The eighth episode of the Disney+ Original series “The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers” is coming to Disney+ on Friday 14th May, and in this episode, the “Don’t Bothers” are on a winning streak, which causes some problems.
With the biggest problem becoming Evan’s mum, Alex, aka the Coach, who starts to lose sight of what the “Don’t Bothers” is based on, having fun. She begins to slide down the rabbit hole of becoming a pushy coach and parent, who only cares when they win and starts to push the team to win. Superfoods, more practice and more pressure, leads to major problems within the group, as the team doesn’t respond to this treatment in the same way that the “Mighty Ducks” members do.
This was a major step up from last weeks average episode, as the problem seemed a little bit more realistic, though how you can have a team on a winning streak and trying to get to the state level, when one of the main storylines in this episode was about teaching one of the kids how to skate. It’s great to see more stories involving other members of the team, especially Nick, who is my favourite character and seems vastly underused, as in the first couple of episodes, he was the highlight.
One of my problems with “The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers” is that for a show with 10 episodes and what seems like a lot of time to spare, it seems to be flying through the cliche sports storylines at a breakneck speed. I’m not sure if the show could do with another 5 to 10 minutes to slow down the stories’ pace and give them a little more room to grow. It feels like every episode is becoming more of a standalone story, which is rushed through, without much focus on the main season’s story arc.
This might not be an issue for a younger audience, but I’m just finding the show a little disconnected. It’s got some great ideas, and I enjoy watching the episodes, but since “Big Shot” has come along, which is also a high school sports Disney drama series, it’s hard to not to compare the two. I’m not a huge fan of sports, but I do enjoy watching both series, but the overall vibe of “The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers” feels a little rushed.
That being said, I still think episode 8 is one of the best episodes from the series so far, and the main story involving Alex becoming obsessed with winning and how it changes her, is interesting. But it feels too rushed and in some ways, would have made an interesting main story arc in a second or third season. The kids are still learning how to play and become a team, which is the show’s main story, which is what I’m interested in. It still has those elements, but the show, much like Alex, is trying to run before it can skate.
Overall, episode 8 is a fun episode, but the show does have some issues of trying to do too much, too quickly and much like Alex, is too focused on the big win, rather than just letting us have some fun with the characters.
Rating 3.5 out of 5.