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Review and Analysis of the Episode "Focus On Gadget" in the Cartoon Inspector Gadget

Updated on January 21, 2024
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Ara is a journalism graduate from California State University, Northridge, who is always looking to explore his writing opportunities.

A Brief Synopsis of Episode #78 in the Original Inspector Gadget

Focus on Gadget is the 78th episode of the cartoon Inspector Gadget and this one is the first of three episodes in a row where the main character Inspector Gadget is sent into space by his boss Chief Quimby. For those of you that do not remember, the next two episodes that involve travel into space are MAD In the Moon and NSF Gadget. This first one though is also the first of three in a row that has the characters Dr. Null and Dr. Void. In this episode Dr. Claw uses a magnifying glass that is so powerful that it has the ability to dry up every ocean on the planet.

A Spaceship and This Symbolizes Part of What the Episode "Focus on Gadget" is About


Who Are the Secondary Characters in the Episode "Focus on Gadget?"

Just like viewers saw the character Dr. Spectrum in the previous episode “Bad Dreams Are Made of This” in this episode, the secondary villains are two scientists. Their names are Dr. Null and Dr. Void. One thing to note is that Dr. Null and Dr. Void are twins or they look like twins.

Corporal Capeman Does Not Accompany Inspector Gadget This Time

In this episode Focus on Gadget, Inspector Gadget’s assistant Corporal Capeman is too sick to be able to accompany him on a journey to outer space. However, he wants to convince himself that he feels great in spite of having a fever as well.

A Special Comment and Analysis About Where Chief Quimby Is Hiding This Time

In this episode, Chief Quimby is hiding in a rather interesting place. He is actually resting in a bed that is attached to one of the walls of the Gadget family home. What is even funnier about this part is that once the Chief hands the message to his top agent to read, he goes back to sleep! But he does not stay asleep for long because Inspector Gadget crumples up the paper and throws it on the bed where it lands right on the Chief’s face.

The Episode "Focus On Gadget" Marks the Debut of the Characters Dr. Null and Dr. Void

Meanwhile, Gadget’s niece Penny convinces him to take her along because there is a voice responsive computer that she wants to study. Inspector Gadget barely avoids being burnt by some sort of heat laser that is used by Dr. Null and Dr. Void because he presses a red emergency button that causes the spaceship to get rocky and move in all sorts of directions. When they find out that he has escaped that trap, they send droids after him and his family. Then, the sleeping gas is used to put them to sleep. The whole family ends up in the anti-gravity chamber where they become weightless. Dr. Null and Dr. Void try to get rid of Inspector Gadget by cutting off his safety cord as he drifts into outer space. As usual, either Brain or Penny rescues him.

One Interesting Observation About the Characters Dr. Null and Dr. Void

However, the scientists Dr. Null and Dr. Void never get captured in the original series. The reasons why the creators of this show did make it so that these two guys never got captured is a mystery. This may be one of the few flaws of the original Inspector Gadget.

Interesting Fact #1 About the Episode "Focus On Gadget"

An interesting fact about Focus on Gadget is that every time the Inspector gets hurt, he thinks that it is some sort of space station custom. In the end of the episode, he extends his neck and gets his neck caught in Door #7 as it closes on him. He gets a bruised nose as well, letting the Chief know that space station customs can be quite painful. Overall, Focus on Gadget is an interesting episode especially about technology.

"Maybe I got the custom wrong. Go, go Gadget Flowers. No, no I said Go, go Gadget Flowers!"

— Inspector Gadget

"Focus On Gadget" Full Episode

Interesting Fact #2 Is About Harold the Voice Responsive Computer

Harold, the voice responsive computer monitors the conditions of Gadget and his dog Brain, keeping them well. For the sake of making things more simple in this analysis we are using the name Harold instead of H.A.R.O.L.D. Harold also has a free will circuit which when it is used allows Harold to reveal to Penny where captured scientists are locked up as well as allowing him the free will to ignore the commands of Dr. Null and Dr. Void. But as long as the computer’s color is red, Harold must obey the commands that Dr. Null and Dr. Void give to him. However, when Harold’s free will circuit is inserted into the control panel, the panel becomes a dark green and Harold sees so many more possibilities of choices that he has.

Final score of Focus on Gadget: 85 out of 100 points

This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

© 2018 Ara Vahanian


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