YMMV / Whale Wars

  • Alternate Character Interpretation:
    • Well — alternate show interpretation, really. Much like shows such as My Super Sweet Sixteen, it's not entirely clear whether the program was made to glorify the people it stars and their actions, or whether it keeps its tongue firmly in its cheek, casts a knowing glance at the audience, and mouths, "Look how psychotic these folks are!"
    • The Viking Shores previews even had Nordic whalers angrily asking the crew "Who's going to feed this nation? You?" to point out that some of the whale hunting done is done for reasons that people are more likely to approve of — namely, feeding people.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: This show seems to give the message that, instead of using diplomacy and enforcing regulations on whale hunting, having a hack team of environmentalists using violent and controversial means is more effective.
  • Internet Backdraft: When the main page says the show is controversial, it's not fucking kidding! A major reason the main page is locked was because of the massive Flame Wars that ensued upon its creation, from those for and against whaling, those who find the show casts a horrible exaggeration of an Animal Wrongs Group, verging on terrorist territory, those who feel their hearts are in the right place, but going about it in an incredibly terrible way, and everywhere and anywhere in between. It is not wise to bring this show up anywhere on the net, and that's all we're saying about that.
  • Refuge in Audacity: On one occasion, when the whalers hear about Watson's claim that their presence stops them from killing and processing whales, so what do they do? They do it right in front of them.
  • Rooting for the Empire: A somewhat literal case (given the fact that Japan is still technically an Empire), as you won't have to go long to find a few hundred pro-Japanese sites that are practically (and occasionally literally) screaming for the blood of those on the Steve Irwin. Even more with the Norse whalers, since they are doing subsistence hunting, thus not in it for profit, killing whales for Lulz, or even cold-blooded research.
  • Snark Bait: Another interpretation of the show, attracting viewers amused by the crews' bungling.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Though "eco-terrorism" is arguably not the best way of stopping it, whale poaching itself is a serious problem that menaces the very survival of several species.