“Ice Lake Rebels” Season 2 Episode 3 aired on Sunday night on Animal Planet. If the previous week’s episode could be called, “The Newlywed Game,” this week’s show could be titled “‘Dora the Explorer’ meets ‘The Odd Couple.'” Part of this week’s storyline was truly gut-wrenching.
Allyce and Stephan Herveux lost their beloved dog Dora after moving into their new, much-larger house in a much more isolated location on Vee Lake. Dora ran off exploring her new neighborhood with a pack of wolves on the loose. Allyce, Stephan and the entire viewing audience were just heartsick at the thought of Dora’s possible demise in the jaws of the wolves. Thankfully, after they shot off several flares that lit the dark night sky, they saw the familiar dog loping home in the distance.
Social media has been ripe with people expressing their relief at Dora’s safe return. Many people shared how they truly hate segments like these where the dog is in danger. Although fans love the rugged wilderness that these type reality shows allows them to see, they absolutely can’t stand to watch when pet owners don’t restrain their pets and they are in peril.
A few examples from other reality TV shows come to mind. Tyler the dog from “Swamp People” on History Channel finally died of old age last season. It was featured so much that it was really heartbreaking. Before he died, however, he was frequently getting into perilous situations that made viewers cringe, knowing that huge alligator mouths were waiting nearby.
Dogs on “Mountain Men,” also on History Channel, have a rough life, too. Tom Oar often scares us when his old friend Ellie wanders off when bears are close by. Just last week, another “Mountain Men” dog was found dead, breaking viewers hearts an angering quite a few. Rich was allowing his retired hunting dog Brandy to run with the others that day in pursuit of mountain lions. When he disappeared and never returned, it was almost predictable that lions got him, but he had just collapsed. Social media comments about the incident were passionate with many blaming Rich for running the dog so hard.
“Ice Lake Rebels” is set in Yellowknife Bay, one of the world’s most inhospitable environments for dogs. The perilous nature of freeze-up and break-up could quickly be fatal for even the most well-trained dogs. Viewers have been very outspoken about how upsetting this scene from Sunday’s show was to them.
Another interesting tidbit from this episode, Molly was busy undergoing Pike Mike’s survivalist training. Last season, producers may have purposely left us with the impression that Pike Mike is crazy. Judging from the knowledge and skills he apparently has about wilderness survival, he may be “crazy like a fox.” Several sources refer to Pike Mike as being a sort of wilderness authority. Fisherman.com calls Pike Mike a “famous Great Bear guide.”
Permit a slight detour from fact to conjecture, if you will. Despite the obvious but unknown age difference between Pike Mike and Molly, do we sense a slight bit of chemistry. Rick Johnson of ALASKA REALITY TV estimates the age difference at 20 years. (There is a considerable age difference between Stephan and Allyse, too.) You may remember what the folks on Animal Planet’s “Wild West Guns” say about a girl’s chance for love in Alaska which is similar to Canada’s Northwest Territory where Ice Lake Rebels is filmed.
“The odds are good, but the goods are odd.”
We will just have to stay tuned to find out.