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Review and Analysis of the Episode "Old Man of the Mountain" in the Cartoon Inspector Gadget

Updated on December 4, 2018
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Ara is a Journalism graduate from California State University Northridge who is looking to always explore his writing opportunities.

Introduction to Old Man of the Mountain Which Was Supposed to be Named The Great Divide

“Old Man of the Mountain” is the 46th episode of the famous carton series Inspector Gadget. However, the title of the episode was supposed to be The Great Divide but there was a mix-up that caused the title of this episode to be named by mistake.

What is the Episode Mainly About?

In this episode, the world’s most famous bionic policeman of fictional Metro City is assigned by his boss Chief Quimby to investigate the reasons why two neighboring villages are at war with each other.

The Significance of the Episode and the Cartoon Inspector Gadget

The Great Divide would have been a more accurate title for this episode because the story is set in the Balkan Mountains where two villages are doing battle with each other. In any case, the episode is also one of those where there is something having to do with the human body and health. The creators of Inspector Gadget were very creative in this regard and although the cartoon was created a long time ago, there are valuable lessons to be learned. Young people watching this cartoon today can learn lots of valuable health and safety tips.

Yogurt is One of the Keys to Good Health as Old Man of the Mountain Illustrates

In this episode, there is a type of yogurt which if eaten can give a person incredible amounts of strength and the eternal powers of youth! This is the reason why Dr. Claw wants to obtain this yogurt from the ancient mountain goat. But as usual, because of the intellect and smarts of Penny and Brain plus a little help from the villagers, Dr. Claw’s plan once again gets foiled.

Old Man of the Mountain: A Brief Summary of the Episode

This time Dr. Claw calls on his top assistant Agent Gregor to get rid of Gadget. He uses a turnstile equipped with needles to try and get rid of him but Gadget uses his legs to hop over the object. But he thinks that someone is pushing to get in front of him. Agent Gregor is able to convince the old women of one of the villages that Inspector Gadget is a spy. The women then try to get rid of him through a variety of ways such as putting him in a hot oven and or throwing him into a bear pit. Fortunately, Inspector Gadget is able to get himself out of the bear pit by relying on his helicopter device as his head hits a tree and the bear is attacked by a horde of bees. Gadget was very lucky in this instance given how incompetent and clueless he usually is. While she is investigating the special powers of the ancient mountain goat, Gadget’s niece Penny discovers a basket of that energy giving yogurt on the ground and eats a spoonful of it. She remarks that it is strong stuff and she is able to break a stone! Agent Gregor tries to escape with the goat before the men and women of the villages discover that they have been betrayed. As soon as Agent Gregor is captured by the men and women of the two villages, Inspector Gadget is then seen as a hero and given a spoonful of that energy giving yogurt. Even as the Chief arrives to congratulate him, Gadget wants to dance and party because he has been so energized.

Rating for the episode Old Man of the Mountain: 90 out of 100 points for a solid A grade

"Old Man of the Mountain"

© 2018 Ara Vahanian

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