Tread Perilously — Star Trek Strange New Worlds: The Elysian Kingdom

tp1400-1Tread Perilously’s annual Star Trek month concludes with the Star Trek: Strange New Worlds episode “The Elysian Kingdom” — the lowest rated hour according to IMDb.

While analyzing a nebula, the Enterprise becomes stuck and its crew re-assembled as characters from a fairy tale Dr. M’Benga reads to his daughter. Recast as the King from the story — but still cognizant of who he really is — M’Benga soon encounters Captain Pike as the cowardly chamberlain, Spock as an evil Wizard, Lt. Ortegas as the faithful knight, Lt. Noonien-Singh as the flighty, but friendly princess of a nearby realm, and Cadet Uhura as the wicked queen. Will M’Benga sort out why this is happening and why Chief Engineer Hemmer also maintains his sense of self?

Erik ends up high on a vaccine reaction while Justin takes advantage of the situation via a joke well past its freshness date. Both also gush about the series, their favorite of modern Star Trek. A Sons of Anarchy detour also occurs. Erik learns a new term and works very hard to remember the name “Lawrence Tierney.” Geography Corner turns into an inspection of LA-area revival theater restrooms. Pike’s would-be smugness and excitement to be in space are examined. The problem of prestige TV comes up and the pair weep once more for Boromir.

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Tread Perilously — Star Trek Prodigy: Starstruck

tp1400-1Tread Perilously’s Star Trek month continues with a first look at Star Trek: Prodigy via its first regular-length episode, “Starstruck.”

When Dal and the others flee their captivity aboard a Federation starship, they are quickly introduced to the Training Hologram with the voice and appearance of Admiral Kathryn Janeway. The hologram surmises they must be cadets and attempts to teach them about the U.S.S. Protostar, their newly acquired vessel, but Dal insists he is the captain and knows best. Meanwhile, Gwyn ends up in the brig and Zero tries to find a bunkmate while Rok and Jankom Pog learn about the food replicator.

Justin and Erik compare the episode of Battlestar Galactica‘s “33” — both in joking and serious ways. Erik’s Kate Mulgrew impression gets a workout and a new purpose. Justin introduces a new dinosaur-themed sitcom. Both attempt to get into Prodigy‘s kid-focused mindset, but also end up talking about Gene Roddenberry. The problem of Dal as the lead character is also discussed. Other characters prove to be fast favorites, though. A Quantum Leap detour occurs. The possibilities of Prodigy prove inviting. Justin calls out a certain trope among villains. Brig scenes also turn out to be a trope and one flaw in Star Trek: Strange New Worlds is introduced.

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Tread Perilously — Star Trek Lower Decks: Veritas

tp1400-1Tread Perilously’s Star Trek month continues with a look at the Star Trek: Lower Decks episode “Veritas.”

The Lower Deckers find themselves guests of a lizard-like alien attempting to ascertain the truth about the Cerritos‘s recent mission. Each ensign can only speak to their experiences — which include Mariner and Boimler sneaking back onto the bridge and making some bad calls, Tendi becoming “the cleaner,” and Rutherford half-experiencing a Gorn wedding. Will their scraps of stories lead to a satisfactory answer for the alien? Or will the actual truth of their deposition lead to something far weird than they expect?

Justin’s second run-in with Lower Decks goes slightly better than his first, but Erik is uninterested in changing his opinion. Instead, they attempt to find the veritas in the Don’t Worry Darling press debacle. Chris Pine goes up in rank on the Chris list. Erik discusses the rigors of film festivals. Justin reveals his dislike of Jack Quaid. Second generation actors are, of course, discussed. Gerd Shockley celebrates his birthday (sort of). Erik argues that people have forgotten what a truly stoned person looks like. Justin admits he worries about his friends and the “dumb reasoning” of California Class spaceships proves impressive.

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Tread Perilously — Star Trek Picard: Monsters

tp1400-1Tread Perilously’s month of modern Star Trek continues with the lowest rated episode of Star Trek: Picard, “Monsters.”

After being hit with a car by Noonian Soong’s ancestor, Jean-Luc Picard’s mind gets lost in his robot body and it is up to Tallinn to find him within the inner recesses of his consciousness. Meanwhile, Picard takes an hour of therapy with a familiar-looking Starfleet counselor. Will their discussion shed any light on Picard’s attachment issues? And back in the real world, Seven and Raffi try to find the semi-assimilated Dr. Jurtati — who will soon become the Borg Queen — and Rios debates letting his new friends know that he is from the future.

