Warning: Contains SPOILERS for The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers season 2, episode 1The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers season 2 has begun without Emilio Estevez, but it may pave the way for Coach Bombay's return in the future. The season premiere is now available on Disney+ and is seemingly exploring newer ideas while Gordon Bombay and The Ice Palace take a temporary backseat. However, this looks to be a momentary detour until Coach Bombay returns for the next hockey season.SCREENRANT VIDEO OF THE DAY
Emilio Estevez did not return for The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers season 2. It was originally reported that his refusal to be vaccinated led to his departure, but he later confirmed that creative differences caused Estevez to opt-out of the show. The show has since brought in Josh Duhamel to fill the adult coaching role opposite Lauren Graham.
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This season, a handful of The Mighty Ducks (formerly the "Don't Bothers") are invited to a summer hockey camp led by Duhamel's Coach Cole. As the camp takes place during the offseason, it will not interfere with the regular hockey season or the possibility of competing for a State Championship. It is presented in such a way that the show has the option of returning to its standard formula for season 3 and perhaps even bringing Bombay back. As a result, even though Emilio Estevez is absent for The Mighty Ducks season 2, the show's narrative is deliberately avoiding putting up too many obstacles in the way of his return.
Why Coach Bombay's Return In The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers Makes Sense
The Ducks are participating in a hockey summer program at the Elite Performance Ice Center in California. The fact that the team is on summer vacation and out of town gives Disney a way to avoid addressing the Gordon Bombay situation prematurely. As it stands, the team could return at the end of the summer and Coach Bombay can be waiting to get practice started for the new school year.
The Ice Palace, the home rink of the new Mighty Ducks, is under construction. Former Mighty Ducks duo The Bash Brothers are working on repairing and fortifying the rink in time for the next hockey season. This allows for Bombay's character to be tied up in the repairs off-screen. There is sure to be a big reveal of the new and improved Ice Palace in the finale, and the best host for that triumphant moment is Coach Gordon Bombay.
The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers season 2 may leave a sour taste in the mouth of fans who wanted to see Gordon Bombay, but hope lingers. It seems rather simple for Disney to use this new journey as a rebuilding period toward a Mighty Ducks revival that fans will truly enjoy. With the news that Emilio Estevez did not leave the production due to a personal issue coupled with the show leaving the door open for his return, Coach Bombay and his Mighty Ducks may fly together again in season 3.