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Is Joe gaining traction with Dual Survival viewers?

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A greater number of positive Huliq commenters came to Joe's defense after last week's episode of Dual Survival; will that fan base continue to grow this season?

It’s another week on the Discovery Channel’s Dual Survival; how are fans settling in with the new partnership of Cody and Joe?

Huliq readers continue to debate the new dynamic in the partnership, and many are still wary of the more military, less survivalist feel of the episodes thus far. Last week’s episode gave fans a chance to see Joe “take point” in the South African bush, but some fans did not necessarily react as Discovery may have hoped. Fans of the show commented on Huliq article, “Joe ‘takes point’ in South African bush, Dual Survival fans react,” and they were blunt:

Reader Pipip thought Joe was, well, not such a nice guy, saying, “Joe is just mean. And for all his military training, he couldn't even kill a catfish. Cody had to do it.”

But, other fans liked what they saw, such as non-embellishing veteran, who disagreed with the negative reviews, saying, “I can actually watch this show now. It's far better with Cody & Joe! I've always liked Cody but I somehow had a feeling when Dave spoke he was just full of crap...guess I was right! Keep up the good work guys, hoo-yah!!”

Fans Liking What They See?

Reader Kate said she liked the look of the new host: “I thought last night's show was excellent....especially when Joe took off his shirt...what a chest!!!!”

But, others, like commenter magman, thought the obvious attempt to pull in female viewers via Joe’s manly attributes was rather cheesy: “It's good to see that Joe was allowed to go back to the Travel Lodge at night in order to shave his belly.... Is there nothing about this man that is not embarrassing??”

New Viewers in the Mix

One anonymous commenter thought the naysayers would keep watching, along with new fans who will enjoy the military vibe now going on with the show: “It seems because of Joe's background he seems to be picking up more fans that are ex or still military. Those people that want to blast the show are still going to watch so they can blast the show, meanwhile Joe will add to the fan base.”

Reader Archer, however, appeared to believe that what Discovery may be gaining in new viewers, it is losing in loyal fans: “Picking up new fans perhaps, but he's driving out the old ones by the drove. As a long time TV watcher I know full well that problems that arise from suddenly changing out a character or actor. Fans are resistant to change yes, but there are other factors at work here in this case.”

Is Support for Joe Growing Overall?

So, while there are still negative comments to be sure, fans who support the change, or who are at least still open to the possibilities of the new season, are beginning to trickle in with their support. Will that support continue to grow as the season goes forward? Tonight, fans will again see more of Joe in the spotlight, according to Discovery Channel’s description of tonight’s episode:

Deep in New Mexico's Chihuahuan Desert, Joe struggles to get out of an abandoned mineshaft. A deadly western diamondback rattlesnake becomes dinner, and a maggot-infested cow carcass puts the team's opposing survival tactics to the test.

Stay tuned.

Dual Survival airs on the Discovery Channel on Tuesday nights at 9/8c.

UPDATED: Did Cody, Joe turn trust-building corner in Hawaii?

