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KID NATION: We’ll miss you, sort of

KID NATIONFor 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.

Posted on Wednesday, December 12th, 2007
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KID NATION: Wish I’d been one of the kids

For the kids on the show, I suspect that Kid Nation was an amazing experience with great bonding and growth. “It’s going to be really emotional for them,” my 10-year-old just said. She gets it.

But for us adults watching, it was a disappointment because it was so contrived. Yeah, if you google that word, you’ll probably find this blog. Sorry if I sound like a broken record on that point, but it was inescapable week after week.

And the gold stars were a disaster, making us question everyone’s motives.

Since the council had to award three final gold stars, I have no problem with the merits of Sophia and Morgan. If Migle deserved it, well, it must be for her actions off camera. The council members spoke highly of her, so perhaps her best moments never aired.

As for Sophia, for one kid to get so much more cash than everyone else is just wrong. Most of those kids, who will go home with wonderful memories, will never forget that moment.

- Ari Soglin

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Posted on Wednesday, December 12th, 2007
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KID NATION: Count down to the end

KID NATIONTick. Tock. In less than 5 hours, the finale for “Kid Nation” airs. We here at aPARENTly Speaking consider this a momentous event. Yes, our boredom is nearing the end. OK, seriously, we’re actually expecting a lot from the finale. Maybe that’s simple hope. Or maybe we’d just like to think we didn’t invest a full season in this show for nothing.

So, to mark the occasion, fellow blogger Ari Soglin and I will chime in with our thoughts LIVE on the blog tonight. Join us at 8 p.m. Tell us what you think in the comments. We’d love to know we’re not in this alone.

Posted on Wednesday, December 12th, 2007
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Kid Nation: Please let it be a KID nation

KID NATIONIf I start sounding like Jared, forgive me, but I’m feeling analytical. Kid Nation (photo courtesy of CBS) can’t have it both ways. It can either create a kids world, where the youngsters really drive the storyline. Or it can let the adults set the kids up in different scenarios.

It’s now such a mish-mash that I don’t know whether the Sheriff Sophia storyline in Episode 12, “Where’s Bonanza, Dude,” was pure kid plot or completely orchestrated by the adults. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Thursday, December 6th, 2007
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Kid Nation: Bonanza City-style politics

Kid Nation(Courtesy CBS)Greg gets elected to the Town Council. He orches- trates respect training in which he lashes out at the participants. “I feel like someone won the presidential election with no background check,” Sophia says. Welcome to politics Bonanza City-style.

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Posted on Saturday, November 24th, 2007
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Kid Nation: Cruelty does not become them

anjayFrom bad, to worse. “Kid Nation” took an ugly turn Wednesday. With one flip of that ridiculous Pioneer Book, the entire town of Bonanza turned into a soap opera. And a poorly written one to boot. We got to see — over and over again — just how nasty, selfish and downright cruel these kids can be. Maybe that’s what happens when you strip them of real civilization for 28 days, leave them without parental guidance and above all, dangle a $20,000 carrot in front of them. Worst of all, the episode was To Be Continued. Yep, looks like we get another hour of this debacle next week.

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Posted on Wednesday, November 14th, 2007
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Kid Nation’s tainted gold star and Taylor’s successor

kidnationEver since Sophia got the gold star in Episode One and we found out it was worth 20k, it’s been tainted. We’ve had to wonder whether the Kid Nation twerps were lugging water, digging trash pits and cleaning toilets for the good of the cause or if it’s just been about Gold Rush ’07.

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Posted on Thursday, November 8th, 2007
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Kid Nation: Whiny “gimme-the-gold-star” bore

kidnationI admit it. I miss the pint-sized brat. Taylor, the obnoxious and loud-mouth beauty queen, was relegated to a 15-second sound bite in Wednesday’s episode of “Kid Nation,” and frankly, the remaining 59 minutes and 45 seconds was a major snooze fest. Even when the show tries to drum up suspense — oh, the kids are in a scary mine; oh, look they found a secret chest (as the grown-up written pioneer book hinted they would); oh, it’s full of money — the episode simply falls flatter than 3-day-old soda.

But in the end, it’s the gold star that had me grimacing this week. This one reminded me of a political race — a whole lot of smoke, not a lot of substance.

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Posted on Wednesday, October 31st, 2007
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Give Kid Nation’s Taylor the silent treatment

kidnationPunished for dodging an assigned clean-up, Taylor‘s punishment was to haul buckets of water. Her response: Call out to Zach, her nemesis, then purposely dump the water and say, “Oops, my bad.” It’s time to just ignore beauty pageant girl.

That Taylor remains a focal point merely shows how weak this program is. Her prima dona attitude is getting old. The echoing complaints about her from the rest of Kid Nation are becoming more annoying. So, why do they keep coming back to this theme? Cuz the show has become as boring as a 13-1 Red Sox blowout of the Rockies.

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Posted on Wednesday, October 24th, 2007
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Kid Nation: Finally, beauty queen bites the dust

kidnationAs 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.

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Posted on Wednesday, October 17th, 2007
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