Tread Perilously — True Blood: Thank You

tp1400-1Tread Perilousy’s “Creature of the Night” month moves to the swamps of True Blood for its reviled series finale, “Thank You.”

As the Hep-V continues to ravage Bill’s body, he asks Sookie to use all her faerie powers to end his life. Sookie, of course, needs to think about this for a number of reasons. Jessica and Hoyt tell Bill about their rekindled flame and it leads to an impromptu wedding. Jason, somehow, does not sleep with Hoyt’s ex-girlfriend. Meanwhile, Eric and Pam plot their final move against Mr. Gus and pronounce final judgment on Sarah Newlin.

Erik once again watches the last episode of a series first. Will his opinion line up with True Blood fans? Justin tries to recall relevant details about the characters, but also recounts his own viewing habits when the series was on the air. Who’s The Boss‘s Tony Micelli gets re-framed as a serial killer. Deborah Ann Woll and Carrie Preston turn out to be the episode MVPs. Justin tries to outline True Blood‘s original sin. A brief discussion about The Batman trailer breaks out. Bill’s accent gets explored. Justin attempts to re-imagine True Blood with a different tone and liquified sugar-free gummi bears come into play.

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Tread Perilously — The Vampire Diaries: Bring It On

Tread Perilously’s “Creatures of the Night” month brings Erik and Justin to Mystic Falls for an episode of The Vampire Diaries called “Bring It On.”

Still reeling from the death of her brother, Damon convinces Elena to switch off her emotions. But instead of calming her, Elena now gives in to whims and impulses, like trapping commuters so she can feed. Stefan suggests it might be time for her to go back to Mystic Falls High, but that also proves troublesome (as Caroline soon learns). But is all of it just a wind-up so the emotionless Elena can escape from the Salvatore mansion? Meanwhile, Klaus and Damon launch separate searches for Katherine.

Erik and Justin get lost in the Nina Dobrev of it all. Justin immediately deduces that the series is “horny Twilight.” A long James Bond digression occurs. Stefan ends up becoming “goofus” but it’s tough to call Damon “gallant.” Justin tries to cast Ian Somerhalder in a show with Jensen Ackles. Erik declares Scanners to be the best X-Men movie ever made. Klaus fails to impress Justin. The pair attempt to cast a Highlander remake and, despite not appearing in the episode, Justin learns who plays Katherine.

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Tread Perilously — What We Do In The Shadows: Ghosts

Tread Perilously launches into a vampire-infused Horror Month called “Creatures of the Night” with its first ever episode of What We Do in the Shadows — the low-rated “Ghosts.”

When Lazlo discovers symmetrical book-stacking of his sacred writings, Nadja declares a ghost is present. She organizes a seance only to discover the ghost is the latest incarnation of her often-reincarnated lover. The discovery of a true ghost leads the others to question if they themselves have ghosts since they are technically dead. A second seance provides the answer and a launchpad for comedy as the housemates discover their own disembodied souls.

Erik braves the first of four vampire weeks despite his well-known dislike of the character type (Aro notwithstanding). A new theory about Parks and Recreation emerges. Justin comes through with all the key factoids about What We Do In The Shadows and vampire fiction. Erik reveals some of his controversial opinions. An Alternative Factor moment conjures up memories of Bane and a reason for his disappearance. The new Babylon 5 gets briefly discussed. Erik does find things to like, though, and the vampire roots of Tommy Wiseau come back into play.

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Tread Perilously — Star Trek ENT: Azati Prime

tp1400-1Tread Perilously’s annual Star Trek month winds down with the Star Trek: Enterprise episode called “Azati Prime.”

While using one of the Insectoid pods they recently captured, Enterprise discovers a sphere being built under the ocean of a world in Xindi-controlled space. All agree a suicide run is in order to destroy the sphere, but Captain Archer insists on doing the mission himself. Even a quick jaunt to Enterprise-J will not divert his plan. It, of course, goes poorly and the now-captured captain tries to talk to one of the Xindi leaders about peace. Back on the ship, T’Pol’s attraction(?) to Archer leads her to make some bad decisions.

