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

Updated on September 22, 2018
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Ara is a Journalism graduate from California State University Northridge who is looking to always 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.

Why is This Episode Applicable to Real Life?

Many of these episodes have events that happen in real life as well so this kind of cartoon is applicable to daily life. If someone is too tired to work, they will not be able to function effectively and their productivity will suffer as a result.

How Does the main Character Cope With Having 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. 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 Gadget ends up driving through a junkyard before he finally arrives at the TV station.

Inspector Gadget Gets Captured Which is Rare in This Cartoon

Here is something that is pretty rare in Inspector Gadget. This episode sees 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 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.

"Bad Dreams Are Made of This"

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