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Review of the Episode "M.a.d. in the Moon" in the Cartoon Inspector Gadget

Updated on July 23, 2022
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Ara is a journalism graduate from California State University, Northridge, who is always looking to explore his writing opportunities.

Dr. Null and Dr. Void the Two Scientists Working for Dr. Claw

M.A.D. in the Moon Focuses on a Common Theme Which Is Space

M.A.D. in the Moon is more than just the 78th episode of the cartoon Inspector Gadget. The episode is also one of three in a row where the main character Inspector Gadget travels to space with his family. The other two such episodes where the Inspector travels to space are Focus on Gadget and N.S.F. Gadget.

A Brief Synopsis of Inspector Gadget's Mission In the Episode "M.A.D. In the Moon"

For the purposes of this episode, the evil cyborg Dr. Claw is planning on celebrating his birthday party on the Moon and he intends to change the face of the Moon for his purposes and diabolical plot. He enlists the help of scientists Dr. Null and Dr. Void. These scientists end up using what are known as kewpie dolls and they use them as devices that if used will change the face of the moon forever. Inspector Gadget and his family attend a lecture at a local planetarium about the Moon when Gadget receives a call from his boss Chief Quimby. The Chief is actually hiding in a model of the Moon.

Penny Convinces Her Uncle That He Should Take Her Along

But as usual, Dr. Claw cannot even stand to see Gadget and he expects his agents to get rid of him. Penny offers to travel to the Moon with her uncle because she promised her teacher that she would do a report on the Moon. Gadget is reluctant at first to allow his niece to come along, citing safety concerns but he reluctantly agrees to take her along with him. He even constructs a vehicle that Penny can use to travel on the Moon.

This Second Season of Inspector Gadget Has a New Character Named Corporal Capeman

One aspect that is remarkably different in the second season of Inspector Gadget compared to the first season is the entry of the character Corporal Capeman, a man that has a cape similar to Superman and he thinks that he has this super ability to be able to fly great distances. One of the agents that tries to eliminate the Inspector tells him that there is a leak in one of the rooms that needs to be fixed. Gadget becomes trapped in the room as Capeman is easily conned by the agent who tells him that if her needs to speak to his friend that he should push the red button. What happens is that something similar to an alarm is triggered and the other door opens, sending Inspector Gadget into the vast openness of outer space. Corporal Capeman especially in this episode shows viewers that he is a clumsy idiot. Gadget and Capeman think that these dolls are moon creatures that they can take back with them to Planet Earth but these dolls actually have devices in them that when triggered at the right time can permanently alter the structure and face of the Moon.

"M.A.D. In the Moon"

How the Episode "M.A.D. in the Moon" Ends

Penny is not going to allow Dr. Claw to have a hold on the Moon so she uses a gravity ray gun to get the dolls out of the way of Gadget and Capeman. The dolls fly all the way up into the air and are gone forever. Even though MAD cat still wants to celebrate, Dr. Claw knows that his plan for dominating the Moon on his birthday are ruined. This episode is a good episode in the second season of Inspector Gadget but it cannot compare to the first season of the cartoon.

© 2018 Ara Vahanian


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