I was watching the new Dual Survivor with Cody and Joe on the Discovery Channel last night. The two survivalists have renewed the competitive nature of the program that may have gotten a little worn as Dave got soft. By that I mean he began being less confrontational about Cody’s not wearing shoes and insisting on wandering around the cold wilderness in shorts.
If you are going to purport to be a survival expert, then you must set a good example. Wear long pants and boots, when you can.
In one episode that I saw last evening, Cody was somewhere in Rumania where it is perpetually cold and soggy and he wore shorts and no shoes. If I were Joe, I would have insisted that either he get his garb together for that part of the world, or I would not leave the demarcation point to go play lost.
The scenarios are supposed to be realistic. It is possible for someone to be in that part of the world, hunting or hiking, and get lost. That person would be wearing proper attire.
In a warmer episode, Cody and Joe were lost at sea and swam shark-infested waters to reach a small island. They had some scuba gear that Joe had to dive to retrieve. That was an impressive exhibition of his military training. Cody sat on shore watching air bubbles nervously until Joe surfaced with a knife and some gear.
Cody, by the way, is ballooning in weight. He still works out, but Joe might caution Cody to lay off the coconuts when they are not filming. Eat more grubs, or something.
When it comes to starting fires, there is no “match” for Cody’s skills.
The two built their fire too close to the ocean last night, and at high tide they almost lost it. They came close to a blame game on that.
I am sure that Discovery is searching for ways to keep it interesting as Dave and Cody have already traversed hippos and lions. I would like to see them encounter some hungry black bears to see how they handle that.
The future might well be a turn back to civilization to address how urban homeless people survive. Then again, combining a recently laid off metrosextual with a seasoned homeless person might be interesting, casting the scenarios in a place like Washington DC. The first episode could be surviving within reach of the White House. Maybe the first lady would make a guest appearance at the donut line or something.
“‘Metrosexual’ is a neologism, derived from metropolitan and heterosexual, coined in 1994 describing a man (especially one living in an urban, post-industrial, capitalist culture) who is especially meticulous about his grooming and appearance, typically spending a significant amount of time and money on shopping as part of this.”
Take away the capacity to shop and given the persistent urge to do so, a new series may develop featuring shoplifting survivalists.