I think I mentioned this in past threads but the fact that the show sidestepped Della from defining herself in regards to Launchpad and Donald was the show’s greatest misstep. It’s a shame the only time we really see the three interact with one another was in “The Trickening” because the dynamic really deserved to be revisited.
I was expecting more out of Della & LP’s conflict - Will Della learn how to handle feeling replaced? Will she be able to define herself outside of “being Scrooge’s pilot”? Does she become LP’s mentor and develop a passion for teaching? Does he teach her how to crash safely so she won’t be traumatized from her experience on the moon? As expected of DT17, the show sidesteps most of these questions or answers them off-screen (which is not helpful). There isn’t much to their relationship beyond “Della gets annoyed/angry at LP for arbitrary reasons” which becomes grating to watch.
But if LP & Della are hard to watch, the show’s downright refusal to develop (adult) Donald & Della’s relationship is infuriating. Even in the “Gods on the Block” episode, fans were hoping that Della would react some type of way upon meeting Daisy. Surely, she would care about her brother’s love life, right? Wrong. We have to watch Storkules meet Daisy instead. Donald and Della seem to operate on different planes of existence. The two never have any deep conversations, no reckoning with a lost past, no clash over parenting styles. On the rare occasion the two actually interact, they bicker over petty things. Otherwise they ignore each other completely which is...weird. Again, “The Trickening” offered the best insight between adult Donald & Della’s dynamic, yet they still needed Launchpad to act as a buffer between the two. I assume this weird disconnect is because the writers struggle with Donald’s voice and Paget’s performance doesn’t mesh with Tony Anselmo’s at all.