Tread Perilously — Doctor Who: The Three Doctors

Tread Perilously’s anniversary tour with Doctor Who makes its way to “The Three Doctors,” itself a special Doctor Who occasion; celebrating ten years on the air.

When The (Third) Doctor is assailed by creatures that look like melted candies, he seeks out aid from the Time Lords. But as they are also under assault from a force outside conventional space, they send the only help they can: the Doctor himself. Pulling the Second and First Doctors from their timestreams, the three face the might of Omega, the Gallifreyan scientist who gave the Time Lords the energy required to travel through time. Will the three Doctors be able to talk some sense into the clearly mad Omega and save the universe?

Erik and Justin discuss the pronunciation of “Omega.” They are also completely convinced an experimental Soviet aircraft crash-landed in Roswell in 1946. Jo’s fashions choices once again receive high marks. They also determine how to best harvest fur from Muppets. A discussion of the Third Doctor’s various cars leads to an argument about Han Solo tricking out a swoop bike. Erik gets winded while trying to imitate Dom DeLuise while Justin notes the terrible military tactics of Sergeant Benton.

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Tread Perilously — Doctor Who: The Doctor’s Wife

Tread Perilously continues its fourth anniversary celebration with another Doctor Who story. This week: “The Doctor’s Wife.”

The Doctor, Amy and Rory follow a distress signal out of the conventional universe into a strange pocket realm housing an asteroid. There, they find discarded TARDISes, patchwork people, and a woman named Idris. She seems to know the Doctor, but all of her responses are in the wrong order. Meanwhile, an entity known as House invades the TARDIS. Can Amy and Rory stop him from stealing his way into the normal universe? Is Idris the soul of the TARDIS made flesh? And did she steal the Doctor all those years ago?

Justin immediately gets lost in details of the Time War, but swears his allegiance to Karen Gillan should she ever become queen of Scotland. Erik learns about a truly tough D&D monster. He also learns about the four Terry Pratchett novels he needs to read. The pair try to figure why Hugh Laurie has not been a Doctor Who villain yet. The discussion naturally leads to Legends of Tomorrow. Justin decides how he’d want his TARDIS console room to look and the only water in the forest is the river.

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Tread Perilously — Doctor Who: Remembrance of the Daleks

Tread Perilously celebrates its fourth anniversary with a month of good Doctor Who stories! To begin, Justin finds himself reunited with the Seventh Doctor and Ace in “Remembrance of the Daleks.”

London, 1963. A British Army detachment discovers mysterious radio transmissions centered at the Coal Hill Secondary School and the I.M. Foreman junkyard at 76 Totter’s Lane. The signals also seem to attract the attention of the Doctor, who returns to the site of his first Earthly visit to finish a long-delayed skirmish with the Daleks. But much to his surprise, there are two Dalek factions searching for the Gallifreyan weapon he left behind during his first visit. Will one of the factions harness its awesome energy and become counterfeit Time Lords?

Justin maintains his belief that the Seventh Doctor and Ace make a bad story watchable and good stories great. Erik reveals his love for the Special Weapons Dalek. Both try to determine Ace’s socioeconomic status. Justin refuses to believe there is such a place as Pease Pottage. The discussion inevitably veers toward the Daleks as a metaphor for fascism. Justin discovers he can do a second British accent and two put upon scientist characters, Rachel and Alison, become the MVPs of the story.

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Tread Perilously: Special Review Unit — Cage

Tread Perilously once again opens the case files of the Special Review Unit to look back at the Elliot Stabler years of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit with an episode called “Cage.”

When Manhattan SVU detectives are called to the scene in which two children survived their van crashing into the river, they discover the kids have severe reactive detachment disorder. The boy stabs Detective Elliot Stabler with a pen, but Detective Dani Beck finds herself bonding with the little girl (special guest star Elle Fanning). Soon, they discover the seedy underworld of private adoption agencies, large foster care homes, and the terrifying notion of a rebirthing ceremony. Will Dani be able to help the little girl or will she be caught up in the child’s nightmare?

