“Alaska: The Last Frontier” Season 6 continued last night on Discovery with the episode titled, “Killer Repairs” and much time was spent watching Otto Kilcher, his son Eivin and wife Charlotte working to get things done prior to his scheduled hernia operation. We’re thinking that the producers tried to make us crazy by interspersing scenes of them on the homestead with Otto alone on-camera repeating something similar to this: “Gotta’ get this all done before my operation”. Okay, okay, we get it; the Alaskan spring and summer are short, things must be done to survive the winter and Otto’s going to lose time. Do we need to be beaten over the head with it? All respect to Otto who explained what life is like as a homesteader in the best way possible.
Things break down and though the fix may seem impossible, survival of the homestead can be at stake.The hay meadow was a mess, and needed to be revived. There was plenty of manure but the spreader had to be dug out of years worth of dirt and frozen land. When that was solved, Otto needed bolts to secure it, but there were none to be had, so why not make them? Yeah, that’s what life’s like. Kudos to the Kilchers who show up the rest of us. We inhabit a world were things are accessible and less difficult.
We got the first sighting of Shane and his wife on “Alaska: The Last Frontier” season six, and Bonnie made an appearance too. Eve was absent, with Eivin working alongside his father, so besides Otto’s race against time, the focus was on Jane showing up at the new cabin site and the tension between her and Atz Lee.
For a while, Jane put aside her resentment about being left alone at the homestead while her husband and his father Atz participate in Atz Lee’s rehabilitation. She sees no need for a new home so distant from the homestead, but is powerless to stop what is now a train speeding down the tracks.
Atz Lee was happy to see her, and she said the same, although having to deal with Atz’s drill sergeant routine wasn’t fun. Jane said she’d take that, plus being worked into exhaustion just to spend time with her hubby. When she got tired and a bit cranky, she began to fool around in a way that Atz Lee didn’t expect and sent him into a PTSD episode. Jane tossed a rock towards him and it hit his hand, making him look like she’d shot him.
Gotta’ hand it to Atz Lee, who announces when he’s in the midst of an episode, and yet Jane wasn’t as caring as she might have been. She apologized, but in the voice-over Jane expressed some frustration about it. So much work was done while she was there, which she participated in to the extent she could, that the floor of the cabin was finished and ready to walk on. Jane’s dreading her husband’s desire to move there and vowed on camera to resist. What are the odds she is successful?
Discovery airs new episodes of “Alaska: The Last Frontier” season 6, Sunday nights at 9 p.m. ET/PT Image credit: Discovery Communications, used with permission