September 20th, 2007

Molly 1

"Kid Nation" on CBS

I was channel surfing while the commercials were on, and found a show on CBS that caught my attention. "Kid Nation," it's called. The premise was listed on the info thingy as being a "reality" TV show wherein children of various ages (seems to be age 8 through 15) go to this "Old West ghost town" and are supposed to make the town work "without adult help." Which fascinated me, I was all like "GO KIDS!" and watching it pretty much exclusively for a while.

And then they ruined it about half the way through. "Without adult help" my ass. I was fine with the cookbooks and stuff like that, but then they found this book that basically told them how they were supposed to set up their organizational structure. I started to get pissed at that point, saying aloud to the TV, "What's the point of having them do this themselves if you're going to give them instructions on how they should do it?" If they were really trying to show that kids can do the same things as adults, then they should not be telling the kids how to do things. I mean, I thought they were doing pretty well, all things considered, until they started taking that stupid book's advice. The way I saw it, the book's instructions made things work LESS well.

As if THAT wasn't bad enough, they also had competitions run by an adult. There was an adult at the town hall meetings. And, apparently due to the results of the competition, they got money and stock for the stores - including the candy store.

So basically, a show that started out with the promise to fascinate me and make me cheer the kids on devolved halfway through into just another piece of shit "reality" show. So much for truth in advertising!

Now, if they had made the show that was advertised, if they'd made the show that the info screen said it was, I would have a new favorite TV show. Disappointing. It just gives further proof that most adults think kids are stupid and are not quite human. Pisses me off.
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