The premiere of Season 3 of Dual Survival has been announced. Along with that we finally find out who the replacement for Dave Canterbury is.
The answer is Joe Teti.
According to the press release, he is a former Force Recon Marine, Army Special Forces “Green Beret”, and was an operative for a top-secret counter-terrorism group.
Cody told us that the new guy would be “badass”. I think they’ve delivered.
The premiere will be on January 1 at 8:00pm EST, with “Unbraided”, a look at each of the men. This will include a closer look at Cody’s passive house in the Arizona desert. This place is a marvel of environmental engineering, and worth the price of admission alone.
The first challenge of the season is on right after that, at 9:00pm. “Mars on Earth” takes place in the Atacama Desert of Chile, the driest place on Earth. This is actually the third episode that they filmed.
Other places that I know they have survived include the Yucatan peninsula, Zululand, the Amazon, and somewhere in Eastern Europe (folks in the know seem to think it is Romania).
And for those who keep asking, Dave Canterbury is not returning because Discovery was upset that Dave had padded his resume. When they went back and vetted his military records, things just did not add up, and Discovery felt that they could not keep him on. You can see a bit more about that in What’s Up With Dual Survival?.
Regardless, Dave really did seem to know his survival stuff, despite what I consider a ridiculous tendency to take unnecessary risks. (On the other hand, I also thought that, at times, Cody was too cautious.)
It also seems to me that Discovery is a bit disingenuous here about “accuracy”. We know from Dual Survival Deception that the episodes are “staged” to at least some extent. Yes, they try to cover that with their disclaimer at the beginning of the shows:
On some occasions, situations are presented to Dave and Cody so they can demonstrate survival techniques.
However, from what I can tell it occurs much more frequently than “on some occasions”.
That’s not to say that their advice isn’t good. And the show certainly is entertaining, which is, I suspect, the prime goal of Discovery. I get it—with all those camera crews there they really aren’t alone. When it comes to realism, though, I still prefer Survivorman, where he does all the filming himself (albeit with “support” crew about a mile away).
Anyways, I’ll be watching, and I’m looking forward to seeing all the shows of the new season. I’ll also enjoy watching Cody continuing to prove that bare feet can get along just about anywhere.