Captain Charlie Wright returns to discuss an episode she’s never seen. She, along with Erik and Justin, consider the ravages of time and the acting of a young Elle Fanning. Justin tries to convince the others that the Ohio accent is the other “neutral” American accent. The group discusses the benefit of swaddling for children, pets and adults. Justin’s infatuation with Christopher Meloni goes into overdrive. Erik’s speech impediments get the better of him when he tries to say “Detective Dani Beck” and Charlie learns about the Snowbank Killer.

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Tread Perilously — Tequila and Bonetti: Reel Life

Tread Perilously returns to the South Coast for the most “normal” episode of Tequila and Bonetti yet: “Reel Life.”

Despite a rash of gangland slayings, Captain Midian Knight reassigns visiting Detective Nico Bonetti to supervise top film star Chad Rydell on a ride-along. When Bonetti tries to weasel out of it, he gets threaten repeatedly with traffic duty. Rydell turns out to be an amalgam of every Southern California stereotype except a surfer dude. But he’s convinced he can learn to be a real cop by imitating Bonetti’s looks and manner. Will it lead to his downfall when the pair get close to the gangland killer?

Special Review Unit’s executive ADA Louis Allred joins Erik and Justin for the latest trip to South Coast. He discusses the terrible quality to Tequila’s dubbing. Justin champions guest character Ursula as the pride of Latveria. Erik marvels at the lack of a Bonetti cooking scene. Seth Rogen ends up on the hot seat. Sgt. Nuzo gets the spotlight thanks to his belief in RoboCop. Justin’s love of neon tubes is reignited thanks to a set featured in this episode and all three learn about the importance of autogyros at Coachella.

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Tread Perilously — Supertrain: The Queen And The Improbable Knight

Tread Perilously takes another trip aboard Supertrain with the episode called “The Queen And The Improbable Knight.”

When travel writer Barney Sweet (Paul Sand) settles in for a trip on Supertrain, he meets Ali (Mary Louise Weller), a perfectly delightful unemployed teacher who is way, way out of his league. But after a night spent dancing in the disco car, Ali vanishes — replaced by Alison, a woman who claims to have never met Barney. Soon, the Supertrain staff find themselves fielding his frantic claims that trouble is afoot. Will a contingent of representatives from Montenegro joining the train in Denver have something to do with it?

Justin declares his intention to become the Trivial Time Travel while he and Erik go on a journey to discover the truth about Paul Sand. Justin rates the attractiveness of 1970s male television leads. He also rates the best coach characters in cinema. The pair disagree on the intended tone of the episode. Erik feels “seen” when Barney reveals several too true things about writers. His amateur anthropology studies once again invade the discussion. The shocking lack of Latverian accents leads to a discussion of guest stars Kenneth Mars and Micheal V. Gazzo, and John Adams ends up on the hot seat.

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Tread Perilously — Manimal: High Stakes

Tread Perilously returns to one of its favorite terrible shows, Manimal, with the episode called “High Stakes.”

When Manimal and Black Partner head out to Aqueduct, their day at the races is disturbed by a faulty parachute and a horse owner who is convinced the winning thoroughbred of a high stakes race is the same horse kidnapped from her ranch a couple of years prior. Manimal gets on the case and enters the high stakes world of horse racing and studding. But he does not get studded himself when he turns into a horse to save the rancher and Black Partner from high stakes peril.

Erik and Justin try to define a real “dark past” versus the one Manimal claims. They also complain, once again, that setting the series in New York is silly. Erik confuses “the sport of kings.” He also has a hard time remembering a horse called “Papa’s Lad.” Justin champions the film Drop Zone. He also plans to name a horse “Sex Machine.” The pair note that it is really easy for rich people to get into human trafficking. Justin calls out the way the writers positioned Black Partner in this episode and both try to determine Andrew McCarthy’s best film.

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