“Dual Survival” continued on Discovery Channel with an all-new episode last night and the latest hosts, Army combat veteran EJ Snyder and wilderness survivalist Jeff Zausch. Reaction to the pair has been mixed, perhaps even leaning toward the negative. And, the question still remains: Why make the change at all?
It’s hard to say, really, since the network did not give a definitive reason for the switch. The closest to an explanation is probably the statement from previous co-host Josh “The Kiwi Bushman” James, hinting that a rotating host schedule might be in the future. His statement almost made it seem like it was a relief to the hosts, who did not have to worry about doing so many of these arduous episodes in one season.
So, at this point, at least, the definitive reason for the change is unclear. But, EJ and Jeff were, of course, survival superstars on Discovery’s “Naked and Afraid” and “Naked and Afraid XL,” so they were not unknowns coming into the gig.
Is there any strife from the apparent break? If there is, it doesn’t seem to be bubbling to the surface, yet. We’ve even seen where Josh has encouraged the new duo on Facebook, telling them on September 14 to “give it heaps lads.”
EJ and Jeff seem to be class-acts. They appear to be gracious when dealing with fans, even encouraging all opinions, supportive or otherwise–and a lot have been much less than supportive, to say the least. But, we just have to admit that, thus far, they are not cutting it as “Dual Survival” hosts.
Are they going to work out?
We have to say, we like EJ and Jeff; they seem like good guys, and they seem to work well together. But, as “Dual Survival” hosts?
Maybe if we had seen them first, before we had been introduced to the pairing of The Kiwi Bushman with U.S. Army Green Beret Weapons Sergeant Grady Powell, we could have jumped right in and took off with them. But, we have to admit: It’s been a difficult, letting Grady and Josh go.
Last night, EJ and Jeff were in Louisiana, and spent the evening slogging through the swamps. Finally, they found their way to rescue but, frankly, we had lost interest at least a half-hour before. They just do not have the “Dual Survival” chemistry that Grady and Josh had; they definitely do not make us laugh like they often did. And, they don’t seem to have the ability to make the camera secondary as they make their way through these situations. Things seem much more staged and EJ and Jeff appear to be acting the part of survivalists for the camera much of the time, putting in a day’s work instead of just being out there doing what they love doing.
Someone mentioned to us last night that they thought the duo of EJ and Jeff had a similar physical presence of Cody and Dave, and we thought it was a great observation. EJ doesn’t have the hippie vibe going on, for sure, but his size and bandana give him that Cody knock-off sense. And, watching Jeff last night, we realized he could easily be the Dave knock-off to EJ’s Cody, just something about the energy in the way he speaks, the way he rationalizes, the way he talks to the camera.
But, they are not Cody and Dave, who were the definitive “Dual Survival” hosts.
They also are not Grady and Josh, and the great thing about Grady and Josh was that, although they also were not Cody and Dave, they had that same Cody-Dave vibe about them in the way they interacted. As a team, they were just fun to watch, and they were entertaining as “Dual Survival” hosts. You got the sense that they enjoyed what they were doing, and that they would be doing it, regardless of the cameras, and that made them entertaining to watch from the couch. EJ and Jeff are likeable, but entertaining?
Like EJ and Jeff as hosts of “Dual Survival” and hope they stay? Wishing they would bring back Grady and Josh, or one of the other teams? Let us know what you think in the comment section below.
“Dual Survival” is produced for Discovery Channel by Original Media, where Glenda Hersh and Steven Weinstock are executive producers, and Brian Nashel is executive producer and showrunner. For Discovery Channel, Christo Doyle, Mitchell Rosenbaum and John Slaughter are executive producers with Lisbeth Lozano Coordinating Producer.
“Dual Survival” airs on Discovery Channel on Wednesday nights at 9/8c.
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