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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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Submitted by Diss-appointed (not verified) on
I get your point about Joe. But the show (up until now anyway) places them in situations where they are lost with limited resources and must find civilization. I kind of wonder if they are taking the show in a new direction (cue the poachers) to give Joe a more relevant role. It will be interesting to see. If they don't change it up, and keep the old formula, I do think the show will suffer for it.

Submitted by geosmdavic (not verified) on
Dave mave have been outdated as you claim,but I enjoyed watching the outdated. Back then the show seemed to have symmetry. Now it's just joe barking oders at Cody and giving hand signals.Also when back when Dave was on,no matter if was setting up a trap to dressing wound, Dave showed how to do it and explained what was going on. From beginning to end . But in noticed in last episode Joe was talking about setting up trip wires. They show cutting some sticks for trip wires and that's it.. Nothing... If he knows so much about all this as they claims then why do they keep cutting it when it come to him and his tasks.. You guyscan sit there and believe what you want.. I can see with my own eyes Joe doesn't have any real survival skills. And yes it is a TV show that WAS a pretty darn good one. At one time it was informative and knowledgable, so in a since this was my classroom.. And I had two great teachers.. Please don't get me wrong joe could be a great guy for all I know in real life. But that does't make him a fit for TV. Also, I just don't think he is a good teacher.. That's just like me .. I can cook an awesome pizza and all my friends know it.. But that doesn't mean I should open a pizza restaurant .,, simple as that...

Submitted by TonyMonterey (not verified) on
I was into Dual Survivor and Man, Woman, Wild. I guess the geniuses decided to cancel one and do damage control on the other. I am an SF Vet, I know this is the internet and I could also claim I'm a hot chick with mad survival skills. But, people like what they like, and, I want to let people know there is a time and a place for guys with high speed training, but don't give them more influence because of that. I like to think I could survive the stuff they show on here, but if you guys watched me on TV it would be more of a comedy than a survival show. The guy who lied still fell within "Rogers Rules for Rangers" about lying to non Rangers. I think the rule applies to military people who know their crap and want a shot on the TV. Long story short, OK the dude lied but he did it to get on the show. He did a good job and made the show interesting. He's fallen on his sword and embarrassed himself. I as an 18B forgive him, make him do 50 pushups and get his butt back. We didn't call Squeals, Squeals for nothing! The Seals had a movie staring Charlie Sheen, we had John Wayne!

Submitted by TonyMonterey (not verified) on
This guy strikes me the way Seals act... now I spent the 5 seconds Googling to see he is a fellow Green Beret. Something is off here. Unless they have really changed the type of SF people they select or he is stressing out at being on TV. Anywho.. sorry... Squeals... I mean Seals.

Submitted by TonyMonterey (not verified) on
Just looked at his page and he was in SF the same time I was... And I think I remember him. Sorry dude! You need to chill out, though. If you read this, good luck, but try to rein it in. You are acting like a shallow breathing spot lighter.

Submitted by OutdoorJT (not verified) on
I will not go over Joe's attitude, many people are taking care of this already. It makes the show painful to watch. I will try to be kind and maybe blame it on the high level of stress from their lame staged poacher set-up, but "we need to do in accountability of what's inside his backpack" ACCOUNTABILITY?? OK, I didn't know one could use this word this way, and then Joe discloses where his Dad lives... "my Dad in "Name of the City here""... Come on, man, you blindfold the crew you work with to go to your house, but don't mind saying where the rest of your family lives? Seriously?? That's dumb... Then Discovery's editors are not even smart enough to edit it out either!! None of this makes sense, it smells like bad TV. This episode was so stupid from A to Z, it was a pain to watch... Give us back more Dave & Cody, more Mykel Hawke, more Les, more realistic TV with less BS and more content and knowledge being shared!!

Submitted by Scott newbanks (not verified) on
Buddy you were "on point" with that comment! What a terd this great show has turned into

Submitted by Retired Military (not verified) on
I can't relate to the new guy as he is cast on this show and I'm retired military! I think Joe WOULD leave Cody behind if it was to his advantage. I don't buy into Joe as a survivalist. I see him as out of his element in this show. Either change the name of the show to reflect the new dynamic or bring back Dave Canterbury - at least I can relate to Dave. As for Cody, I really like him and respect his approach - he is the genuine article. I would like to see some URBAN survival situations since most of us live in cities, and when disasters hit we won't be globe-trotting in nature preserves or other wild areas - we'll be stuck in town with all the unprepared folks panicking.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Yep, he's a jerk, but he is sexy as hell. I love when he dropped the shirt and exposed that big old fat belly. THAT is what a real man looks like...except for the stupid belly-shaving.

Submitted by stanton Lore (not verified) on
Thumbs down. Joe is unwilling to do it any way but his. He would be all right if this was a one man survival show,but it isn't. His personality puts me off. I wish Cody would lay him out. he must give in to Cody or leave the show. I cannot watch the show anymore.


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