Wednesday, October 17th, 2007 at 9:00 pm in Kid Nation.
As Taylor likes to say, “Deal with it.” The bratty, bossy junior beauty queen on CBS’ “Kid Nation” got knocked off her throne Wednesday night. We’ll forgive yet another contrived move by the producers (via a so-called “pioneer book”) that orchestrated town elections because it finally gave Taylor what she deserved. Never has there been a child who made me want to re-think my no-spanking policy more than this one. She yells at everyone, doesn’t do a lick of work and disrespects those she’s supposed to lead. Makes me think the producers picked her as town leader in the first place to drum up drama for this election episode.
And make no mistake, had Taylor won what almost looked as if it would be a popularity contest, I would not be tuning in again next week. It’s bad enough that she’ll still be around town. At least now, a real leader can put her in her place. Bring it on.
The show made another long overdue move in the same episode. Greg, the once loud-mouthed, misbehaving 15-year-old, won the gold star. He made no secret about wanting it. Likely the real motivation behind his hard work and suddenly caring side towards the younger kids was a ploy to win the $25,000 that goes with the star. But let’s face it: this entire show is a set-up. Were it not, the producers would have kept the monetary value of the star a secret until the season ended. Greg has made an effort and he got what he deserved. If his post-win speech is any indication, here’s a kid who actually needs the money. He plans to use it for college. Of course, with the going-rate for college expenses, he’s going to need more than $25,000.
OK, so that’s what went right with the show. Here’s what went wrong — oh so very wrong — apparently 14 days into this little adventure, the kids were still without toothbrushes and dental floss. Their “reward” from the challenge was either hamburgers and hotdogs or buckets with toothbrushes, toothpaste, dental floss and mouth wash. What is this, rip-off “Survivor?” If the kids picked the meat, as most of them wanted to, they would have neglected their dental hygeine for SIX weeks. Again, the parent is me is bristling. Enough with proving how sensible these kids are when it comes to selecting rewards. Give them the necessities for free and roll out the fun stuff so we can see them be real kids again. This isn’t “Mini-Adult Nation.”
— Ann Tatko-Peterson