In the latest of a continuing series, my wife Nicole returns to offer her thoughts on another show I'm not likely to ever watch.
by Nicole RizzoIn 10 Words or Less
When living wild is all you know
The change would come when Brown met Amora (Ami as she's known on the show) Branson. Over the course of their 30-odd year marriage, the Brown family grew by leaps and bounds, giving Billy the much needed "family" he so desperately yearned for. For the first time in many years, Brown found solace. He felt most secure living in the Alaskan bush where he could get back to nature and be as close as possible to the great outdoors. For some that sounds as if Billy and Ami were stepping back in time to where pioneers first laid claim to the United States.
Along with their growing brood, Billy and Ami made do with what they had, adapted well to living off the land and cohabiting with some of the world's most dangerous creatures. For the Browns, it is just part of life, a life they built with blood, sweat and tears. It was thought that a simpler life would be a better life. The family would be forced from their home in Ketchikan, North to the Copper River Valley as authorities claim their home was built on government property. With no other choice but to leave, Billy decides to pack up his family and search for safer and more secure homestead. As you'll see, the remote bush is made up of small, tight knit communities that aren't always willing to open their doors to cameras and television crews. For that reason, an unwelcomeness was felt from the get go causing the family (and Discovery production crew) to once again uproot, this time settling in the city of Juneau with only enough clothes and possessions as they could carry. For a family accustomed to living so remotely from others, living in such a congested city was unsettling and unnerving. The family would build a small savings doing odd jobs around the city eagerly awaiting their chance to go back to the bush.
I felt it very necessary to delve deeper into what drives the family, providing for their nine children. So, here we go! Matt, the oldest of the Brown clan, is an outgoing, extremely personable person. It's not uncommon to see Matt and younger brother, Bam Bam (Joshua), argue from time to time, as Bam is a very stubborn, my-way-or-the-highway kind of person. Easing things and bringing distraction to uneasy situations is "wild child" and over-the-top extremist Bear. My favorite of the Brown sons is Gabe, a comedian at heart and the family workhorse. He is a gentle giant and the glue that brings his brothers together when things start going awry. Rounding out the Brown boys is the youngest and by far the most intelligent of the group, Noah. He is the family "MacGyver" when it comes to all things mechanical and can make almost anything from what he finds at the local junkyard. Browntown, as it is called by the family, is constantly growing and it's Noah's dream to put it on the revolutionary map. As for the girls of the family, Snowbird may be the second to youngest but she's more than capable of carrying her weight and then some. The youngest of the Brown family is Rain (Merry Christmas Raindrop), a true girly girl but as you'll see, she's really stepped up and delivered when it comes to being an active and productive member of the family.
To break up the straight documentation of their daily routine, Discovery supplies voice overs and talking head interviews to give the viewer a more indepth understanding of what went into filming this family. Hearing how their lives have changed and what it takes to move a family of nine through the Alaskan forest helps build a connection between the Browns and the viewers.
As you move into Season Two, the vision and necessity of "Browntown" becomes more apparent. Nothing is free in life and as we see, the Brown boys are jacks of all trades and aren't afraid to get dirt under their nails to help provide for the rest of the family. Whether it be hunting for the family supply of food, exchanging Christmas gifts or constructing an outhouse for the girls, the Browns do it with 110% of their hearts.
Daily tasks and chores for keeping their way of life going takes many hands and for the Browns, they are not short in that department as they have five boys and two girls. Each child has their own distinctive personality,, with some considered to be awkward or quirky to outrageous and strange. I actually find the Brown children fascinating. I personally wouldn't be able to survive 10 minutes in the wilderness let alone live there my whole life. My husband makes fun of me because my idea of "roughing it" is a hotel without a jacuzzi. But in all seriousness, I'm honestly in awe of how the family has adapted themselves to their living environment.
The Dolby Digital 2.0 tracks doesn't offer the same audio experience that the show's surround sound broadcast offers, but the \presentation is good, with the dialogue sounding clear. You are offered the regular sounds produced by nature without any problems.
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