Erik openly doubts Enterprise will be featured in next year’s Star Trek month. Justin doubts “Azati Prime” had a beginning or end. Both doubt this is really the third best episode of the series, as voted on by users of IMDb. The 9/11 or War in Afghanistan parallel in Enterprise‘s third season comes off as ill-advised. It leads, of course, to a History Corner. Land of the Lost gets added to the list of shows and Justin offers a behind-the-scenes look at The Full Peril. Erik’s war on Tom Paris continues. He also makes a reference to Star Trek Day. The pair feel for Jolene Blalock’s tough circumstances on Enterprise and Connor Trinneer once again proves to be the MVP.

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Tread Perilously — Star Trek VOY: Message In A Bottle

tp1400-1Tread Perilously’s annual Star Trek month returns to Star Trek: Voyager for an episode called “Message in a Bottle.”

When Seven of Nine discovers a seemingly disused communication system which stretches back into the Alpha Quadrant, she spots an experimental Starfleet vessel. Because a holographic message will not degrade across the vast network, the Doctor is sent along to the U.S.S. Prometheus. Unfortunately for the Doctor, the ship has been commandeered by Romulan agents and his only help is a “Mark II” version of the Emergency Medical Hologram who happens to look an awful lot like 1990s comedian Andy Dick.

Erik and Justin disclaim the presence of Andy Dick. Erik notes stronger Voyager episodes seem to revolve around the Doctor. Justin admits the episode’s premise is stronger than the final product. Erik is convinced the Prometheus bridge is the Enterprise-A bridge redressed within an inch of its life. B’Elanna Torres turns out to be a big Frasier fan. A discussion of the Marvel Cinematic Method breaks out because of course. Erik completely fails in an attempt to plug an upcoming book. Tom Paris’s subplot gets dissected and Justin determines the secret history of the two Defiant class ships featured late in the story.

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Tread Perilously — Star Trek DS9: Let He Who Is Without Sin…

tp1400-1Tread Perilously’s annual Star Trek month continues with a rare visit to Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Unfortunately, it’s for one of the program’s worst hours: “Let He Who Is Without Sin…”

Dax and Worf’s vacation to pleasure planet Risa is disrupted by Bashir, Leeta, and Quark deciding to come along, Worf’s bad attitude, and the extremist Essentialist Movement who believe places like Risa are making the Federation “soft.” When Worf reads one of their pamphlets, he conflates his current personal problems with Dax as an element of the phantom menace proposed by the Essentialists. Will he help them cause ecological harm to the galaxy-famous vacation world?

Erik is stunned to discover Gerd Shockley is, indeed, in the episode as the leader of the Essentialists. A scene of The Emissary and Odo chatting at the Replimat leads to a surprisingly long digression. The Duras Sisters start an OnlyFans page. The Warriors gets praised while its unfortunate Director’s Cut gets panned. Worf’s behavior leads to a discussion about jealousy and negative emotions. Lloyd Dobler’s Disease gets outlined and Justin once again lauds Cobra Kai. He also reveals one of the reasons for this DS9 episode failing while still holding his favorite Star Trek TV writers accountable. Gerd’s opinion of Bajor becomes clear and Erik declares Ross from Friends is the only other character who could screw things up as badly as Worf does here.

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Tread Perilously — Star Trek TNG: Man Of The People

tp1400-1Tread Perilously’s month of Star Trek continues with the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode called “Man of the People.”

The Enterprise gets involved in a diplomatic mission when the ship carrying Ambassador Alkar gets attacked. Now aboard the Federation flagship, he immediately attracts the attention of Counselor Troi. But Alkar’s mother warns her off, saying she’ll regret any association with him. Soon, the mother turns up dead and Alkar bonds with Troi during a supposed funerary right. But is it more than he says? Does it have anything to do with Troi’s rapid aging and unusual behavior? And once Picard gets involved, will he be swayed to Alkar’s grim calculus?

The Alternative Factor gets a new host despite a very similar voice to the previous one. Geography Corner takes on a surprising form as Erik and Justin discuss the places where 1980s TV directors could have bought houses. The presence of Ensign Janeway leads to an understandable tangent. The pair also diagnose a worthy Star Trek question buried in the failings of “Man of the People.” Justin questions the value of freelance diplomats. Erik creates a post-realization to explain why the Enterprise isn’t a purely exploratory vessel. Riker turns out to be the episode MVP and Justin inadvertently creates the Mansplaining Ghost.

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