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"Time and Punishment" is the sixty-fifth episode of Darkwing Duck. It aired on February 27, 1992.

Synopsis

Megavolt and Quackerjack, using a larger version of Quackerjack's Time Top, escape into the future to retrieve high tech weapons and toys. Along the way, they accidentally kidnapped a sulky Gosalyn Mallard, who is dragged along with them into the far future of St. Canard.

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While they are in the future, the evil duo and the little girl witness a far more malicious version of Darkwing who calls himself "Darkwarrior", harassing a pedestrian and sending him to prison for simply jaywalking before leaping into a huge tank and rolling away. Shortly thereafter, Darkwarrior's robot enforcers impound the time top for illegal parking, and then imprison Megavolt and Quackerjack.

Gosalyn manages to escape and makes her way to Darkwing Tower within the Audubon Bay Bridge. Once there, she finds it largely abandoned, occupied only by an older version of Lanchpad, who reveals that Darkwing went mad with depression when Gosalyn went missing; believing she had run away because he did not allow her to help him that night against Quackerjack and Megavolt (in fact she fell into the timestream). One night, he came across someone who was in need and reminded him of Gosalyn. Rediscovering his purpose, he became a much more public menace and deadlier than many of his foes such as Steelbeak and NegaDuck. However simply defeating the supervillain menace of St. Canard is not enough for Darkwarrior; and he becomes a militaristic dictator, declaring martial law over St. Canard. He would punish anyone for minor offenses. Launchpad is no longer a sidekick to him because Darkwarrior accused him of being too soft on crime after he said criminals should be arrested before they were sent to the electric chair.

Gosalyn convinces Launchpad to help her find Darkwarrior and talk some sense into him. Eventually she determines the best way to get his attention is to deface his prized statue, now a massive monument in the center of the city. When he encounters Gosalyn while patrolling in his modified and beweaponed Thunderquack, DW tries to reconcile with her. He also, beneficently, only sentences Launchpad to life in prison because obviously he is not a criminal mastermind. He fashions a suit of armor similar to his own for Gosalyn so she can help him patrol the city and rid it of crime. Gosalyn was unhappy with Darkwarrior's extreme views on crime fighting and was not impressed with the armor as she could hardly move in it. When she protests his twisted views after inadvertently revealing the presence of the evil duo and the time top, and demanding that the three of them be returned to the past to set things right; he has her arrested and sent to prison, declaring she had gone bad.

In the meantime, Darkwarrior seems finally to go completely round the bend, determining to use the power of the Time Top to completely rewrite history in his own image, plotting to go back in time to the beginnings of law enforcement in ancient Babylon, or even further, to when the first proto-duck left the oceans. this pointedly contrasts with Gosalyn's desire to use the time top to simply go back and stop herself from disappearing in the first place.

Gosalyn leads Lanchpad, MegaVolt, and Quackjack in a prisionbreak so she can return to her own time and prevent the dystopian future of Darkwarrior ever occurring. When she tries to save Megavolt and Quackerjack from being killed by Darkwarrior, he points a version of his gas gun in her face. Gosalyn notes she's not afraid of it; but seemingly incredulous, he replies that hasn't used a gas gun in years, promptly changing it into a very lethal missile launcher. He again turns against her, noting that all her past attempts to misbehave were signs he should have realized about her being a bad egg from the start. He is about to use his weapon to execute her but then resists the impulse, saying that he just can't do it: underneath it all, Gosalyn is still his baby girl, revealing that there is still a caring father deep inside of him. He is quickly knocked out by Launchpad allowing Megavolt, Quackerjack and Gosalyn to return to the present, apparently preventing the Darkwarrior timeline from existing.

Once in the present, Darkwing's shadow terrifies Quackerjack and Megavolt into feinting away. He finds Gosalyn within the time top and immediately grounds her for a month because she has disobeyed his order to stay in the Ratcatcher, which she gleefully accepts as a just punishment compared to the tyranny of Darkwarrior.

Trivia

  • As an in-joke there is a street sign named after Frank Miller, author of Batman: The Dark Knight Returns which inspired several of the elements in this episode.
  • DarkWarrior Duck appears in the Darkwing Duck comic story arc Crisis on Infinite Darkwings, written by Ian Brill and drawn by James Silvani, as one of the multiple Darkwing Ducks of other dimensions that were brought to St. Canard by NegaDuck and Magica DiSpell. On a side note, he is also the only Darkwing that did not need to be brainwashed by Magica in order to be abducted from his home dimension.
  • During the episode, set presumably ten-to-twenty years into Darkwing's Future, several characters reference Gosalyn's apparent lack of aging, assigning it to her growth being stunted by all the junk food she consumed as a kid.
  • DarkWarrior Duck is most likely a reference to or parody of the future Batman portrayed in The Dark Knight Returns, where an older and embittered Batman viciously and ruthlessly deals out his own brand of justice to evildoers.
  • The Dark Knight Returns would later again be homaged as the title to Boom Studio's run of comics The Duck Knight Returns.
  • There are also elements of the hyper-violent Judge Dreddcomic, particularly in the body-armor, robot enforcers, and heinously overblown criminal charges DW hands out as a one-man judge, jury, and executioner. While Frank Miller was name-dropped in the episode regarding Dark Knight Returns, No aspect of Dredd was.
  • Steelbeak, Ammonia Pine, Liquidator, Bushroot, Tuskernini and Lilliput make a brief cameo appearance during Launchpad's flashback. The episode shows them smashed by a large Ducksmasher (anvil), and it is alluded that they did not survive.