Justin attempts to construct a more accurate representation of Picard’s mind. Jay Karnes makes a welcome appearance. Erik’s disappointment in this episode of Picard is palpable. The pair make an unplanned detour to Obi-Wan Kenobi. Erik also veers into a discussion of Stanley Kubrick. Jeri Ryan once again proves to be MVP. The episode’s structure gets criticized despite Justin feeling the pace was on point. Patrick Stewart’s age earns a comment. Stereotypical liquors are discussed and Justin offers the most extended sports metaphor ever used on Tread Perilously.

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Tread Perilously — Star Trek Discovery: All Is Possible

tp1400-1Tread Perilously’s annual Star Trek month begins with a look in on Star Trek: Discovery and its fourth season episode “All is Possible.”

While the threat of the DMA looms, Discovery orbits Ni’Var ahead of the planet’s return to the Federation. But as Captain Michael Burnham soon learns, the accord is in jeopardy. Will she be able to maneuver people and assets to save the Federation’s most important political negotiation in over a hundred years? Meanwhile, Lt. Tilly helps out Starfleet Academy by taking some trainees on a team-building exercise, but it proves to be more than she expects when their shuttle crash-lands on an ice planet.

Erik explains his plan for an all Kurtzman Era Star Trek month. He also blames Bryan Fuller for some of Discovery‘s shortcomings. Justin reveals this episode broke his appreciation of the series. The lack of detail regarding Burnham’s interests and hobbies proves to be a problem. Saru and Tilly continue to be favorite characters while the rest of the crew continue to be unknowable. Book’s story is criticized while Tilly’s drives Justin to distraction. Ni’Var president T’Rina and Saru, however, still prove charming. The cultural imperialism of the Federation is examined and Erik briefly imagines Dustin Hoffman in Death Wish.

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Tread Perilously — Misfits of Science: Against All Oz

tp1400-1Tread Perilously’s summer Patreon request month comes to its conclusion with the Misfits of Science episode called “Against All Oz.”

When Hayes wakes up from a dream, he finds the lab has changed and that El is now in charge of the project — building a better nuclear bomb! But as Hayes roams the facility telling people about their role in his dream, it becomes clear this is all a framing device for a way-too-soon clip show. Will it prove Misfits of Science deserved a second season or will it underscore a rare correct choice from NBC? Also, will Hayes learn which reality is the dream?

Justin quickly notes that the episode features two of the worst aspects of 1980s television. Erik adds that it features one of the worst tropes in genre television: what if the premise isn’t the premise? Justin recalls the reason his family disliked Courteney Cox in the late ’80s. 1990s animated superhero shows get surveyed. Miami Connection ends up highly recommended. Erik offers some surprising praise to Skyfall. The problem of telekinesis on television is explored. Alf makes a surprise appearance. Erik recasts The Flash with two WarGames actors and the pair suggest a different ending for Twin Peaks.

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Tread Perilously — Bob’s Burgers: Family Fracas

tp1400-1Tread Perilously’s summer Patreon request month continues with an episode of Bob’s Burgers called “Family Fracas.”

In an attempt to replace Bob’s car, the Belchers go on a local game show called Family Fracas. The family proves to be good at the Double Dare-like physical challenges, much to the aggravation of the host, who already hates the Blechers for getting his previous show cancelled. And though they can’t seem to win the top prize — a minivan — Bob still lords his spot on TV over nemesis Jimmy Pesto. But soon, Pesto is also on the show. Will Bob’s luck hold or will dubious adversaries team up to rob him of victory?

Erik faces his first episode of Bob’s Burgers and the results seem somehow rigged to Justin. Nevertheless, Erik’s impression of the series may shock fans. Justin tries to offer his favorite episode. That nature of Fox animated programs is examined. The Warner Bros. Discovery situation continues to fuel conversation. Thomas Lennon proves to be the episode MVP. The dynamics of Double Dare are dissected. Erik spies a conspiracy behind the Family Fracas prize wheel while Justin identifies another conspiracy closer to home. Also, Carter Burke makes an unlikely return.

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