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Joe 'takes point' in South African bush, Dual Survival fans react

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Last night's episode of Dual Survival gave Joe Teti a chance to shine, but were fans convinced that he is a positive addition to the Discovery Channel show?

Dual Survival is now firmly in Season Three, with the second episode of the regular season airing last night. Fans had an opportunity to see Joe’s military training kick in and take charge, and get a taste of what he adds to the team. But, were fans impressed?

Cody appeared to be out of his element for the most part in South African bush country. Oh, as he said once again, he loves the desert. But, with big game—lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos and hippos—circling around, and phantom poachers in the area, there is no doubt that he was out of his typical survival comfort zone. Cody is adept at fighting—or working with—Mother Nature; eluding poachers and hiding from rhinoceroses just did not appear to be his forte. So, one would imagine that he was glad to have Joe and his training along on the trip.

But, were fans glad Joe was along to “take point” as he vocalized again and again and, yes, again?

No Longer for 'Everyman'

Buzzing about Huliq has not, at this time, been in favor of Joe’s performance, as disgruntled fans express their opinions on various articles already on the site. Specifically, the main grumbling appears to be that the show was once viewed as an everyday-man survivalist show; now, the harder edge, military calculations and evasive actions are not striking Dual Survival fans as accessible for “real” people.

“I found the new show with Joe upsetting to watch because Joe is more of a trained killer, more so bulling his way through nature in a destructive manner rather than respecting it,” Huliq reader Ken commented. “At least Dave was willing to compromise with Cody and I think they did respect one another. Btw Cody’s survival techniques are superlative to the soldiers and Joe’s skills are more appropriate for battle. I was looking forward to the new guy but after watching I would rather watch Cody and a hunter.”

“I don't get it,” commented geosmdavic. “Is it dual survival or dual military tactics. Joe has ruined a great show. I may not watch it anymore after this one. Joe is not a teacher at all. … So again I ask you guys at Dual Survival are you guy going to get back to teaching us something or is just going to just another show on Discovery. … I think Discovery should have a vote to see if Joe stay or Dave should come back!!!!”

No Brotherly Love in Arguments

Many viewers are uncomfortable with the dynamic going on between Cody and Joe at this point, as well. Whereas the arguments that were always occurring between Dave and Cody seemed more “brotherly,” always tempered with a mutual respect, the arguments between Cody and Joe are striking the viewing audience as harsh, uncomfortable and, most of all, disrespectful.

“No respect for each other,” Fallnhorse said, cutting right to the chase after watching the new episode last night. “Cody and Dave use to disagree but not be disagreeable. Joe and Cody show no respect for each other. If they were truly depending on each other to survive they would fail. I have learned nothing this season from this show, the old shows were informative. There is too much arguing and contempt. … The chemistry is gone and mutual respect is gone. It's time to shut down the show.”

Where Are the Joe Fans?

No doubt as the day and week goes on, those fans defending the new vibe of the show will speak out about the latest episode, as well. But, at the time of this writing, the overwhelming voice of the fans was loud, clear, and above all, unhappy.

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?

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Comments

Submitted by OutdoorJT (not verified) on
Yeah, OK... However, he's blowing stuff our of proportions too. blindfolding the camera crew when you tell to your face on America's TV screens makes no sense, and oh yeah, he just gave away his father's location, to watch this episode again... The balls, yes, he definitely has them, and I admire him for that. But he is at the total wrong end of the spectrum as a special force guy, when they are all about modesty and service... He's cocky and not in the right way... Big balls, yes, I give him that. Kudos. But brain, not so much. He even used the wrong words in this episode. If he wanted to be on tv, he's on the wrong show, he said it himself, he's only slept in the wild a "couple of times" and always had the best technology. He's a good military terrorist fighter, but this is different from being a survival expert, like he claims he is... This series should just now be renamed "military vs. survival"

Submitted by OutdoorJT (not verified) on
Yeah, OK... However, he's blowing stuff our of proportions too. blindfolding the camera crew when you tell to your face on America's TV screens makes no sense, and oh yeah, he just gave away his father's location, to watch this episode again... The balls, yes, he definitely has them, and I admire him for that. But he is at the total wrong end of the spectrum as a special force guy, when they are all about modesty and service... He's cocky and not in the right way... Big balls, yes, I give him that. Kudos. But brain, not so much. He even used the wrong words in this episode. If he wanted to be on tv, he's on the wrong show, he said it himself, he's only slept in the wild a "couple of times" and always had the best technology. He's a good military terrorist fighter, but this is different from being a survival expert, like he claims he is... This series should just now be renamed "military vs. survival"

Submitted by Diss-appointed (not verified) on
Was it just me or did Episode 2 seem rushed somehow? It also seemed lacking in continuity, like the editing job was rushed and thrown together. One theory would be they were trying to avoid the poachers so they deviated from the script somewhat. I am giving Joe an honest chance but for now I am liking Dave better. He was just more good-natured.

Submitted by Rick (not verified) on
I love the show. What made me uncomfortable is Joe’s attitude. He seems to think this is his show and Cody is his side kick. I believe Cody deserves better.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Cody and Dave had a chemistry whereas Cody and Joe do not. I'm not saying Dave can't be replaced as he choose to leave, but Discovery could have used a different partner with Cody each week to see which one clicked and then signed them up.

Submitted by Beast (not verified) on
The thing about Joe is he acts as if he is on a battlefield also he doesnt play well with could Cody Sure Dace used to argue with Cody but Joe doesnt gave a sense of humor i used to think that Dave is a hardass but i was wrong

You have a great point on the sense of humor; perhaps he will loosen up after a few episodes, when he is more comfortable being in front of the cameras, and he and Cody are more comfortable with each other?

Submitted by BiggusBishus (not verified) on
I'd take Canterbury back in a heartbeat. I don't think he should ever have left. We live in a society where leaders make huge mistakes, get off with an " I'm sorry" and go back to life like nothing happenned. Canterbury was the nads and the show is suffering without him.

Submitted by HelenM (not verified) on
I really enjoyed this show, before this current season. Having watched the first two episodes of season 3 I can honestly say I have given it a fair chance and don't like what I have seen so far. I spent much of the time feeling uncomfortable during Cody and Joe's many disagreements. Whatever Dave has done this was far more enjoyable with Cody and Dave. I do wish it could go back to the great show it was.

Submitted by ReconScout (not verified) on
When it comes down to Dave or Joe from a military survival standpoint, Joe is heads and shoulders above Dave. While Dave provided some very basic techniques taught to our armed forces many of them were outdated and improper. Joe on the other hand certainly is the cream-of-the-crop when it comes to tactical survival training. While some of Joe's antics are for theatrical purposes he truly is the veteran he claims to be. (Which I cannot say for Dave) All viewers are entitled to their own perspectives which ,like mine, are filter through our individual experiences. However, strictly from a military member with extensive training in reconnaissance and survival. Joe Tedi is what he claims to be and Dave Cantebury falls short on the military side of things. (To Dave's credit he is a knowledgeable woodsman). There are things I have enjoyed about each personality on the show abduction things that have bothered me regarding each. It's tv meant for entertainment. If you're not entertained, watch.something else. If you are keep watching. If you're looking for knowledge, take a course. Simple as that.

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