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This episode picked up with the Sea Shepherds closing on the Japanese fleet while it was looking for a man overboard. It was nice to see some empathy from the crew toward the Japanese sailor who was washed overboard. It was also good to see that they have some sort of moral compass that would not initially allow them to attack the Japanese fleet while they were looking for their lost sailor.
After a lot of soul searching, it seemed that most of the crew had come to some rationalization that would still allow them to attack the Japanese. To Paul Watson’s credit, he instead offered to assist the Japanese in finding their crew member. To the credit of the Japanese, they declined the help “because the Sea Shepherds are environmental terrorists.” Good for them.
The ass of a first mate Peter Brown actually said, “…I think they are the eco-terrorists. One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter.” He should tell that to the people around the world whose family members have been killed by Al Qaeda.
Then, just as the Sea Shepherds are finally about to attack the Japanese, they realize they are running low on fuel. Captain Paul Watson informed us that just by showing up that they had intimidated the Japanese. Really? I don’t think that the Japanese are that affected. They will just go right on whaling while the Sea Shepherds go back to port, and the Japanese will be miles away from their current positions when the Sea Shepherds finally return.
They realized that one of the harpoon ships was shadowing them…, “and its gun is uncovered!” So they decide to attack the ship. The best news to come out of this episode is that it appears that the Japanese have decided to defend themselves. They had nets to deflect the bottles of acid and slippery chemicals. They had floats tied to the sides of the ship to prevent boarding, and the whole crew was deployed on deck to help defend the ship. Very good.
By the time that the Sea Shepherds actually got their boats in the water, the Japanese ship was out of range of the attack. They finally gave up the chase and turned back in the rough seas.
That’s when one of the ladies on the crew of the small boat bashed her head as they hit a rough wave. She received a mild concussion, but the producers played it up quite a bit.
Much of the rest of the episode was spent with the crew worrying about the fuel supply and Peter Brown making a complete ass of himself. It is clear that this guy is no team player, and should have never been made first mate. He proved that you can be right, and still be an ass.
One of the crew members topped Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs when he said, “If we run out of fuel…we’ll look like we have no idea what we are doing.” I’ve thought that they had no idea what they were doing from the first episode last season.
Then, of course, one of the crew bashed her head again (a pretty ugly cut). She was repaired by the doctor, and the fuel/Peter Brown saga continued. His sarcasm directed toward the crew is useless. In the end, he ‘decided’ not to return for the second part of the trip. Oddly, no one seems torn up about it. I suspect that Paul Watson asked him not to, but that was never admitted. I felt that there were things that went on behind the scenes last season, and this would be another example of this. In the end, I was left with the feeling that much of the fuel issue was just made up drama.
I can’t wait for the L-RAD on the next episode. The foreshadowing of the ‘white powder’ incident on the next episode reminded me of the time when Paul Watson was ‘shot’ last season, but I’ll deal with that next week.
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