Evan continues his quest to be the best hockey player he can be while Alex reignites Jase’s love for hockey and helps the Mighty Ducks get back on their feet with some help from the Anaheim Ducks in the latest episode of “The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers.” Sophi seems to have moved into a relationship with Jase, and Coach Cole is so excited that Alex was able to get Jase interested in the sport again that it leads to an awkward kiss between the two in front of the Ducks’ camper. In the end, both Evan and Jase are now team captains as tournament play continues.
This was the most interesting episode of the season, for me, which is funny since it’s the one that features the least amount of hockey. Evan being named Captain of Team Dominate was a bit predictable, but the way he earned it was incredible. It would’ve been easy to roll over and let the best player have the captaincy whether he would make a good team leader or not. That’s not how coaches or teams should pick their captain and Evan’s desire to lead his team is exactly what a true Captain does. In contrast, Jase’s road the captaincy is different. He shows he’s a leader in ways even he doesn’t even notice. By showing up with the team at the place where he had his worst hockey moment, he showed leadership. That leads to the team unanimously picking him as Captain. It’s setting up for the obvious battle between the two boys who clearly like Sophi but also like hockey.
The most disappointing part of this episode is the will they-won’t they pull between Coach Cole and Alex. It was bad enough when they hinted at it with Gordon Bombay in season one, but, at least, he lived in the same town and was going to be around the kids as the owner of their hockey rink. After this camp is over, Alex isn’t staying in California. Sophi and Jase isn’t terrible because teenagers have summer flings that don’t last. These are two adults who should know better. It’s bad writing to put them anywhere close to a relationship. If Coach Cole goes chasing Alex, or vice versa, it will be incredibly forced.
The camp is heating up, and the season is winding down, but this show just isn’t hitting on all cylinders. It started out solid in season one but, like so many other productions, was ravaged by the worldwide shutdown due to Covid. It limped to the finish but got approval for a second season. The second season hasn’t been underwhelming, but it hasn’t been great either. It’s just kind of there. It could be a lot better, but it could be a lot worse. It’s committing the sin of being forgettable.
Rating: 3 stars
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