DAF Retro Review: DUCKTALES: Episode 17 – ‘Sir Gyro de Gearloose’

DAF Radio Head Admin Jason Schlierman takes a look back at the classic DuckTales episode, “Sir Gyro de Gearloose” in honor of the show’s 25th Anniversary.

There are a number of DuckTales enthusiasts that will tell you despite there being 100 episodes to the show, only the first 65 are the ones that are any good.  Most likely, this has a lot to do with the inclusion of Bubba the Caveduck and GizmoDuck in the latter episodes, but while it’s up to each individual fan to decide if they agree with this feeling, there is a lot to say about the slight difference in tone from the earlier episodes to the final ones.

One of the other reasons for this outside of Bubba and GizzmoDuck (besides the “feel” of the original Carl Barks comics that the show and various episodes were based on) might be the focus on the original characters.  Many of them were created by Carl Barks that made it onto the show, including, but not limited to: Scrooge McDuck, the Beagle Boys, Flintheart Glomgold and Gyro Gearloose, were regularly featured in the first 65 episodes.  One such episode, “Sir Gyro de Gearloose,” is the subject of this review, and featured Duckburg’s resident inventor, Gyro Gearloose.

The character of Gyro first appeared in the Carl Barks written “Gladstone’s Terrible Secret” in Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories #140, May 1952.  The character remained popular, appearing in a number of Scrooge McDuck and Donald Duck comics.  Finally, Gyro made his first animated appearance in the DuckTales themed Sport Goofy in Soccermania in 1987.  That same year, DuckTales debuted.  In the episode “Sir Gyro de Gearloose,” Gyro is starting to get burnt out.  Sick of being known as “Gadget Man,” Gyro starts to dream about being a knight and leaving his gadgets behind him.  The next day, he unveils his time travel tube to Huey, Louie and Dewy, who accidentally turns the time machine on, sending all four of them back to the time of “Quackalot.”  Once there, Gyro sets out to become a knight, but it doesn’t take long before he finds that his troubles from Duckburg follow him to Quackalot.

This episode is great for fans of Gyro as he really gets to be the main star.  However, the episode also makes the case why Gyro is better off as a supporting character.  He’s fun to watch, but he’s no Scrooge McDuck.  Still, it’s an entertaining episode, and while not one of the best of the best, is at least an upper middle of the road episode.  It has a great message and should satisfy any DuckTales fan.

To enjoy “Sir Gyro de Gearloose,” make sure you pick up a copy of DuckTales: Volume One on DVD HERE.

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