I cannot stand Sarah Palin politically, can’t imagine a situation where I would ever vote for her, and in the past have barely tolerated her when she speaks on other subjects. I say that not to upset or offend anyone, least of all the Palins, but so you understand my mind set when I first tuned into her new mega TV hit, Sarah Palin’s Alaska. By the way, I also have little patience for reality television. However, in this series, I find something highly entertaining and addictive. I would recommend checking it out.
Now, it’s far from perfect. Sarah certainly hasn’t won me over completely. She still can be smarmy, and her offhand insults at the Obamas and the like annoy me. Half of the time her on-camera interviews come across as totally scripted and insincere. It’s those times where she’s not talking to the camera where she starts to seem like a normal, even likable, person. When her kids are disrespectful, but she holds her tongue, she proves her mettle as a mother. She’s tough, but not smothering. If the show is any indication, she seems like a pretty good parent, and someone it would be fun to spend some time with. She isn’t afraid to get dirty, is tougher than most, and seems to have a solid, loving marriage.
That’s why her public persona up to this point, quite the opposite in a negative way, has become more baffling than hated to me. I’m sure she’d never invite me to join her up in her home state for some fun, but if the chance ever arose, I’d jump at it, and likely enjoy myself quite a bit. The family appears to be having so much fun every week, it’s easy to imagine joining them.
The rest of the Palin family is portrayed just fine. Todd doesn’t talk much, but when he does, you see a supportive, hard working family man, which was the image I already had of him. Sure, her daughters are a bit mouthy every once in awhile, but what teenage girl isn’t? They certainly are better than many I have encountered. For the most part, they seem pretty grounded and sweet, raised quite well by their parents. That may be a surprise to anyone who views Sarah as ignoring her family for the sake of career, as quite the opposite appears to be true. Sarah’s father cracks me up, and seems like a warm-hearted, generous man. None of her relations and in-laws come across in anything but a positive light.
But the Palins aren’t the biggest draw of the show for me. The hook is that you get to see the beautiful state of Alaska, and all it has to offer. In last night’s episode, the family went whitewater rafting, and then Sarah took Piper to see some sled dogs. My wife would have loved that trip! Huskies are her favorite breed of dog. I won’t say it was better than any other episode, as they all come across with about the same quality, but it’s nice to see one more piece of that semi-wilderness every week.
New episodes are presented Sunday nights on TLC, and reruns air frequently. Even if you’re not a Palin fan, check it out. You might be surprised at how easy it is to watch.