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The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers – The Mighty Ducks Fly Again – review of Episodes 1-3 (minor spoilers)

In 1993, the Mighty Ducks flew into cinemas and motivated a generation of youngsters to pick up a hockey stick and visit their local ice rink. Since then, we’ve had two sequels, an animated series and the establishment of a professional ice hockey team – The Anaheim Ducks.

Nearly 30 years later, the Mighty Ducks are back with a new show on Disney+. Disney will be hoping that The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers will have the same success as what Cobra Kai has had for YouTube Red and Netflix.

The first episode of The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers premieres on Disney+ on Friday the 26th March 2021, followed by a new episode every Friday, but this isn’t the same team that you ‘quacked on’ as a kid. Instead, the Mighty Ducks have become a powerhouse team where winning is the only thing that matters. Unfortunately, 12-year old Evan Marrow (Brady Noon) fails to make the grade and is cut from the Ducks. Refusing to give up, Evan’s mum, Alex Marrow (Lauren Graham), forms a new hockey team of underdogs. This new team practice from the Ice Palace – owned by everyone’s favourite coach, Emilio Estevez’s Gordon Bombay. Although, this isn’t the same Gordon Bombay from the original trilogy as he now hates any mention of ice hockey. Will this new team of underdogs overcome the Mighty Ducks or will they fall to the same fate as the Hawks?

Photo Credit; ABC/Liane Hentscher

Fans of the original trilogy will be delighted to have new Ducks content back on their screen. Whereas, Cobra Kai has more mature elements, The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers will appeal to young teenagers and to those who grew up with the franchise. The humour is safe, and the show avoids taking any sort of risk. The show effectively captures the same tone as the original movie, but an opportunity might have been missed for it to be bolder.

The new characters avoid the trap of being annoying, but despite their initial likeability, they are a bit one dimensional. The show will achieve success if it makes the audience cheer for them in the same way that we cared about Bombay, Conway and Banks.

The star of the show is the return of Emilio Estevez’s Gordon Bombay. The audience has to wait until episode three to learn why Bombay no longer has a passion ice hockey. Hopefully, the show can gradually fill in this backstory over the season as it’s definitely the most intriguing part of the show.

Photo Credit; ABC/Liane Hentscher

The show is careful not to overindulge in nostalgia and instead chooses the right moments to reflect back to the original franchise. This is an important decision as the show sets its own path.

Despite some early falls on the ice, it’s great to have the Mighty Ducks back – or kinda back! The Mighty Ducks fly again!

The first episode of The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers premieres on Disney+ on Friday 26th of March, 2021, followed by a new episode every Friday.

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