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"Where No Duck Has Gone Before" is the eighth episode of the DuckTales.


One afternoon at McDuck Manor, Scrooge is awaiting a phone call from Duckburg Studios, a production company that was supposed to repay a debt to him that morning. Meanwhile, Huey, Dewey, Louie, and Doofus sit down in front of the TV to watch Courage of the Cosmos (a Star Trek type show). The character of Major Courage, a burly duck with the attitude of Captain Kirk, is practically a hero to the boys, due to all the bravery he displays on the show. Scrooge, however, couldn't care less about the show. Scrooge then gets a phone call and learns the truth about his debt. Duckburg Studios can't repay him in cash, so instead, Scrooge has been given ownership of the studio itself. The boys are ecstatic because Duckburg Studios is the company that produces Courage of the Cosmos.

Later on, Scrooge takes the boys, Doofus, Launchpad and Gyro to Duckburg Studios to check the place out. Though the kids are excited to meet Major Courage in person, Launchpad goes on about how the guy’s stunts are just make-believe. After entering a sound stage, the group meets Major Courage himself. It turns out that Courage has a rather obnoxious personality when he’s not on-screen. However, he suckers up to Scrooge when he learns that Mr. McDuck is the new owner of Duckburg Studios. Scrooge announces that he’s going to cancel the show due to low ratings, unless the whole show gets a major overhaul. For starters, Scrooge orders Gyro to build a more realistic looking Star Phoenix, the show’s spaceship set, within two weeks. Courage then meets Launchpad, and is afraid that Scrooge is going to give the real pilot his job. When Scrooge and company leave, Courage announces that Scrooge is probably going to mess everything up. He then proclaims that the show’s staff could get Scrooge on their side by spoiling his nephews (and Doofus), which is what they intend to do.

Scrooge and company return to the studio two weeks later, when Gyro’s realistic looking Star Phoenix is finally complete. Courage then offers to let the boys be in the episode that’s being filmed that very day. Launchpad insists on joining them as well, much to Courage’s dismay. Launchpad continues to argue that real pilots don’t need all the glamor that TV stars do. Courage starts off the episode by launching the Star Phoenix -- into outer space! Gyro explains to Scrooge that he was ordered to make a more realistic looking spaceship, and that he went too far and actually built a fully working one. Scrooge goes ballistic and destroys the communications system to the ship, which prevents Gyro from telling everyone on board that they’ve actually gone into outer space.

Launchpad is the only one on board who knows better. While Courage and the boys pretend to steer clear of an asteroid field, Launchpad takes control and actually avoids it. Courage, however, takes all the credit. Launchpad then explains to everyone on board that they really are in space, but nobody takes him seriously. Soon the Star Phoenix is taken hostage by an alien ship. Though Courage still thinks it's part of the show, the boys catch on, and realize that Launchpad is telling the truth. The aliens, who are from the planet Kronk, want to take over Earth, and will do so at any cost, including stripping information right out of Launchpad’s brain.

Meanwhile, the boys and Courage get locked up in a cell, and Launchpad soon joins them. Courage uses Launchpad’s “pretend to be sick” ploy to get a robot guard to come into the cell and inspect Launchpad. Launchpad places some alien food that Doofus was eating into the robot’s circuitry, causing it to blow up. He also steals the robot’s gun. After escaping from the cell, the group runs into Overlord Bulvan, the leader of the Kronks. Courage tries to fight Bulvan, but has no way of defeating him. Bulvan then explains that Launchpad’s gun is actually a food synthesizer, which squirts some sort of sauce. At this point, Courage realizes that the whole thing is real, and chickens out by retreating to the Star Phoenix and driving off by himself, stranding the others on the Kronks’ ship. The Kronks chase them through the ship, and after a slight mishap with the ship’s teleporter, Launchpad traps the Kronks in the teleporter room by shorting out the door with sauce from the food synthesizer.

Gyro finally fixes the radio and contacts Courage on the Star Phoenix. Scrooge then orders Courage to go back for the others. Courage refuses, stating that Scrooge can’t fire him due to a five year contract he has.

Launchpad takes control of the Kronks’ ship, and heads after the Star Phoenix. After connecting the two ships, Launchpad and the boys meet up with Courage, announcing that they’ve been saved by a real hero -- Launchpad. The Kronks’ attempt to head for Earth anyway by using the information they stripped from Launchpad’s head. Since Launchpad isn’t all that intelligent, his coordinates send the Kronks’ ship out of control.

Later, at Duckburg Studios, the boys are happy that Scrooge cancelled Courage of the Cosmos, as they no longer care for the show, which they pass off as “kids’ stuff”. Scrooge then explains that he had the sound stage from the show turned into a space museum so that it could continue to make money after being cancelled. As for Major Courage, he’s stuck in an alien costume, selling candy to bratty children. Courage wants to quit, but Scrooge reminds him that he’s got a five year contract.


  • The episode is full of Star Trek references, from the show Courage of the Cosmos to the title itself, which is a parody of "Where No Man Has Gone Before".

