36 thoughts on “I had thought watching Sapient Trains Are A Really Terrible Idea with my son was bad, but yesterday I got a taste of…

  1. Yeah, there’s some serious blind spots in Sofia. Like, they have episodes about thinly-veiled racism and classism metaphors, but at the same time the characters are waited on hand and foot by nameless servants.

  2. What drives me extra nuts is that most of the shows I’ve seen could all be summed up by a single 10 minute film called Things Will Go Wrong If You Can’t Follow Basic Instructions. Seriously, that’s the plot of every damn episode.

  3. Are you talking about Thomas and Bob? Because I hate those two shows!

    The thing that gets on my nerves the most is how one or the other character always makes a mess (and does what in real world would be huge damage!), and it all sums up in “sorry, I learned the lesson!” and “It’s all ok now, don’t worry, we’ll justmake it right”. And I as a father am all “What the..? Come on! That’s not how you make a child understand what he did wrong! Also, they’ll just do the same next time!” :/

    Worst offender here is Norman from Fireman Sam. God, what I’d do to him xD

  4. huge damage!), and it all sums up in “sorry, I learned the lesson!” and “It’s all ok now, don’t worry, we’ll justmake it right”. And I as a father am all “What the..? Come on! That’s not how you make a child understand what he did wrong! Also, they’ll just do the same next time!” :/ Worst offender here is Norman from Fireman Sam. God, what I’d do to him xD]]>

  5. Patrick Marchiodi Yup! Ditto the idea that Sodorites put up with being late for work all the time because, I dunno, Tomas decided he wanted to go visit the forest instead of doing his job. Or how Bob must be hemorrhaging money given that, I assume, every single job he does goes over bid because either a worker or a sapient bulldozer screws something up.

    The whole sapient machines thing kinda bugs me, too. I mean, I get that it’s more profitable to sell trains or trucks with faces and names, but this whole idea of dangerous machines you’re supposed to empathize with is bizarre to me. One episode of Bob had a steamroller playing with a cat, and all I could think was, “That cat is going to get killed.” (The steamroller does roll over the cat’s house, though. “Oops!” OMFG.)

    There was a moment in Bob when he started talking about different wall fasteners, and I thought, “Oh, okay, so this is where we teach kids a bit about carpentry and tools,” but, no, it was just some color and never came up again.

  6. For the record, I let my kid watch maybe 30 minutes of TV a week. It’s usually spending Saturday morning with an episode of Mister Roger’s Neighborhood — the best kid’s show, period, IMO — but sometimes we do Daniel Tiger, which is pretty good. But, every once in a while (like this weekend) my son is inconsolable, and so we watch a bit more, and I let him pick from the menu on the PBS Kids app.

  7. Mister Roger’s Neighborhood — the best kid’s show, period, IMO — but sometimes we do Daniel Tiger, which is pretty good. But, every once in a while (like this weekend) my son is inconsolable, and so we watch a bit more, and I let him pick from the menu on the PBS Kids app.]]>

  8. I also get that these are the opinions of a grown-up watching a show for little kids, but honestly, I feel like there’s a huge difference between “this is for little kids” and “this is fundamentally idiotic”.