Since it was announced last July as in development, we haven’t heard much regarding Animal Planet’s new “Whale Wars” spinoff focused on the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society’s work in the Faeroe Islands. The network appeared to prep the series as not only an expansion of the highly successful franchise, but also as a contingency in case the Japanese whaling fleet did not return to the Southern Ocean this year.
We all know how that turned out.
With a “Whale Wars” season five now in the works, I imagine this spinoff will launch soon; and if a recent email exchange is to be believed, Animal Planet is already testing the pilot. (Update: A rep for the network has confirmed they are testing early screenings.)
“If this premiere episode is reflective of what the entire season is going to be like, it is going to be a very entertaining and engaging program,” writes one person who claims to have seen the pilot episode after taking part in a television survey. “There are so many elements at work here, not the least of which is the fact that the Sea Shepherd crew is no longer taking on something impersonal (Japanese whaling ships). They’re taking on people who rely on pilot whales for their main food source, and have done so for centuries. You can just imagine the kind of confrontations that are going to take place. I’ll also throw in the fact that this is not Paul Watson’s first visit to the Faroe Islands and the residents know what he’s all about.”
“I’m REALLY excited to see this series and how things unfold,” the source added. ”There is no clear right or wrong side — you can make an argument for either side. But best of all, the Sea Shepherd crew has no idea what it’s up against and it’ll be interesting to see how they handle it.”
While Animal Planet has yet to set a date for the show’s premiere, a rep did say an announcement would be forthcoming sometime within “the next couple weeks.”
“The episode I watched really lays it all out and sets the stage for what promises to be an intense series,” our source said. “You just have to watch and let it hit you.”