Video releases


  • DuckTales: Space Invaders
  • DuckTales: Jailhouse Duck (foreign release)


  • DuckTales: Raiders of the Lost Arc / Space Invaders
  • DuckTales: Jailhouse Duck (foreign release)


  • DuckTales: Volume 1
  • DuckTales: First Collection (foreign release)

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DuckTales | 2017 series | Videography | Comic books | Magazine | Video game (HD remake | Soundtrack) | DuckTales 2 | The Quest for Gold | DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp | Raw Toonage | Scrooge's Loot


Dinosaur Ducks | The Secret City Under the Sea | Dinosaur Valley | Launchpad's Daring Raid | Welcome to Duckburg | Sphinx for the Memories and Sir Gyro Gearloose | The Great Lost Treasure Hunt | Scrooge McDuck and the Big Surprise | Dinosaur Ducks and Jungle Duck | The Hunt for the Giant Pearl | Scrooge's Treasure Hunt | Christmas at the North Pole | Armstrong the Robot and Earthquack | Back to the Klondike and Superdoo! | Silver Dollars for Uncle Scrooge | Webby Saves the Day


Heroes and Allies: Scrooge McDuck | Huey, Dewey and Louie | Launchpad McQuack | Webby Vanderquack | Betina Beakley | Duckworth | Gyro Gearloose | Little Helper | Doofus Drake | Fenton Crackshell | Donald Duck | Gladstone Gander | Bubba the Cave Duck | Tootsie the Triceratops | Skittles | Blackjack | Poupon | Gene the Genie | Glittering Goldie | Mad Dog McGurk | Feathers Galore | Burt Quackarach | Major Courage | Micro Ducks | Admiral Grimmitz | King Homer | Queen Ariel | Shawebizad | Gandra Dee | McPapa | McMama
Villains: Beagle Boys (Big Time, Burger, Bouncer, Baggy, Bankjob, Bugle, Babyface, and Megabyte) | Ma Beagle | Flintheart Glomgold | Dijon | Argus McSwine | Magica De Spell | Minima De Spell | Poe De Spell | El Capitan | Joaquin Slowly | Merlock the Magician | Cinnamon Teal | Dracula Duck | Dr. NoGood | Millionara Vanderbucks | Fritter O'Way | Lawrence Loudmouth | Bruno Von Beak | Armstrong | The Sirens | Circe | Harpies | Yuckalinda | Queen Griselda | Djinni | Terra-Firmie King | Overlord Bulovan | Solego


Season One: "The Treasure of the Golden Suns" | "Send in the Clones" | "Sphinx for the Memories" | "Where No Duck Has Gone Before" | "Armstrong" | "Robot Robbers" | "Magica's Shadow War" | "Master of the Djinni" | "Hotel Strangeduck" | "Lost Crown of Genghis Khan" | "Duckman of Aquatraz" | "The Money Vanishes" | "Sir Gyro de Gearloose" | "Dinosaur Ducks" | "Hero for Hire" | "Superdoo!" | "Maid of the Myth" | "Down and Out in Duckburg" | "Much Ado About Scrooge" | "Top Duck" | "Pearl of Wisdom" | "The Curse of Castle McDuck" | "Launchpad's Civil War" | "Sweet Duck of Youth" | "Earth Quack" | "Home Sweet Homer" | "Bermuda Triangle Tangle" | "Micro Ducks from Outer Space" | "Back to the Klondike" | "Horse Scents" | "Scrooge's Pet" | "Catch as Cash Can" | "Merit-Time Adventure" | "The Golden Fleecing" | "Ducks of the West" | "Time Teasers" | "Back Out in the Outback" | "Raiders of the Lost Harp" | "The Right Duck" | "Scroogerello" | "Double-O-Duck" | "Luck o' the Ducks" | "Duckworth's Revolt" | "Magica's Magic Mirror" | "Take Me Out of the Ballgame" | "Duck to the Future" | "Jungle Duck" | "Launchpad's First Crash" | "Dime Enough for Luck" | "Duck in the Iron Mask" | "The Uncrashable Hindentanic" | "The Status Seekers" | "Nothing to Fear" | "Dr. Jekyll & Mr. McDuck" | "Once Upon a Dime" | "Spies in Their Eyes" | "All Ducks on Deck" | "Ducky Horror Picture Show" | "Till Nephews Do Us Part"
Season Two: "Time is Money" | "Super DuckTales" | "The Land of Trala La" | "Allowance Day" | "Bubbeo & Juliet" | "The Good Muddahs" | "My Mother the Psychic" | "Metal Attraction" | "Dough Ray Me" | "Bubba's Big Brainstorm" | "The Big Flub" | "A Case of Mistaken Secret Identity" | "Blue Collar Scrooge" | "Beaglemania" | "Yuppy Ducks" | "The Bride Wore Stripes" | "The Unbreakable Bin" | "Attack of the Fifty-Foot Webby" | "The Masked Mallard" | "A DuckTales Valentine"
Season Three: "Ducky Mountain High" | "Attack of the Metal Mites" | "The Duck Who Knew Too Much" | "New Gizmo-Kids on the Block" | "Scrooge's Last Adventure" | "The Golden Goose"


Duckburg | Atlantis | The Money Bin | McDuck Manor | Fountain of Youth | Scotland | Notre Duck


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Number One Dime | Junior Woodchucks Guidebook | Gizmosuit | Gene's Lamp | Merlock's Talisman | Sun Coin | Sun Chaser | Harp of Troy | Millennium Shortcut | Gyro's Helicopter | Molecular Manipulator | Golden Goose | Webby's Quacky Patch Doll | Hindentanic


DuckTales Theme | Three Cheers for Bubba Duck | Boogie Beagle Blues | Moon Stage Theme

See Also

Carl Barks | The Disney Afternoon | Darkwing Duck | Quack Pack | Disney XD (Netherlands) | Let's Go to Disneyland Paris

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