Throwback Thursday – Inspector Gadget
“Duh-duh-duh-duh-duh Inspector Gadget…” Oh yes. Yes, yes, yes. It’s time for Throwback Thursday here on The Nerdy Bomb, where we highlight something from way-back that is still way-awesome. And since I’m behind the controls today, I’m choosing one of my favorite kid’s TV shows: Inspector Gadget. (Image Credit: DIC Entertainment/DHX Media) (Disclaimer: I am not […]
“Duh-duh-duh-duh-duh Inspector Gadget…”
Oh yes. Yes, yes, yes. It’s time for Throwback Thursday here on The Nerdy Bomb, where we highlight something from way-back that is still way-awesome. And since I’m behind the controls today, I’m choosing one of my favorite kid’s TV shows: Inspector Gadget.
(Image Credit: DIC Entertainment/DHX Media)
(Disclaimer: I am not covering the movies. Just…no.)
Inspector Gadget, voiced by Don Adams, is a cyborg detective. Not only is he half machine, but he’s also pretty dumb, which is not a good combination. He’s got two main side-kicks, his niece, Penny, and her dog, Brain. While the inspector couldn’t find his way out of a paper bag, Penny & Brain secretly solve all of his cases for him, however, they take none of the glory.
All of his cases center on out-witting Dr. Claw, voiced by the forever famous Frank Welker. (who has voiced characters such as Fred Jones, Scooby-Doo, Slimer, and Abu, just to name a few) When receiving his missions, he always gets them from Chief Quimby (After a notification on his go-go gadget phone which is built into his pinky finger), and at the meeting for the message exchange, we learn that the message will self-destruct. Inspector Gadget somehow always ends up tossing the message in Chief Quimby’s general direction, leaving him to take the blow of the self-destructing message. (In hindsight: Why didn’t he ever just drop the message and run?)
Either way, Penny & Brain always triumph over Dr. Claw and his scheming minions (Including a very crabby cat), and our beloved inspector always ends up taking the credit, minus a few broken parts at the end.
During the show’s run, there were a few extra characters that showed up: Corporal Capeman, the bumbling super-hero wannabe, and Penny’s “Friend?” “Pet?” butler/ogre, whose name escapes me at the present-you’d have no idea where he came from or what his real purpose was, but he was interesting nonetheless.
I actually got a set of the DVD’s recently after their re-release, and I still really enjoy watching them. Occasionally, on the cold winter mornings as of late, my daughter will ask to watch Inspector Gadget, so we’ll make some hot cocoa and enjoy it together.
As I watch though, I can’t help but ask myself why he didn’t have more useful tools. If I was building a cyborg detective, I’d fore-go the umbrella hat and insert a jet pack. Take the phone out of his pinky and insert lasers in his fingers. Or something. And I always wonder who financed Inspector Gadget, and who works on him when he’s broken? Also, Penny, I know you’re smart, but you should be in school.
But the best part of the whole show is his PSA’s at the end. Those are priceless. From not talking to strangers to staying away from matches, the great inspector covered it all.
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