The Ducks prepare for their next day of training, and Nick is having a crisis as the perceived weakest player on the team in the latest episode of “The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers.” Meanwhile, Alex meets Coach Cole’s son and starts to notice some cracks in the coach’s rough exterior. Evan is desperate to prove he belongs at the camp, but it already seems to be hurting his new relationship with Sofi while the rest of the Mighty Ducks keep bonding.
The drama in this series continues being wholly predictable, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Nick has always had a complex about his perception of being the weakest player on the team and his fear of being the weakest player at the camp. As he seems to be finishing last in every training, he decides to run for it, and it actually causes him to climb through the rankings. Evan has always been a good player on the cusp of being great. This season is setting him up to alienate his friends, again, like he did when he went to the one Mighty Ducks practice in season one. And, it wouldn’t be a teen show without relationship drama for the new couple. Sofi doesn’t want to see Evan become like the old Mighty Ducks were in season one, but it appears to be heading that way. None of these are shocking, but when told well, they can still make a compelling series.
While it’s predictable, I enjoyed a lot of this episode more than the first episode. My favorite was the interaction between Sofi, Koob and Maya when they realized Nick was missing. Maya’s strong reaction is immediately met with confusion from Sofi and Koob who weren’t sure if Maya had even spoken to Nick before. In the end, we learn Maya is comfortable around the team and is used to having Nick around even if they aren’t super close friends. It’s also interesting to see how she immediately hugs and then punches Nick once he returns. I don’t know if that will be a one-off or if they will explore something more between their friendship, but I enjoyed the interaction.
I like the potential path of this series. It looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun for pre-teens, tweens and early teenagers. The first season was solid, but had some issues due to Covid restrictions being implemented in the middle of filming. The second has figured out how to handle the restriction during filming better, but that’s expected with experience. I also like the idea of going to be competitive at a hockey camp rather than just doing another season of pee-wee hockey. I think it works a lot better than going to compete in an international competition like the second movie had the team do. After two episodes, I’m hopeful for a season three.
Ranking: 3.5 stars
What did you think of this latest episode of “The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers?”