Just the buzz about Kid Nation made me want to at least watch the first episode to see what it was all about. A lot of negative publicity will often make me want to watch a show just to see what it’s all about.
I’ve never liked Big Brother, Survivor, Amazing Race…the list of reality tv shows goes on…surprisingly enough most of them (at least all the ones I listed) are CBS. Anyway, Kid Nation actually stood out. It seemed to mean something. These kids were being given a chance to prove they didn’t need adults. In some instances, they accomplished that. Some of these kids would have shown their maturity even if they weren’t on the show. Some of the kids grew up and learned how to be mature while they were on the show. It was interesting. And the producers did a wonderful job of finding a mix of children they so varied.
The last episode (last week) was heart warming and fun. The kids got to see their parents for the first time in 40 days. The kids got to show the parents where they were living. The parents got to meet the kids friends they had made. Some say the money ruined the show. And it did at first. When Greg started to change just to try and get the star and Divad trying to campaign for the star, were only two examples of the money "ruining" the show. The kids quickly shot down Greg and Divad for trying to earn the money and not actually making an effort at making Bonanza better. The kids didn’t go on the show to earn money. The didn’t know about the money. As far as I know, they just knew they were being paid $5,000 for being on the show. It was more of getting a gold star, just like you’d get in grade school, for being good, than being awarded money.
At any rate, this is a once in a lifetime experience, and even if CBS does a Kid Nation 2, it won’t be the same. Those kids would just being going for the money. You’d never get kids like DK, who comes from a big family or Hunter, whose dad lost his job, being on the show. It’d be full of Taylors and Migles (who have their resume posted on imdb.net now) not Alexs and Sophias. Good job to Jonathan Karsh and the producers. It was a great show.
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This post was written by jjanvrin on December 17, 2007