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Steve's last documentary to air on Sun., Jan. 21 at 8 pm

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    123home123

    [1]Jan 10, 2007
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    "Ocean's Deadliest" is Steve's final documentary. It was one of the two projects he was working on when he was killed on Sept. 4, 2006, off the coast of northern Australia. Despite the ominous sounding title, his work for his daughter Bindi's new show proved to be the fateful last moment.

    The documentary will be narrated by Phillippe Cousteau, grandson of famous oceanographer Jacques Cousteau. Cousteau participated in the making of the program and was aboard the Croc One ship on Steve's last day.

    The Steve Irwin Tribute will feature new footage and interviews with family and friends in a look at the adventures and family life of the Crocodile Hunter. Don't miss this last look at the intriguing career of a true Wildlife Warrior.

    The documentary airs on both the Discovery Channel and Animal Planet at 8 pm ET/PT. The tribute begins at 9:30 pm.
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    pool_enthusiast

    [2]Jan 31, 2007
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    Were you able to watch it? If so, how was it?
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    123home123

    [3]Feb 1, 2007
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    It was much different than Steve's other documentaries. For starters, Philippe Cousteau Jr. was the narrator. He is in the more traditional mold of a TV naturalist: sedate, reasoned and calm. My guess is that Steve would have done the narration if he had been available.

    Cousteau's even tone gave the documentary a slightly eerie feel in combination with the scenes of Steve on the boat. It was a little sad to watch Steve being his usual boisterous self, jumping into the water after snakes and jellyfish and mentioning that the danger and how he was experienced at such activities, so he would be less likely to get hurt. On The Crocodile Hunter, such scenes were amusing, but knowing that he didn't survive gave the documentary an almost creepy feel.

    Overall, it was much more of a Philippe Cousteau documentary than a Steve Irwin documentary. At one point, Cousteau said Steve was onshore setting crocodile traps to explain his absence. A more likely explanation was that those scenes were filmed after Steve's death. No footage from Steve's final day was shown, but the team decided to continue with the production afterward. They wanted to complete the project to honor Steve's memory.

    The half-hour biography, "Crikey, What an Adventure!" had more to do with Steve. It featured new interviews with Terri, Bindi, Steve's father Bob, Wes, and little Bob's first televised words (as far as I know). Steve was training a team of relative youngsters to take over his hands-on duties. He was getting older and he had suffered many injuries over the years. His knee injuries required surgery and forced him to give up surfing, which was one of his favorite hobbies.

    It's possible that if Steve had just survived for another year, he probably would have transitioned away from his up-close work and thus, he could have lived a relatively peaceful retirement. One of his new shows, "New Breed Vets," focused on animal rescue. Such shows would have been very safe.

    His father Bob said that Steve was in a lot of physical pain in recent years. He said that if Steve had to go, at least he no longer had to suffer through the constant pain.

    The 30-min. tribute might be better to watch for Steve Irwin fans. Hopefully it will air in your area soon. Both Discovery and Animal Planet aired it here.
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