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For Milo, danger is everywhere! Milo Murphy's Law is a Disney XD animated series created by Dan Povenmire and Jeff "Swampy" Marsh, about a child named Milo Murphy, a descendant of Edward A. Murphy Jr, for which Murphy's Law- which states that anything that *can* go wrong *will* go wrong- is named.
At some point in the past, I mentioned not liking the 2017 Ducktales. However, not long ago I read things that made me feel like giving the 2017 show a second shot.
The thing that got me interested was, basically, hearing that it ends up becoming this big Disney Afternoon crossover, where apparently the Rescue Rangers, the cast of Talespin, and some aspects of Darkwing Duck all exist in the same universe. I mean, it sounded like a fanfic fever dream, but sometimes fanfic fever dreams can be made of awesome. And who knows, maybe my initial distaste was just a bad mood or something....
So I find a way to watch Ducktales 2017, and I make it about fifteen episodes into the first season...
.... and I stop because I realize I'm going through aspirin way
too fast. But one thing I wanna mention real quick.... the 1980s Ducktales
So usually any time 2017 is brought up (especially if you're critical of it), the discussion tends to turn into a "1980s versus 2017" thing (or if you're dealing with fans who actually know sh--, 2017 versus the comics of Carl Barks and Don Rosa).
But let's be honest: 1980s Ducktales was not some sacred thing too holy for this Earth. In fact honestly, speaking as a guy who nerds out over eighties and nineties cartoons, I always found Disney's TV offerings the weakest of either decade, usually because of the writing.
say that Ducktales 1980s is better than 2017.... but it's more accurate to say it's less grating and more bearable and has more moments of geniunely engaging stories. But at the same time it also has episodes like "All Ducks on Deck" which basically foreshadows a lot of the problems I'd end up having with the 2017 show... and I'll say this: Gizmoduck's introduction in 2017 was better than his introduction in 1980, in a movie/five-part episode called "Super Ducktales" which winds up going right off the rails.... just saying: I think the meds were kicking in the moment they decided to have aliens show up and steal Scrooge's Money Bin. So what sucks about the 2017 Ducktales?
In a word: the characters. Holy Sh-- the characters. After fifteen episodes I was sooo
sick of how everyone was this hipster ironic detached self/cosmically-aware dipsh-- always ready with the quips and dialogue that sound like things a Channel Awesome reviewer would say as a joke
and yet are apparently what these people actually chose
to say for real in their actual lives.
Writing tip: .... try having a conversation with another person in the real world, preferably someone who isn't
someone you met online.
One thing I wanna comment on real quick... since I only watched season one, I did not see the 2017 version of Doofus. Now, Doofus in the original show was not a particularly great character... but just on principle
, I hate the idea of taking an unpopular character and making them a villain
. Why the f--- would you ever
think that's a good idea? A better idea would be to just not use him at all.
Anyway.... Let's talk about Webby
I used to think Webby was my biggest problem with this show, but actually she's grown on me... or rather, now that I've seen how annoying the nephews
are, she's easier to tolerate.
The thing that bothers me about Webby is she's basically the Pinkie Pie. She's the cute quirky one, which you know in modern writing means she's gonna be allowed to say, do, or behave just however because the writers are gonna favorite her (much like, again, what happened with Pinkie Pie). No quirk or behavior or sudden out-of-nowhere ability is too out-there for the Writer Favorite Cute Quirky Girl!
I recall having a problem with this very early on. "Daytrip of Doom" (the very second episode of the series) shows that Webby doesn't understand the concept of lying, even when its demonstrated right in front of her. This is supposed to come off as quirky and a sign of her "not getting things" due to being a shut-in, but no amount of justifications or rationalizations can change the fact that she just comes off as stupid: Louie shows
her how to lie. He does it right in front of her
, and he explains the reasons for it
The only way to read that scene is that she doesn't understand the concept
of deception.... but here's the thing:
On rewatch, this issue is even worse: very first episode shows that she has a conspiracy theory wall and already suspects that the McDuck clan has a web of secrets and lies. The very same episode where she can't lie to score a free drink also shows she has a copy of The Art of War
which she apparently values so highly that she struggles to fit it into her survival pack (and yes, its very clear that Webby can
read, and has an Encyclopedia Brown-like capacity for remembering a lot of it--just the fact that she can translate ancient hieroglyphs demonstrates this). How can she have read The Art of War
and not learned about deception when that's like 90% of what it discusses?
