Tread Perilously — Star Trek VOY: Timeless

Tread Perilously’s Star Trek month continues with an episode of Star Trek: Voyager called “Timeless.”

Fifteen years after the U.S.S. Voyager crashed on Planet Hoth, Harry Kim and Chakotay steal Borg technology to prevent the accident which took the lives of their shipmates. Meanwhile, fifteen years in the past, Harry prepares to test a new quantum slipstream drive. If successful, the Voyager will return to the Alpha Quadrant within moments. Will Harry be able to transmit badly need math to his past self? Will Starfleet arrest the him for high crimes against the Federation? Will Chakotay sell out his ethics to collaborate again? And will Captain Geordi LaForge see honor in what the Voyager survivors intended to do?

Justin learns why Harry gets so few feature stories. Erik immediately gets frustrated by another Voyager episode in which time travel negates catastrophe. Alex Kurtzman’s stewardship of the brand leads to an examination of Federation/Romulan relations. The pair debate whether or not the episode’s cold open is good. They also try to figure out how a modernized Harry Kim would work. It somehow leads to a discussion of Wil Wheaton’s teeny-bopper moment. Erik recasts Neelix as the true Vulcan Kolinahr test and Justin calls out Starfleet for its lack of sexual harassment guidelines.

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Tread Perilously — Star Trek TNG: The Child

Tread Perilously’s Star Trek month continues with Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s Season 2 premiere, “The Child.”

While transferring the new chief medical officer, Doctor Katherine Pulaski, to the Enterprise, an energy form crosses paths with the ship and decides to become human. Embedding itself in Counselor Troi, she soon experiences a heavily accelerated pregnancy. Meanwhile, an outbreak of plasma plague forces Captain Picard to allow a cargo of dangerous virus samples aboard. Will Troi’s alien child disturb the samples? And will it ever admit its reasons for becoming a real boy?

Erik and Justin immediately launch into a discussion of KISS as Erik’s impression of Ace Frehley becomes an unlikely guest. The episode’s origins as a script written for Star Trek: Phase II get discussed while Dr. Beverly Crusher’s absence does not go unnoticed. Geordi’s promotion is declared one of the show’s smartest decisions. Justin recalls the time he visited the Next Generation set. He also marvels at how an episode ostensibly about Counselor Troi isn’t actually about Counselor Troi. Erik both praises and criticizes Brent Spiner’s performance in one scene and the pair try to determine what sort of New Wave band Troi’s child, Ian Andrew, would front.

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Tread Perilously — Star Trek TOS: The Lights of Zetar

Tread Perilously’s annual Star Trek month begins with a look at the Original Series episode “The Lights of Zetar.”

Love blooms on the Enterprise as Scotty finds himself a lass. But will her sensitivity to a phenomenon the ship encounters while en route to Memory Alpha end his rare moment of romance? Also, will Captain Kirk abide not being the center of attention this week? And while we’re asking questions, will Lt. Mira Romaine — Scotty’s girlfriend — get manhandled once she exhibits signs of “space sickness?” Meanwhile, the space phenomenon shows signs of sentience, but its motives are unclear as its speech tends to sound like a mouth full of Pop Rocks.

Erik and Justin immediately talk about former Doctor Who Peter Davison. They also debate the merits of Star Trek: Discovery. The Southern California air threatens to strangle them both. A mention of episode co-writer Shari Lewis leads to the nearly forgotten Nickelodeon program Turkey Television; but, somehow, not to Lewis’s most famous creation, Lambchop. Captain Kirk turns into a romance writer. Scotty and Kirk’s patriarchal attitudes are criticized. Erik decries the need for strict series-to-series continuity. John Harrison gets a namecheck and Justin announces he will write a script requested by Patreon subscribers.

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Tread Perilously — The Vicar of Dibley: Songs of Praise

Tread Perilously’s British Telly Month concludes the only way it can — with an episode of The Vicar of Dibley called “Songs of Praise.”

When a BBC show decides to spotlight the Dibley church, Geraldine realizes she has to hastily assemble a choir. She also starts to imagine chatting up a handsome BBC producer. Meanwhile, David thinks he’s chatting up the attractive cameraperson the Beeb sent up to scout the church. And when the programme’s producer (Peter Capaldi!) arrives in town, Geraldine gets the impression he might be interested in her. Will her amorous aspirations deep-six the choir recording? Or is there more to the Londonite sophisticate than anyone realizes?

