There was something very interesting about Wednesday night’s new “Duck Dynasty” episode, at least from the standpoint of just seeing where some of these Robertsons are now, and how far they have come since the very first episode of the show.
Let’s start with the good news: despite drawing an incredible eight million viewers an episode, Willie, Jase, and the rest of the family still act like themselves. They’re still goofy humor, people doing ridiculous things, and a little touch of warm family values at the end. It’s easy to tell why the show draws as many viewers as it does.
However, there is a feeling here in season 3 that many other reality shows face: what happens when some of the stars are famous, and now have to deal with that in their daily lives. It’s the real issue of what you want to acknowledge what is behind the curtain, and this was problematic with the main story of this episode. Willie and Duck Commander were getting a display at Bass Pro Shop, but what was not mentioned through this was the real reason why the brand is doing so well. It starts to feel a little weird when there is that sort of a lack of authenticity in the editing; we’re not accusing the show of being fake (because we don’t believe it is), but the editors are keen here to make you believe that the family lives in a world that they are not TV stars. (In the real world, that bowling alley visited by the kids this week would probably be packed.
We actually prefer the episodes of the show that are themed more around the simple things, like an issue at the shop or Jase being out hunting. The honey episode from season 1 is a personal favorite, as is the ridiculous box-jousting that occurred. “Duck Dynasty” is still an entertaining show, but there are times these days where we would like to see it simplify somewhat from the show that it has become.
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