Wednesday, September 26th, 2007 at 9:25 pm in Kid Nation.
Warning: spoiler alert (for those who Tivo’d it). … So much for the drama of the chicken slaughter. The standoff between the hungry carnivore kids on Kid Nation and the animal lovers fizzled, resolved in the first 15 minutes of Wednesday night’s show. Too bad. It had the potential to be a great storyline. Guess that’s the reality of reality TV.
The only really interesting scene was seeing the reaction of kids who witnessed the slaughter. Although I’ve been quite cavalier about the whole chicken killing debate, that scene troubled me because I wondered whether the kids who were present really wanted to be there or were influenced by peer pressure to watch the head chopping. On the other hand…
if they succumbed to peer pressure and wished they hadn’t, it’s a lesson learned; lots better than a peer pressure lesson that kills brain cells, causes injury or worse.
The reaction in my living room from the 10-year-old, who wants to be on the next Kid Nation: “Oh, my gosh. Why are they showing chicken being killed on national TV?” (This from a kid who last year declared she was a vegetarian when she was with mom but ate meat when with dad. What’s up with that?)
Anyhow, I’m bored with the show after two episodes. I’m tempted to bail. I do like much of what it teaches kids. Not to take natural resources for granted; teamwork and sportsmanship; the importance of good leadership. So, maybe I’ll stick it out to watch with my kids.
A couple decent storylines are piquing my interest in Week 3: If Greg continues to be a hard worker, does he deserve the 20k gold star even if that’s what’s motivating him? When will the Yellow team mutiny against Taylor, who can’t get her butt out of bed and into the kitchen early enough to make breakfast?
But if those storylines get resolved the way the chicken slaughter was, well, baseball playoffs are coming up and I may be outta here.