‘Ice Lake Rebels’ returned to Animal Planet on Sunday night to begin Season 2. Fans had eagerly awaited the return of the popular couple, Stephan and Allyce Hervieux, who were married at the end of last season. It seemed that the newlyweds returned from a long honeymoon to nothing but bad luck as an early and sudden freeze up made things difficult for all the houseboaters on Great Slave Lake. Despite the couple’s string of problems, most viewers would say that Allyce Hervieux is one very fortunate woman.
The endearing Stephan puts his Allyce on a pedestal like a queen. It is so charming to hear him talk in his enthusiastic, emotional way about how he wants to please her and make her happy. You couldn’t call it chivalry because she works hard right beside him, but it would more accurately be described as cherishing and treasuring her. He makes no secret of his adoration of his wife. Viewers, particularly women, really notice this.
Stephan and Allyce are sizing up their houseboat with the thought of having a baby while living on the vessel. (Let’s underscore LIVING on the vessel.)The houseboating life on Great Slave Lake is never easy, not even for a moment. To maintain their freedom from any government affiliation or taxes on their dwelling, these houseboaters are not attached to land at all; they drop anchor in Yellow Knife Bay. As the lake freezes and thaws, it is a constant game of adjustment to keep their houses afloat. Also, it is important to mention the needed discernment and constant monitoring of the conditions of the ice to avoid falling through.
Molly fondly remembers growing up on in the houseboat community on Great Slave Lake. She reminisced in this episode about how her parents were afraid she would fall off and sink into the water. Evidently, she liked the whole lifestyle enough to move back and get her own floating home beside her dad’s home, “The Molly Barge.” She had her share of problems from the early freeze-up, too. Molly and her dad were busy trying to bail out one of her floating tubs that keeps the house above water.
It seems the producers of “Ice Lake Rebels” are starting out the season with more realism than last season. Instead of leading us to believe they were out there with no source of food but fish that they caught, the focus was on the difficulty of staying afloat. (You did know that there were grocery stores and movie theaters within a short walking distance in Yellow Knife, didn’t you? AXS explains that here.) Fans are glad to have the familiar residents back again, and they will soon get to know the new couple who are just getting started in this hard-knock life.