As we start this week, Gadget and Penny have arrived in Moscow, only recently freed from the shackles of the Soviet Union. We have a decade until Putin, so what type of trouble can we get into in Yeltsin’s Russia? And I don’t just mean by the Bard’s Tale fans...
|How can you trust anyone that smiles that much?|
|You don’t look as friendly as the other guy.|
Talking to the guard gives us a variety of conversation options ranging from asking to change seats to demanding that he let us go. He is a man of few words, mostly just responding to each question with a firm, “No.” Eventually, I work my way down the list to ask him for a glass of water. At last, he relents and leaves us alone to fetch us a drink. It’s nice that M.A.D. agents are so gullible! With him out of the way, we can lower the fold-up bed to allow Penny to climb up on it to pull the emergency brake. After a cute animation of Penny and Brain falling over when the train stops, we open the window to make our escape. Penny insists that Brain go first, but naturally our friend with the water arrives just as we are leaving. Brain escapes but Penny remains trapped with a wet and unhappy M.A.D. agent.
|He even has a M.A.D. jumpsuit!|
|M.A.D. might want to invest in a more secure cell for their prisoners.|
|For no reason at all, this reminds me of this scene. (Warning: Profanity.)|
|The Kremlin is hiding out in the background, but we cannot visit.|
Brain is not allowed into the circus on account of his being a dog, but fixing that is easy enough: there are all the components of a clown costume scattered around. There is also (more strangely) a truck filled with nuclear materials here. I expect that will be important later. When we complete our costume, the ticket taker recognizes us as “Bofo the Clown” and lets us in.
|I really should get a GPS.|
|But all dogs go to heaven, right?|
|Amen, Penny. Amen.|
|What does RCM stand for?|
|Go go gadget embarrassment!|
Time played: 40 min
Total time: 5 hr 20 min
Gadget Inventory: Flashlight, Bandsaw, Binoculars, Drill, Coat, Laser, Roller skates
Our environmental lesson for the week is on the dangers of nuclear power and the difficulties of disposing of nuclear waste. Surprisingly, the episode itself did a very good job of representing this, from the truck containing nuclear waste (that they presumably had difficulty disposing of properly) at the circus, plus the poor state of repair of the nuclear plant overall. Given the incidents at Chernobyl and Three Mile Island (both of which are referenced in Penny’s computer book), the authors are making a clear statement about the dangers of nuclear energy. Actually, given the inclusion of the Moscow Circus as well, this is probably the most well-connected and well-researched of the locations that we have visited so far. Points for Moscow!
That’s it for me this week. Next time, I’ll be off to Hong Kong for the last of the regular Gadget episodes. I hope!