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Kid Nation: Where’s Bonanza, Dude

December 05, 2007 08:25 PM by DA Southern

kid nation pic Jonathan quickly caught us up with the events from the last episode as we witnessed the deprivation caused by the arcade’s spellbinding effects after the kids managed to pull of a victory in the showdown that gave them the arcade. The arcade then became like an all night drunk as the kids neglected all of the duties to keep the town running efficiently. At the end of last week’s episode we saw the town council finally trying to set some boundaries when it came to the usage of the arcade, even going so far as appointing Sophia to the title of Sheriff to keep the arcade policed.

Sophia was seen roping off a plot of land in the middle of town just to see if the kids would take an interest in the land that otherwise had no use to them. Sure enough, as soon as she set up her boundaries all 37 kids seemed to want to traverse the land which caused quite a ruckus in the town.

The council boys headed to the journal room to read the holy grail and read that the former occupants of Bonanza City had failed to go beyond their borders which caused them to fail at having true cultural relationships. It is a wonder that the former occupants of Bonanza City lasted a week. The council boys then told the town that they had read the journal and said it implored them to take a walk-about and so they would be leaving and did not know how long. The kids were worried about who would be in charge and the council said that Sophia was the sheriff and would be keeping order. Some of the kids, especially Mike, were concerned that she would rule with an iron fist.

As the boys hit the dusty trail, Sophia started her reign as the official lawman of them thar town and she was the splitting image of a frontier sheriff. She said that her goal was “to keep everyone in check and the slackers out of the arcade”, which meant she probably was going to be a tyrant. As we watched Sophia deal with everybody in a real gentile manner, she was very respectful of everyone while trying to get everybody on board with getting the town running smoothly, which she achieved.

The council boys hit the trail only to stumble upon a tribe of Pueblo Indians who welcomed them into their culture to advise them about leadership. The chief told the council boys that the children are our are future, Teach them well and let them lead the way, Show them all the beauty they possess inside…Oh, sorry, Whitney Houston…anyway, the chief implored the council to respect the kids, which had the boys thinking about giving the star to someone who was not as strong, but excelled in other ways.

Back at Bonanza City, Sophia was proving the insignificance of the council as she pulled the town together and many of the other kids agreed that the town seemed less noisy without the council. Sophia was up on the balcony thanking the kids and telling them that the arcade would be opened and for them to “have fun”. The kids were off doing various things in Bonanza City and we found 9 year-old brainiac, Alex and our “Bill Gates”, Jared, off on a hike discovering the wilds of the prairie. After finding the skeletal remains of what looked to be a cow, the boys lamented not having a carbon dating process available to test the age of the remains as they headed back to Bonanza City. These two should have their own show!

Back at the Native American Tribe’s campfire, the tribal elders continued to give the boys advice about running the town before they sent them back to the city. The chief told them to “Lead by example” and to “Live well”. He ended by telling them to “Live your life on the sacred path”.

Day 36 had us at the showdown without the council, but the kids seemingly up for the task. Jonathan asked the kids if they knew what the Homestead Act was, and smart Jared explained what it was. Jonathan explained that each district was to move their homesteads, as well, with each moving a house of four walls, a roof and a floor and an Alpaca and some chickens and finally their district flag from one spot to another to win reward and they had 60 minutes to do it. Jonathan started them out and Red and Green district started fairly aggressively. Yellow struggled as they had their share of younger girls, including Taylor. Green pulled ahead when they managed to pull two of their walls over at the same time. The Green district managed to pull ahead of Red district and was neck and neck with Red until the very end, but managed to plant their flag to become the upper class. Red, right behind them, became the merchants while Blue and Yellow seemed to be running against the clock. With about 2 minutes left, Blue secured the Cooks class, making Yellow automatically the laborers. The only concern now would be if Yellow, with under two minutes left, be able to manage to move the remainder of their homestead before the clock ran out. With only seconds left, the Yellow planted their flag winning the reward for the kids of Bonanza City.

Jonathan announced that they had won the rewards and had Laurel help him remove a tarp covering the first reward. AS the tarp fell off, a beautiful marble inscribed monument was revealed to honor the Kid Nation’s time in Bonanza City, a forever monument that would stay forever. The second reward was to be balloon rides above Bonanza City that the kids could see the surrounding area of Bonanza City, what Jonathan called a time to reflect on their time there. With the council members gone, Sophia was given the task of choosing the prize for the kids, with a foregone conclusion knowing the very nature of Sophia. In a shock, Sophia chose the balloon rides for the kids to soar over the city.

