DuckTales, how we have missed you. The weekend gave us a new episode of DuckTales in “The Impossible Summit of Mt. Neverrest!” which gave us some surprises, as well as some “eh” moments over the course of the episode. Please be aware there are spoilers below, please make sure you have watched the episode before reading on.
DUCKTALES – “The Impossible Summit of Mt. Neverrest!” -Scrooge and Huey are determined to be the first to set foot atop an impossible summit, but the snow-capped mountain holds a treacherous secret that tests both their commitment and survival. This episode of “Ducktales” airs Saturday, December 2 (8:00 Ð 8:30 A.M. EDT) on Disney XD.
There are three stories to follow in the episode and we will take a look at each one in a bit of depth and dissect what we like and what we did not enjoy about each one. We have Uncle Scrooge trying to reach the top of Mt. Neverrest, Launchpad trying to keep well after he “has” Ice Fever, and the sledding with Webby and Dewey.
Let us get the Launchpad story out-of-the-way quickly, while funny we just hate Launchpad being relegated to being comic relief at this point in the series. Launchpad gets duped into believing that he needs all of this special equipment so he does not get “Ice Fever”, but the joke is really on Scrooge as Launchpad actually charges all of it to Scrooge. Give Launchpad a role in the whole story next time.
The sledding part with Webby and Dewey is like a subset of the main story, but it gives us so much insight into the two characters that we feel that it should be pulled out and talked about. Dewey is introducing Webby to the world and his outlook is one of being a bit entitled and he sure likes to be right and make the calls. He gets his wish here by telling Webby when it is the correct time to go sledding down the death mountain. What we loved here was the fact that Webby seems very dismissive of the sledding once it is done. What we really enjoyed was seeing her list of things she wants to accomplish.
The meat of this story is Scrooge trying to reach the top of Mt. Neverrest with a side note of Huey trying to get his Junior Woodchucks Cartography Badge which is used to show Scrooge that sometimes it is OK to not accomplish your goal but stay safe. What we loved about this episode, that really gave it that DuckTales feel was the sense of adventure, the fact that we hear about a younger vulnerable Scrooge, and the wormholes were just brilliant. This localized wormholes situation, which we know people are complaining about is a great twist for us, it did not have to be explained anymore than it was. Loved this episode.
Another episode with no Donald Duck and no Beakley, which seems refreshing but odd. The fact that Donald was introduced so prominently and how he argues with Scrooge about keeping the boys safe, we are left to wonder where he is. Same with Beakley and Webby, they are good with Scrooge taking them somewhere so dangerous? Overall though a great episode and we look forward to seeing some more DuckTales.