DuckTales is back with Della Duck, the solitary narrative of a discreet powerhouse.



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After a long break, DuckTales answers one of the most intriguing and persistent questions: "What happened to Della Duck?" It is unlikely that this episode is a direct and cynical version of the film whose title is drawn. But the episode has a difficult task: it must explore exactly what made to arrive at Della after rushing into space in a reckless way. Despite all the money spent by Scrooge, he has not managed to find her on the planet closest to Earth and, more importantly, has defined Della as a character destined for the public. who is she, exactly? Will it be "integrated" with the interaction of character dynamics so far? Does it look like the kind of character that would give birth to the exuberant nephews we've seen so far?

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Some of the most epic TV episodes focus on a single character trapped in extreme circumstances and overcoming them with skill, ingenuity and wrenching (I think aloud to my head Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. excellent "4,722 hours "). Now you can add DuckTales' to this list. The saga of several years of Della's long stay on the moon is thrilling, tragic, powerful and decisive. The script, written by Madison Bateman and Colleen Evanson, touches Della's heart even before the title is displayed on the screen. After crashing into the moon as a result of the storm, Della's leg is stuck under part of the wreckage. Finding an Oxy-Chew gum invented by the gyroscope (which provides air, water and nutrients *), she tries to escape, but as she falls on another wreck she reaches the terrible conclusion of what must be done. especially after looking at a picture of her unhatched sons, herself, Scrooge and Donald. His whole approach to this truth is simply to hit the wreck and whisper, "Aw, phooey." Two months later, with a Della at the robot leg staring at the distant Earth, determined to join her boys home.

This is an absolutely shocking moment and, for at least two thirds of the episode, moments similar to these do not abandon it: moments of triumph and success followed by tragedies and sorrow. They start hilariously discreet, Della just trying to get home, battling a monster off the screen, and being bothered by the fact that the tasty gum has not yet lost its flavor. It contains melancholic drawings of what his children may look like, more notches drawn in his "calendar" and the tedious passage of time. After nine months, Della's hair is longer, but her mind is not broken. She tries to write a message (of a hilarious length) with spare parts, then uses a "$," but two misses with the lunar mite spoil these plans. Each failure hurts to look, especially associated with these interstitials announcing how long it has actually elapsed. And through all this, Della never gives up.

Paget Brewster provides Della with an absolute revelation of the character, who, without even meeting them, seems to embody the traits of her three sons: she has the skillful and talkative mind of Louie, the blind and the l? adventurous spirit of Dewey. and Huey's too smart ambitions. His next plan is to literally rebuild the rocket. She also has a quick attitude to Donald's anger: reading a complicated comment left in Gyro's user manual, she tears it up and tramples the remains, like Donald. Of course, without the manual, she suffers completely from rebuilding it, in a very amusing editing sequence. She then re-recorded the manual, and we were struck by the next shot: six more years before she finished building it. It's a success, but my god, the weather.

Then come a series of ironic twists that hit you in the gut. The ignition of the rockets works but the engine turns to gold. Della is looking for gold on the moon, but it's another four full years before she realizes that there is not one. A loose tooth when chewing gum is actually gold, but just then, the lunar mite attacks and destroys the ship. However, when the creature is nearly dead, the laser rays fire it off the screen. Lieutenant Penumbra and General Lunaris suddenly appear, two extraterrestrial lunar characters who dangerously risk derailing the dynamics of this episode. It's not that they are bad characters as such, but they bring a whole new atmosphere to things; the episode must light a penny from the tragicomedy of Della's solitary and desperate survival to the mysteries and interactions of these extraterrestrials and their own battles against the mite. The episode abates this, while Della wants to rush through the part of the relationship between her and Penumbra "we hate ourselves but we are now best friends", but she does not escape how much this part of the episode has shot takes.

But it quickly returns to a more thematic resonance territory, since a final battle between Della and the lunar mite reveals that the creature has a child and that all that destroys a ship is mainly to feed it. Certainly there is some … disturbing "convenient" to the revealer, but again, the Brewster game, as well as the tight direction of Tanner Johnson (which, to be clear, was stellar throughout this episode, especially of those various isolation and brutal cuts to these interstitials) sells it. And you can not help but make a lump in your throat while Della sings this Moon-themed melody to the upset Moon, the same as she would sing to her boys. It may be corny in any other context, but the episode sells it completely. Even after, there is a brief moment when Della must deal with perhaps, just maybeshe must live on the moon forever, away from her children. But the revelation of the city, adorned with gold, restores hope to the untamed mother. It is therefore clear that Lunaris has disturbing projects for Della, which means that the introduction of these lunar people will have another goal, that of future episodes. It's very good. "What happened to Della Duck?" Answers his own question with a brilliant, devastating and hopeful entertainment, while perfectly placing Della in the Hall of Fame's Hall of Fame by Duck's universe.


Observations lost

  • * The episode, intelligently I would say, uses chewing gum to circumvent the need to ask Della to look for food, water and air to focus on attempts to # 39; escape.
  • I like the fact that it takes about a year before a spaceship passes near the moon (at the precarious time, the mite causes a dust storm). This suggests that it took time to finance / build the first two ships in search of Della. It's a small detail but an important point.
  • The episode does not explain why video transmissions do not reach Earth, but we can attribute this to them as something that simply does not work.
  • What are the other episodes of "solitary survivors"? They are always a treat, even in the worst shows!
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