South African bush dangers test Joe's skill-set on Dual Survival

Fans are all over the place on Joe Teti, but perhaps tonight's episode will help viewers understand how the new Joe-Cody pairing makes sense.

It is a new season of Discovery Channel’s Dual Survival, and fans are all over the map on Cody Lundin’s new partner, Joe Teti.

Since the Season Three premiere of Dual Survival aired on New Year’s Day, fans have been burning up Internet chat boards and fan sites, and Huliq readers have had a lot to say about Joe Teti—some good, some not so great. On a Huliq article entitled, “Will Dual Survival fans give Joe Teti a chance?” many fans were clear: No.

“Turned it off after 19 minutes,” notafan anymore wrote. “I couldn’t watch it. The camera work is great and the locations beautiful but there isn’t any actual teaching of survival skills or bush craft. I think these shows have reached a peak and there isn’t anything new to add....”

Some fans were more to the point on Joe, specifically, however, such as Carol Lewis, who said, “I love the show with Cody but the new guy Joe is a blow hard know it all..........takes all the fun out of watching the show..........”

Still, there were others who were more democratic in their opinions, such as one anonymous commenter who said, “I am a fan of the show and applaud the contrast in styles. Clearly hunter (Joe), gatherer (Cody) skills. I look forward to this season.”

And, there were even some who preferred Joe as Cody’s partner, like one anonymous commenter who enthusiastically said, “Joe Teti is friggin awesome!! People give him a chance and think about what he's REALLY been thru. This dude is a warrior of the highest degree. They will grow to know and trust each other as it moves along and act as more of a team. Best thing that could've happened to this show! I loved Dave,don't get me wrong. This is a better fit.”

Perhaps in the best strategy of all, some are just keeping an open mind, not making a decision yet, like Kingtut who said, “First off, Hollywood is all about make-believe and false heros, so what difference does it make if Dave was a ID clerk or a warrior? He proved himself repeatedly and I still feel like there is a place for him on my TV set-I just liked the guy! Dave and Cody had a great thing going! But I'm also not ready to throw Joe under the bus after the first episode. My ten-year-old and I watched it last night and found it as usual, very entertaining. The camera work was quality and took us to places we've never seen-that's what this show does.”

Drinking Bodily Fluids a No-Go with Fans

So, there have been, without a doubt, a full range of opinions on Discovery Channel's new Dual Survival pairing. The biggest criticism of the show overall? No doubt it, it was the urine-drinking scene, about which some, like Sarge47, felt extremely strong:

“Criticizing survival is NOT throwing the instructor under the bus, but rather checking out his or her credibility. Drinking urine is dangerous to the human system and many people have died doing that. The 1st time a child even gets ill following any TV survival instructor demonstrating that it's okay to drink urine the lawsuits will hit!”

But, bottom line, the big question Discovery Channel is no doubt waiting to have answered tonight is simply this: Will those viewers who threatened to stop watching Dual Survival follow through and change the channel tonight, or will they be too intrigued to look away when it is all said and done? Tonight, Cody and Joe may be in a situation that will prove to be more geared to Joe’s territory of expertise. According to the Discovery Channel:

Stranded in the South African bush and in close proximity to the planet's deadliest predators - including lions and leopards - Joe and Cody fight to get out alive while hiding from poachers who may be hunting them.

Some fans have questioned whether Joe's extreme military training really qualifies as "survival" skills, such as Smellslike, who commented, "The new casting is set up to look as if it is a compare contrast two styles, but there is ONLY one survivalist, the other is a solider and really has nothing to do with surviving the campout scenario, but rather that of completing missions. Even if it cost his life. It is not about surviving. There is no comparision nor is there a true contrast. Soliders are not survivalists which the general public does not understand as well as those in the military do. Thus looks like two trying to survive, but there is only one survivalist." Perhaps seeing an episode where Joe's military skills are more necessary for the duo's survival than Cody's primitive skills will help viewers see how this new Cody-Joe pairing makes sense for the new season of Dual Survival?

Stay tuned.

Dual Survival airs on the Discovery Channel tonight, Tuesday, January 08, at 9/8c.

UPDATED: Fans not warming to Joe Teti?

