Friday, May 30, 2014
The Discovery Channel Episode on the Dual Survival Breakup.
Although I had decided not to watch anymore of the Dual Survival episodes after I heard Cody Lundin had been fired, I taped them. Last night, I watched them.
I think it's important to remember that Discovery Channel made the show on the breakup. They wanted to get rid of Cody Lundin and over three years of filming it would be easy to get tape that showed people who were not at their best just at the moment of filming.
It's also true that Joe Teti came in after David Canterbury was fired under dubious circumstances. At the time, it was alleged that Canterbury had exaggerated his military record although after he was gone that allegation quietly died away. Rumor Control had it that Canterbury and Lundin just couldn't get along.
It's clear, from the scenes in the episode I watched last night, that Cody Lundin was fed up with Dual Survival and particularly fed up with Joe Teti. I really can't blame him. Teti is arrogant, abrasive, self centered and always has to call the shots even when he has no idea what he's about, other than his overwhelming need to keep moving and to give orders. His military credentials are impressive, and doubtless he had survival training, and practiced it. I don't think that puts him on a par with Cody Lundin in survival skills, experience or decision making, however.
Cody Lundin had some bad moments during the filming of the first four shows this season. One instance where he had fits of uncontrollable laughter was a bad sign. Another where he threw their equipment into a pool of water, stomped off, and then later threatened to quit the show if the segment was ever aired is hard to just shrug off. It was probably time for him to go. He's a good fellow, and certainly knows his stuff, but he has never been, by his own admission, a big team player. He likes his solitude and he likes to do things his way. Getting through three seasons of television land must have been very hard on him.
The new member of the show is Matt Graham. He is presented as a primitive skills lifestyle adherent. These are very strange people, from my perspective. Primitive skill people are not survivalists or preppers. Rather, they follow the primitive skills lifestyle because they find it to be a "purer" life, closer to nature, and derive satisfaction from their lack of dependence on technology. I have known a few up here in the mountains and in general I simply don't understand them. However, they're entitled to their life decisions and if they leave me alone I'll leave them alone.
Graham, we are told, has spent 25 years living in the Utah canyons honing his primitive living experience. He was, however, on another survival show called "Dude, you're screwed" until recently. I watched one episode and never watched another. One was enough. If you google Graham, you are going to find zillions of pictures of him looking perfectly normal, and just a few of him as a latter day Tarzan. What the truth of all of it is, I don't know.
Although he seems a very calm person, I wish him luck with Teti. In their first show, Joe Teti immediately begins to criticize him and to try to take over the show. He seemed to want to convert Graham into his "Tonto" while Teti plays "The Lone Ranger." Good luck to them, I don't plan to watch any more of Dual Survival. I wish Cody Lundin well, and I hope his "wa" is restored now that he doesn't have to shill for Discovery Channel. Maybe he'll write another book. If he does, I'll buy it.