Image: Discovery Channel

Video: Discovery Channel/Dual Survival

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Submitted by Archer (not verified) on
An influx in new recruits? Perhaps, but that would really depend on each individual. Personally, I would want nothing to do with a person that acts the way Joe does. Is he the real deal? Yes. Is he a hero? Perhaps. Would I want to get to know him or meet him in person? No The reason for this being his personality. He might not act in real life the way he does on the show, after all people react differently on camera than is typical. But from what I've seen of him, no, he doesnt seem like the sort I would wish to know. This has nothing to do with his military history however, its just him, his personality that makes me dislike him. I know quite a few people with military background, I have close friends that are surviving World War II veterans, my grand fathers on both sides of the family served and there are a number of my classmates that have since signed up and served for nearly a decade. But not one of them acts the way Joe does. I am very thankful for the servace and sacrafices my friends and family have made over the years, but I am even more thankful that knowing them gives me ample proof that not everyone that serves in the military acts the way Joe does. Of course he's not the only 'star' out there I wouldnt care to speak with if I saw them in passing on the street. Tom Cruse and Robin Williams fall under the same catagory, for the exact same reason, I cant stand their personality.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
except Joe is currently not the everyday man. He's the genuine article. I'd bet the military recruiters have had a flux of recruits showing up at their door after watching an episode or 2 of the new Dual Survival. If you look at Joe's website he states how he was nothing of note, athletically, in high school. He then joined the military, the marine corps, and became this super commando. What an inspiration to kids and young adults. Joe depicts the power of US Spec Ops training, mentality, the American will to suceed and Survive against the odds. Joe has inspired those with doubt about serving our country to take the challenge and preserve our freedom of speech and all our liberties many take for granted. Personally, I see how Dave appeals to a certain segment of the population given the current state of affairs. The everybody gets a medal, feel good, nicey nice generation and their parents. Lastly, If feel you are so out of shape and unfit, why would you need to learn these extreme survival skills? You really wouldn't put yourself in a situation where you needed to guard yourself from lions or african poachers. let alone, rapell down a rock face. I say, if you really need survival skills, Take a class, read firefox, search youtube etc. and then watch how a real professsional like Joe teti puts textbook material into action.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
except Joe is currently not the everyday man. He's the genuine article. I'd bet the military recruiters have had a flux of recruits showing up at their door after watching an episode or 2 of the new Dual Survival. If you look at Joe's website he states how he was nothing of note, athletically, in high school. He then joined the military, the marine corps, and became this super commando. What an inspiration to kids and young adults. Joe depicts the power of US Spec Ops training, mentality, the American will to suceed and Survive against the odds. Joe has inspired those with doubt about serving our country to take the challenge and preserve our freedom of speech and all our liberties many take for granted. Personally, I see how Dave appeals to a certain segment of the population given the current state of affairs. The everybody gets a medal, feel good, nicey nice generation and their parents. Lastly, If feel you are so out of shape and unfit, why would you need to learn these extreme survival skills? You really wouldn't put yourself in a situation where you needed to guard yourself from lions or african poachers. let alone, rapell down a rock face. I say, if you really need survival skills, Take a class, read firefox, search youtube etc. and then watch how a real professsional like Joe teti puts textbook material into action.

Submitted by Gen X (not verified) on
Anonymous said: Personally, I see how Dave appeals to a certain segment of the population given the current state of affairs. The everybody gets a medal, feel good, nicey nice generation and their parents. Lastly, If feel you are so out of shape and unfit, why would you need to learn these extreme survival skills? You really wouldn't put yourself in a situation where you needed to guard yourself from lions or african poachers. let alone, rapell down a rock face. I say, if you really need survival skills, Take a class, read firefox, search youtube etc. and then watch how a real professsional like Joe teti puts textbook material into action." Hi, there "anonymous" poster, I see you've responded to my comment. Did you notice that, unlike you, I didn't need to make assumptions or be insulting to anyone to get my point across? And, unlike you, I signed my name. How 'bout that? ;)

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Actually, I am happy you did some things you wouldnt have otherwise. Good for you. I retract anything you as an indivdual found insulting. I really think I put a bunch of the rah rah dave, Joe is bad into your post.

Submitted by Gen X (not verified) on
The things I referenced were my OWN experiences, which I feel you devalued with your comments about your perception of the gimme generation by assuming I was like that. Why? Because your comments were devaluing and dismissive to me. That's why. Worst still, I'm used to it. Where I come from, girls aren't interested in self-reliance or encouraged to learn or practice these things. I'm not made of money, I can't drive or fly out and take courses. I have ZERO support around me. What I liked about Dave is that he made me believe I COULD do them. Because I believed him, I DID IT. Anybody who doesn't see value in that has the same pair of pants to get happy in, and that includes you. Now I don't know you and I don;t know how to define things where you come from or how your mind works, but in my reality THAT IS POWER. It's empowering. So your rant about this only being for those who quality as elite or physically fit blows chunks to me. I stated my perception that the new guy's showing off. I admitted I'm learning nothing from him. You didn't like my statements. So be it, But any time you have the opportunity to encourage others to take an active interest in their lives you should do exactly that. No "rah rah Dave" or "Joe is bad" about it. The world's bigger that that. Act accordingly. Thank you for the apology. Accepted. Will I watch the season out? Probably. I'm a student, not a critic. Will I keep watching Dave? Bet your life on it because I do trust him with mine. End of.