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Comments

Submitted by SmelllikeSh*t (not verified) on
I did not watch FYI, but I heard few comments, I will not watch anymore of Discovery or its sister networks. Why everyone knows we should start ambushing and killing each other right? The Adam Lanza(S) of the world are going to love the show. Meanwhile Cody can cry about beautiful animals, and the Fallen of Delta can whiff the "sour wind" ( flatulence, in their face of their memories) Discovery networks is using the "Hollywood: version of Patriotism to sell the show and Lundin. I man who would "stretch the truth" at any cost for the sake of TV and his own needs. End of story. I have no doubts each and every solider plans on surviving during and upon completion of a mission but many do not. So glad that killing each other for the sake of a survival show and fame has been brought to attention of the general public however, It is just what this country needs, NOT. It would seem a few of Cody's fans already support that idea; Including a few already suggesting Cody have his own show since they do not like the new lineup. But as I said before I think that is what was the ultimate goal, for Cody to be the only one. A few even suggest they should have ambushed poacher as the right thing to do. Even if the image of patriotism has to be used and insulted. First if was the "Hillbillies" now the "soldiers".SHAME ON DISCOVERY, these are people who both fought for and built a NATION for the last three hundred years, But its OK because when we are all done learning how to kill each other we can always make moonshine illegally and raise or kids like Honey BooBoo. Yeah there is such quality in DISCOVERy's plans for AMERICAN and solving real problems with the right attitude. Lets all become Killers, and law breakers...teach the easily influence right..HOORAY! Stick to selling solar panels , I m tired of tears and flippant "mindless" attitudes.

Submitted by SmelllikeSh*t (not verified) on
And before anyone twists it , let me make it perfectly clear, I do not believe Joe Teti had intention of anything other than making a living. I thank all who have served. I do not like true american who have served being used in this way, with this pairing. It is an insult to those who gave their lives. I do not like how service to country is being used to sell an bad product and questionable characters like LUNDIN. Who served time not country. Who himself has questionable honor and integrity, as he leads others to believe more than there actually is to his lifestyle. Who has used the web to attack another's character and has issues when anyone questions his. I do like like the influences being brought about in cult like fashion.

Submitted by SmelllikeSh*t (not verified) on
And before anyone twists it , let me make it perfectly clear, I do not believe Joe Teti had intention of anything other than making a living. I thank all who have served. I do not like true american who have served being used in this way, with this pairing. It is an insult to those who gave their lives. I do not like how service to country is being used to sell an bad product and questionable characters like LUNDIN. Who served time not country. Who himself has questionable honor and integrity, as he leads others to believe more than there actually is to his lifestyle. Who has used the web to attack another's character and has issues when anyone questions his. I do like like the influences being brought about in cult like fashion.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
How you took Dual Survival & brought Adam Lanza into it the conversation beyond embarrassing.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Always enjoyed dual survival with Cody and Dave. Dave could be pushy at times but they Cody and Dave took care of each other. Can't stomach this Joe. He is not a partner you could trust to have your back. He is a glory hound who is dangerous for all kids to watch. I don't see the show going the full season unless they get Cody a new partner. Will not watch again.

Submitted by geosmdavic (not verified) on
Smellslike... You must have kicked out of Cody's school or something.. I too don't agree with what's on discovery nowadays but I don't see Cody as a cult. I miss all the science shows and all the FBI shows they used to on.. Dual survival was a breath of freash air that was a long time coming. But now I agree it really sucks with Joe on here.. It's starting to look like a Amerian Chopper wannabe show . Also when they raided that poachers camp, and grabbed that bag, you wil notice just for a second Cody had his hat on before it came out of the bag... Bad editing guys come on.. I just don't know what happened when Dave left,but I wish they would kick Joe where they found him...

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Love him! Love him! Love him!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Love him! Love him! Love him!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Joes is acting like hs sophmore. You can tell Cody is weirded out by TV Joe. Joe's fake hair color, comments, actions are all make the show suck. I'm glad I found Dave's videos on youtube, I can watch them for hours. Former fan of dual survival

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I've watched Dual Survival since the beginning. Dave and Cody always had an interesting dynamic which, if i remember correctly, began with Dave challenging Cody. Joe is going through his growing pains while coming to the realization that a shoeless tree hugger is going to complete his training. I can already see the hints that Cody's expertise is starting to sink in to Joe. Joe will be the real winner here in ways far beyond fame and money. He will truly be a warrior/survivalist. His JEDI training will be complete.