We are three weeks and four episodes into season 3 of DuckTales, and I already feel that this season is bigger than the previous two. Season one had the season arc of the family coming to terms with what had split Scrooge and Donald, and season 2 had the bet between Scrooge and Glomgold. At the end of the first episode, “Challenge of the Senior Junior Woodchucks!” the family made a discovery that appeared to set them on a new quest for the season.
We knew going into season 3 that it would be Huey’s season. Season one focused mainly on Dewey and his search for information on his mother (Della Duck). Season 2 focused on Louie and his scheming. Season 3, we were told, would focus on Huey and his flaws. So it was no surprise that Huey was the center of attention in the A plot of the episode. By the end of the episode Huey had learned from his mistakes, and the family found a lost treasure that was sure to provide a seasons worth of escapades.
We learned in “Challenge of the Senior Junior Woodchucks!” that one of prestigious group’s founders was Isabella Finch. Finch was an explorer who inspired Scrooge McDuck when he was young. When Scrooge joined his family for Huey’s Senior Woodchuck challenge, he saw the opportunity to explore the Woodchuck’s property for Isabella Finch’s last treasure.
The Huey’s challenge takes him on an adventure, and his family also experience one when they are sidetracked from Scrooge’s quest by the Tri-crested Titterwhil. After Scrooge gives into following the bird instead of Finch’s treasure, they find themselves discovering the treasure anyway.
And it turns out Isabella Finch’s lost treasure was her lost adventure journal, chronicling the Missing Mysteries that she was never able to solve. Scrooge and Huey become determined to seek after these treasures, and season 3’s main plot begins to unfold when we see that the evil agency F.O.W.L. is also after the lost treasures and are determined to beat Scrooge and his family to them.
We only see the cover and two pages of Isabella Finch’s Lost Journal. The journal pages that we have seen list four of the Lost Mysteries;
The Stone of What Was
The Lost Harp of Mervana
The Third Eye Diamond
The Fountain of Youth
These four quests will undoubtably be the backbone of season 3’s story… but we’ve already seen/heard a lot about these items. We thought it would be fun to take a look at them.
The Stone of What Was!
I only have one suggestion for the Stone of What Was… could it have been in the discounted stones used by Scrooge McDuck to rebuild Castle McDuck? Could the stone be the very stone that was cursed and has granted Scrooge’s parents immortality? It would be a great way for the story to return to Castle McDuck and hopefully introduce us to more of Scrooge’s family, like Donald and Della’s mother Hortense. The castle and it’s curse were in “The Secret(s) of Castle McDuck!”
The Lost Harp of Mervana!
This artifact we have already seen in the latest episode “The Lost Harp of Mervana!” The
enchanted harp was alive and could only tell the truth. The harp was voiced by the American actress Retta, and the harp was influenced by the harp in the 1987 DuckTales episode “Raiders of the Lost Harp”. Scrooge and family found the harp, and left her with the Mervanians.
The Third Eye Diamond!
The Third Eye Diamond is not lost, it has apparently been in the F.O.W.L. Archives until Black Heron used it to create the Intel-ray.
The gun used the Third Eye Diamond to enhance someone’s intelligence, and Black Heron had discovered how to use the diamond to reduce someone’s intellect as well.
Unfortunately for her, Steelbeak crossed her and used the ray to strip her of her superior intelligence.
We know that after the Ducks defeated Steelbeak and saved Duckburg, F.O.W.L. Commander Bradford restored Black Heron’s intelligence and we assume he redeposited the diamond back in the Archives.
The Fountain of Youth!
The Fountain of Youth has been a mythical treasure since the 5th century BC (or before), and Scrooge McDuck has searched for this lost treasure before. In 1987’s DuckTales Scrooge sought the Fountain of Youth in the episode “Sweet Duck of Youth”. In that story the Fountain of Youth did not provide the de-aging effects the myth had indicated.
In the current DuckTales series there has been a previous mention of a Fountain of Youth. In “The Golden Lagoon of White Agony Plains!” Goldie O’Gilt said she was younger because she found the Fountain of Youth in Ronguay. This was a reference to the 1987 DuckTales episode “Wronguay to Ronguay”. This story was actually part two of the show’s five part premiere. This connection would be a great reason for the writers to bring Goldie into the storyline, and a more great OG DuckTales easter eggs.
The Lost Lamp of Collie Baba
There were only four “lost treasures” on the two visible pages of Isabella Finch’s lost Journal, but we know there are other treasures because in the episode “Quack Pack!” the ducks say they are looking for one of these treasures. They find the lamp, and in the chaos of a scorpion attack Donald accidentally rubs the lamp and makes a wish that sends his family into a “perfect world.” Of course things were not what they seemed and Donald had to eventually wish his family back to the real world. We also know that Donald makes a third wish. Based on this I am assuming they still have the lamp in their possession.
That is my theories on the Lost Treasures of Isabella Finch. Do you think the Stones of What Was could be the stones used to rebuild Castle McDuck? Could the Fountain of Youth be the same one Goldie found in Ronguay? What other adventures may be in the book? What callbacks to the original DuckTales series or Donald/Scrooge comics would you like to see make it into season 3’s story?