Submitted by Gen X (not verified) on
PS: To EVERYONE reading this - You can do it. Don't listen to this guy posting anonymously above who isn't even brave enough to sign his name or anyone like him. If you're out of shape or don't know what you're doing, you DO need this. In fact, you probably need it more than other people. Please listen to me. Emergencies happen. Accidents happen. Disasters happen. YOU CAN DO IT. Don't listen to the people who say you can't learn on your own or use videos, don't listen to people who say you should take classes if you cannot afford them or there's nothing in your area, and don't listen to people who make fun of you for being out of shape or not in the best physical condition. YOU CAN DO THIS. I have a knee injury. I'm five foot four, I weigh a buck thirty soaking wringing wet in my boots with gear on. I went with minimal supplies. I stayed four days. I did it on my own with radio contact in case I needed help. I had a blast. I can make a fire four different ways. I caught and ate my own fish. I purified water and made my own shelter. It's work but it's honest work that gives you confidence in life to allow you to keep learning. YOU CAN DO IT. Please believe me, you can do it. Learn a few necessary skills now and you won't be afraid in a bad situation. You'll be prepared instead. To everyone doing it on your own? Play it smart and safe when you're practicing, and try to practice with a buddy. Watching shows will help, I recommend more personalized "how to" videos, and please keep trying. DO NOT EVER GIVE UP. And remember, I'm right there with you. - XX Gen :)

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Gen X? Because you sign your post with a non-descript screen name does not reveal anything more about you than posting anonymously....well perhaps it puts you in the age group of 35-45. Anyhow, posting anonymously is within the guidelines, no requirements are made to provide a screen name. Because most cannot physically perform the acts that Joe can does not devalue the show because he is in shape. frankly, I think Dave could have physically handled most of the acts Joe has. Joe just does it seemingly effortlessly with the vigor of a Warrior and a can do, never fail attitude which is a valuable learning point. Like you said, learn a FEW necessary skills and your fear factor against adversity dwindles. You plainly acknowlege the value of more personalized how to videos. You can look these up on youtube or read about survival skills at the public library. Depending on a TV show meant for entertainment is not the answer for survival in a desperate situation. As far as your personal accomplishments, like I said earlier, Good for you. Keep on Keepin' on!

Submitted by Gen X (not verified) on
You seem to be pullin' quite the 180 here, from making fun of out of shape people and saying they don't need to watch the show to this? Wow, I stand by my words. They speak well for how I feel about your statements and this topic in general. I will always choose to encourage people just like me rather than just merely tear them down by making fun of them and telling them what they do and don't need. Now you can have the last word. You seem to need that. Take it.

Submitted by Baby Boomer (not verified) on
You were doing such a great job, giving a testimonial about how you got the motivation and gumption to go out and DO IT, how the acts of self reliance expanded you as a person, then, after chastising a fellow commentor for insults, turned around and did the same thing! (Althought I don;t really think that was his intention) Failure to post ID is no sign of bravery - it take 5 mintues to create a new one - we all know this. You were right the first time: you don't build your opinion by insult the person holding a differing opinion. Perhaps you got caught up in the moment as you sound very impassioned about discovering how much power actally lies inside us all if we only nurture it, nothing ventured, nothing gained nor learned. Good luck in your endeavors and keep up both the expansion of your skills as well as spreading the message of self realiance. More people - of all generations - need to hear that message.Good Luck in your endavors!

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