Episode Review The Pharaoh’s Curse in the Cartoon Inspector Gadget
How Does the Episode The Pharaoh's Curse Start and What is it About?
The Pharaoh’s Curse is the 19thepisode of the popular cartoon series Inspector Gadget but it is a very significant episode in the first season. This episode features Inspector Gadget on assignment in Egypt as he is assigned to investigate the treasures of Pharaoh Poot-Ta-Toot as well as to guard what is known as the sarcophagus. Gadget (voiced by Don Adams as usual) is driving through the desert. A man on horseback fires a cannon at the Gadget mobile. Gadget thinks that the sound comes from a thunderstorm and as the cannon hits his car, he thinks that it is a hail storm. This time however, Gadget meets up with his boss Chief Quimby in Egypt. The sarcophagus eventually gets stolen by two agents of the evil scientist Dr. Claw. He is usually described as a cyborg in this series and his face is never shown.
As you are about to see, Inspector Gadget makes assumptions about Dr. Claw’s agents as well. This time, Gadget’s boss Chief Quimby is seen hiding in a huge bowl full of lettuce! Even though the Chief warns him of the curse, the Inspector dismisses this logic as superstition. His niece Penny is able to trigger that curse by using her magnetic powers because she is so brilliant.
How is the Graphic Design in the Episode?
The graphic design in the episode is accurate as there are images of the pyramids as well as the Egyptian writings on the walls as the hero begins to explore the area that he has been assigned to.
The Pharaoh's Curse: a Brief Summary of the Episode
Since I became fascinated with the history of Egypt back in the 7th grade, it was natural that I would really enjoy this episode.
Note: what makes Inspector Gadget such a funny cartoon is the bumbling incompetence of the hero Gadget as he makes incorrect assumptions about events that happen!
As usual, where would the hero be without the help from his loyal dog Brain? Brain comes to the aid of Gadget who almost falls to his peril twice because his gadgets don’t work properly as he is trying to cut himself free of the bands that are tied on his hands. In addition to those two times that the hero escapes harm, Brain disguised as a mummy again comes to Gadget’s aid as two trap walls try to close in on him and a big stone slab is falling from the ceiling. Gadget while exploring the pyramids hears a very hoarse voice and thinks that it is his stomach that is grumbling. As the hero is thinking that he skipped lunch and breakfast, his niece Penny is busy exploring and finding her way around the pyramids due to her awareness and super intelligence. When she is captured and then rescued by Brain, she devises a plan, brilliant plan to get the sarcophagus away from the agents that have stolen it. She is able to create some sort of powerful electromagnetic wave when Brain turns his collar receiver a certain way and plugs his ears. There is a message from the spirit of the deceased Pharaoh that a curse would be put on anybody that removes him from his place of rest. The agents become scared and flee from the area they were in. Dr. Claw does not believe them when they say that it is the curse of the Pharaoh that attacked them.
How Does the Episode End? Final Thoughts
Gadget is chased by a boulder but he escapes harm due to using his copter. Gadget hides in the Pharaoh’s tomb until the end of the episode.
Penny asks her uncle how it was like to spend the night in the pyramids. He replies that it was boring and that he spent all night looking for a snack machine but he realized that he did not have any change! Overall, The Pharaoh’s Curse is a very interesting episode and one of the best of the first season of Inspector Gadget. The episode shows the cultural importance of Egypt and even adults should enjoy this cartoon.
A Screen Shot of the Characters Penny and Brain from Inspector Gadget
Memorable Quotes from The Pharaoh’s Curse
“What are you fools doing? But boss, there was this little… not now! Gadget’s on the loose! Get him.”
"You mean the curse of Gadget!"
Dr. Claw and one of the agents of the organization known as MAD.
"Be careful Gadget. Remember Pharaoh Poot-Ta-Toot's curse."
"Nonsense Chief. A 4,000 year-old curse is just superstitious rubbish."
The Chief and Inspector Gadget
"The Pharaoh's Curse"
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