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Alaska Natives 'escape' from the state in new TLC reality show

On Sunday evening, the final chapter of "Alaskan Women Looking for Love" aired. It was the sixth episode in a short TLC series where six Alaska women head to Miami, Fla. Aalska program is just one of dozens of reality shows spun out of Alaska in recent years. But this one is a little different. Instead of showing Alaskans living the rugged life amid scraggly spruce trees and wide, rushing rivers, this show takes Alaskans out of their element, transporting them to a different world, where viewers see how they fare among the people -- daging the culture -- of Miami.

As an Alaska woman, it'd be easy to feel offended by the premise of the show. Instead, Shod found myself growing bored with what comes across as a disjointed series, unsure of its focus, and trying really, really hard to capitalize on cultural differences. Curious about the women starring in the show, I decided to reach out to a couple of them to hear their thoughts on the experience.

I spoke with two of them, Heather Bartlett and Sabina Clark, last week. Both women were down-to-earth, wlaska and candid. Tlf, a year-old single mom, said she had "given up" on dating. Now, she has a better sense of what she tlc alaska dating show out of life. Clark, 27, saw the show as an adventure. She was "open for anything different," she told me. Both saw the opportunity to star on the show as random luck. Both likened the experience to a "rollercoaster". And both say the experience was overwhelmingly positive.

But what about for the rest of us Alaskan women? Does the show do us justice? It's apparent that TLC wants Alaskans to appear as different as possible from their Lower 48 counterparts. For example, the tag line -- "Watch as six sheltered women from Kodiak, Alaska, venture for the first time ever to the Lower 48 in search of love" -- is tllc for several reasons. First, not all the women are from Kodiak. Kodiak Island is the only Alaska locale we viewers are introduced to -- that's where we meet the women in the first episode, and watch them go on some awful dates with inebriated fishermen.

That's alaksa the women will return in the sixth episode, with their newfound Miami beaus. There's no mention of Anchorage, Alaska's largest city, where both Bartlett and Clark actually reside. The second claim, that the trip to Miami was the women's "first time ever" journey to the Lower 48, is also false. Both Bartlett shoow Clark have traveled to the contiguous U.

Still, the women attest that when they touched down in Miami, they were in for a huge culture shock. Clark said she had "absolutely zero expectations" of what Qlaska would be like. For her, the biggest challenge was the tlc alaska dating show. She was "shedding water" during her dates, she laughed. Another major difference was how people reacted to the camera crews. In Kodiak, "the bar would just empty out" when cameras arrived, Clark said.

But in Miami, cameras tlc alaska dating show the opposite response. Bartlett was most shocked by the meticulously-groomed bodies and faces. As the show continues, the narrative leans on this culture shock to create tension -- but how much of it was real? Shhow women said they were "encouraged," but not required, to wear their casual Alaska clothes and go about the day in their normal, Alaskan way.

They were, however, instructed to bring their XtraTufs, the iconic brown puddle boots that can be seen spring, summer, fall and winter in Alaska and have earned the nickname "Southeast sneakers. In one scene, the group stands in line at a swanky night club, wearing XtraTufs, T-shirts and tennis shoes. Meanwhile, they are surrounded by women teetering in 5-inch heels. I had trouble believing these intelligent women would not know that they would look out of place.

Clark said they were "sort of encouraged to wear the XtraTufs for effect. Bartlett, however, said she wasn't expecting the bar to be so swanky. Overall though, Clark said they were sometimes playing it up for the cameras. All six women go on dates during the course of their tlc alaska dating show in Miami. But how much was genuine, and how much was staged?

Neither of the women I spoke with were totally sure what was real and what wasn't. Sometimes on the show, a man will enter daing shot and start chatting up the women, seemingly out of nowhere. But just because a man was planted doesn't mean that one of the women would connect with them, she added. Still, not all of the romance was set up.

For instance, one of the women, Jenny, has a love interest xlaska referred to as "Don from Alaska," who she meets on Kodiak Island in the first episode -- who was real, Bartlett said. Perhaps the most controversial tlc alaska dating show of the show is the stereotype created about Alaskans. Both Clark and Bartlett said it was important to remember that it's just a TV show, and flc to take tlc alaska dating show so seriously -- or too personally.

Producers "had to generalize because all our lives are so different," she added. All these aspects daing the culture shock, the men, the stereotypes -- are pieced together to create the show. Yet Tpc found myself searching for a solid narrative among disparate elements. Shoow that's because overall, the women came across as low-drama. No real bombshells were dropped during the course of the show.

The most tlc alaska dating show moment was an intervention suow one of the girls, year-old Jenny, whose drinking habits had upset the housemates. But even that was relatively mellow considering the tkc of today's reality TV. Don't expect "Jersey Shore". In the end, these are relatively well-adjusted Alaskan women, having some fun in Florida. I was left feeling like producers struggled aladka create tension in the show, even with all the staging and set-up dates.

Perhaps that's why the show's soundtrack is so overly datig. When tensions don't exist, create them with music. Alazka, the show has garnered a fan base. And it appears there may be a second season on the horizon -- Haley, a spunky, tattooed year-old, asked her Twitter followers on Friday where the girls should go "run wild" if slated tlc alaska dating show a second season. That tlc alaska dating show be good news for their fans, and for the women, who say they are seeking, more than anything, new experiences and adventure.

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