Posted February 5, 2013 by Robert Birmingham in Most Recent

Dual Survival Season 3 – Twin Peaks Review


Dual Survival Season 3 – Twin Peaks Review

The latest episode of Dual Survival saw Cody and Joe travel to Nicaragua and test their skills in a land of volcanoes and thick jungle.  The two intrepid survivors are split up at the beginning of the episode, and to make matters worse, Cody is simulating an injured hiker.  Mechanical injury is a very real possibility in any survival scenario, especially in an area as hospitable as the Twin Peaks region in Nicaragua.  The undulating terrain, dense jungle vegetation, and sharp drop-offs increase the likelihood of sustaining a mechanical injury.  Any type of injury in this kind of situation could be the difference between life and death.

The first priority is for Joe to locate Cody.  His years of military experience and tracking knowledge allows him to get on the right track, while Cody makes a simple flute-like device to signal for help.  After finding Cody, Joe makes a dangerous descent down to his location.  Taking an inventory of their supplies, they have a mint tin, a flashlight, and a sandwich bag.  Not the most generous of items to start out their dual survival, but better than nothing.

Cody’s mobility is seriously limited with the simulated knee injury.  This makes traveling down the mountain much slower and more hazardous.  Without any water to stay hydrated, they try to get some from vines but are only able to get a few drops at first, which is better than nothing but certainly not ideal.  After searching other vines, Cody is able to fill up the sandwich bag 1/3 of the way.  The sandwich bag is definitely a valuable resource to have, especially in this environment where the humidity is awful.

Continuing along their descent, they notice a bunch of leaf-cutter ants.  The soldier ants of this species are absolutely huge, and as Cody explains were used to sutures by indigenous tribes.  Cody recommends using them on some cuts that Joe has sustained, and it works.  The jaws of the soldier ants remain clenched shut, pinching the flesh closed and effectively acting as stitches.  It’s certainly not the best way to treat a wound, but given the circumstances is an effective way at handling the situation.  The scene with the leaf-cutter ants was great because it helps showcase a unique survival skill, and also shows some the local wildlife.

While gathering materials to make a shelter, Joe demonstrates how to make a trap with bamboo.  By cutting down the bamboo and placing a twig and bait at the base, he makes a trap that will snap shut when an animal takes the bait, snapping it’s neck in the process.  This is definitely the first time that this type of trap has been shown in Dual Survival.  Not only does it show the strength of bamboo, which has a greater tensile strength than some alloys of steel, but also the ingenuity of Joe as a hunter.  By this point in the series, he’s earned his place on Dual Survival.

When Joe checks on his bamboo trap, he’s pleasantly surprised to find an aguiti, a type of rodent, has been trapped and killed.  Even though it’s considered a delicacy in Nicaragua, Cody isn’t thrilled, for the simple fact that they don’t have fire to properly cook the meal.  Such illustrates the frequent disagreements between the two that serves as a continual theme in the show, often times with a humorous element to it.  Luckily, Cody and Joe are able to use the flashlight and the filament inside to start a fire.  As always, the fire helps from a psychological perspective, and of course helps to cook the fresh kill.

Overall this episode was okay.  The simulated injury was a worthwhile scenario to demonstrate, and the location was great.  The scenes with the vine snake and leaf-cutter ants were also good.  Solid episode.

Review – 7.5 / 10 – Solid

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