i just didn't enjoy this season as much.
all of the discussion of Joe vs. Dave . i didn't hate dave or joe, didn't love either of them either. i go back and forth about watching dave on youtube, still undecided.
I guess you have to ask yourself what you want to take away from it, and why you question watching Dave's offerings in the first place.
Personally I don't care for Joe's running battle with nature mindset, and Cody's bush hippy presence turns me off.
I enjoy watching Dave's video's because I like his teaching technique and common man approach, because of that I'm not distracted by any bias on my part, and I usually walk away having learned something that may help me in the future.
i guess what i was trying to get out of it was some entertainment with a few tidbits of new information thrown in from time to time.
for me, it wasn't particularly entertaining. Joe was a little extreme, and over time i've noticed cody get a little more full of himself. his philosophy hasn't seemed to have changed since the first season, but his lack of acceptance has grown stronger, in my opinion.
additionally, i felt that the show was repeating itself. and although i realize there are only so many environment scenarios out there, it just seemed like remakes with a Joe playing a new dave. the other thing that bothered me was they didn't seem to be sharing any new tips, just new drama.
overall i got burnt out on the show by episode 3, and haven't watched one since.
WARNING: the following contains opinion, some of which others may not agree with. please do not veer "off topic" from the original thread
i don't want to take this thread in the wrong direction, but in the interest of full disclosure; I have a hard time watching DC because i don't think he's genuine. his admitted lies and then subsequent apology (which i felt was disingenuous) don't sit right with me. i do like his approach, but not his lack of character.
Not a problem, don't watch his offerings, and don't let yourself be sucked into discussions that include him in it's content, the rest of us can decide as we like.
As for derailing this or the other Dual Survival thread there's no reason to worry about it, the whole discussion revolving around the show this season has been about the main characters and how we all perceive them to be in relation to the theme of the show, which is survival in the wilds, and the skills needed to survive.
I could be wrong, but in reading the various posts I get the impression that there are very few members posting here that don't have a complaint with the direction the show has taken, most centered around Joe Tedi and the scripting of the producers.
All three of the main actors, Cody, Joe, and to a large extent Dave, if polled I think the majority would agree that of the two, Joe and Dave, Dave is the more skilled and reasoned of the two when it comes to wilderness survival, but there is controversy about all three.
Personally I don't have a problem with Canterbury, and I don't think he is disingenuous, he makes no bones about being raised poor, and about being raised a mountain boy, self reliance is in his blood.
What else I know about him is that he has a clean military record and he knows and practices the skills he tries to teach to others, and that when he talks about the gear and the skills that he uses and suggests to his students or those of us who follow his videos, he is constant in his Common man mindset, and that to me speaks to the character of the man.
Now I know that some would say his character is questionable since he lied about his military service, that is not in question, the man admitted to it and asked for forgiveness from those he offended, is it a breech of trust, certainly, is that unforgivable, no, not at all, who among us has never fibbed or embellished on a job application to make our selves more appealing to potential employers.
Why do you think companies exist that do nothing but write resumes for job hunters, they exist because they are effective, and they are so because they are good at making us look better on paper, looking at it that way it's likely that a third of the population is guilty of doing nothing different than Canterbury has, and damned few of them have apologized for it.
So what am I saying, that he is being altruistic in everything he says and does, no, I'm saying the man is normal, he's a man that has known hard times, those hard times have shaped his common man approch to life and that is genuine, he's a man who has worked hard for what he has, he's made mistakes just like the rest of us, he's owned up to them and he's humbled himself to atone for it.
I know that not everyone will agree with me, but that's ok, we all have to live our lives according to our own values, mine include having faith in people and forgiveness for our mistakes.