Just finished and caught up on the thread. Here are my thoughts:
1)I agree with the above poster. The SS have not helped their cause by their "dishonest[y], spin, distort[ions], and deliberately provok[ing] situations to make it look like somebody has unfairly attacked them." They have lost a lot of credibility in my eyes. We can see the lies they try spread and it sets them back. The consensus from most of the posters in this thread is as the poster stated above.
2)The show is fount of unintentional comedy.
3)The Japanese were probably at fault for the crash with the Ady Gil
4)I don't think it was intentional. It looked to me like they rolled into the Ady Gil (that is what the captain of the Ady Gil said as well.) Also, it looked like the Ady Gil sped up right at the end, but likely not in time to turn or move. It really would be interesting to see all of the footage unedited for the 30 minutes before and after the crash, especially from the Ady Gil. The episode clearly tried to make a big case for how maneuverable the Nisshan Maru 2 was, and how the Ady Gil guys were just sitting around doing nothing. It smacked a bit of propaganda, but given the extra footage might have been justified.
5)In any case, smashing the Ady Gil certainly hurt the Japanese position.
6)That Peter guy on the Bob Barker is an arrogant prick... The whole "International law requires that you respond to my May Day" and "We will defend them with our lives" struck me as overdramatic, arrogant, bullying. Honestly, it was the reaction of a fundamentalist... someone who cannot see any other viewpoint than their own version of reality. This fundamentalism has been less evident this season, but obviously shows up.
7)The Ady Gil captain is an astute man. He recognizes that a major reason for the Japanese whaling is pride. What he doesn't realize is that their method of stopping whaling amounts to bullying... and will, IMO, strengthen the Japanese resolution to continue. What is needed is cooler heads, and a method for the Japanese to save face. Honestly, I bet Captain Kirk or Picard could swoop in and have this whole thing resolved in 1 ep.
8)Finally, it was inevitable, given the SS escalations of tactics and untrained zealots as crew that an accident was going to happen. Someone will die sooner or later out there. I also believe that Paul Watson wants a death that he can spin. I think he holds human life with little regard, both those of his crew, who he sees as expendable (except for his inner circle), and for the Japanese. I think he has dehumanized most of his crew as peons and pawns, and the Japanese and vicious enemies. He is a dangerous man to follow.