Reviews: Duck Dodgers
The Only Reboot That Worked!
This series revives most of the original Looney Tunes in a science fiction setting. Just like the original cartoons, it is based on funny and lovable characters, strange and funny situations, and pop culture references. There is some minor character development to keep things interesting, plus the addition of Queen Tyr'ahnee, the only sane character, and leader of the Martians. Episodes are either adventures Dodgers and the Cadet have while exploring, or their conflict with the martians (Marvin appears as Commander X-2). There are often whole plot references to Star Trek, or other shows. The series is basically built on stand alone episodes, but if you have access to the whole series, you can spot one ongoing arc, the Dodgers/Queen relationship. She believes his dumbness is all part of a plan, and that he is a military genius, and that he has nearly every quality a sci-fi captain should have. (he doesn't) On some occasions, she has shown attraction to him, once attempting to marry him. However, he doesn't really care whether she is trying to kill or marry him, as he is indifferent to almost everyone. Well, except the Cadet. Unlike Daffy's later portrayals, this one is depicted as a jerk with a heart of gold, and he becomes a bit less self-centered as the series goes on. The humor is pretty funny, although much of it comes from references to other things. The only con of the show is the size of its potential audience. To fully enjoy it, you must A) Love the Looney Tunes cartoons enough to get all the references to them. B) Love sci-fi (especially Star Trek) enough to get all the references and homages to it. As in, seen every sci-fi thing ever made. Now I fall into categories A and B, but I certainly doubt the target audience did. For example, one episode features the President of Space depending on the heroes to get some important information. Unfortunately, it was hidden in Daffy's mind, so everyone must go inside his mind. There, they encounter his ego, superego, Id, and other things kids wouldn't have heard of. The whole humor in the episode comes from references to psychology, and even though they are pretty funny, the target audience wouldn't understand Sadly, with a Y7 rating, this show was really misaiming. I'm pretty sure all the fans are adults, as kids wouldn't get 9/10 of it. 10/10 in my opinion
The Only show that did it right.
The Only show that did it right. We've all seen or at least heard of the atrocitys that were 'Baby Looney Toons' and Lunatics Unleashed'. Both were attemps by WB to either modernize or expand the Looney Toons audience. Needless to say, they didn't work. Duck Dodgers, however, is perfect. It strikes a perfect balance between New and Old, Creative and Familiar, Classic and Modern. The Sci-Fi fights scences exciting, the slapstick wonderfuly executed, the characters so Themselves that their is never any doubt these writers and animaters loved the original cartoons. References, lasers, explosions (Plus the black charring of characters), comedy, tension, this show has it all. Check it out! Its very under appreciated.