Tread Perilously — Movin’ On: The Cowhands

tp1400-1Tread Perilously’s summer Patreon request month leads to a forgotten corner of 1970s television with the Movin’ On episode called “The Cowhands.”

When Sonny Pruitt and an old friend challenge each other to rodeo antics, the friend ends up in the hospital. Pruitt agrees to move the rodeo to a nearby town and take care of the cashbox. Soon enough, the rodeo owner’s ex-wife appears to take charge and admit she was always sweet on Pruitt. Can they get the rodeo ready for a key show? Also, will they be able to keep their young hot-shot bull rider from signing with a bigger promoter?

Erik and Justin get lost in the 1970s of it all. Justin attempts to figure out Movin’ On‘s premise from the episode itself. Gene Simmons claims a most grandiose invention. The career of Claude Akins gets some examination. Santa Clarita does not fare well in a Geography Corner analysis. The pair try to determine the title of a rodeo emcee. They also re-imagine the episode’s plot with John D. Cort and Eddie from Baywatch. A Martinez appears as the young rider and Tina Louise proves to be the episode MVP. Also, John Wayne gets his just deserts.

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Tread Perilously — Scream Queens: Chainsaw

tp1400-1Tread Perilously’s semi-annual Patreon subscriber request month begins its summer edition with a look at the Scream Queens episode called “Chainsaw.”

As the university tries to distance itself from the recent deaths, the Red Devil mascot is replaced with Coney, the whimsical soft serve ice cream cone. Meanwhile, Grace and Zayday continue to search for Chanel #2, Chanel #1 discovers a new way to attract Chad Radwell, and Chanel #5 has a spiritual awaken after a sex act. Chad Radwell, meanwhile, convinces his frat brothers that the best way to defeat the Red Devil is to challenge him openly on the street. Will his gambit pay off?

Chad Radwell becomes the character find of 2015. Justin discusses how the show simultaneously takes place in that year and 2005. He also stumbles on the greatest never-made 1980s high school movie. Erik tries to recall the various Scream killers. The pair gets lost in Go for a moment … again. Pinhead briefly becomes the dean of health at a small, mid-western college. A Riverdale seance occurs. The presence of Lea Michelle is noted while Emma Roberts proves to be the perfect choice for her character. But will executive producer Ryan Murphy’s track record prove to be a hindrance in the long run?

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Tread Perilously — Cop Rock: Pilot

tp1400-1Tread Perilously’s summer Grab Bag month concludes with the first episode of Cop Rock.

When the LAPD busts in on an alleged crack den, an alleged rap song breaks out. The next morning, a woman arrested at the den pleads with officers to let her go for the sake of her baby, who was also taken into custody at the crack den. Meanwhile, all the men who were running the operation have gone free on an overcrowding technicality and all the cops are livid — but not livid enough to sing. Instead, a musical breaks out at an unrelated trial and the local CSI sings a ballad about his unlikely marriage to the cutest patrol officer in Rampart Division. It might be a gritty crime drama, but it’s also Cop Rock!

Erik and Justin finally see a verifiable portal into Hell. Both try to stave off the madness by recounting similarities to The Shield‘s much better pilot. Rampart Division is explained even as horror icons like Fred Krueger join its ranks. Justin argues the CSI is the best singer while Erik falls for a poorly realized song about graft in the mayor’s office. Ronny Cox may or may not appear at some point. Urine becomes a runner and George Clooney once again succeeds in his mission.

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Tread Perilously — Space Above And Beyond: Level Of Necessity

tp1400-1Tread Perilously’s summer Grab Bag month continues with its first look back at Space: Above and Beyond — an episode called “Level of Necessity.”

When an operation on planet Daedelus ends with heavy casualties, Lt. Colonel McQueen notes Damphousse’s “anomalous intuition” for saving the 58th Squadron. The notation in his mission report attracts the attention of Colonel Matthew Burke, chief of the largely-discredited Psy-Ops department. He’s convinced Damphousse’s intuition is the proof of precognitive abilities he’s been looking for and arranges for the squad to return to Daedelus for a hit-and-run mission. Will putting the grunt in danger unlock the secret powers of her mind? And will anyone survive their fifth trip to the alien-controlled world?

