brake alert: Don’t read if you haven’t watched “Tiger King 2” on Netflix.
It’s been a year and a half since the “Tiger King” mania took hold of the newly closed world, and now Netflix is hoping to restore that magic with “Tiger King 2.” This time around, though, the focus was much more on Carol Baskin and her missing ex-husband, Don Lewis.
The original documentaries — which focus on the feud between large cat zoo owners and the turbulent personal lives and quest for fame of Joseph “Joe Exotic” Maldonado-Passage — premiered on Netflix in March 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic was compelling people to enter. . A frenzy of content consumption ensued, which led to directors Rebecca Chiklin and Eric Goode shooting enough extra footage to fill five more episodes.
There were many questions lingering at the end of “Tiger King” – the most obvious being, “Was Joe Exotic framed and will he ever get out of prison?” (Exotic was convicted of multiple counts of animal abuse and two counts of attempted murder for plotting to kill rival zoo owner, Baskin, in 2019) and “Did Carol Baskin murder her husband?” (Lewis disappeared in 1997 and Exotic perpetuated the rumor that she was behind this disappearance.) “Tiger King 2” does what it can to address what has left audiences wondering, focusing primarily on Baskin and Lewis from all of it, but that brings itself Also back to the discussion, unable to ignore how much the overnight fame the series has given it so much of its themes.
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Joe is weird from everything – including his background in law enforcement
With Exotic interviews conducted from behind prison glass, there’s only so much left to say. The first episode of “Tiger King 2” delves a little deeper into his past to reveal his time as a cop and more details about his first marriage (to Brian Rhyne), including how friends thought he changed after Rhyne’s death. But it is also looking at movement to get him out of prison, including pressure to force former President Trump to pardon him, which surprisingly included a private charter flight to Washington, D.C. on Jan. 6 where Trump supporters told them they had nowhere to be found and the cat killers would not gain any Sympathy from this crowd. But they managed to pack up their banner and leave before storming the Capitol. The Exotic’s personal issues are given a light touch this time around, with the directors using footage where he expresses feelings that his current husband, Dillon Passage, is not doing enough to get him out of prison. Passage was also interviewed, commenting that he no longer knew if he and Exotic “were going to be married forever” and later featured via a clip on social media saying he had “pardoned himself to Joe.”
Alleged plan to behead Joe Exotic
In Season 1 of “Tiger King,” the big “Musk” moment was that the Exotic paid Allen Glover $3,000 to kill Baskin. The Exotic claimed this wasn’t true – more specifically that others in the big cat world, James Garretson and Jeff Lowe, set it up – and Glover said he had no intention of hurting Baskin either. Ashley Webster, a former employee of GW Zoo, told the filmmakers that she believed Lowe was behind the murder-for-hire plot, and that the Exotic “backtracked” for everyone. (It was her call to Baskin directing her into the hit that I started investigating.) Audio recordings with a government agent made Lowe suggest setting up Exotic by asking him the main question, “Where did you get the $3,000 to pay? Allen to kill Carol Baskin?” Glover also tells Glover. The filmmaker believes that the Exotic was framed and that the idea of decapitating someone was said not only about Baskin, but also about the Exotic: Glover allegedly wanted him to perform a beheading on the Exotic so that Lowe could take on his work. He also claims that he “would not have to work any more” if the plan succeeded, implying that the amount of money he would give Lowe to do so would establish him.
Is Don Luis really alive?
Lewis’ death was announced in absentia in 2002, five years after he initially disappeared. His now-adult children haven’t seen him since the late ’90s, yet “Tiger King 2” considers Louis may not be dead at all – but instead living with a new identity. Don Fritz, Lewis’ ex-lawyer, sits down for an interview with the cast of Chaiklin and Goode in “Tiger King 2” and immediately reveals that after the first documentaries appeared, he received a call from a detective who told him “there are reports of [Lewis] Alive and well in Costa Rica.” Further research resulted in a DHS report that also mentioned this, although the name of the person who learned this alleged fact about Luis was omitted due to the nature of the report. Luis had several partners in Costa Rica since the time which he spent there setting up a place for a large sanctuary for cats, allegedly hiding money and also sleeping with underage girls.A few of these helpers, from his chauffeur to his farm worker to the manager of his hotel, appear in “Tiger King 2” to speak of Louis’ desire In addition to the procedures for obtaining a false passport in Costa Rica and Luis’ history of flying small planes into the country.(Baskin only appears via clips from her YouTube channel and other public recordings, such as clips from her time in “Dancing With the Stars.”) However, due to the dangerous activity these colleagues describe as Lewis being involved in, he was murdered in Costa Rica by someone who wronged him also raised. Ultimately, “Tiger King 2” does not provide an answer for what actually happened to Lewis , but looks beyond just B Askin for the answers this time.
A different kind of predator
One of Lowe’s new allegations is that she is a predator of vulnerable young women who come to the zoo. The first season revealed harsh working conditions, but in this case it was sexual in nature. Former GW Zoo employees have also spoken out about this, including the “Code 69” calls that come over the radios when a beautiful woman walks or is “baited” on the floor. Lowe and his wife, Lauren, did not deny it, and instead agreed to be pictured suggestively resting on the sofa with another woman and sleeping with her. Lowe has also criticized molar drugs and ecstasy, although it is difficult to know what specifically prompted this line of discussion.
The next tiger king?
Tim Stark, formerly of Wildlife in Need, is spotlighting the final two episodes of the season, with cameras in the wake of a September 2020 court order for him to leave his property and surrender his animals. He was later accused of animal concealment, held in contempt of court, and also eventually ordered to pay Petta more than $750 million in legal fees. His insistence that it was targeted with the way Exotic says it was set up — and the timing of his story at the end of the document — almost makes it feel like the filmmakers are testing the waters to see if there’s enough interest in Stark to come back with a deeper dive on him in the third installment. Then again, there’s definitely still more happenings with Lowe and the Exotic, who are said to be teaming up again, despite the feud portrayed in the series.
Cats still get the short end of the stick
Some new animal allegations have been put forward, primarily against Lewis, who was said to have been importing big cats into the United States from Costa Rica. Stark is also discussed as part of a “wildlife exploitation” pattern, as PETA’s Brittany Peet puts it in the series. Meanwhile, Exotic regrets that his new life in prison is similar to his previous cats kept in cages. But the documentaries themselves are so far from animals that hearing about the health problems they face from plucking their claws in these zoos is set aside for a story about greed and vanity in zoos. Those following the news know that Baskin bought and sold the former Exotic’s Zoo, preventing the new owners from doing anything “Tiger King” related with it. Lowe and his wife went in the opposite direction and capitalized on the series’ success by installing the giant “TK” show on their land; They also have dozens of big cats that have been taken off their property by the Fish and Wildlife Service. Animals have always been and always will be the real victims here, but they are still without a major platform.