Jonathan sent the kids back to the city and told them that the balloon rides would be tomorrow. At a night meeting in the saloon, the kids seemed to be melancholy as they starred at their final days in Bonanza City. Zach had a moving tribute to the good times that they all went through as well did Laurel.

The next day rolled around and all of the kids boarded the balloons for their trip up above Bonanza City. As they were all hovering, Sophia was tearful as she reflected on the days she experienced in Bonanza City as did many of the other kids. As the kids were hovering above the city, the council boys arrived to see what they had missed. DK was sorry that he missed the balloon ride as if being with a Native American tribe was not so exciting. Greg and the other council boys were warmly greeted and then were briefly seen speaking about their time with the tribe to the kids.

The “Gold Star Line Up” was seen as we saw many of the kids going before the council to tell who they think should be given the gold star. The main names that were bantered around were, Alex, Migle, Jared and Zach; (Jared and Zach both nominated themselves.) In a strange scene, Zach was nominating himself and started to cry, which started Greg laughing because he though Zach was faking. As we went to break, Zach was seen storming away in disbelief as to how he was being disrespected by the council.

Zach was seen storming back to the council and telling them that he felt disrespected and Blaine and Greg assured him that they had not meant for him to feel that way. After Zach left, Greg was still insistent that he was faking. So much for the wisdom from the tribal chiefs. The rest of the kids gave their opinions and the council boys deliberated with Alex and Jared seemingly being the lead contenders.

Jonathan rang the town hall meeting bell and gathered the faithful for the meeting on Day 37. Jonathan asked the kids about how they were getting along with each other and Sophia stood and stated her displeasure at the lack of communication because of the arcade. Jonathan asked the council what was to be done with the arcade and after a brief pow-wow, they decided to close the arcade as of that night. Greg told them that they would have a campfire tonight to bond for what would be one of the last times.

Jonathan then announced that it was time for the gold star meeting. Greg stood and announced that 9 year old Alex was the winner of the gold star. Alex got his star and announced that the money would be good for his kids and grandkids and that the money was a paradox, which had most of the kids shaking their heads. Alex explained it to them and they still didn’t get it. Alex, Alex, Alex!

In the calmest gold star announcement ever, Alex and his Mother were very calm as they talked of the gold star. In the final scene, we saw the campfire and many of the kids very circumspect about their time in the city and how it was bittersweet to be leaving in three days.

As the credits rolled, Jonathan talked about the Season Finale next week and how the challenges as well as the rewards would be bigger and we saw our little “Bill Gates” exploring the intricacies of a rogue crawling scorpion saying that he wanted to get one for a pet. Come on…You have gotta love that kid!

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One Response to “Kid Nation: Where’s Bonanza, Dude”

  1. polker Says:
    December 6th, 2007 at 11:52 am

    Another great recap but there were many great moments which I liked and was totally won over by this carefully scripted, childish show written by politically conscience aware adults!!!
    Yes, all Jonathan’s politically manipulation was fab but even better was when Divad baked “Cactus” cookies for the Nation prompting Midge to say,”Bring on the toadstool burritos!!” What a great line!!
    This was followed by the worst scene ever. DK’s messy autopsy of a dead ghila monster while trying to impress the Eskimo girl, La-Lani!!! This should have been censored and it lacked reality to me.
    Also, the Candy Factory scandal was great!!! Greg, Zach, and a flustered Ratso tried to force a takeover of the Factory by the Green team. While prompted a mini-revolt with Amy swinging from a chandelier to escape Zach’s menacing cluthces!!! Where did this chandelier come form? And how did it make it to Bonanca City??
    Laurel’s spirted whistling of the old show “Bonanza’ theme song was wild and on point. And loved Wanda’s speech about kids being people too, although privilaged ones, too!!
    What gems???
    And the usual intrigue. Talor’s rattlesnake dress and tumbleweed hat was a definate statement. And Mallory’s growing stawberries in the dessert was awesome.
    Hunter’s shocking revelation that his Gold Star was stolen upset everybody and the new winner Alex’s, cackling was painful!! But I loved the childish interplay between Midge and Zach during the “Galloping Hangman” competion and wasnt the noose awful tight around the proud Jonathan’s big neck!!!
    Next week more fun. DK forces amother Gold Star ceremony after he catches Johnathan stealing Candy from the Gactory. Wanda builds crutches for Kennedy!!! And all heck breaks loose when Bea decides to elect herself Queen of Bonanza City!!! Yikes!!!


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