"Breaking Epic Boundaries"
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“Out of Bounds” is an excellent look into the Ducks team’s internal struggles. The characters express their frustrations but choose to stick together. This episode builds on the program’s strong moral foundation. The Ducks search for their “black-pilled” teammate and welcome him back as a Prodigal Son. Also, the motherly female coach convinces the struggling player to never give up. However, the episode has some light hockey violence, a teenage romance, and one player who mentions he has two mothers. That said, “Out of Bounds” is one of the best early episodes of Season Two of THE MIGHTY DUCKS: GAME CHANGERS.
“Out of Bounds,” the second episode of MIGHTY DUCKS: GAME CHANGERS Season Two on Disney+, has the Mighty Ducks buckle under the weight of high expectations in the summer hockey camp’s stringent raining program. “Out of Bounds” is an excellent look into the Ducks team’s internal struggles and builds on the program’s strong moral, redemptive foundation with a Prodigal Son plot, but there’s some light hockey violence, a teenage romance, and one player mentions he has two mothers.
“Out of Bounds,” the second episode of GAME CHANGERS Season Two, has the Mighty Ducks buckle under the weight of high expectations. On their second day at the EPIC summer training camp, the Ducks get a full taste of the “rise and grind” lifestyle. The Ducks’ coach demands the camp leader to loosen the stringent work program. However, a frustrated Duck player runs off the campus without alerting his peers. The Minnesota Team searches for their missing player before he quits for good.
The episode begins with the Mighty Ducks being briefed on their summer activities. At the Elite Performance Ice Center (EPIC), the Ducks and their rival teams compete for the chance to climb the NHL professional ladder. Every youth wears a smart wristband, which measures their performance scores on a public leaderboard at the camp. The Ducks realize if they reach the top 20 players on the board, they increase their chances of earning college scholarships. EPIC then begins its all-day schedule of intense training activities.
Nick, the most fragile member of the Ducks, fails to keep up. He earns himself push-ups at puck practice, fails to lift basic weights and injures himself at a virtual reality training lab. The last straw occurs when a lunch provider replaces a pizza box with healthy alternatives. During a mandatory jog around the campus, Nick secretly breaks away from the group and runs into the forest.
Meanwhile, Alex, the female manager of the Ducks, pleads with Coach Cole to tone down the “ultra-competitive” lifestyle for her players. Cole refuses, saying he trains his students to be the best. He challenges Alex to start her own “participation trophy” camp if she so chooses.
Later, Alex’s son Evan impresses Cole with his sharp hockey skills. Evan is promoted to “Cole’s Clinic,” an elite training class for EPIC’s most promising players. Evan enjoys his newfound status but begins neglecting his time with his girlfriend, Sofi. The two argue about balancing priorities to one’s career or to one’s friends. This argument is interrupted by the other Ducks, who discover Nick’s been missing from the campus since the morning.
Nick hides out at a hotel to contemplate his poor life choices. Using Nick’s smart wristband, Alex is able to pinpoint his exact location. Nick tells his manager he should have quit the EPIC camp when he had a chance. How can Alex convince Nick to stay?
“Out of Bounds” is an excellent look into the Ducks’ internal struggles. The characters express their frustrations with the system but choose to stick together. This episode also builds on the program’s strong moral foundation. The Ducks search for their “black-pilled” Duck player and welcome him back as a Prodigal Son-type figure. [SPOILERS FOLLOW] Ales, the motherly coach, convinces the struggling player, Nick, to never give up. She reminds him he was the first person to join and rally for the Ducks back in Minnesota. They both agree the camp is scary but decide they can help prove that the Ducks can pull their own weight. In the evening, they return to the campus. Nick apologizes for bailing on his teammates and is welcomed back with open arms.
“Out of Bounds” is one of the best early episodes of Season Two of THE MIGHTY DUCKS: GAME CHANGERS. However, it has some hockey violence, the teenage romance between Evan and Sofi, and one player who mentions he has two mothers. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution.
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