DuckTales (1987–1990)
Season
1
Episode
9

Nothing to Fear (14 Dec. 1987)

TV Episode   |  TV-G   |    |  Animation, Adventure, Comedy


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On a day when the McDuck family is trapped indoors by a thunderstorm, Magica DeSpell causes each of them to see living versions of their worst fears.


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Director:

David Block

Writers:

Richard Merwin, Patsy Cameron, Tedd Anasti

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11 July 2019 | hellraiser7
10
| Cloud of Fear
This is one of my favorite episodes of the show and one of my favorite Halloween episodes. This episode sort of predates "Event Horizon" as it uncannily has the same premise at psychological horror, fears coming to life and turning against the person.

This episode is kind of funny but for once there are few laughs, I'll admit when I was a kid, I found this episode a little scary. Like that banana creature in a scene, I know it's absurd, but it actually does look kind of scary with those shark like teeth, twisting tongue, and crazy eyes sort of similar to the vampire in the graphic comic series "30 Days of Night".

I really like the amount of mystery at the begining everyone is seeing things, but we don't know what or why it's even happening. But I like how it really plays with our perception of reality as we see each of the characters are seeing things but then they're not and then they are; we're all in the same boat as the Ducktales family we're wondering what the frak is going on. It's a little funny at first from the absurd like that Banana and Limo monster. However, those are small fry as things escalate from danger to extreme danger.

Things do get really series and even sad, like the boys seeing a false version of Scrooge whom is just extremely angry and abusive; I'll admit that scene alone made I and my friends just completely silent. And of course, Scrooge seeing a false version of the boys, whom act like a street gang, go so far as to almost beat him up and rob him, but worst of all display no love for him at all.

Both these scenes really made my heart sink a little but really like how both scene really get at deep psychological fears that both kids and parents carry within, for the kids it's abuse and abandonment of a parental figure and for Scrooge it's failure as a parent witnessing their children going the wrong path.

The theme of the show is about facing and conquering your fears. Fear by its nature is really an illusion, it can never really hurt us nor has power over us unless we give in to it. The final confrontation is really gratifying just showing that we always must power to conquer our fears and fear truly is powerless against us.

Rating: 4 stars

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Release Date:

14 December 1987

Language

Spanish, Italian, Hindi, Romanian, Hungarian

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