The kids take a backseat in episode 4 of the Disney+ show, The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers, as this week the parents compete for sporting glory.
Sometimes you get to know people more through their family and friends, and this episode helps the audience get to know the young cast more through their guardians. We find out that Kiefer O-Reilly’s character, Reilly is from a single-parent household, and it’s the father who is the main guardian. It’s unfortunate that the show misses the opportunity to explore this issue further. That has been a consistent problem for the show as it introduces interesting themes but fails to explore further. The desire to sustain the core Disney message and avoid taking risks is the shows greatest weakness.
The episode does an admirable job in highlighting the pressure that sport-supporting parents can have on their kids. The show introduces this idea in a very light touch way and it is unfortunate that the impact of this pressure wasn’t explored further. A large portion of the audience will be younger children, but Disney shouldn’t be too worried about exploring more mature themes with a younger audience. The star of the episode is Maxwell Simkin’s character, Nick, who is fast becoming the focal point for the humour of the show.
The direction of Emilio Estevez’s, Gordon Bombay, is a bit surprising from what he was like in previous episodes. Whereas before, he hated any mention of ice hockey, his character seems to have performed a bit of a U-turn as he is now more interested in the “Don’t Bothers”.
This episode is a bit of filler but one that still has humour and which does an effective job of building up some classic Mighty Ducks sporting tension. After 4 weeks in, The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers shouldn’t be afraid of taking a few more risks on the ice, and instead seize glory by delving into its themes in a bit more detail.
The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers airs every Friday on Disney+.
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