Posted January 22, 2013 by Robert Birmingham in Most Recent

Dual Survival Season 3 “Trouble in Paradise” Review


Dual Survival Season 3 “Trouble in Paradise” Review

Cody Lundin and Joseph Teti traveled to Hawaii in the latest episode of Dual Survival, “Trouble in Paradise.”  What could possibly go wrong in Hawaii?  Mostly everything, it turns out.  Flash floods, hazardous drops, and dangerous feral pigs highlight some of the dangers that could turn a vacation into a fight for your life.  As always, Cody and Joe demonstrate the skills needed to survive a trip gone horribly wrong.

The episode starts with Joe and Cody taking an inventory of their supplies; as usual it’s limited, but they do have a lighter, albeit one that has run out of butane.  Traversing through dense jungle, they come across a broken spear that was used for hunting boar.  Even though it’s broken, Joe is confident that he’ll be able to construct a weapon that can be used for both defense from the boars, and also function as a hunting weapon.  Naturally, this becomes a point of contention.  Whereas Joe adamantly wants to make a spear, Cody vehemently opposes this idea for the simple fact that acquiring water is the more important at this juncture in the survival situation.

To be sure, both tasks are important.  Protection against a potentially deadly boar attack is a must, but then again so is “regulating core body temperature,” as Cody often points out.  To that end, it’s certainly more important to find a reliable source of water, as you’d be more likely to succumb to dehydration before a boar gutted you.  The inevitable disagreements tend to be interesting though, and helps to illustrate the contrasting styles that is a theme to this show.

Meanwhile, Cody is having difficulty locating water, even with all of his tricks of the trade: squeezing moss, checking plants, etc.  So he decides to use a gourd to capture some rain water, if / when it does rain.  He uses an indigenous method of reverse-wrap braiding to hold the gourd, which is impressive.  The spear that Joe makes is pretty awesome, too.  It’s got the strength and durability to defend against boar and also take the fight to them.

When the two stumble across a bamboo forest, they’re hopeful that some of the bamboo will have water in it.  Water that doesn’t have to be processed or disinfected of the dangerous water-born pathogens Cody is constantly mentioning.  Unfortunately, the bamboo is dry.  However, they’re able to start a friction fire with dried out bamboo and use sections of bamboo to collect and boil water.  After getting hydrated, Joe decides to go hunt boar, a decision that Cody is very uneasy about.  Any type of injury in this scenario endangers both parties and seriously jeopardizes the chance of survival.

Despite the conflict, Joe elects to go after some food.  He finds some signs of boar, and sees a few distinct trails.  Using some war tactics designed to funnel enemies into a “kill zone,” Joe uses some chicken wire that he scavenged earlier in the episode to hopefully direct a boar into an area where he can take it on.  At the same time, Cody is demonstrating how to make some char cloth that will make it much easier to make another fire.  A tale of two survivors…

Eventually, a boar becomes ensnared and Joe rushes in for the kill.  In a rather gruesome scene, Joe plunges the spear into the boar, but it only wounds the animal.  He then had to rush the animal and finish it off with his combat knife.  It’s definitely a very graphic scene that’s not for the faint-of-heart.  Even though it was a risky move, Joe was successfully able to secure some much needed food for himself and Cody.

Overall, this was a decent episode.  It showcased some useful survival skills, and the boar scene was very intense.  It would have been nice to see some more wildlife, but it was still a solid episode.

Review – 8/10

Robert Birmingham is Editor-in-chief at flydrs.com