- Author's Saving Throw: Nearly all fans were confused on why they would turn an iconic Disney Afternoon show into an In-Universe show here. Turns out it was merely the setup to the introduction of the real-life Darkwing Duck and his archenemy, Negaduck.
- Fanfic Fuel: Darkwing Duck and Negaduck exist for real; just that idea alone is enough to make fanfic writers scream in joy as it leaves the doors open as to if and how Negaduck will get the other famous villains in DW's rogue gallery to appear or the interactions between Darkwing and Gizmoduck.
- Harsher in Hindsight:
- Launchpad's moments of gushing over the original show become a little hard to watch after this episode.
- Not long before this episode aired, Jim Cummings was hit by allegations of domestic and animal abuse by his ex-wife,note which give Starling's descent into madness and pure evil and Launchpad's loss of admiration for him a frightening new dimension.
- He Really Can Act: It might not be that hard to tell the difference, but Chris Diamantopoulos really pulls off a convincing Jim Cummings impression playing Drake Mallard.
- "Holy Shit!" Quotient: Darkwing Duck finally becoming a "real life" thing and an origin story for this series' incarnation of Negaduck? Yeah, this episode made the Darkwing fans scream.
- Jerkass Woobie: There's no denying that Jim Starling is an egotistical jerk, but given his current situation its hard not to pity him: his career went downhill after Darkwing was canceled and he's reduced to making public appearances at furniture stores openings and only a very small number of fans even bother to show up. Then his show is being remade as a major film, except nobody invited him to be involved or even bothered to tell him so he naturally acts with hostility over being a replaced with another actor. It's hard not to see why he snapped.
- Memetic Mutation: "You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain."explanation
- Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped:
- One regarding complaints about The Other Darrin that fans often have. The actor you know and love can't be around forever and a replacement actor isn't necessarily a bad choice for the role just because they're not the actor you're accustomed to. Chances are they love the character and the franchise just as much as you do and are eager to give it their all, as they're well aware that they have big shoes to fill.
- Really, this episode does a good job of criticizing every aspect of a reboot. An executive whose only concern is money doesn't have the skills needed to make a good movie. The director needs to have a clear understanding of why this property resonated with people in the first place.
- Just because a reboot doesn't do everything that the original version did, doesn't mean its bad. The only important part of a reboot is whether or not it gets the heart of the franchise correct.
- Even if your personal hero turns out to not be all they're cracked up to be, the influence that their work imparted on you can still be valuable; while both Launchpad and Drake are heartbroken by Jim Starling's self-centered and destructive actions, the two still want to continue the ideals Jim once represented for them, separating the artist from his work.
- They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Minor, but considering that Mrs. Beakley became a fan of Darkwing Duck in a previous episode, it would've been interesting to see her reaction to the events of the plot.
YMMV / DuckTales (2017) S2E16 "The Duck Knight Returns!"