Tread Perilously — Lexx: White Trash

Tread Perilously concludes “People on Ships” sci-fi month with a trip to Lexx and the episode called “White Trash.”

When cannibals from planet Vermal wake up aboard the Lexx, they soon come into contact with Stanley. The group’s leader, Pa Glolean (special guest Maury Chaykin), quickly commandeers control and forces him to set course for their homeworld. Meanwhile, Sissy Glolean gets the hots for Stanley. Junior Glolean ruins his chances with Xez and 790 contrives a way to get Kai out of his stasis pod. But it all leads to a confrontation with Daddy Glolean and the sort of cynical ending one might expect from Lexx.

Erik praises actor Maury Chaykin even as he regrets having to watch him in this particular show. Justin recalls how he would see ads for Lexx on the Sci-Fi Channel, but never watch it. The two debate how deeply certain actors were into NXIVM. They also consider whether or not Xez looks more like a member of the Divinyls or Roxette. It descends into dueling Werner Herzoges. Kai’s hairdo gets reviewed. Erik tries to understand Chaykin’s process and his choice of a prop femur bone. “Picking berries” is defined and a counterfeit Colonial Viper proves to be the cherry on a shit sundae.

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Tread Perilously — The Expanse: Back to the Butcher

Tread Perilously’s “People on Ships” sci-fi month continues with The Expanse episode “Back to the Butcher.”

When Fred Johnson sends a message of amnesty to the crew of the Roci, they must decided whether or not to trust the Butcher of Anderson Station, who bombed a mining colony to smithereens some years prior. Meanwhile, on Ceres Station, Miller continues to search for Julie Mao while also spending some time looking into the assault on his partner, Havelock. But will he have to owe local OPA bigwig Anderson Dawes a favor to bring in a dangerous cop hunter? Also, will the “Remember the Cant” movement make Miller’s life harder?

Self-described “art cheerleader” Laura Núñez joins Erik and Justin for her first experience with The Expanse. The wild variations in Belter accents gets examined while Justin brings up Havelock’s “language lessons.” Erik dimly recalls the last time he watched the first season of The Expanse. Laura discusses her filmography and her need to see Latinos in space. Justin points out missing castmembers. A warning against Caillou is issued. Laura’s attempts to piece together the running storyline leads to interesting ideas and she learns the truth about Miller’s self-loathing.

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Tread Perilously — Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker

Tread Perilously adds a special extra episode to finally discuss, at length, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

Somehow, Palpatine has returned. Kylo Ren goes searching for him, then hunts Rey. Rey looks for a dagger which will give her a clue to a wayfinder which may lead her to Palpatine. Lando reappears as Leia and Rose fade into the background. But is all of this as Sheev has foreseen? And will it lead Rey to decide who and what she is?

Justin and Erik discuss just how little director J.J. Abrams seems to care. Justin continues to sing the virtues of Dave Filoni while Erik tells him the truth about Mustafar. They continue to disagree if Kylo can be the primary antagonist. In the weeds, the find a possible better version of the sequel trilogy and show some restraint by only discussing the film for 65 minutes.

Also, the Knights of Ren make an appearance.

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Tread Perilously — Blake’s 7: Animals

Tread Perilously’s “People on Ships” sci-fi month continues with the Blake’s 7 episode “Animals.”

Dayna attempts to recruit one of her old professors to the revolution. She finds him on a planet where he’s holed up and furthering a discontinued Federation experiment for reasons while their shared history appears to play itself out once again. Her visit attracts the attention of “Commissioner Sleer,” who sees an opportunity to undermine the rebels. Meanwhile, Avon forces Vila to clean the ship, but eventually saunters onto the scene. Will a discarded binder prove to be his undoing?

Also, there’s some sort of animal rights theme maybe.

