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Review of the Episode "Volcano Island" Probably the Worst Episode in the First Season of the Cartoon Inspector Gadget

Updated on December 4, 2020
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Ara is a Journalism graduate from California State University Northridge who is always looking to explore his writing opportunities.

A Photo of Polynesia in the South Pacific and the setting for the Episode "Volcano Island"


The Reason Why the Episode "Volcano Island" May Be the Worst One in the First Season of Inspector Gadget

Volcano Island is the 16th episode of the cartoon Inspector Gadget and it may be the worst episode in the first season of the show. The main reason for this is because of the character called Mr. Prophet and the fact that he is just an eccentric older man that rolls his eyes and acts as a fortune teller but he tells the residents of an island in the South Pacific that the island is doomed and that they should leave while they can. The sound of that character’s voice is enough to make some viewers shake their head and wonder what is going on.

What is the Main Plot in the Episode Volcano Island?

This is the first of at least three episodes in which the cartoon is set in the South Pacific, the other 2 episodes being the ones called Sleeping Gas and A Bad Altitude. The episode #16 involves Dr. Claw having a plan to use two tropical islands as a missile base from which to scare away the villagers. The plan involves Dr. Claw and his agents using pineapples as devices that are being used to set off volcanic eruptions. The episode certainly does have creativity and this was very clever on the part of the creators of Inspector Gadget but the character Mr. Prophet and the sound of his voice really weakens this particular episode. Inspector Gadget thinks that the Prophet is a nice man that can help him track down Dr. Claw but once he, Penny and Brain reach the hut or house where that man lives, Gadget is exposed to a trap door and a stone block. Penny realizes very quickly that the prophet is working for Dr. Claw but her uncle as usual considers him a good friend.

Memorable quotes from the episode Volcano Island

“That guy was right. It rained.”

Inspector Gadget says this after all the water in the swimming pool gets out.

How is Volcano Island Similar to Other Inspector Gadget Episodes?

With that stated, the episode Volcano Island does have certain similarities to other episodes in the first season of Inspector Gadget. Some of them are:

  1. Penny gets captured-once again; the brilliant niece of Inspector Gadget gets captured in this episode while trying to uncover more details about the plot to take over 2 islands.
  2. The episode is set in a warm, tropical climate.
  3. Inspector Gadget is seen surfing in the beginning of the episode. This sort of event would be seen again near the end of the first season of Inspector Gadget when the Gadget family is in Nice, France.
  4. Inspector Gadget gets attacked by a mechanical shark. In the episode called Don’t Hold Your Breath, Inspector Gadget would be pursued by a shark while boating out at sea.

"Volcano Island" Full Episode

Final Thoughts About the Episode Volcano Island

Overall, Volcano Island represents most likely the lowest point of the first season. However, the safety tip at the end of this episode is VERY valuable. Tip: when you are changing the light bulb for a power source, make sure that you have turned off the power first before making any appliance changes.

© 2018 Ara Vahanian


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