SPOILER ALERT: If you are among the few who haven’t actually watched Netflix’s Tiger King docuseries, this review contains a lot of details about what goes down in the sad big cat saga.
With Netflix poised in the coming days to cash in and crank the base up a notch with more Tiger King, it's time to come out and say it: I hate the Red State porn that is the crash and burn of Joe Exotic
The initial seven episodes of this septic and shallow patchwork of trademark infringement, sex, guns, labor exploitation, song, drugs, mullets, betrayal, animal activism, revenge, and a lot of big cats may be much binged over these weeks of coronavirus lockdown, but that doesn't mean it's actually worth watching.
Now, I get it, I sound like I'm just a dour critic who hates anything that isn't prestige premium cable or aspirational. C'mon man, you want to say, Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness is just so unbelievable, I can't look away.
I respectfully disagree, and in fact, propose Tiger King isn't just bad, but dangerous in a divided America persistently looking to reduce the other side to caricature.
In a presently ailing nation where TV is more voluminous and vital than ever, the truth is the March 20 launched Tiger King is a clawed white trash misery index. Gawking at some clearly fragile and damaged people like would-be reality TV star Exotic and their below the Mason-Dixon line antics, the series subsequently provides a cultural circus for those smug bicoastals under stay at home orders and screaming to rise up in moral superiority.
Essentially, the tale of big cat collector, self-styled Oklahoma zoo proprietor and 2016 Presidential candidate Exotic AKA Joseph Maldonado-Passage and his ultimately unsuccessful attempt to have rival Carole Baskin knocked off by a hitman hired for $3,000, Tiger King is in that context more a zero-sum game, literally and figuratively, than hitting the zeitgeist.
Obviously, Netflix are pretty damn good at gauging and dragging the public mood over the years, as the likes of the then phenomenon of 2015's Making A Murderer or 2018’s Wild Wild Country prove. Yet, for all the attention it has drawn, this unfocused murder for hire exploration of sorts emerges as a bastard child of Cops, a million Dateline segments from the 1990s and Fox’s short-lived Murder in Small Town X reality show from 2001.
Not exactly the prestige product that the home of Roma, The Irishman and American Factory likes to brag about at award shows. Then again, with the knowledge that the Romans sold out the Colosseum every night feeding Christians to the lions, the bottom line based House of Hastings surely loves the subscription sign up that the currently incarcerated Maldonado-Passage and the accompanying motley gaggle of...
Those who are hoping for more Tiger King have had their wish granted by Investigation Discovery. The network has announced a new special titled Investigating the Strange World of Joe Exotic, which will seek to answer some of the questions viewers of Netflix's hit true crime series were left with. Namely, is Carole Baskin behind the disappearance of her husband?
Tiger King debuted on Netflix on March 20 and has blossomed into a massive pop culture sensation. It has topped the streaming service's top 10 most-watched list for more than two weeks and currently boasts a 91 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. With that, the news of a follow-up, even though it won't be a true sequel to the Netflix docuseries, should come as welcome news to viewers. Henry Schleiff, Group President ID, Travel Channel, American Heroes Channel and Destination America, had this to say in a statement.'Viewers are understandably riveted by Netflix's Tiger King, but the millions of true crime fans around the world were left wanting more. ID is the perfect place to find the inevitable sequel to this drama, featuring a missing husband, a hit man, and the illegal business of exotic animals. It's time to let the cat out of the bag and address the lingering questions that viewers demand be answered.'
The special will focus on Joe Exotic, the private zoo owner at the center of Netflix's Tiger King, as well as Carole Baskin. Heresa McKeown and Colin Whelans serve as executive producers of the special, with Rebecca Sirmons on board as co-executive producer. Investigation Discovery also revealed a description of Investigating the Strange World of Joe Exotic, which reads as follows.'This is the investigation you didn't get to see, revealing the secrets only Joe knows, the exclusive footage that has never been shown and the search to answer the one question every person in America is asking themselves right now: although she's denied it, is Carole Baskin responsible for the disappearance of her husband, Don Lewis? But neither the mystery nor the investigation stops there. What skeletons is Joe still hiding within his untold past? Is his conviction truly justified? Who is Jeff Lowe and what does the FBI really know? What secrets lie hidden within Doc Antle's walls?'
This comes not long after it was revealed by Jeff Lowed that Netflix will be adding a new episode of Tiger King sometime in the next week. The series originally consisted of seven episodes. So it seems that viewers will have quite a bit more to enjoy in the coming weeks until Hollywood gets around to making the inevitable movie or limited series about Joe Exotic.
This shows just how popular the show has become, with celebrities such as Dax Shephard throwing their hats in the ring to play Joe Exotic, when the time comes. Investigation Discovery has not yet revealed a premiere date for Investigating the Strange World of Joe Exotic. We'll be sure to keep you posted as further...