Kid Nation: A Parent's Perspective, Episode 13
Kid Nation: A Parent's Perspective, Episode 13
Alright, look.  I like Kid Nation.  I really do.   I'd love to meet these kids and talk to them about their time in Bonanza City.  I wanna pinch the cheeks of about half of them and wring the necks of the other half but all have made an impression on me.  I really loved that I had a show to watch with my son that not only was entertaining, but raised different issues that we talked about over the last 13 episodes.  However, just like I've gone back and forth about whether or not I like Greg, I went back and forth on whether or not I liked last night's finale of Kid Nation.

I'll start with the bad so that I can end on a positive note because I think the show deserves it.  I hated ... and I mean HATED ... that the show became about money.  Last night, when they broke out the giant gold stars worth 50K, I had a bad feeling.  All the children came to have an experience but some left with tens of thousands of dollars and others with nothing.  It defeats the purpose of the show, which was to build a better community.  Hell, we'll ALL build a better community if there's 50K in it for us, won't we?  Maybe if Al Gore started handing out gold stars, we'd cut back on our electricity and recycle more.  Shouldn't we just want to do it because we're making the world a better place?

I actually had no idea who Migle was until about two episodes ago.  I vaguely remember that she and Natasha were called lazy early on.  Is breaking up a fight between Taylor and Emilie on the last day really worth $50,000?  And while I'm on a rant, doesn't being on the Town Council suck?  You make a ton of decisions that everyone gets mad at you about, you help shape the town to make it what it is and yet, you're ineligible to win the gold stars while you're serving.  Money contaminated this show, plain and simple.  It made it, at times, about deserving kids versus non-deserving kids.  i can only imagine it left many of them feeling upset, left out, unworthy and nobody should have to feel like that.

Here's the good, though.  A lot of these kids probably had their finest moments in Bonanza City.  Many of them were leaders, role models, kids I would want my own son looking up to.  They admitted that they felt like they fit in there and said their fellow citizens became "like family".  Their reunion with their parents got me and I'll admit it, I cried.  It was so nice to see them with those closest to them, hugging them, telling them they loved them, and showing them around.  The show did make me feel hopeful at times about this generation of children and I was left wanting more.  If they bring back the show for another season, I'll definitely be watching.

- Gina Scarpa, BuddyTV Staff Writer

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