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Return of the tiger king: A review of “Tiger King” season two

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A column header designed for Night Light by Jamie Miller, a culmination of reviews opinion from a night owl. (Abby Haywood/The Collegiate)

By Jamie Miller

Greetings Nightlighters, it is I “the man with the eye of the lion” Jamie Miller here with yet another issue of Nightlight ( I chose lion because tiger would be a bit cliche, ehh?). Now if you recall dear readers, I reviewed season one of “Tiger King” and it was…. interesting. It’s likely in no small part because of desperate binge watchers during the COVID shutdown we’ve got a season two. Yay… 

“Tiger King” season two picks up where season one ended. Though in large part because he is in jail after being convicted of trying to hire a hitman to murder Carole Baskin, a self-proclaimed activist for the “ethical” treatment of tigers and other exotic felines, Joe Exotic is largely absent from the season except for his prison interviews. The premise of season one surrounded the feud between Exotic and Baskin as Exotic exploited non-domestic animals by using them for his financial advantage through a zoo he previously owned, while alleging that Baskin murdered her husband. However, the absence of Exotic is perhaps made up for by being “treated” to even more craziness. Not to give too much away, we’ve got Baskin on “Dancing with the Stars” and Exotic’s efforts to prove his innocence and get out of jail. You have the ongoing saga of the disappearance of Baskin’s second husband, Don Lewis. And oh yeah, the complete craziness that Wildlife In Need founder, Tim Stark, leaves in his wake. There is so much more insane stuff happening. Much like my season one review, it is really hard to describe the show. Just think of it like this: the tigers seem to be the most reasonable creatures on the show. 

Now as for the season as a whole, whenever Stark is on screen I feel like I’m watching an episode of an HBO show with all the swearing and threats he makes. It’s like watching some god-forsaken mix of “Game of Thrones” and “The Shield.” Like a car crash, you want to look away, yet you can’t. Exotic’s hair continues to be outlandish even from prison, with it being some kind of mutant cross between a mullet and a bowl cut. And Baskin is barely in the documentary, only appearing via clips from her Youtube channel. Normally just clips of her telling her side of the story of what became of Lewis. This combined with the lack of Exotic, in a way, shoots the season in the foot, as the rivalry and seething hatred of the two was one of the things that made season one so interesting. Say what you will about Exotic, he is not boring. In all honesty, the episodes that deal with the disappearance of Lewis are the best.This is likely due to season one, perhaps unfairly, painting it as black and white that Baskin murdered her husband. This season, they at least talk about how he could be alive somewhere in Costa Rica or that some other enemies might have killed him. They even interviewed Cpl. Moises Garcia, one of the detectives on the case. However, since the case is ongoing, most of his dialogue consists of things like “I can’t comment on that at this time” and “the case is ongoing.” 

All in all, at the very least it is interesting, and far from boring. I give it four and a half torches out of 10. Not as good as season one, and there are far better series on Netflix alone, but if you want to watch something a little different, this may interest you. Also, before I end this piece, can we just agree that we do not know for sure what happened to Mr. Lewis, but the fact that both this is trending and that Baskin has received death threats?

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