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Review of the Episode Gadget’s Roma in the Cartoon Inspector Gadget Compared to The Other Time Travel Episodes

Updated on October 10, 2020
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Ara is a Journalism graduate from California State University Northridge who is always looking to explore his writing opportunities.

What is the Scope and Objective of This Article About the Episode Called Gadget's Roma?

Here is something that people don’t always get to read about. This next article is an episode comparison article in which three episodes of the cartoon Inspector Gadget will be analyzed and compared. The episodes to be compared are the following:

Tyrannosaurus Gadget

Gadget’s Roma

Gadget’s Clean Sweep

This is a photo of the Roman Colosseum one of the landmarks that is mentioned in the episode of Gadget's Roma.
This is a photo of the Roman Colosseum one of the landmarks that is mentioned in the episode of Gadget's Roma. | Source

One Major Similarity in Gadget's Roma, Tyrannosaurus Gadget & Gadget's Clean Sweep

All three of the mentioned episodes involve time travel and the Inspector meeting his ancestor in each of these episodes. In Tyrannosaurus Gadget, viewers saw the Gadget family travel to the time of the first humans that made a living as hunters and gatherers. In Gadget’s Roma, Inspector Gadget is assigned to travel back in time to Italy but this time, the time period of this episode is in Ancient Rome (think about the time of the Roman Empire).

Special Quick Comment About the Other Time Travel Episode Gadget's Clean Sweep

Note: in the next Episode called Gadget’s Clean Sweep, Inspector Gadget travels back in time again but he travels to 19th century London and meets his great grandparents Char and Chimney Gadget and that episode is especially funny as well.

The 2nd Similarity With All Three of These Time Travel Episodes Is

And in all three of these episodes, Inspector Gadget’s boss Chief Quimby gets very angry after Inspector Gadget crumples up the secret message because the Chief hates the idea of having to always put up with a self-destructing message, a theme that is one of the most common occurrences in the series.

Professor Von Slickstein a Scientist and a Very Good Friend of Inspector Gadget


The 3rd Similarity Between All Three of These Episodes

Another similarity in these three episodes is that Inspector Gadget receives help from his very good friend Professor Von Slickstein, the same man that was kidnapped by the villain Dr. Claw back in Episode 5 called The Amazon.

What is the Episode Gadget's Roma Mainly About?

Gadget’s Roma is an episode about an ancestor of Inspector Gadget named Great Great Gadgetorum, a slave that eventually was able to buy his freedom. This man is also the Inspector’s great, great grandfather. One difference between Gadget’s Roma and the episode before it is that this time, Inspector Gadget is informed that he and his family have only four hours to meet their ancestor, discover the Treasure of Roma and return to the present time otherwise they will be stuck in the past forever. Inspector Gadget is also given a device to wear that helps him translate everything that he hears from Latin to English. The main language used in Ancient Rome was Latin. Notice that what is being presented here is not a straight summary of these three episodes but it is a comparison and contrast kind of written piece. In Gadget’s Roma, Inspector Gadget must also discover the secret of the Treasure of Roma which is in the Roman Forum and it is known as the secret of the mosaic.

Interesting Fact #1 About Gadget's Roma: the Chariot Race

After all of the other attempts to eliminate the Gadget family have failed, Dr. Claw’s main agent Thelma Bodkin enters Inspector Gadget into the chariot race to try and get rid of him. Two of Dr. Claw’s other agents trick the Inspector into believing that he has one wheel too many on his chariot and they remove the wheel using a pitchfork. After some time goes by, Inspector Gadget realizes that it was a mistake to get rid of the wheel and he uses his skates and eventually his sail and he ends up winning the race.

"Gadget's Roma"

Final Thoughts and How Gadget's Roma Compares to the Other Two Episodes

The Treasure of Roma actually is a recipe for the famous Italian dish veal scaloppini and there is a bag of gold that is discovered by Inspector Gadget’s niece Penny when she goes to the Catacombs in search of the treasure. Why the treasure is not the bag of gold alone, we will never know but the creators of Inspector Gadget still found a way to make this animated series very interesting. Which one of these time travel episodes is the most entertaining? This is a very good question and a tough call since all three of them are enjoyable. Some things never get old. One thing is for sure: Inspector Gadget brought more than enough pictures from his journey for his boss to see!

© 2018 Ara Vahanian


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