Slowly saving the world with Paw Patrol

Having two nieces and a nephew means that I am very well versed in children’s television programs. Personally, my niece is more of a Bubble Guppies fan, but I’ve heard that Paw Patrol is all the rage, so I decided to check it out for this week’s instalment of TV Tuttle.

Children’s television isn’t so much about logic as it is about imagination.  Parents sometimes get upset over what’s depicted in children’s TV shows, but I think James Baldock says it best: “kids learn from what they see, but they’re not as stupid as many adults give them credit for.”

Here’s what happens in the first half of Pup Pup Boogie (S1:E2):

  • The pups play a video game called Pup Pup Boogie (which is like Dance, Dance Revolution, but way slower.)
  • A set of train tracks breaks and it’s up to the pups to fix it in time for the world’s slowest train to not derail and make for the saddest children’s show episode ever.
  • Each dog harnesses the power of a different public service employee (firefighter, police officer or construction worker) to save the day and fix the tracks!

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Here’s my niece Sophie, who helped me make a much more interesting prediction for Paw Patrol this week: 

  • A princess, a robot, bubbles and a ballerina with blue hair will appear.

What actually happened: Using the magic of randomly pushing buttons until something works, a dog that has never operated a bulldozer before somehow manages to successfully fix the train tracks.

What I thought would happen: the dogs would celebrate their train track victory around a campfire. Nope! They all fall asleep early under the stars, actually.

Another episode within the episode starts, which tells the story of an ill-equipped cruise ship that will crash into a coastal city if a bunch of dogs don’t break into a lighthouse on time.

Photo by Kevin Unger
How I felt while watching Paw Patrol

But mostly, Paw Patrol left me with a lot of questions, like:

  • Why are these dogs getting their video game delivered by train?
  • Why does the city entrust dogs with all its major problems?
  • How did they run into a walrus while crossing the lake? Why do walruses eat dog treats?

Overall, I’d rate Paw Patrol 2/5 walrus treats.

Pausing for effect in Netflix’s House of Cards

For some reason, I decided that watching House of Cards would be a great way to escape the horrifying news cycle we’re in.  Oh, 2017!

Netflix's House of Cards
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House of Cards, like Breaking Bad or Mad Men, tells the story of an anti-hero, which is someone who “lives in a universe with a much more cynical [and] ambiguous moral code.”  Pretty much the complete opposite of Captain America or Superman.

More specifically, Frank Underwood is an unscrupulous anti-hero.  He justifies his dubious actions by pointing to the more sinister behaviour of people surrounding him.  He’s bad with a purpose.

Here’s what happened in the first half of the pilot:

  • Frank Underwood finds a dog that has recently been hit by a car and, in a chilling moment, he kills the dog to put it out of its “useless pain.”
  • Frank doesn’t get the coveted Secretary of State role he was promised, but that’s no problem because him and his wife Claire plot their revenge by breaking expensive-looking glass, staying up all night and speaking in dulcet tones.
  • Frank agrees to help the incoming Secretary of Education draft a comprehensive education reform bill within the first 100 days.
TV Tuttle in Washington
I went to Washington once. Fortunately, my experience wasn’t like anything on House of Cards.

Here are my predictions:

  • Frank kills the guy that was going to be Secretary of State – FALSE. Seeing Frank enter the theatre and play a first-person shooter game gave me some serious Abe Lincoln vibes.  I guess he’s not that bad.
  • Claire starts a corrupt business dealing that hurts people in need– NOT YET. However, she does approve a measure that would mean firing half of the staff at her charity.  Seems kind of shady.
  • Nicholas Cage pops in and steals the declaration of independence – FALSE. But a guy can dream, right?
  • Things I did predict accurately: Zoey gets leverage over Frank; Frank blackmails a fellow congress person (Peter).

House of Cards is definitely the most interesting show I’ve watched so far for this blog.  Can’t wait to see how the rest of the show turns out!

TV Tuttle rates House of Cards 4.5/5 vengeful racks of ribs.

House of Cards rating: 4.5/5 vengeful racks of ribs