"Dual Survival" aired on Tuesday night, March 6, and the "Rocky Mountain High" episode can only be described as being equally creepy and stupid. Last night’s program, usually very exciting and educational, seemed to push the boundaries and “jump the shark.”
Cody Lundin and Joe Teti were doing a survival exercise that involved a scenario of two friends who accidentally got separated after their truck became stuck in the Colorado Rockies. After using a signal fire to reunite at the vehicle, it was at this point where everything got a little ridiculous and extremely uncomfortable. (This is not even referring to Cody’s stupidity in wandering through the snow in shorts and sock-clad feet with no shoes.)
“Dual Survival” always features the two survival specialists using the random tools and items at their disposal to survive until they are rescued. In this case, they had a truck with an engine that would still run, parked along a snow-covered thoroughfare that eventually could see another vehicle. The truck provided shelter, a limited amount of fuel to stay warm intermittently, and safety from predators. They had already heard a pack of wolves or coyotes nearby.
So, what did they do? They destroyed the truck to use the materials to build a shelter up the mountain out of an old outhouse. Then they had to pull the materials up there, using the hood of the truck as a sled. The tremendous amount of energy expended to do this, along with exposure and the risk of hypothermia or frostbite, was a waste. They were holed up in a rickety outhouse turned on its side away, away from where someone might find them. These were not the best survival decisions.
The creepy part of the show was dual in nature, also. Cody found a frozen beaver which they carried away to eat. Something about the huge, stiff beaver was so disgusting. They started by eating the tail while the rest of the huge beast thawed. It was quite unpleasant to watch.
This disgusting sight became the visual for the macabre discussion of cannibalism which followed. The two men discussed cannibalism and whether they would eat each other if necessary. Cody was quite adamant that he would not hesitate to eat Joe, a veteran of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and a former Green Beret. Joe appeared quite stunned by the whole conversation.
The conversation of cannibalism did not stop there, but continued later, with Cody inquiring of Joe which part of his body he would eat first! Cody seemed quite fascinated with the whole subject, which was more than a little disturbing.
Cody asked Joe to turn around so he could decide what body part he would eat; he opted to eat his buttocks first because he "works out." It was a perfectly disgusting, channel-changing moment, especially for those with younger viewers watching.
This segment of “Dual Survival” pushed the limits of any viewing hour, and it was certainly a different angle of the show than viewers have seen so far. For the sake of civil society, hopefully, we will never see it again.
If you missed "Dual Survival: Rocky Mountain High," you should count yourself lucky! However, if you want to watch the entire episode, you can do so here.