DUCKTALES – “Terror of the Terra-firmians!” was the Halloween special of DuckTales 2017 and it was an interesting episodes. The story gets pushed along and we get a much different version of the original DuckTales “Earth Quack” episode.
SPOILERS for DUCKTALES – “Terror of the Terra-firmians!” and DuckTales 2017 below.
We enjoyed the episode even if we did not get even a glimpse of Scrooge again. It seems this version of DuckTales will not really be about Scrooge and grandiose adventure but more about the kids and the mystery of the family, at least with the start of Season 1.
Mrs. Beakley is still very hesitant about Lena, as one would expect, but when we come to the end of the episode we can kind of see where this is going. Lena tells her Aunt Magica De Spell (who is still only in shadow form) that saving Beakley was for the longer plan. We don’t think anyone is really believing that at this point and we see Lena turning good at some point and helping out the McDuck family. What we are not too sure about is if this will mean the end of Lena for the show, or if it will mean Magica will just be a one storyline wonder. While we enjoy Lena, we wouldn’t want her to take the place of Scrooge in terms of screen time. Our guess here is that Lena will need the Number One Dime to bring Magica back to her full form and we should be leading up to that soon. We also may find out more about Mrs. Beakley as this story progresses as even though she is happy to invite Lena over for pancakes, she will have one eye on her.
We did enjoy the kids getting separate air time again this episode, it is nice to see them with truly distinct personalities. It gives the show a different feel and since this show seems more about the character interactions than adventure at this point it makes sense. What we didn’t love though was the Junior Woodchucks’ Guide Book being wrong. Even in the comic (and prior series) it does not seem to ever be wrong, it even know about the Labyrinth existing in their adventures, which we all know was a myth. How could it be wrong about the Terra-firmians? We do get an non satisfying answer as the nephews add the Terra-firmians not being a myth to the book at the end of the episode.
On to the Terra-firmians, well there is really not much to say. They give the team an exit at the end of the episode, but other than that, really do not play a big part in the show. We do get their background from Webby though in comic form, so they at least must be known about if only in myth and legend.
Overall, good episode, but we are still looking for more Scrooge and more adventure. While, we know this is a cartoon, would have liked them to have gotten into the subway tunnels in a safer manner, we really don’t want to see something so unsafe even in our cartoons.