Erik discusses some of the other shows on tap for a potential second British Telly month. Justin doubts Rumpole of the Bailey is a real thing. He also tries to figure out why Peter Capaldi is downplaying his Scottish accent in this episode. Erik makes the case for Courtney Thorne-Smith as a Jenna Fischer All-Star. The pair eventually get to the Dibley character who likes to talk about putting his arm up a sheep. The 90s sitcom quality makes The Vicar of Dibley a hard sell and Henry VIII gets the credit for the first “vicar” joke.

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Tread Perilously — Coronation Street: 26 July 2019 Parts 1 & 2

Tread Perilously’s British Telly month continues with a trip to Coronation Street and both parts of the episode dated 26 July 2019.

Chesney is confounded when Bernie appears in the front room stark naked. Does this having anything to do with him having a baby with her daughter? Ali learns his date with a local disk jockey went poorly, will it affect his possible romance with local hairdresser Maria? Kevin’s house is burglarized while his son is home alone. Will Abi come to their rescue? Meanwhile, Tracy discovers her husband is running a party horse concession on the side — will it lead to an extravagant purchase?

Erik and Justin declare Abi the MVP of Coronation Street. They also appreciate the more “average” look of the cast. Justin continues to investigate Erik’s dislike of Dave Franco. Both try to invent a Britishism for “baby mama.” Justin is enchanted by the surprise Latverian character. He also tries to figure out why all the men on the show completely lack of style. Erik assumes the worst of Rick & Morty based on its fans. Justin weakly attempts to get Erik to watch What We Do In The Shadows and the pair gets lost talking about Marvel movies.

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Tread Perilously — The Persuaders!: Angie … Angie

Tread Perilously’s month of British Telly continues with the episode of The Persuaders! called “Angie … Angie”

When Lord Brett Rupert George Robert Andrew Sinclair (Roger Moore) and American Danny Wilde (Tony Curtis) arrive in Cannes, Danny bumps into Angie, a friend from the old neighborhood. They celebrate their mutual successes, but it soon becomes clear to Sinclair and Judge Fulton that Angie’s success may be thanks to his talents as a gangland assassin. Meanwhile, the judge expects Danny and Sinclair to keep an American union boss alive while he takes in the Cannes Film Festival. Will they accomplish their mission? And will Danny accept that Angie is a no-good hitman?

Erik and Justin imagine Roger Moore and Tony Curtis taking over Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. They also discuss the miscasting of F-Troop‘s Larry Storch as Angie. Erik ends up becoming very taken with Angie’s attractive assistant assassin. The duo chat about their favored James Bond films as it is required by international statute. Justin explains his new fascination with the Eurovision Song Contest, but certain Britishisms continue to confound him. Frankie Five Fishes, The Passive-Aggressive Gangster, makes a surprise appearance. The pair also try to imagine what an award-winning Bulgarian comedy produced during the Communist Era might look like.

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Tread Perilously — The A-Team: Labor Pains

Tread Perilously’s Patreon request month winds down with a very special episode of The A-Team called “Labor Pains.”

When the A-Team manages to lose Colonel Decker in a chase around the Central Valley, they hide out in a town under the grip of a local produce concern. Soon, Hannibal Smith learns the workers cannot can get their fair share or have the issues addressed by management. The A-Team springs into action as labor unionizers, bringing food to the workers and convincing them collective action will bring about positive change — particularly as produce baron Ted Jarrett needs his crops picked before the rains come. Can the A-Team help the farmerworkers get their union recognized in time? And will B.A. Baracus build a produce gun?

Erik and Justin get lost when they realize episode co-writer Richard Christian Matheson is the son of acclaimed sci-fi writer Richard Matheson. Justin admits he was not allowed to watch The A-Team as a kid, and is surprised with its extremely pro-union message. The lack of prominent Mexican-American farmworker characters grates on Erik, though. Regan gets invoked once again. The pair tries to determine what the “Los Angeles Underground” really is and what crime the A-Team committed. Erik is surprised to discover “Howlin’ Mad” Murdoch is an abrasive character. Both are surprised to discover Colonel Decker’s second-in-command is played by Devil in a Blue Dress director Carl Franklin and Erik discusses the gleeful joy behind most Cannon films.

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