On “Sarah Palin’s Alaska,” “Salmon Run” we see the extended family journey to Bristol Bay to do some salmon fishing. We also get to meet Track Palin, the eldest son, home from the War in Iraq and keen to take up a career as captain of his own boat.
Some spoilers might follow.
Todd Palin’s Yup’k Eskimo family consists of a grandmother matriarch and a number of siblings, cousins, nieces, and nephews. There is also one nephew who, like Sarah’s youngest son, has Down’s syndrome. There is a poignant moment as Sarah sees her own son, 10 years hence, and what he must face.
But most of the episode is centered around salmon fishing and Track’s desire to prove to his parents that he is ready to captain his own fishing boat, a small skiff, really, that has a long net attached to it. Todd Palin, as with much else, seems to be a legendary salmon fisherman, and thus the son has much to prove.
Many might find it fascinating that the family of a potential president of the United States supplements its income by stretching a net across part of a bay and catching schools of salmon. One figure quoted was that 3,000 pounds of fish must be caught per day during the short fishing season to make the activity worth it.
Track is learning that with command goes responsibility. His parents are gentle yet firm in reminding him of this, but he seems to be slowly but surely getting it. It looks like the eldest son will be able to take over that part of the family business, leaving Todd free to manage Sarah’s business and political affairs.
One wonders also whether there is something in the episode that will be as unsettling to the animal rights crowd as the halibut-beating incident of the previous episode. There is one scene with Willow Palin, the middle daughter, up to her elbows in fish gore as she helped to process the fish apparently in the traditional Eskimo way.
The climax of the episode features Willow’s sixteenth birthday party, attended by the extended family, as well as, presumably, the production crew of the series. There is cake and, of course, fish. This celebration takes place on the 4th of July, so the nation’s birthday is combined with the daughter’s with fireworks, some shot from boats off in the water.
There is a bit of nostalgia. So far out in the country, people seem to be still allowed private fireworks, something not seen in suburban America down in the lower 48 for decades. This writer has fond memories of a childhood of shooting off roman candles and sky rockets and running around with sparklers in earlier, simpler times when people were not so concerned with burning down peoples’ houses. Fine days they were, too.
Source: Sarah Palin”s Alaska, Salmon Run, TV.Rage