Since I’ve caved in to TV watching with my son, I sat down with him yesterday and watched an episode of Inspector Gadget. I loved it when I was a kid, but watching it again, I realized it has some pretty good lessons in it, if you’re paying attention. Or maybe I’m just rationalizing…
1. All of the gadgets in the world aren’t as useful as a well-tuned brain.
2. Point number one aside, infinitely extendable arms do come in handy.
3. Girls have the power to be heroes.
4. Children have the power to be heroes.
5. The real heroes don’t always get the credit they deserve, but they keep doing the work that needs doing.
6. There are hidden cameras everywhere. (This one is particularly pertinent if you live in the UK where there are, in fact, cameras everywhere.)
7. Bad guys exist but you don’t hide from them. You live your life, keep your wits about you and, when necessary, fight them.
8. It’s impossible to know what a bad guy looks like.
9. Dogs are helpful companions; cats are evil onlookers. (Sorry cat-lovers.)