Justin identifies the episode as a take on The Island of Doctor Moreau while Erik asks “where’s Blake?” The time differential between British 1981 and American 1981 gets addressed. Dayna becomes the MVP character. The pair explain their use of the term “Special Ship.” They also debate whether or not “Slave” is a bad name for a computer. Erik recalls his earliest Doctor Who memory and offers the three key tips to living your life. Justin tries to work out why Dayna’s teacher is so quick to offer her meth. Erik comes up with alternate name for the titular “animals” and both he and Justin fall for Severlan’s sense of style.

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Tread Perilously — Dark Matter: Welcome to the Revolution

Tread Perilously hops aboard the Raza for a month of sci-fi shows set on ships and the Dark Matter episode called “Welcome to the Revolution.”

Answering a distress call from someone they believe to be their old handler, Tabor Calchek, the crew of the Raza find themselves caught in a struggle between a group of colonists and the Traugott Corps security troops interfering with their plans to go independent. Six is inclined to offer aid while Two would rather move on. Meanwhile, back on the ship, the Android discovers Three’s mysterious cargo and on Zairon, Ryo considers the best way to deal with his former allies.

Special Review Unit Captain Charlie Wright joins Erik and Justin as a sci-fi newbie. She tries to convert the story into familiar police procedural tropes and notes a certain limitation in the production values. Erik figures out the perfect way to determine if someone is a Star Wars fan. The new Dune also comes up. Everyone enjoys the bizarre timeliness of the episode and Dark Matter‘s socialist leanings. Charlie makes special mention of Android performer Zoie Palmer. The series’ simultaneous serial and episodic natures proves to be a problem for the novice viewer and Erik spends a lot of time coughing in the background.

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Tread Perilously: Special Review Unit — Identity

Tread Perilously closes out “Tread Safely” month with a case file from the Special Review Unit — the best episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit ever aired, “Identity.”

When Manhattan SVU detectives are called to the scene of a man who fell off a building, they discover his junk has been bitten off. Since the man was a member of a local gang, this appears to be a pretty simple case. But once Detectives Stabler and Benson dig a little deeper, they discover nothing can be simple in case involving twins, a sex therapist, and the world’s worst behavioral science experiment.

Special Review Unit Captain Charlie Wright joins Justin and Erik as they discuss one of the finest hours of television ever committed to film. Justin and Charlie agree on it containing a “V.C. Andrews” energy. Justin explains the the Society for Creative Anachronism. Charlie clarifies Sister Peg’s role and gets hyped for the upcoming Stabler-focused Law & Order series. Justin tries to understand why anyone would run away from Christopher Meloni. A Star Trek discussion breaks out. Erik recalls when Stabler had a tough time dealing with teenage suspects and the team discovers Munch is a proponent of rights for graffiti artists.

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Tread Perilously — Wynonna Earp: Bury Me With My Guns On

Tread Safely month continues with the highest rated episode of Wynonna Earp on IMDB: “Bury Me With My Guns On.”

After killing the last of the Seven, Wynonna feels adrift and immediately gets suspended from the Black Badge Division. The Stone Witch tries to alter her deal with Bobo Del Rey, but he has other plans for the nature of their contract. Will it bring Wynonna and Doc Holliday into the picture? Meanwhile, Waverly and Deputy Haught have their first fight — which is funny because they’re not a couple. Also, Sheriff Nedley reveals he may know more about the weirdness in the Ghost River Triangle than he generally lets on.

Justin reveals his theory of leather pants on television. He also remembers where he’s seen star Melanie Scrofano before. Erik tries to remember the particulars of the Earp curse while Justin offers his own hypothesis regard Doc’s hatred of the Stone Witch. Bobo gets recast as “Alt-Right Tormund Giantsbane,” Erik almost spills the beans about Bulshar, and Justin learns about #WayHaught. The discussion inevitably leads to Star Wars — but mostly about Ahsoka Tano and Dr. Aphra. Also, Erik recalls his time on the set during the film of this Wynonna Earp episode.

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