Daily Cartoon! Inspector Gadget: S.1,E.8: “Haunted Castle”

Welcome back to another completed random cartoon that I just put on to review! It’s incredible to think of just the volume of cartoons there has been over the years and I’m already starting to get people sending me requests.

Of course, I will be honoring such requests because I’m the best. So if there’s anything you think I should watch and rant about, send an e-mail to CarJoeMez@gmail.com or hit the Twitter: @CarJoeMez.

I’ve always been a fan of Inspector Gadget. He always came off as the right combination of goofy, slapstick and fun to me. So watching an episode of this classic series was an easy decision. It’s been a long while since I’ve watched any of this, so I’m excited to see how it holds up. Soooooo…let’s get to it.

Inspector Gadget : S.1, E.8: “Haunted Castle”

Originally Aired: September 21, 1983


We get the classic Gadget opening which is a tune I can be caught humming a lot more often than you’d imagine. It’s just catchy AF and gets me hyped for the show.

Gadget, Penny and Brain are driving the Gadgetmobile through Transylvania, the home of Count Dracula, if you didn’t know. Cut to Dr. Claw and Mad Cat who have a Transylvanian office now and are planning for the arrival of the good guys. Apparently,there’s a law-enforcement convention in town and the bad Doctor is planning to be able to rid himself of the Inspector once and for all.

The arrive at The Skull Inn which is dark and demonic looking…kind of like a Motel 6. As they walk in, they’re met by Chief Quimby who points out Count Dracula’s Castle out the window and says the locals have been hearing voices in there recently that they believe to be Dr. Claw. It’s up to Gadget to stop Claw’s evil plans to disrupt the big law-enforcement conference.

Gadget and crew hit the road to check out Dracula’s castle, but Dr. Claw is waiting and unleashes some booby traps. Of course, Gadget just thinks the roads are terrible and calls the tourist bureau to complain as they barely escape a brush with death.

The good Inspector leads them into the castle as Dr. Claw sets his evil plan in motion. Penny and Brain are terrified, but settle down as they explore the castle and don’t see any spookiness. Claw wants to split up the group so he sends a clue his way to make Gadget want to explore on his own. Penny, of course, sees right through this and sends Brain to tail Gadget as she checks out the other parts of the castle.

Penny is almost immediately captured by MAD agents as Gadget unknowingly thwarts the first attempt at capturing him.Brain guides Gadget to the basement to get him to help Penny, but they eventually fall through a trap-door and into a cavern where they’re reunited with Penny.

From here we get some wonderful Gadget and company darting in and out of booby traps and causing havoc for MAD agents until the plan is foiled for good. The law-enforcement convention goes off without a hitch and Dr. Claw escapes into the night while exclaiming that Gadget will never catch him.

Final Review:

Inspector Gadget is incredibly cheesy and I make no bones about loving it. Sure, the episodes are just Dr. Claw’s daily new scheme, but they’re presented in a way that entertains more than frustrates like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles can after a while.

The voice-acting is terrific and I love not knowing what Dr. Claw looks like. It’s a tiny thing, but it adds a layer of intrigue to wonder if you’ll ever actually get to see him.

When they finally made a Gadget Super Nintendo game, it was promoted that you’d finally see Dr. Claw if you were able to get to end. I never played this game. Some things are better off unknown.

So yeah, if you’re looking for amazing writing or storytelling, you’re in the wrong place, but if you want a light-hearted fun half hour, come on it and watch some Inspector Gadget with me.

❤ Joe



Episode-A-Day! MASK Ep. 10: “Death From The Sky”

Welcome to another Episode-A-Day feature on CarJoeMez! Today, we’re into double digits! It’s episode of MASK with the demonic title of, “Death From The Sky”!


VENOM captures Air Force 1 using a tractor beam and demands a ransom of $25m in gold to be delivered into their Swiss bank account by the Peaceful Nations Alliance. Right off the bat, I’m fucking hooked because it makes me think of Mel Gibson in the classic, RANSOM!

You have no idea how often I continue to quote this.

Where was I? Oh! MASK…right.

Yeah, so, Matt Trakker is watching the news and sees that VENOM is up to no good so he summons the MASK agents best suited for this mission. MASK is able to catch an SOS from the Army, but not before VENOM is able to steal a top-secret magnet that will enhance their tractor beam and allow Miles Mayhem to control a comet and destroy the planet.

Trakker uses the MASK computer to track VENOM’s broadcast location and the team squads battle it out. VENOM ends up retreating as MASK blows up the weapon and the comet is then sent off track and no longer poses a threat to Earth while Mayhem flies away basically shaking his fist like Dr. Claw pledging that he’ll win next time.


I loved this. It was pure 80s cheese done well and allowed me to reference both Mel Gibson and Inspector Gadget, both of which I love. I hope every episode going forward allows me to do the same.


Ride with traffic when on a bicycle. Solid advice.

Final Grade:

*** 1/2* on the Meltzer! A new record for a MASK episode! Definitely my favorite episode thus far and hopefully more will stay along the tone of this one.