Alaskan Bush People star Billy Brown probably knows better than anyone that their Discovery Channel show has probably been borrowed. The truths revealed over the past few seasons, along with major location changes, caused some fans to lose interest.
Billy Brown and his family members from Alaska Bush People once lived in the bush. But they also had houses and lived in many suburbs over the years.
Alaskan Bush People: Billy Brown and Family’s Reality Revealed
Even when fans of the Alaskan Bush People discovered the truth about Billy Brown’s tribe, many came back to the show. It seems their fans found them interesting and entertaining after several seasons, so they still tuned in.
But today they live on a mountain in an off-grid life. They don’t do this with homemade appliances, but with power tools and modern machines at the ready. So Billy Brown may have modernised the Alaskan Bush People a little too much for many of the original viewers.
The new look (and Discovery Channel turn Alaskan Bush People into a new night) may explain that the fans are losing interest. Fan reactions online suggest that the show has changed too much from the original storyline. So when viewers drop out, reality shows often get creative.
Viewers of the Alaskan Bush People know that Billy Brown is a creative daddy. They also know there’s not much on screen unless Billy gives it a stamp of approval.
Stir Up the Drama
So creating new drama is often the attempt to save failed reality shows. It seems that the people behind the Alaskan Bush people are no different in that respect. This season, which is only a few weeks old, promised a lot of drama.
Of course, some of this drama manifested on the screen, but some also looked like it got a little help from behind the scenes. An example of this, what Gabe Brown called the ‘storm of the century’.
Weather forecasts set a strong and possibly dangerous summer storm on its way to the mountain. That menacing storm caused the gloominess and downfall of the entire episode of Alaska Bush People.
Not only did thunder roll and clap, but the background music took on a serious tone, just like the voice of Alaskan Bush People’s storyteller. So fans were put on bait and waited for Mother Nature to do some damage.
The Alaskan Bush People spent the harrowing hours that preceded this wind, rain and flash flood event. Everyone went to work trying to close the shutters.
Although the barn seemed sturdy to hold all the cattle, some homes Billy Brown’s children call home did not seem storm-proof. Especially the MASH tent that Noah Brown and Rhain Brown call their mountain home with their son Elijah Brown.
Alaskan Bush People: Batten Down the Hatches for ‘Storm’s Fury’
So the episode called “Storm’s Fury” unfolded with the offspring of Billy Brown taking tons of precautions. Even hoping that the paint dries up in the new water tanks, was a wish that was made before the anger of nature struck.
The animals become restless and seem frightened as the storm approaches. The voice telling the show gets a deep and serious report of the storm coming in with lightning and thunder. He suggests that the Alaskan Bush people are in danger.
Yet Billy Brown’s children behave like real troopers. They continue to make all their home improvements between the preparations for the storm. Billy Brown reminds viewers that this is the Brown family’s way. Even a big storm won’t stop the progress on the mountain.
For much of the episode, the thunderclaps and the clouds gather. With things tied up and animals tucked away in the barn, the storm rolls in. Then it strikes. A bolt of dramatic lightning flashes on the screen and it’s over.
Billy Brown’s Family Adds Spin After Storm Seemed to Fizzle Out
That’s it, it’s done. The storm struck and moved on. But did the mountain range Alaskan Bush People take a big hit? While the narrator says it was a nasty storm, the farm looks good.
Although Noah’s lab tent got confused. But a tent made of dust doesn’t do well in the wind. Because that’s the only thing that showed signs of a storm, Noah makes a lot of it in front of the cameras of Alaskan Bush People.
It seems this scene and the family’s comments after the storm could be an attempt to save face. The last 50 minutes of the 60 minute episode prepared the viewers for a weather final. They waited for the approaching storm and the danger it promised. But it seems to have split away.
Then the family members offer their opinions on the storm, including Billy Brown. The Alaskan Bush People patriarch reminds viewers that the family is not afraid to get wet and work through it.
All the drama leading up to the possible “storm of the century” now seems exaggerated when the ranch hardly looks untouched. But it seems that the children still give everything they have. They seem to tell the weather event more than it was after it just blew up over the Brown Ranch.
Alaskan Bush People no longer broadcasts on Sunday nights like previous seasons. They moved to a Wednesday slot on the Discovery Channel. New episodes will be aired on Wednesday night at 8:00 p.m. EST.