By DiMarkco Chandler
Lifetime premiered “Bristol Palin: “Life’s A Tripp”” this evening, and it was, for the most part, a boring and uninteresting reality TV series first episode. The opening minutes can best be described as simply plain; as monotonous as a tick-tac-toe tournament.
Bristol opens by narrating her life, explaining that she is moving to California. She spends time trying to convince her sister Willow to take the trip with her. So Willow goes Hollywood, so to speak, as she quits her job by email.
The next scene shows Geno, Bristol’s best friend, being given the news that Bristol is taking off for California. The two appear to be more than best friends as they speak of loving one another.
Once Bristol and Willow arrive at Los Angeles, they marvel at the amazing house that they get to live in during Bristol’s journey. The scene immediately shifts to a shopping scene where they can’t decide what to buy, so they leave the clothing store empty handed. Interesting? I don’t think so, unless your thing is watching someone shop.
The scene moves into the Saddle Ranch Restaurant Bar, where they sit and chat for a while and then take turns riding its famous bull, but not without a struggle. At first, Bristol refuses to take her turn, but after a little guilt, she gives in and gives the bull a twirl. During Palin’s ride, a heckler harasses her and calls her mother a whore. Bristol fights back and calls him a homosexual. The argument briefly escalates until Bristol leaves and heads to an area where she can cry. It’s a “woe is me” scene and drags down a segment that was perhaps the high point of the episode.
Bristol is bored so she calls her dancing with the stars partner, Mark Ballas. They manage to hang out for a meal and a discussion about the past. The scene cuts to her engaging with her charity employers, and they decide to take Bristol on a trip to skid road as part of her job. In the meantime, Willow is on the phone talking about leaving Bristol to head back to Alaska.
Willow realizes that she has been playing the role of a nanny and regrets leaving home to accompany Bristol. She feels the situation is boring and intolerable. She tells Bristol that she has neglected both her and Tripp. Finally, when they go to the park to play with Tripp, Willow tells Bristol that she wants to leave. She declares that she will be returning home to Alaska, followed by an exchange of insults back and forth. Bristol proceeds to put Willow on a guilt trip by telling her that “everybody’s going to be disappointed in you.”
In an off-camera interview that is intermittently inserted into the show’s narrative flow, Bristol says she is leaving me with no baby sitter no help.
Back to the narrative action, Bristol says, “do you not realize that Tripp does not have any father figure? I need family to step up.” The moment is followed by Bristol crying in an attempt to sell the guilt trip by saying, “do you think that’s fair?”
Bristol starts crying again.
At the conclusion of the show, something happened to me. I realized that the title of the show was quit misleading. A careful observation of Bristol’s behavior seemed to highlight guilt. I mean, Palin’s own words supports this theory: Remember she tells Willow “everybody’s going to be disappointed in you,” “you’re leaving ME without a babysitter” and then there was the crying, the constant crying. That’s when I realized I didn’t watch Bristol Palin “Life’s A Tripp.” I washed Bristol Palin “Life’s A Guilt Trip.”