Today sees a special reunion of some of the original hockey playing brats from The Mighty Ducks in an episode of the Disney+ original series The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers. And if all goes well, this won’t be the last reunion we’ll see on the show.
Even though six of the original members of the Mighty Ducks franchise were able to reunite for the episode, titled “Spirit of the Ducks,” the coronavirus pandemic made it more difficult to get other teammates back. Thankfully, franchise writer and series executive producer Steven Brill has plans to bring some of the other teammates back for the show’s presumed second season, and he has plans for the series beyond that, too.
Everyone From Previous Episode Get Back Together
In The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers episode “Spirit of the Ducks,” Fulton Reed (Eldon Henson), Lester Averman (Matt Doherty), Adam Banks (Vincent La Russo), Connie Moreau (Marguerite Moreau), Guy Germaine (Garette Henson), and Kenny Wu (Justin Wong) all get back together with Coach Gordon Bombay (Emilio Estevez). It’s a bit of a bumpy reunion in terms of the tension that arises between the characters, and making the reunion happen wasn’t a walk in the park either.
We got a chance to speak with Steven Brill leading up to the release of “Spirit of the Ducks” today, and he talked about how the coronavirus pandemic ruined some of his hopes for the scope of the reunion.
Here Is What Brill Says:
“It was not great to not be able to get everybody that we wanted. Sometimes it was because, like Aaron Lohr [who played Dean Portman, one of the Bash Brothers], was a counselor at a facility, and he couldn’t leave for a month to do this quarantine in order to shoot for two weeks. A lot of these people have other lives. Mike Vitar [who played Luis Mendoza] is a firefighter, and even during COVID, it wasn’t possible. A lot of those people we couldn’t get. “
Thankfully, since Game Changers is a TV series, there’s hope for more Ducks to reunite, and the coronavirus pandemic limiting who could return may have actually ended up being a blessing in disguise.
As for who else might be in the cards for a return, “Spirit of the Ducks” indicates that there’s some tension that exists between Charlie Conway (Joshua Jackson) and Gordon Bombay. Brill fully intends on exploring what happened with those characters, but that’s something we won’t see until after the first season is over.
Season’s Hope To Take The Ducks Outside America?
Joshua Jackson isn’t the only Mighty Ducks franchise star with a hopeful return intended for the future. Brill hopes that Kenan Thompson, who played the Los Angeles native Russ Tyler with the tricky knucklepuck, will be able to have a substantial role in future seasons.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a Mighty Ducks reunion without a goalie. Even though Shaun Weiss, the actor who played Greg Goldberg in the original movies, previously fell on some very rough times, Brill is 100% ready to bring him back to the ice.
Outside of anymore original Mighty Ducks coming back for Game Changers, there is one big idea that Brill hopes to follow through on, but we’ll probably have to wait a few seasons to see it come to fruition. Brill said that he and executive producers/showrunners Josh Goldsmith and Cathy Yuspa have some cards up their sleeve for a second season, but one of their hopes is to take the Ducks outside America.