By Ann Tatko-Peterson
Wednesday, December 12th, 2007 at 9:11 pm in Kid Nation.
For weeks, “Kid Nation” tried to build up the drama. They dangled $20,000 gold stars in front of a bunch of kids to get them to work. They went on and on about these kids building their own society, all the while dictating the show with the so-called “Pioneer Book.” For the most part, it was boring.
In the end, however, I was invested. I knew a lot about these kids. Taylor, the spoiled brat. Greg, the hypocrite. Sophia, the bossy hard worker. Alex and Jared, the mini geniuses. Most of the kids had a unique personality (at least those we got to see up close
So, when CBS billed the finale as being filled with surprises, I didn’t hold out much hope but I tuned in. Glad I did. They flew the episode at warp speed: fire, candy stealers, almost little girl cat fight, one final challenge, parents showing up, last three gold stars being awarded. It was a lot, and a long time coming. In context of the show, this was as good as it gets. Yeah, not all of it felt genuine, but it was just enough payoff. All in all, they are good kids and they did more than even I expected. That said, it was a lengthy investment to have to make, and the reward of the finale isn’t enough to bring me back for a second season. It’s just enough to keep me from calling the first season a total waste.