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Media

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Books

High Wave Robbery | The Silly Canine Caper | The Darkest Night

Characters

Heroes and Allies: Darkwing Duck | Launchpad McQuack | Gosalyn Mallard | Honker Muddlefoot | Tank Muddlefoot | Herb and Binkie Muddlefoot | Mrs. Cavanaugh | Gizmoduck | Morgana McCawber | Neptunia | Stegmutt | J. Gander Hooter | Derek Blunt | Vladimir Goudenov Grizzlikof | Sara Bellum | Rhoda Dendron | Gloria Swansong | of Oilrabia | Goose Lee | Comet Guy
Villains: Negaduck/Negatron | Bushroot | Megavolt | Liquidator | Quackerjack | Steelbeak | Taurus Bulba | Hammerhead Hannigan | Hoof and Mouth | Tantalus | Clovis | Tuskernini | Dr. Fossil | Phineas Sharp | Professor Moliarty | Ammonia Pine | Ample Grime | Paddywhack | Lilliput Gooney | Jambalaya Jake | Gumbo | Bug Master | High Command | Major Synapse | Hotshot and Flygirl | Dr. Slug | Splatter Phoenix | Camille Chameleon | Anna Matronic | Isis Vanderchill | Johnny T. Rex | Fluffy | Dark Warrior Duck | Nodoff | Brainteasers

Episodes

Season One: "Darkly Dawns the Duck" | "That Sinking Feeling" | "Beauty and the Beet" | "Getting Antsy" | "Night of the Living Spud" | "Apes of Wrath" | "Dirty Money" | "Film Flam" | "Duck Blind" | "Comic Book Capers" | "Water Way to Go" | "Paraducks" | "Easy Come, Easy Grows" | "Negaduck" | "A Revolution in Home Appliances" | "Trading Faces" | "Hush, Hush Sweet Charlatan" | "Can't Bayou Love" | "Bearskin Thug" | "Fungus Amongus" | "You Sweat Your Life" | "Days of Blunder" | "Just Us Justice Ducks" | "Double Darkwings" | "Slaves to Fashion" | "Aduckyphobia" | "When Aliens Collide" | "Jurassic Jumble" | "Something Fishy" | "Cleanliness is Next to Badliness" | "Smarter Than a Speeding Bullet" | "Tiff of the Titans" | "All's Fahrenheit in Love and War" | "Whiffle While You Work" | "Calm a Chameleon" | "Ghoul of My Dreams" | "Battle of the Brainteasers" | "Adopt-a-Con" | "Bad Tidings" | "Toys Czar Us" | "The Secret Origins of Darkwing Duck" | "Up, Up and Awry" | "Going Nowhere Fast" | "Life, the Negaverse, and Everything" | "Dry Hard" | "Heavy Mental" | "A Brush with Oblivion" | "Disguise the Limit" | "Planet of the Capes" | "The Merchant of Menace" | "Darkwing Doubloon" | "It's a Wonderful Leaf" | "Twitching Channels" | "Dances with Bigfoot" | "Twin Beaks" | "The Incredible Bulk" | "My Valentine Ghoul" | "Dead Duck" | "A Duck By Any Other Name" | "Let's Get Respectable" | "In Like Blunt" | "Quack of Ages" | "Time and Punishment" | "Stressed to Kill" | "The Darkwing Squad" | "Inside Binkie's Brain" | "The Haunting of Mr. Banana Brain" | "Slime Okay, You're Okay" | "Whirled History" | "U.F.Foe" | "A Star is Scorned" | "The Quiverwing Quack" | "Jail Bird" | "Dirtysomething" | "Kung Fooled" | "Bad Luck Duck"
Season Two: "Monsters R Us" | "Inherit the Wimp" | "The Revenge of the Return of the Brainteasers, Too!" | "Star Crossed Circuits" | "Steerminator" | "The Frequency Fiends" | "Paint Misbehavin'" | "Hot Spells" | "Fraudcast News" | "Clash Reunion" | "Mutantcy on the Bouncy" | "Malice's Restaurant" | "Extinct Possibility"

Vehicles/Gadgets

Ratcatcher | Thunderquack | Darkwing Duck's gas gun | Ramrod | Super Sensitive Darkwing Duck-tector

Locations

St. Canard | Negaverse

Songs

Darkwing Duck Theme Song | Little Girl Blue | Kickin' in the Groove | I'm Darkwing Duck

See Also
DuckTales | The Disney Afternoon | Disney XD (Netherlands) | Justice Ducks | Fearsome Five | F.O.W.L. | S.H.U.S.H.

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