DVD Review: Abalone Wars Season One
Abalone Wars is the latest reality TV show from Discovery Channel, only it’s not. Well it is, but it isn’t. Season One is a three part series, and in my mind three episodes a season doesn’t make. In-fact, because of the true American style of reality TV editing, much of the footage is shown over and over again, and the same warnings repeated over and over again. I’d say that in this 3 part series, there is ample footage to create a really good 90 minute stand alone documentary.
But what we get in this DVD release is three episodes, 180 minutes of the most dangerous job in the world. Diving for Abalone in Southern Australia’s dangerous ocean is not for the faint hearted. Other than the strong currents and the cold water, the divers have to be on the look out for the areas mot fearsome predators, the White Pointer Shark. Now most reality TV shows talk up the danger, but it’s never really there. With Abalone Wars, the danger is real, and we get a taste of that in episode one, when we hear (as opposed to see) that one of the divers the show had been following, was taken by two White Pointers as he was about to climb aboard after a dive.
It’s a sobering incident, but the show must go on as these Abalone bring huge profits and in reality are their just for the taking – if you’ve purchased a fishing quota.
If you haven’t, then they are still there, but you’ll have the full force of the Aussie Fisheries Police hunting you down, and each episode we see them in action, on land and sea, chasing down and capturing poachers, who, the narrator says *could* be working for international crime syndicates.
Abalone Wars is an interesting look at the industry, but with it’s short three episodes, we never get too attached to the characters, and thus the essence of most reality TV shows is lost.
Rating: PG Coarse language.