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Kid Nation 1
I'm Trying to Be a Leader Here

Kid Nation 1
Anjay

Anjay

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Role: Anjay
Age: -1987 years old
DK

DK

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Role: DK
Age: -1985 years old
Emilie

Emilie

Screen Time: 60%
Role: Emilie
Age: -1990 years old
Greg

Greg

Screen Time: 60%
Role: Greg
Age: -1984 years old
Guylan

Guylan

Screen Time: 60%
Role: Guylan
Age: -1988 years old
Kelsey

Kelsey

Screen Time: 60%
Role: Kelsey
Age: -1988 years old
Laurel

Laurel

Screen Time: 60%
Role: Laurel
Age: -1987 years old
Leila

Leila

Screen Time: 60%
Role: Leila
Age: -1990 years old
Mallory

Mallory

Screen Time: 60%
Role: Mallory
Age: -1991 years old
Markelle

Markelle

Screen Time: 60
Role: Markelle
Age: -1987 years old
Michael

Michael

Screen Time: 60
Role: Michael
Age: -1985 years old
Washington

Mike

Screen Time: 60%
Role: Mika
Age: -1988 years old
Morgan

Morgan

Screen Time: 60%
Role: Morgan
Age: -1987 years old
Olivia

Olivia

Screen Time: 60%
Role: Olivia
Age: -1987 years old
Pharaoh

Pharaoh

Screen Time: 60%
Role: Pharaoh
Age: -1987 years old
Randi

Randi

Screen Time: 60%
Role: Randi
Age: -1987 years old
Sophia

Sophia

Screen Time: 60%
Role: Sophia
Age: -1985 years old
Taylor

Taylor

Screen Time: 60%
Role: Taylor
Age: -1989 years old
Sophie

Sophie

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Role: Sophie
Age: -1989 years old

 

Kid Nation 1

Episode: I'm Trying to Be a Leader Here
9/19/2007
Rating: 0 (2 votes)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1083934

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Summary

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KID NATION host Jonathan Karsh introduces us to Bonanza City, a mining town that failed in the 1880s. In the next 40 days, 40 new pioneers will attempt to rebuild the town. But these pioneers are all children.

Will these young pioneers be able to succeed where their adult ancestors failed, without parents or teachers to guide them? Will they successfully build the first Kid Nation?

A big yellow school bus speeds through the desert with 36 kids from across America, ranging in age from 8 to 15. The bus is bursting with energy as the Kids look out on the harsh landscape with a mixture of wonder and worry. Several Kids voice their fears about the upcoming adventure. The youngest, curly-haired Jimmy, expresses his concerns: “I think I’m gonna die out here because there’s nothing!” Bright-eyed Mallory, also eight, is nervous as well, but comforted by the fact that she is joined on this journey by her older sister, Olivia.

Jonathan greets the Kids as they are dropped off. The bus drives away, and they are now removed from any sign of their normal lives. Jared, an 11-year-old from Georgia, admits, “I’m not going to lie to you. I’m nervous as heck.” Jonathan hopes the Kids are up to the challenge, assuring them that they have the support of each other and a four-member Town Council, who are on the way.

“These guys are our leaders?” The Kids turn to see a helicopter approaching in the distance. Dust whips the air as the helicopter lands, and four more children step out to greet the rest. Jonathan introduces these four Town Council Members:

11-year-old Mike, a capable Boy Scout

10-year-old Taylor, a competitive pageant queen

12-year-old Anjay, a smart spelling bee champ

12-year-old Laurel, a respected student leader The young leaders greet the group confidently, but many of the Kids are less than impressed by their Council. Nine-year-old Cody quips, “What? Is this the right people, or are they just getting right back on that helicopter?”

Jonathan points the Kids to a group of wagons with the supplies they’ll need for the next 40 days. Bonanza City is several miles away, and they’ll have to haul everything to town themselves. Jonathan warns that the adventure ahead of them will be tough, but if any of the Kids can’t handle life in Bonanza City, there will be a Town Hall meeting in a few days, and they’ll have the opportunity to go home.

While the 36 kids prepare for the long trek to town and wrangle runaway goats, Jonathan pulls the Council Leaders aside. Jonathan tells the Council that when they arrive in town, they should head to the Chapel to find an old book that may provide some useful advice.

Jonathan then reveals a big secret to the Council Leaders: every few days, they will award a Gold Star worth its weight in gold--$20,000--to the kid they feel is most deserving. From that point on, the Council Members watch the other kids very closely, trying to decide who’s Gold Star-worthy.

“How are we gonna pull this off?” The Kids begin their grueling hike across the hot desert, pulling the heavy wagons filled with 40 days’ worth of pioneer supplies and managing their goats and chickens.

Fifteen-year-old Greg immediately questions Mike’s authority, challenging him to switch places, just for five minutes. When Mike can barely pull Greg’s wagon, Greg backs off for the time being. Mike quickly realizes that life as a council leader may be tougher than he imagined.

Just as it seems it can’t get any worse, 14-year-old Chicago native DK drops to the ground with a painful leg injury. The muscles in DK’s leg are too cramped for him to continue the march on foot. Greg helps DK onto one of the wagons, and Mike and two girls take over DK’s spot, leading the wagon train into Bonanza City.

Exploring their ghost town and coming to the realization that there really are no parents or teachers anywhere, the Kids seek shelter in various bunkhouses. They quickly discover that there are no beds to be found and that they will be sleeping pioneer-style, atop thin bedrolls on the floor. The kids are overwhelmed by questions about what to do, where to go and how to get the girls out of the boys’ bunkhouse. As Taylor is surrounded by older children asking for guidance, she worries, “Oh my gosh, this is gonna be hard.”