Watch “Joe vs. Carol” on Sky

Fantasy series “Joe vs. Carol”: news from “Tiger King”

The documentary series ‘Tiger King’ hits fanciful scenes on Netflix. So it was only a matter of time before the hilariously true satire was exploited by Texas predator Joe Exotic at war with predator Carol Baskin of Florida.

Read more after the announcement

Read more after the announcement

Showrunner Etan Frankel has filmed part of an internationally successful documentary series on behalf of the NBC Peacock portal. Its title “Joe vs. Carole” (from March 4 on Sky) initially suggests that it is about the feud between two characters who live their passion for big cats in a big way, but above all in a very different way. When the camera follows Carol Baskin (Kate McKinnon) through the entire mackerel house and the police warn her of a contract killer, there is hardly any room for nuance.

The “good” big cat friends who want to stalk Joe Exotic: animal rights activist Carol Baskin (Kate McKinnon) with her loving husband (Kyle MacLachlan).

Duel of two eccentric characters

And that doesn’t change much when director Justin Teabing goes back seven years at Carol’s real-life aid organization, Big Cat Rescue, after Baskin goes on a shopping spree with her husband (cool: “Twin Peaks” star Kyle MacLachlan). There the tigers were freed from the clutches of unscrupulous private zoo owners such as Joseph Allen Maldonado-Passage aka Joe Exotic née Schripvogel (John Cameron Mitchell), who was just as flashy as the original, but not as well known at the time as thanks to Carol Kate McKinnon will be soon.

Read more after the announcement

Read more after the announcement

Because when she walks the trail of the “Tiger King,” who transports his big cats across the country for show purposes, i.e. confusing animal exploitation with animal love, a duel of strange characters begins, and which, fueled by social media (still a young man in 2009), is a warrior on the Increasingly merciless will. Murder and manslaughter, vandalism and betrayal, tiger roar and people’s screams – a lot of material for the action series with endless possibilities, in which strange characters of strange shapes do strange things.

Gay nerd in anti-gay Texas

Fortunately, however, Part Seven is not a freely interpreted fictional version of the Netflix template. Based on the Over My Dead Body podcast, Ethan Frankel’s collective writing delves into the characters much deeper than the documentary manages to get into. When we examine young Joe Schreibvogel as a gay Texan anti-gay learner who is rescued from suicide by a tiger cub he got as a gift, his obsession becomes just as noticeable as young Carol Stairs-Jones, whose school abuse experiences make up for it with utmost justice.

Read more after the announcement

Read more after the announcement

So “Joe vs. Carole” is only superficially about a showdown of grandiose show value. In the background, two perpetrators and victims of conviction summarize what happens to a society that only talks about rather than one another, and whose lowest common denominator is mutual contempt even if the situations are slightly different. Because the series—at least in its three opening episodes—also tells great, wonderful love stories, the showdown between backwoods and doing good is the psychological drawing of a afflicted nation struggling with itself, and it’s well worth watching.

Leave a Comment