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  • Summary: A look at the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society's efforts to stop the annual hunt of whales by the Japanese.
  • Genre(s): Documentary, Science
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Yet despite the distraction of its media grooming, the basic story of Whale Wars is quite a yarn.
  2. Reviewed by: Aubry D'Aminio
    75
    It's pretty exciting stuff, though Watson & Co. sometimes make it as easy to hate them as to be on their side. [7 Nov 2008, p.87]
  3. Certainly things will get more exciting in future episodes, when everybody throws powerful stink bombs at Japanese ships, for instance, and--not for the first time in his career--Mr. Watson steals the show.
  4. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    70
    Whatever you might think of the group’s beliefs and belligerence, these sailors give great sound bites.
  5. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    70
    Ultimately, the series contains just enough skepticism to mitigate charges of being exploited as a questionable enterprise's PR tool.
  6. The result will be more fascinating to those already invested in this sort of conservation issue than to the casual viewer, who may find the journey tough going and the nuances of the whole whaling question a little dense.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 35
  2. Negative: 17 out of 35
  1. SriyanthaP.
    Nov 24, 2008
    10
    Its great to see a channel like Animal Planet show real reality TV. Weather people like Sea Shepherd or not, one fact is clear. The Japanese Its great to see a channel like Animal Planet show real reality TV. Weather people like Sea Shepherd or not, one fact is clear. The Japanese are greedy killers and only a few people have the guts to stand against them. Expand
  2. SimonO.
    Aug 11, 2009
    10
    Great show, it is drama and action packed it shows the passionate volunteers willing to put their lives on the line to protect the most Great show, it is drama and action packed it shows the passionate volunteers willing to put their lives on the line to protect the most beautiful and intelligent creatures on the planet Expand
  3. ErinT
    Nov 18, 2009
    10
    Great show despite the dramatization that the production crew adds; great cause; and so invigorating and inspiring watching people with the Great show despite the dramatization that the production crew adds; great cause; and so invigorating and inspiring watching people with the guts to put REAL action behind their ideals. This show renews my faith that not all of mankind are worthless leeches on this planet. Expand
  4. Mar 17, 2011
    4
    If you like Jersey Shore you will love Whale Wars because they are essentially the same exact show. Paul Watson is The Situation, Peter isIf you like Jersey Shore you will love Whale Wars because they are essentially the same exact show. Paul Watson is The Situation, Peter is Vinny, you get the idea. Both shows are about people who are completely full of themselves, wrapped up with one cause (alcohol,sex / whales) and lacking brain matter. You find yourself watching the show mesmerized and unable to turn it off but question your own sanity for not changing it. I love whales, but the Sea Shepherd cast and crew consistently prove that they are completely unprepared for any given task. It is sheer luck that they are alive. Same for Jersey Shore, it is simply luck that they make it home. Back stabbing, lies and cult like pressure within the crew are the skeleton of both of these shows. Expand
  5. Oct 2, 2010
    1
    PIECE OF CRAP. All about tree-hugging hippies ruining the Japanese economy. That's all they do. Ruin the JAPANESE, no one else. America wasPIECE OF CRAP. All about tree-hugging hippies ruining the Japanese economy. That's all they do. Ruin the JAPANESE, no one else. America was whaling before. Besides, whales are delicious and so are dolphins. The only part I liked was when he got arrested. That's the only part I cheered for. Get a real job and stop mooching off TV shows. How blunt and intolerant are you all. Respect them. Expand
  6. GailE.C.
    Nov 25, 2008
    0
    More often as not, good intentions override intelligence. The inexhaustible supply of youth who want to HELP the world only contributes to More often as not, good intentions override intelligence. The inexhaustible supply of youth who want to HELP the world only contributes to the problem. Whate Wars is a perfect example of waste. A waste of time, money, human effort and, quite possibly, life. I was very excited that the ship was named after Steve Irwin and imagined good things were about to happen. Now, I wish that his NAME COULD BE REMOVED as the whole project is riddled with lack of preparation and embarrassment.. After selection, the crew gives the impression that they were told to show up at the dock with enthusiasm and not much else...certainly no training, or a clue as to HOW they were to achieve their lofty goal of saving whales. Shame on the skipper as one mishap befalls another. Crew errors (obviously, due to ignorance), not to mention damage to the helicopter which prevents it's SAFE useage. I've tried to watch each episode but leave the ordeal with a bad taste in my mouth and zero confidence level in the Skipper. (It's no wonder they kicked him out of Greenpeace) If he doesn't lose some, if not all, of his financial backing, it will be a miracle. HEADS UP..THIS MAN IS CRAZY. Expand
  7. MattP
    Nov 21, 2009
    0
    This show is the worst. The only drama is caused by the crew's incompetence. They would do a better job of stopping whaling by throwing This show is the worst. The only drama is caused by the crew's incompetence. They would do a better job of stopping whaling by throwing themselves in front of the harpoons and then we wouldn't be subject to this disfunctional reject of a show. Expand

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