer. Does anybody feel REMOTELY that way about this
Anything else? Nah, I'm good.