AND THEN later still, the show reveals she's been being asked to lie about things all her life
by either Scrooge or Mrs. Beakley.
AND THEN AND THEN in episode four, implied to only be a short time after episode two, Webby is such a master deceiver
that she's able to trick some of the Beagle Boys by making up an entire fake name and history for herself and her new friend on the spot, with British accents and everything! (Okay, to be fair, maybe Webby is a fast learner... just not fast enough to score free drinks).
But like I said, Webby doesn't irritate me as much, because I now see what the rest of the cast
Let's talk about.... Flintheart Glomgold
Flint, my man, what did they do
to you? Why, why
did they decide to turn you into this over-the-top parody of cartoon villains?
The funny thing is.... I can't speak for the original Carl Barks comics, but the 1980s cartoon didn't even imply Flintheart was a villain. Him and Scrooge had more like an Old Married Couple dynamic (actually one odd thing about the 1980s show was that the villains could be oddly nice
when dealing with anyone who wasn't Scrooge, and I feel like this would've been a more interesting route... but instead the 2017 show goes and makes both Flintheart and my gal Magica more one-note).
Just for an example, watch this Youtube compilation
. Now try to imagine this
Flintheart walking around with a hand puppet he treats as his son or loading up slides while maniacally explaining his evil plan.
But at least Flintheart was
kinda funny sometimes..... as opposed to... That Mark Zuckerberg stand-in guy
I don't remember his name and I don't care to. I think it was like Mark Beaks or something. God, every time this guy showed up, I hoped he would die, not in a "he's a villain and I want to see his comeuppance" way, but in a "if he dies then I'll never have to see another episode featuring him" way. Seriously, he makes me long for the 1980s version of Doofus.
And look... I get that to an extent, the entire idea is that Duckerberg is meant to be this shallow, social-media obsessed idiot who got big because he just happened to have a few good ideas. And I mean... fine. He's a character who works for one episode
. BUT THEY KEEP BRINGING HIM BACK.
One problem I always had with Disney's 1980s cartoons is how they liked to introduce annoying side characters, like how Rescue Rangers had the Pi-Rats and Canina LeFur. I see Disney still doesn't have their heads screwed on straight and still looks at annoying concepts and says "yeah, we need this in our show." Disney: please un-f--- yourself. Launchpad McQuack
So another issue Disney's writing has had since the 1980s is that the longer their shows go on, the more simplistically (and often inconsistently) their characters are portrayed. Poor Launchpad is prime example numero uno.
Originally, he was a reckless daredevil but he wasn't stupid
. This changed as the show went on (maybe all those crashes were giving him brain damage?) and when Launchpad appeared in Darkwing Duck, he had an overall drop in intelligence. Also... does he understand that crashing is bad or doesn't he? The old shows played it both ways--sometimes he thinks crashing is the proper way to land, other times he knows its a mistake.
(Then again Disney is the same company that had Chip grouching at Gadget, a girl he supposedly was in love with. No wonder Gadget ended up marrying the damn fly).
That was nothing compared to Ducktales 2017 though, where Launchpad is such a brainless buffoon that you legitimately wonder how this guy hasn't accidentally choked himself to death or been talked into sticking his beak in an electric outlet.
And the writers are under the dangerous delusion that his stupidity is funny
It isn't. Easily the worst part of any episode is when they devote upwards of several infinities to showing Launchpad being incredibly stupid. Like no joke, one of the few episodes I was legitimately enjoying was the one about Mt. Neverrest, and yet several minutes were dedicated to Launchpad's stupidity causing him to have several misadventures that really should've resulted in his death (and I wish they had). Scrooge McDuck and Donald
.... Actually, Donald is probably the one character they did justice to.
