If you did not get the chance to catch Discovery Channel’s show Flying Wild Alaska these last few months, check out reruns on your local listings. According to a quick note in the ADN, March 28th, there is a second season already starting to film.
Meanwhile, the first season of “Flying Wild Alaska” has wrapped on Discovery and a second season was already filming when we passed through Unalakleet this month to cover the Iditarod. I saw maybe five minutes of the production, as a Discovery crew filmed one of the show’s stars walking up behind Lance Mackey to say hello and give him some banana pancakes after he arrived in the village.
After we all suffered through that other Alaska ‘reality’ show on TLC with the half-term twit, that showed some great scenery but gave such a lopsided view of life in our fair state, FWA goes the other more realistic direction. What is also nice to see is women in Alaska who actually WORK, and do without a perfect manicure!!
Alaska is a unique state in its mixture of size, politics, beauty and living conditions. Most often all that is really shown is the outside beauty, and most times just a small portion of what the state has to offer. Part of what was enjoyed, in this household, about the Flying Wild Alaska was that many aspects of the people that make up our villages. There are so many dimensions to what makes up any one of our villages, which many times are not brought forward, that is was great to see some of that highlighted. We even get a chance to peek into the lives much different than ours of others who live even farther out in the bush, than us in isolated villages. Even with all that the show gives us as glimpses into these lives, I am sure some will only pick up on the usual stereotypes.
There was much chuckling around here over the ‘rotting seal flipper’ episodes and especially Jim Tweto’s lack of desire in wanting to try it. He had a real concern of botulism poisoning, as his system had never become accustom to the flipper. There are plenty of tales of who has tried ‘old favorites’, who is fine with them and who thought they would ‘die from the experience’!!
Watching the numerous discussions about flying in fog, wind and the fast changing weather conditions was all too familiar to many of us, even in our part of Alaska.
To hear how everyone from the CEO of the airline, Jim, was lured by the ‘experience’ of coming to work and live in Alaska years ago, to the younger pilots still coming to be part of the same thing, was so very true.
Overall our household feels the show did well by those of us who live and work in bush Alaska and we look forward to seeing if a second season is just as enjoyable.