Darkwing Duck – Beauty and the Beet

by Alan Rapp on June 18, 2020

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  • Title: Darkwing Duck – Beauty and the Beet
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Darkwing Duck - Beauty and the Beet television review

Throwback Thursday takes us back to crime-ridden streets of St. Canard and a hero who flaps in the night. Framed as through the lens of Darkwing Duck (Jim Cummings) digging into his old case files, “Beauty and the Beet” offers the origins of Bushroot (Tino Insana) from scientist to a half-plant hybrid. Fired from St. Canard University, Dr. Bushroot attempts to prove the worth of his research concerning human photosynthesis by experimenting on himself (which turns out to have unexpected consequences).

More tragic figure than villain (at least until he turns to kidnapping), Bushroot is mocked by his peers (named after The Far Side creator Gary Larson) endlessly and has his experiment go awry, although it does give him control over plants which he uses to get some revenge and attempt recreate his experiment on the beautiful Dr. Rhoda Dendron (Jennifer Darling). The episode works as an origin story for the first of several villains the show would offer fans. Launchpad McQuack (Terence McGovern) appears in both the flashbacks and the framing scenes of Darkwing reading the case file to the audience, but Gosalyn (Christine Cavanaugh) does not appear in the episode.

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