It’s very easy to criticize a show like Alaskan Bush People. For one it’s largely because of shows like Survivor and every other reality show that takes place in the wilds. Those shows Â build up so much to a climax they can’t live up to, and are largely faked. Expecting people to believe that a single person or a group are being forced or allowed to live in the wilds under such intense conditions is hard for many people to believe. But the Brown Family, no matter if they are being aided by the network that runs the show or not, are in fact giving up their home on Chicagof Island to move to Colorado.
This comes on the heels of their matriarch, Ami, being diagnosed with cancer and requiring treatment. Obviously this couldn’t take place in the wild as cancer is something that needs to be treated by modern medicine. All but three of the family made their way to California to see to Ami’s treatment, but as it’s been stated in the show and many articles California was never their intended relocation point. They were always thinking of Colorado from the start.
It makes a lot of sense actually. After braving the wilds of the Alaskan wilderness Colorado would seem to be a much easier transition than the deserts and northern forests of California. The climate would be easier to handle and the region would be much more akin to their former home of Browntown.
Thus far the family is, for the most part, excited about this new adventure in their lives, and are looking forward to the transition. The remaining family that was left behind to secure Browntown however had one more chance to say their goodbyes and were seen doing so in the latest episode. Saying goodbye to a home is never easy, and it’s even harder when you and your family actually built the home from the ground up. That type of dedication to a place is almost unheard of in the city and is capable of making some people feel envious as they wonder what it is like to have such a deep connection with their surroundings.
But in the interest of keeping up with Ami’s treatments the Browns have to move on, and there’s no doubt that on a 40-acre plot of land in Colorado they will find the means to create another home that is to their liking.
If there are any issues with the last episode it would be the fact that it was simply played up too much. Ami’s condition is tragic but not yet fatal. The family was seen going to rejoin her but their parting remarks felt canned and rather stale, as though they were being fed a script that was less than sincere and didn’t belong in the moment. The heroic music as they made their way to the boat might have touched some, but it simply felt out of place to others, as though the Browns were being anything but pragmatic about the move. They were on their way to a new life and to reconnect with their family, they hadn’t just vanquished a beast or saved a town.