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20 September 2007 @ 11:58 pm
Kid Nation is awesome!  
Note, I have read no one else's thoughts whatever on the actual premiere, so if I'm alone in this thought, oh well.

I saw a long trailer for this awhile back and thought that the show looked intriguing and quite charming, inspirational, etc. And then all of the commercials starting airing on CBS and highlighted the kids crying, upset, fighting, etc. and it just looked horrible. Still I held onto that first trailer I saw and watched the show and I'm so glad that I did. I loved this.

Kids say what they mean; you know what you get. They're real, they're honest and seeing this group of kids (who totally did have adults nearby regardless of the "No adults" slogan) work together, encourage one another, compete so healthily was absolutely wonderful. I was moved, I nearly cried, I grinned, I laughed, I thought this was wonderful and I truly hope that subsequent episodes are good.

Some details ... I loved Mike, the lead leader. That kid is just awesome. Taylor, the beauty queen is just as cute and sassy as can be. Sophia deserved that gold star and I LOVED that the council GAVE her the gold star even after she basically bitched them out. I honestly don't think that adults would have; I think they would have judged her on that and not on all she had done. I think they would have reneged on their decision to give it to her when she called them out. But these kids, they know (and how adults forget) that anger and pain are fleeting, and once the harsh feelings go away, you can be friends again -- yes, I work in daycare, can you tell? And when she called her mom with the $20,000 news, it was awesome and you know, just know, that every kid there is going to find such reserves of strength that they never knew was possible because they want that gold star, they want to call their parents, they want that $20,000. And I say good for them!

I will miss Jimmy, but I understand why he left ... which brings me to another point. I LOVE that they let the kids decide whether they want to leave or not every two days. That is good; really good. I also like the host. He interacted with the kids well, I thought they did a good job with him.

Will the kids succeed? I think they will. I was VERY impressed with the fact that they were so HAPPY about the porta-potties being picked over the TV. Kids are smart and I love that this show is showing that so clearly. I also like that while this is reality tv and all reality TV is scripted, if only by the editors, really, I find it hard to believe that this isn't more real than most reality tv because these are kids and that saying, "kids say the darndest things" is a well-known saying for a reason. There's no subterfuge; they're just there to do this.

I really, really liked this. A LOT.
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eolivet on September 21st, 2007 03:13 pm (UTC)
But these kids, they know (and how adults forget) that anger and pain are fleeting, and once the harsh feelings go away, you can be friends again

Oh, how interesting -- I never thought of that. With my reality show conspiracy theory bias, I just assumed production might've nudged them in the right direction. (I would've thought kids might be the opposite: impulsive and quick to temper. But that's why I don't work with them, nor do I have any :p )

As I mentioned, I was impressed with how the kids were dividing up the work among themselves -- I know the show had to have a contingency plan with the various "teams" -- but I would've almost rather seen how they worked on their own "terms." I noticed all the in-fighting didn't really escalate until they were divided, and competing against each other.

But it was much better than I thought it would be. :D
Arabian: Rob and Amberarabian on September 29th, 2007 04:03 pm (UTC)
That never crossed my mind because what good would that have done. The better "story" would have been giving it to Michael, I think. I really think it was the kids. Seriously. They fight, hate on each other and then one minute later are playing together, best friends in the world. Tis awesome.

Yeah, I wish there hadn't been that interference, but eh, I can live with it.
live through this and you won't look backbuffyx on September 24th, 2007 12:29 am (UTC)
I skipped this post first time I saw it since I hadn't seen it yet-- but yes, I find it really enjoyable. I like reality shows that don't have the "elimination" factor. I was surprised by some of the kids' maturity and how they all pulled together.

Though, I have to say, Mike bugged me most out of the kids. But I really liked Michael, Sophia and DK. Laurel seemed sweet, too. I kind of wish that the show didn't push the "class system" on them-- but I'd really be amused to see some kind of "revolution" and overthrowing of the council at some point. I dare to dream.
Arabianarabian on September 29th, 2007 04:04 pm (UTC)
After reading this, I read posts and yeah a lot of people didn't like Mike. Aww. Well, I think I was more like him than a Michael growing up (hmm, could be why I wasn't that popular, LOL!)

Agreed, that I wish the adults hadn't interfered. And yeah, I'm thinking we're actually going to get an overthrow. We'll see. (I should be able to watch the 2nd episode tonight -- oy, I have so much TV to watch this weekend.)