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Review and Analysis of Episode 26 Called "Launch Time" in the Cartoon Inspector Gadget

Updated on February 3, 2024
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Ara is a journalism graduate from California State University, Northridge, who is always looking to explore his writing opportunities.

This rocket launch image symbolizes the main mode of transportation being used in the episode Launch Time.
This rocket launch image symbolizes the main mode of transportation being used in the episode Launch Time. | Source

"Launch Time" Brief Episode Synopsis

Launch Time is not only the 26th episode of the cartoon Inspector Gadget but the episode itself is about the fact that Dr. Claw has plans to sabotage a spaceship that has plans to repair a satellite. Dr. Claw intends to take over the satellite so that the world can only hear what he wants them to hear.

Inspector Gadget Gets Dizzy In This Episode

The Gadget family is busy spending their time at a carnival where the very thought of sitting on one of those rides makes Inspector Gadget very dizzy. Inspector Gadget tells his boss Chief Quimby that when he is on duty, everything is under control. Is it really? In this episode, the Chief does not call his top agent by phone but Inspector Gadget sees him in the distance speaking to an audience of guests at the carnival.

An Astronaut Working for Dr. Claw Attempts to Eliminate Inspector Gadget In Episode #26

Inspector Gadget enters a training facility for astronauts when an astronaut working for Dr. Claw attempts to get rid of Gadget by putting him on a centrifuge ride and really speeding it up or he puts him in an anti-gravity chamber and removes the air hose in order to try and suffocate the Inspector. The astronaut also “forces” Inspector Gadget to take what is known as a rocket car test drive with the objective of attempting to eliminate the Inspector. Brain goes to the panel and notices that if he does not act quickly enough, the car in which the Inspector is sitting in will slam into a brick wall. Brain, the Gadget family dog pushes a button which switches the tracks, thus preventing the Inspector from getting seriously injured.

Inspector Gadget Cannot Tell the Difference Between Friends and Foes Once Again

The Inspector thinks that this astronaut is his friend while the saboteur is another person that is free. However, he does not realize that this astronaut working for Dr. Claw is the real saboteur until he realizes at the end of the episode that the lunch box was the clue that would lead him to discover the identity of the saboteur. Even after he first sees that lunch box and knows that it is a good clue, he cannot realize yet that the astronaut that is working for Dr. Claw is actually a M.A.D. agent.

Here Is Another Example of How Inspector Gadget Focuses His Attention On the Wrong People

As is usually the case in these episodes in Inspector Gadget, Gadget uses his weapons or gadgets on the wrong people. One example of this is when he is driving and he is on his way to where the spaceship is because he hears that they are planning to launch the satellite and he thinks that this launch is the main event but it is just a dry run for what they are planning on doing later. He drives through the checkpoint causing the staff at the space station to alert the police force. Inspector Gadget thinks that these guys are agents of Dr. Claw and he uses the hilarious gas and his glue rockets to hold them off. This seems like you are reading a summary of this episode but it is actually an analysis of the episode plus the character of Inspector Gadget and how foolish he really is.

"Launch Time" Full Episode

"Gadget wins again! I hate winners!!"

— Dr. Claw

© 2018 Ara Vahanian


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