Erik and Justin can’t get over the episode’s notion that lovable character actor Richard Kind can play a heavy. The pair also recall the monthly Comic Book & Science-Fiction Convention at the Shrine Auditorium. Erik’s doppelganger ends up part of the discussion. The cast of Space: Above and Beyond prove to be knock-offs, off-brands, and potentially the greatest problem with the series as a whole. Erik and Justin attempt to recast Colonel Matthew Burke. Dan O’Bannon makes another unexpected appearance and Giovanni Ribisi becomes a psychic friend.

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Tread Perilously — Baywatch: Muddy Waters

tp1400-1Another Tread Perilously Grab Bag month begins with an episode of Baywatch called “Muddy Waters.”

The Ballad of John D. Cort continues as Cort must make back a favor to Mitch by teaching the new class of lifeguards at Raging Waters in San Dimas, CA. But Cort, being Cort, pulls Eddie into the job, who in turn attracts the eye of a trainee and the ire of another. Mitch, meanwhile, plans for Hobie’s class to visit Baywatch and Captain Thorpe seeks to fire Shauni after a photo of her at a guard tower ends up in a swimsuit calendar.

Geography Corner starts early as Erik and Justin discuss Raging Waters in San Dimas, CA. They also take a break to discuss Ms. Marvel. Justin is still surprised Baywatch had a writers room. The pair also end up discussing the Scott Bakula classic, Color of Night, and the films of Clive Barker. The career of Monte Markham gets examined. Eddie once again ends up looking like the worst. Erik argues for Erika Eleniak ‘s talent as a TV actor. Captain Thorpe’s descent into madness continues. Justin finally faces a full Mitch Buchannon storyline and theorizes how the presence of Cort would change Predator.

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Tread Perilously — What’s Happening!!: Doobie Or Not Doobie

tp1400-1Tread Perilously’s month of reactionary PSA television concludes with the two-part episode of What’s Happening!! called “Doobie or Not Doobie.”

When Rerun fails to obtain tickets to a Doobie Brothers concert at the high school, he runs into a man offering him three front-row tickets in exchange for recording the show. Initially excited, he gets cold feet when Raj interviews the band and learns of the evils in bootleg recordings. Unfortunately, his concerns are of no concern to the bootlegers, who threaten violence if he doesn’t follow through and tape the performance. Will the power of Michael McDonald save Rerun, Raj, and Dwayne?

Justin comes up with an interesting take on Rerun. Erik discusses the prevalence of “fat humor” in the series. The use of the term “soda shop” leads to a discussion of teen hangouts across the 20th Century. Erik recalls the strange truth of high school gyms as rock venues. The Michael McDonald voice makes a special appearance. His fashion choices get critiqued, as do those of the rest of the band. Micheal Douglas’s infamous humblebrag gets dissected. Raj’s sister Dee proves to be a sorceress with her dry delivery and What’s Happening!!‘s “next time on” segment proves surprisingly long. But will Justin’s heart be open to the message of the Doobie Brothers?

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Tread Perilously — Desperate Lives

tp1400-1Tread Perilously’s month of reactionary PSA television continues with the 1982 TV movie Desperate Lives.

When high school guidance counselor Eileen Phillips spots 10th Grader Scott Cameron stoned to high heaven on their first day of school, she decides to get serious about the drug problem on campus. But the school administrators are so apathetic, even a girl running out of a second story window while high on PCP cannot get them to change things. Will Eileen’s continued pressure — and her decision to bring down a local pusher — offer a ray of hope? Also, is she actually the main character or is it Scott?

Erik realizes he chose the wrong anti-PCP movie. Justin uses the film as proof that both he and Erik grew up breathing poisoned air. He also accuses special guest star Helen Hunt of having “HOA face.” Justin recalls the best ways to transport Warhammer miniatures. Erik gets close to understanding the anxiety epidemic. The depiction of Scott’s “middle class” family leads to a discussion about the middle class and the obvious family issues the film’s script is avoiding. The pair try to recall if they’ve ever been to the Newhall Playland and the power of the 1980s once again makes itself known.

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