This DuckTales review contains spoilers.
DuckTales Season 2 Episode 20
While today’s DuckTales was about celebrating what makes you unique and special (even if it’s crashing a plane) there’s something a bit deeper I want to read into. Both Launchpad and Webby have trouble acknowledging reality.
For Webby it’s straightforward. When face with mounting evidence that her quest for treasure is in vain, she desperately searches for any reason to keep the hunt going. Looks for anything she may have missed. For Launchpad it’s more outlandish but look at that moment when Della tells him he’s a bad pilot. Perhaps it’s the first time anyone has told him this point blank. He has no idea how to respond. It’s a brief moment but it says a lot, especially when he quickly pivots to his new desire of being Della’s co-pilot.
Webby and Launchpad are different and look at reality just a bit differently than we do, they have their heads in the clouds. As Della says to Webby at the climax of the episode, she’s unique and special. Webby gets excited about adventure and treasure, to the point she’s crawling like a spider on the ceiling (HOW DID SHE DO THAT?) Launchpad crashes things constantly yet it doesn’t faze him. To the outside world these can seem peculiar and at times downright frustrating, as it was for Della.
Crucially DuckTales doesn’t out and out excuse Launchpad for always crashing, it does hinder the family sometimes. Same with Webby, her tendency to go overboard with adventuring does put people in danger. Still, just because these two aren’t exactly what society would call “normal” that doesn’t make them bad or unworthy. The normal way you’re “supposed” to act shouldn’t define you.
Webby’s quest to be more like Della is shot down and that’s what this episode needed. It’s not about being more like someone else. It’s about learning who you are and what makes you unique and special. You may have quirks but there’s always a place where they can be celebrated. So really, Webby and Launchpad don’t have trouble acknowledging reality. Not really. They just see things a little bit differently.
‘Happy Birthday, Doofus Drake!’ touched on this as well, with Louie trying to be more like Goldie than himself. It’s a great lesson that DuckTales, as always, is doing a killer job with. In our world today where people are being persecuted simply for being different, it’s comforting DuckTales is celebrating those things that make us all unique.
The whole adventure was lower stakes than we’re used to but that’s fine, not every episode can be earth shattering. Seeing Della and Launchpad together was an unexpected treat and their dynamic deserves to be revisited. The ultimate resolution of the popcorn was a neat twist and reminds us that treasure isn’t always riches. Sometimes it’s delicious!
DuckTales Quotes To Make Your Life Better
– “Cool, this is our tomb.”
– “Quite repeating yourself, history, you rascal!”