Having seen all the memes circling around, I had to sit down and watch the latest Netflix true crime documentary series, Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness. The title and subtitle sum it up pretty well. It was a hell of a rollercoaster to watch and definitely broke up the boredom of quarantine.
This documentary series never gets boring. Every episode is well planned and tells a very clear story. I don’t know how they did it, but the writers, editors and directors of this series managed to take a completely bonkers and disjointed reality and make it into an engaging, cohesive narrative. Brilliant.
I don’t know why they decided to do a documentary series on this, in particular, but I am so glad they did. I always love a documentary series on niche things, especially when it comes to weird murder stories. If you love those, too, you should watch this show immediately.
Who Do I Root For?
There are many characters in this series, all of whom are real people with real pasts and real actions. The majority of the characters have been convicted or suspected of some sort of crime at least once in their lives. This makes it very difficult to decide who is the winner and the loser.
When watching anything, you’re usually led to believe that a certain character is the one you should be rooting for, even if it’s the bad one. In this show, though, I don’t know who to root for. Part of me wants to root for the people who the documentary is about but, then again, they are all criminals.
There are many, many exotic animals in horrible situations in this documentary. It made it very hard to watch at multiple points during the show. It’s so sad to see these beautiful creatures in such cruel captivity. I’m all for animal sanctuaries, as long as they are actually helping the animals and not just using them for profit.
But, of course, this is America. Everything is for profit. There are three main rival zoos in this series that are always competing to be the biggest and the best so they could make the most money, eventually and inevitably losing sight of what they probably initially set out to do: help animals.
It turns out that the real animals in this series are those that profit off the cruel treatment of these amazing creatures.
Should I Watch?
Yes. It is a powerful insight into the underworld of the illegal animal trade in America and also into human nature itself.