And Scrooge isn't so bad either. He acts a little more.... "product of the age of youtube age" than I would like, he's still the most relatable character.
(An example of what I mean... while I didn't watch the full episode featuring Doofus, I did watch the pre-title sequence, and it kinda exemplifies what I mean by "product of the youtube age").
Not to brag, but in that episode that's framed as a mystery where they're trying to figure out who kidnapped Scrooge during his birthday party, I had correctly figured the solution right off the bat. Watching 600+ Detective Conan episodes paid off
, baby! (It helped that, well, Scrooge had done basically what I
would do). Huey, Dewey, and Louie .... But mostly Dewey
I actually don't think I have a huge issue with Huey. Louie's laziness bugged me at first but when it became clear it was being presented as a character flaw he's meant to get over and not
just joke fodder, I bore it.
Sometimes I want to slap some sense into Dewey though.
Actually, back up... Dewey had one moment in particular that struck me as "because the script says so."
It was in the episode where they went to that island with Zeus and Storkules (who, unfortunately, I know we see again because his name is in an episode title).
So Webby and Dewey make it to this room that has this entrance to a hidden inner chamber, they open it, and the entrance is slowly closing... Dewey suddenly decides he doesn't wanna go in because this will finally reveal the truth about his mom (spoiler: it reveals f--k all) and Webby had been pestering him all episode about the evidence implying Della had betrayed Scrooge.
So Dewey is suddenly all "No, I don't wanna go in there and risk finding out my mom is a villain!"
...... then just as the door is about to close, Dewey changes his mind.
For no reason.
Webby doesn't give him a speech, he doesn't have an epiphany or a thought... it's like a switch flipped in his head and he said "okay, the script says I change my mind now" and he decides him and Webby should dive in.
To quote Confused Matthew: "What was at stake, the running time?" Actually yeah it really felt like Dewey's sudden reluctance and just-as-sudden turnaround only happened because they needed to pad the episode's length a bit. Other Things
Not a big fan of Gyro Gearloose being implied evil and only capable of creating robots that turn evil.
On the other hand though, I looked ahead because I needed to see how Gosalyn (from Darkwing Duck) was interpreted and honestly her portrayal makes me wanna at least watch those episodes, even though she's not a patch on 1990s Gosalyn (who was adorable
I have no real issues with Lena. I do kinda wanna finish Season One just to see how Magica turns out, but... I'm not a big fan of the brief glimpses we've gotten so far.
ever appear in this series? I've heard Gene the Genie does, so I would assume Merlock is here too. (Too bad in this version, he had nothing to do with sinking Atlantis). In Conclusion
The sad part is that despite how painful this show has been so far (so much that I had to take an extended break after just fifteen episodes), a part of me does
want to see more of it, just to see how certain things are done or handled.... even though by this point I know I'm probably gonna hate it.
I did this last year so I wanted to do it again, hope this helps find someone you want to see easier than looking through the poster! (Sorry for any typos in advance, I will be fixing as I see them or if their pointed out)
A BOOGIE WIT DA HOODIE
AX AND THE HATCHETMEN
BEAUTY SCHOOL DROPOUT
BIG BOSS VETTE
BONNE X GLYDE
CARLY RAE JEPSEN
DPR IAN + DPR LIVE
FRIDAY PILOTS CLUB
LANA DEL REY
LOUIS THE CHILD
MEN I TRUST
NORA EN PURE
PORTUGAL. THE MAN
RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS
RICHY MITCH AND THE COAL MINERS
THE BACKSEAT LOVERS
THEE SACRED SOULS
THE HAPPY FITS
THE LINDA LINDAS
THE RED CLAY STRAYS
THIRTY SECONDS TO MARS
TOMORROW X TOGETHER