'Sarah Palin's Alaska' may be 'flippin' fun,' but will it be any good?(Read article summary)
The trailer for TLC's upcoming show, 'Sarah Palin's Alaska,' is out, featuring themes of family, fun, and freedom. It functions well as a political ad, too.
The trailer for TLC's â€śSarah Palinâ€™s Alaskaâ€ť is out, and it looks like a show that will fit in great with many of the other productions of Discovery Channel affiliates. It features the outdoors, bad weather, scary animals, and lots of roaring machines. Think of it as â€śDeadliest Catchâ€ť with a little politics thrown in, or maybe â€śMan vs. Wildâ€ť plus antigovernment rhetoric.
Fortunately there is no dancing. Daughter Bristol Palin is currently on â€śDancing with the Stars,â€ť and Mama Grizzly Palin has supported her and all, but American politics has not yet progressed to the point where the ability to tango is considered an asset for potential presidential candidates.
Letâ€™s run through the clip, shall we? It starts with Palin herself hauling a pack up a snow slope somewhere up there in the big empty, exclaiming â€śOh Gosh! We are somewhere people dream about!â€ť
Then the word â€śFamilyâ€ť pops on the screen, and there are quick cuts of what is presumably the Palin family home, which looks big. Is it expensive to heat cathedral ceilings up there in Wasilla? Maybe thatâ€™s why sheâ€™s got another book coming out.
Then Palin says â€śThis is just flippinâ€™ fun,â€ť and there are more quick cuts of her in a floatplane, and her in a kayak, and her leaping on Todd with teeth bared ... Scratch that last one. It was an actual bear in that shot, instead of a Mama Grizzly.
(We predict that â€śflippinâ€™ funâ€ť could become a Palin catchphrase as memorable as â€śyou betcha',â€ť by the way.)
It ends with Palin complaining about how sheâ€™d rather be out doing all the stuff she is doing in the trailer as opposed to sitting in a stuffy political office somewhere. The word â€śfreeâ€ť figures in there somewhere. Then we see the ex-Alaska governor in a long shot, mushing a dog sled across the pristine snow.
Family, fun, and freedom â€“ is this a trailer, or a cleverly-disguised political ad? It would function well as either. Though in the short run it is surely meant as nothing more than an audience-building effort for the eight-week â€śSarah Palinâ€™s Alaskaâ€ť series, which starts on November 14 on TLC.
In the past, some environmental groups, such as Friends of the Earth, have complained that Palin should not be hosting a nature show, given her view that humans are not necessarily to blame for climate change, among other things.
But Discoveryâ€™s â€śAmerican Loggersâ€ť uses way more carbon-based fuel products than Palinâ€™s series ever could. Also it features the cutting down of trees. The new Palin trailer doesnâ€™t even have a chain saw in it.
If the series does well, is it possible that TLC might consider other shows that depict political figures in their native habitat?