The biggest problem facing Dual Survival this season is the chemistry between the hosts for Season Three, Cody Lundin and Joe Teti. Cody, of course, has been part of the show since the beginning, while Joe just signed on this season. Fans were disappointed that the show was changing hosts, but perhaps the true reason of the “revolt” against Joe has been not the change itself, but the discord that has been apparent between Cody and Joe from the beginning.
A Breakthrough or a Ruse?
It is important that the two hosts lead by example. If they were setting a positive tone, fans would most likely be more in-tune with the change. But, they started out rough, not just appearing unfamiliar with each other because, well, they WERE unfamiliar with each other, but also appearing antagonistic, perhaps not even liking each other very well when it comes right down to it. Last week, however, stranded on an island in Hawaii (doesn’t seem like the worst place in the world to be stranded, does it?), the two alpha males seemed to have reached some kind of understanding. After being rescued, they, at least, said the right things:
“Cooperation is always the way to stay alive,” Cody said as the rescue helicopter flew into the cove to get them.
“Cody and I are both Type-A personalities,” Joe said as the show closed. “But, at the end of the day, you’ve got to be smart enough to know that this is a TEAM event. If you can do that, you can accomplish any goal and get through any type of situation, regardless of how bad it may be.”
Marooned on the banks of the mighty Amazon River, surrounded by the impenetrable jungle of Ecuador's rainforest, Joe and Cody show how to stay alive on the world's deadliest river, if they can keep from killing each other first.
Doesn’t sound like the spirit of cooperation has a firm grasp on Cody and Joe just yet.
Do It for the Fans
Dual Survival has been an extremely successful series for Discovery Channel, and can continue to be so, even with a new host. But, if Joe and Cody continue with a spirit of animosity rather than cooperation, fans are going to continue to rebel and, eventually, disappear. It just is not comfortable, watching the them fight every week; they need to get it together, for the sake and success of the show—and for the benefit of those Dual Survival fans who love the show and want it to keep working, whoever the hosts might be.
Dual Survival airs on the Discovery Channel on Tuesday nights at 9/8c.
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