I resisted watching this thing for a bit. However, several friends started talking about it in our zoom meeting, so I decided that I would give it a chance.
All I heard about it was this was a true crime docu-series that could not be described. People claimed that it was insane and that you couldn’t look away, like a car wreck. I would say that my opinion was different than this one. I enjoyed this doc-series a ton, but I kept waiting for that first episode top deliver these shocking moments. I did not think that was happening.
It definitely happened later in the series.
This followed the story of a man who called himself Joe Exotic. His real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage and he was a big cat breeder and dealer who ran a “zoo” while he sold tiger cubs to other zoos in the country.
The story also involved Joe’s arch nemesis Carole Baskin, owner of the Big Cat Rescue, who went after Joe for his practices and methods. The feud between Joe and Carole was a major basis behind the entire series.
There are other individuals included as well. Jeff Lowe was one of Joe’s partners whose own motives are called into question. Rick Kirkham was a producer of a reality TV web series featuring Joe. Doc Antle who was the owner of the Institute for Greatly Endangered and Rare Species, (T.I.G.E.R.S.) of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
This show shows all of these people in an extremely negative light. It covered the rumors that Carole Baskin murdered her first husband and fed him to the tigers. Huh? It was implied that Jeff Lowe may have set Joe up, leading to his eventual arrest.
There is no doubt that this series shows the dirty, ugly side of all of its featured flawed individuals, and it details a story that unfolded over the last 5 years or so that is so unbelievable that if this were a fictional movie, you would have a hard time believing that any real life person would do this. The cliche “stranger than fiction” was invented for just for this story.
It is definitely compelling and hard to turn away. It is a reasonable easy binge, time wise, though more difficult when considering the lowlifes involved here.