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‘Tiger King’ season 2 review: Netflix joins once again

There’s something not particularly interesting about watching a bunch of dudes flip people’s birds over, discussing how the government got to grips with them and that they’ll keep what’s theirs by any means necessary. .

Last March, when the pandemic stay-at-home orders forced us into our homes, one show seemed to unite the country: Netflix‘NS’Tiger King. The story of zoo owner Joe Exotic and the murder plot for hire against fellow tiger enthusiast Carole Baskin has always been something that catches everyone’s attention – just Joe’s aesthetic! – but this went beyond that. It became something everyone loved, mocked, hated, and called a guilty pleasure on an equal footing. But did it ever mean more than one phenom at a time? “Tiger King 2,” Netflix is ​​technically calling a second season to the first season of “Tiger King,” for sure the answer is no.

Calling this season a documentary is an stretch, as five episodes are like a pile of ideas in search of a story to tell. Joe Exotic, once the focus of the show, is now merely a tangential connection for the series to succeed. With Mr. Exotic now in prison, the first episode follows Eric Love, a man who believes the tiger impresario will be pardoned by then-President Donald Trump, who had a limo waiting for Exotic at home. prison. Where Season 1 was about casting Exotic and some other entitled men who thought the tigers made them strong, this is about the number of opportunists who have stepped out of the job to make sure Their famous 15 minutes from Netflix series.

It’s hard not to feel like this season is nothing more than a snake eating its tail, starting with an opening that reminds us of the success of “Tiger King,” as if anyone watching can forget. This became the norm throughout the season, with the continued repetition of old scenes as if there was a belief that the audience had forgotten what they had actually seen before. In some cases, replaying certain moments did nothing but remind viewers of how problematic the show was. There’s a happy apologetic tone to the part, in which the characters admit, “Yeah, [this] lousy” while the episodes continued to discuss and document the same issues without any further details.

The first season of Animal Cruelty was criticized for being shown multiple times. The first episode featured someone mentioning “what kind of an animal the real victim is” before subsequent episodes present footage of new animal abuse cases and in the final season, previous footage. from “Tiger King” Part 1 of Joe Exotic fighting a tiger. To make you even more crazy, the series ends with Exotic and Jeff Lowe’s “remastered” tiger scenes in a nature reserve. Because, yes, this second part was created purely to show why these animals need to go back to the wild.

Tim Stark

“Tiger King”

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And that’s the thing that has nothing to do with Carole Baskin, the villain of Season 1. As mentioned in the first episode of this season by one of the few female voices given heavy dialogue, people become should be so enamored with Joe Exotic that he forgot he (and the others) took aim at Baskin, with him going so far as to declare that he wanted to “decapitate her.” The series seems to say, “We’re sorry about that,” and then gives us two of the five episodes devoted to whether or not Baskin murdered her husband, Don Lewis. “We’re sorry, but it’s okay because she probably killed someone too” seems to be the message.

Maybe it’s because we’re not locked in our homes, longing to be entertained, but it’s hard to get rid of how ugly, evil, and emotionless these objects are. With Exotic, the show at least tries to approach him as a man, to show why he’s a character that’s both fascinating and terrifying. Here, everything is like a camera given to these people with the warning “Say whatever you want!” An episode involving fellow zoo owner Tim Stark and the animal abuse allegations against him saw him begin lengthy rants in front of the camera, calling a group of women in court by lowly name and calling a news reporter a “bitch” while she was trying to get an interview. And let’s not forget Eric Love’s visit to the Capitals on January 6, where it was hoped that their “Free Joe Exotic” banner was noticed during the uprising.

The documentary does not become a movie about conveying any kind of information. It’s about cleaning. “Look how crazy these people are.” For all the claims about Jeff Lowe, Exotic’s partner, crazy and dangerous, the show has to give us a slow shot of his wife, Lauren, in a black shirt next to another woman crawling on the bed. Then Lowe, Lauren and the other woman continued to talk about the joys of ecstasy and how it wasn’t dangerous. What about tigers?

With a story that feels like it’s being made up for the time being, the second season of Netflix’s “Tiger King” feels like a blatant cash grab, hoping to appeal to everyone who’s watched the series. movies during the pandemic. But with the world changing so much since March 2020 – and again after January 6th – there’s something not particularly exciting about watching a bunch of guys flipping everyone’s bird. , discuss how the government is going to get them and that they will keep what’s theirs by any means necessary.

Grade: EASY

“Tiger King” Season 2 is now available to stream on Netflix.

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