This DuckTales review contains spoilers.
DuckTales Season 2 Episode 11
Well that DuckTales episode didn’t go where I thought it would. I really thought this whole thing would be a big lesson for Penumbra about not giving into her mistrust of Della. That’s where it seemed it was going, right? Instead of being jealous or suspicious she should have embraced the loveable Della.
But perhaps it’s deeper than that. In any other show the lesson would be as simple as that but this is DuckTales. It’s never quite so simple.
So the moon people have lived in fear for years. They retreated underground because Lunaris’ father was afraid of the Earth. While some of the people were able to get over their fear because hey, Della Duck is amazing, Penumbra isn’t so quick to. She mistrusts anything new and different. If one wants to read deeply into it (and let’s be honest, that’s what I do in these reviews), Penumbra is holding onto her fear. Yeah there’s some jealously in there but it’s really her hanging onto that fear for her dear life. She doesn’t understand Della and therefore keeps her at arms length.
Her fear ends up dooming her people to a war with the Earth. By sending Della back to Earth she plays right into Lunaris’ hand, giving him the perfect excuse to whip their people into a frenzy. A frenzy driven by rage, betrayal, and fear.
So it isn’t as simple as “don’t be jealous and trust others.” It’s much more. In our world today fear drives many of us to do horrific things. It feeds our intolerance. It causes us to hurt others. It’s so much easier (to some) to give into fear and hate then it is to try and understand.
Penumbra has begun to realize what her own fear has caused and I can’t wait to see where it goes when Lunaris launches an attack on Earth. Perhaps she’ll learn from Della that love and friendship is preferable to fear and hate. It sounds cheesy but DuckTales makes it work. The series continues to take what’s going on in our world and make it fun yet extremely relevant.
Plus we get more Della! The more I see the more I love her. You just can’t beat her spirit! She’s so friendly! She leaps around the moon with a spring in her step. She loves her family! I can’t wait to see that reunion.
In the B plot we have the continuing torture of Donald Duck. This man can never catch a break but that’s why we love him, of course. I don’t have as much to say about this plot, except that it was a delight. I love when a show gives us little hints of wacky plots going on around the edges of a story and doing that with Donald at the center? Brilliant. Sometimes you just need a zany B plot and this delivered.
The only downside was this all felt like it was setting up plotlines for the future. Stories do that all the time of course but this didn’t feel like a complete episode on its own. Now maybe the next episode will have Lunaris invade the Earth, in which case maybe this is more like part one of a two parter and I’ll retroactively say this was better. As it stands, it’s a solid entry for the series but it’s clearly a lead up to something big down the line. I’m ready for it!
DuckTales Quotes To Make Your Life Better
– “Guess who’s a god now?”
– “Do I see a shenanigan in our future?”
– “What is a slapping bracelets?”