DUAL SURVIVAL has returned with an all-new season on Discovery Channel and, after last week’s Season Premiere, it is even more apparent that the pairing of Joe Teti and Matt Graham is a good one.
Set out in Utah, Joe and Matt had a lot of challenges to face last week, including the best way to find water in an all-too-arid area of the country. This was Matt’s home turf, so he definitely had some ideas of the best things to do to make their time in Utah a bit of an easier go. No surprises there. What was interesting, however, was Joe’s willingness to listen. In fact, for the first time we can remember on DUAL SURVIVAL, Joe was displaying a true eagerness to learn from his partner.
Joe is a very forceful personality. He says what he means, means what he says, and if you have a contradictory idea, you’d better get ready for an argument. At least, that’s the Joe we’ve typically seen since he was initially introduced to the show as the new partner for Cody Lundin. And, fans of the show are all aware of how that ended.
Many blamed Joe for the constant conflict between him and Cody, but, as we have always contended, the personalities of BOTH men were contributing factors to their inability to get along. Matt, however, has a much more mellow personality, willing to listen and hear what is being suggested, and when he has a different point of view—and this is key—Matt is able to present his thoughts clearly, logically and without making it a personal battle of the egos or passing judgment. Neither Cody nor Joe was ever able to do that, thus the constant bickering and wheel-spinning.
Watching Joe and Matt last week was refreshing, and a bit shocking. Joe was actually open to listening and learning. He was asking Matt questions. He wanted to learn about the area, and he wanted to learn from his DUAL SURVIVAL partner. Perhaps because he felt respected? Mutual respect always seemed to be lacking between Cody and Joe, and Cody could be really condescending at times. Matt definitely disagrees with Joe at times, but he is always respectful of Joe’s ideas, and Joe responds in kind. It is how a partnership SHOULD work. This week, the duo heads off to Joe’s home turf, according to Discovery Channel, in all-new episode, “Grin and Bear It”:
Joe and Matt trek through the Allegheny Mountains of Pennsylvania, where Joe grew-up and first learned survival skills. Travelling in freezing rain, blocked by steep ravines, and deep in bear country, they’re racing against Mother Nature to get out alive.
Does the goodwill duo continue? Stay tuned.
DUAL SURVIVAL airs on Discovery Channel on Wednesday nights at 9/8c.
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