The next two characters introduced in “Surviving Antarctica: Reality TV 2083” are Polly Pritchard and Robert Johnson. Polly and Robert are night and day characters. They are two 14-year-old kids who are polar opposites, even though it appears they may be heading to the same pole.
Polly is known for her brilliant mind, skill for academics, and perfect memory. Her dream is to continue her life in education. She’s the type of person you could imagine becoming a school teacher. She relies mostly on mental intelligence to get by in life.
Robert is known for his ability to scavenge for old vehicles and disassemble them for their parts. If he could further his education, he would probably make a great engineer. But he relies heavily on his physical intelligence, and he wasn’t born to sit in a classroom. With no desire to further his education, it would be nice if he could get some extra cash to start his own business.
Polly has a disabled mother and her father is deceased. She’s 14 and too poor to afford an education beyond the eighth grade. She tried for a Toss scholarship and lost. Now she’s a full-time member of the workforce, despite the fact that she was a nationally recognized student.
Polly has become a memorist, which is like a 411 operator. She has her own stall at a flea market, people visit the stall to ask her questions, and she answers. They can ask her any question at all, and if she can answer it correctly she gets paid. She has an incredible memory, so she can make money at this. For instance, a woman approaches the stall and asks Polly where she can buy a used TV set. Polly knows a location, so she earns the dime.
A boy Polly’s age pays a nickel to know if there are any scholarships available besides the Toss. Polly tells him he can apply to be on the Historical Survivors reality show. However, Polly warns him that reality shows are dangerous. He has nothing to lose, so he doesn’t care about the risk. That makes Polly wonder if she has anything to lose either…
Robert is another 14-year-old kid with nothing to lose. He’s a professional scavenger in Houston, Texas. He has no desire to continue his education, but he does want to better his life. He has a talent for digging up old vehicles and dismantling them for their parts.
While scavenging with his friend Joey, the two see a plane with a banner overhead. It’s advertising the Historical Survivors contest in Antarctica and encouraging kids to apply. Joey encourages Robert to apply. He realizes he could buy some motorboats and start a hauling business if he were to win MVP.