‘Tiger King 2’ debuts on Netflix and underwhelms viewers

By Jennifer Valenzuela

hey, y’all—Joe Exotic calls from prison as featured in the second season of ‘Tiger King’.

“Tiger King 2” is plotless and repetitive as the cast is consistent in looping around the same reasoning and quarrels throughout the season. 

Season one was the craze during the pandemic. 

Chaos between the cast members erupts as secrets and accusations are revealed. 

However, “Tiger King 2” feels underwhelming. 

Joseph Maldonaldo-Passage “Joe Exotic” is charged with a murder-for-hire plot against Carole Baskin, alongside multiple animal abuse charges. 

The second season starts off strong as viewers and crazed fans of Exotic are heavily impacted by his incarceration. 

Eric Love, the coordinator of Team Tiger, works to raise money to pardon Exotic. 

He even reaches out to Ex-President Trump, to request a presidential pardon during Trump’s presidency in 2020. 

What remains in the next episodes primarily focuses on Don Lewis’s disappearance, Carole Baskin, Allen Glover, Jeff Lowe, and Tim Stark. 

Each episode unravels each cast member’s history and background that involves less Tiger King, and more “how can I achieve more fame from this?”

The show has interesting moments such as Baskin’s online diaries on YouTube that have no correlation with her police reports in 1997. 

Including the hilarious scene of Baskin’s participation in Dancing with the Stars, while Lewis’ daughters desperately seek out new evidence on their father’s disappearance. 

But that still disregards the fact that the series lacks major stability.  

The show consists of fingers being pointed left and right without consistency in each episode.  

No actual information or qualified people who work on the cases gave any facts. 

There are too many opinions and not enough proof to back them up. 

Certain moments should raise alarms, but the show skims over the red flags and instead pays attention to pointless interpretations. 

No correlation made the season feel scattered. The focal point is long lost once the cast members take over. 

It also feels as if Netflix needs to push more people in for screen time.

For example, Troy Griffin, a psychic detective, was hired by Lewis’ daughters only to throw up on a patch of grass and cry on it while she claims that Lewis died on that spot. 

Aside from the issue of repetition, the cast members aren’t much help either.  

The investigations led by the cast waste time as nothing is being solved.  

What stands out the most is the lack of seriousness.  

An American true crime documentary series is short of anything but the truth. 

It carries more useless information, and too much “he said, she said.”

In general, it was neither necessary nor unique to what made Tiger King enjoyable like season one. 

If the show focuses more on the major impact Exotic has over the large fan base he’s created, it would have more of an effect on the audience. 

The fans taking on the world to get the Tiger King out of prison is the most intriguing thing to watch. 

The extent they take is almost terrifying to watch. 

In the end, Season two is 5 episodes of how the cast members, who are unrelated or not helpful in any way, try to achieve fame by solving nothing. 

Netflix tries to stretch out the series as much as possible, but the whole plot of the series could have fit into one episode. 

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