After the release of episode 10, the full season of The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers is now available to watch on Disney+.
Episode 10 saw the ‘Don’t Bothers’ take on ‘The Mighty Ducks’ to end their season-long feud. This was not a match for any championship, but for control of ‘The Mighty Ducks’ name. All season, the ‘Don’t Bothers’ have resembled more the spirit of the original Ducks that fans cheered for in the 1990s trilogy of films. It’s only fitting that, in a true underdog fashion, the ‘Don’t Bothers’ win the match and become the official ‘Mighty Ducks.’
Episode 10 did a good job at tying up all the loose ends, ending on a high note, but still leaving enough space to tell more stories from this new generation of Ducks.
Looking back overall at season 1 (a second season has yet to be announced), fans of the original Mighty Ducks movies will be delighted to be back in this world. It’s been 25 years since the last movie was released, and fans have crazed for more ice hockey action.
However, with the exception of episode 6 (the season’s high point), the show has been resistant to throw any OG fans too much nostalgia, preferring to devote most of its attention to building the new characters. Hopefully, any future season can find a better balance of devoting time to the new characters as well as introducing elements from the original trilogy.
Over the season, the show has done a somewhat effective job at fleshing out the new characters that have been introduced. There were concerns early on that many of these new characters were a bit one dimensional, but over the 10 episodes, the audience has got to know each of these characters. Maxwell Simkins’ ‘Nick Ganz’ was regularly the standout character from the new cast.
The consistent strength of ‘The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers’ has been the return of Emilio Estevez’s ‘Gordon Bombay’. Estevez has brought a bit of grittiness that the show has needed. The show has avoided taking any risks, but the character of Gordan Bombay has had the most interesting storylines. especially for those fans that grew up with the movies. This is a strength that the show should build upon if a second season is confirmed.
The ‘Mighty Ducks: Game Changers’ is a fine addition to the wider franchise and has done an effective job of introducing a new generation of Ducks. Hopefully, any future season will build upon its strengths and be less afraid to take a few risks too.
It might have not been a season without any setbacks, but overall the Ducks fly again – hopefully, all the way to a second season.
The full season of The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers is now airing on Disney+.
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