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Review of the Episode "Bad Dreams Are Made of This" in the Cartoon Inspector Gadget

Updated on May 22, 2023
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Ara is a journalism graduate from California State University, Northridge, who is always looking to explore his writing opportunities.

"Bad Dreams Are Made of This" Synopsis

Bad Dreams are Made of This is not only the 12th episode of the second season of the cartoon Inspector Gadget. It is also a time of reflection for some of us as certain events that happen to us in life may seem like very bad dreams that will not go away. The episode is about the fact that Dr. Claw’s organization M.A.D. along with Dr. Spectrum have teamed up once again for what is a very interesting plot. They have created a machine that uses powerful rays to induce the population of Metro City to have nightmares when they go to bed at night. These rays even affect the hero Inspector Gadget and his family. With many residents too tired to work during the day, Dr. Claw thinks that he can take advantage of this situation. It just goes to show that even Superman could not escape every event that might happen to him. Dr. Claw is confident that he can carry out his plans because the people will be too tired to work.

If you are too tired to work, you will end up like this man in the photo. In the episode Bad Dreams Are Made of This, everyone is too tired to work.
If you are too tired to work, you will end up like this man in the photo. In the episode Bad Dreams Are Made of This, everyone is too tired to work. | Source

The Entire Gadget Family Is Also Affected by Bad Dreams

Inspector Gadget goes to see a psychiatrist because when he goes to sleep, his gadgets start functioning for no particular reason. He says that they start without him. Inspector Gadget’s boss Chief Quimby happens to be in the office at the same time as Gadget and he is dressed like a nurse! Quimby assigns Gadget to investigate the cause of the bad dreams that are taking over Metro City. While he is driving to the TV station, he falls asleep behind the wheel so his dog Brain uses his whistle to bring attention to the situation. The van is speeding so fast that Inspector Gadget ends up driving through a junkyard before he finally arrives at the TV station.

Penny and Brain also unfortunately are susceptible to having bad dreams in this episode as well. Penny dreams that she is running in order to get her computer book back but it gets stolen by Dr. Claw’s agents. Brain has a nightmare that shows him being chased by MAD Cat.

"Bad Dreams Are Made of This" Full Episode

Inspector Gadget Gets Captured In This Episode

Here is something that is pretty rare in Inspector Gadget. This episode sees Inspector Gadget captured by Dr. Spectrum as they put him to sleep as he is hooked up to the Dream Machine in an attempt to try and finish him off. However, his gadgets go crazy once again and the increased power for the machine makes the room heat up. Gadget is able to destroy the machine. This is rare because it is usually his niece Penny that gets captured.

Final Thoughts and Perspective About the Episode "Bad Dreams Are Made of This"

Bad Dreams Are Made of This is ranked as the most popular episode of the second season on the Internet Movie Database. The end of this episode is a very good one, showing the Gadget family having a breakfast of over-easy eggs with toast. The safety tip at the end of this episode reminds us that we should never stick a metal object into a toaster. Bad Dreams Are Made of This is certainly one of the better episodes of Inspector Gadget and I hope that whatever bad dreams you may be having that this cartoon will help put things in perspective.

© 2018 Ara Vahanian


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