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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 Pipip (not verified) on
Joe is just mean. And for all his military training, he couldn't even kill a catfish. Cody had to do it.

Submitted by geosmdavic (not verified) on
It just goes to show you that this guy has no business on the show when he can't even kill a fish.. And then what the heck joe acts like they are at war or something. Then he told Cody to build a fire his way or no fire at all ..he said it would "Give their position away" Give their position away???? Really ??? Please don't get me wrong .. I have so much respect for our military and the people fight for our country, but this guy is a joke.. My uncle was a sniper in the Marines .. He died when I was very young but from what I was told he never went off half cocked like this guy.. I think I will stick to re-runs on Netflix of season one for till season two comes out..

Submitted by Val (not verified) on
What a joke. This Joe dude seems like a real moron. He finds a single AK-47 shell, takes it as proof of poaching, and then decided to take the law into his own hands and STEAL supplies that belong to those he has stupidly and unilaterally found guilty of poaching!!!! Honestly, everything about the dude just screams stupid, phony and staged. I can't believe that this guy has the credentials that the show claims he has. No one would survive in harm's way behaving the way that this idiot does. Did Discovery Channel actually vet this moron? Are they sure that he wasn't a cook for the Green Berets who is padding his resume? That's what he acts like. Way to wreck a good show.

Submitted by Dual Fan (not verified) on
Joe is not anymore suited to survival than Dave, in fact he may be even less so as is obvious by the way he charges around like he's about to be shot if he stops moving. This is understandable given his background, but it changes the show completely and not for the good. The point of the show was how regular people could survive with little to no gear....Joe's background is based on normally having access to the best gear produced on the planet. Not to say his skills arent legit, of course they are, but his perspective is way off. The show is not about being stranded in a combat zone. That poacher stuff was THE single most ridiculous "staging" the show has ever done. And the producers really tipped their hand when they had him running around with his shirt open, come on, you just ruined a great show. They are probably banking on getting a bigger, different audience....we'll see if it works.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Did this guy really shave a straight line down his stomach, and then take off his shirt in front of a camera?? Joe adds nothing to the show but that tough guy military shtick, and I'd honestly rather watch a show with just Cody, than to have to sit through another 42 minutes of this fool. Discovery Channel, please GET THIS GUY OUT OF THERE!! I don't care who you replace him with, but Joe Teti is way too annoying for television, and just about any other survivalist would be more watchable than him.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Well, atleast we wont have to read your ridiculous assesment of the episodes if your arent watching.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Joe kept giving the top 5 for deadly animals, I don't remember the exact animals that he put into that category, but he should have listened to Cody when he was trying to inform Joe that snakes are the most deadly, and by a lot. Top 10 deadliest animals were on the discovery channel before, look it up. It goes something like snakes, then spiders. then farther down the line you have the alligators, sharks, elephants and lions. But Joe was so worried about the big 5 and Cody was correct to be more concerned over the snakes.

Submitted by non-embellishin... (not verified) on
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!!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Completely agree - Dave was a liar & now it's proven. Joe is the real deal. He's the soldier Dave wishes he could be. The show is awesome with Joe. All the butt hurt Dave fans need to get over it.


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