Tread Perilously — Charmed: Wrestling With Demons

Tread Perilously’s first Patreon Total Request Live Month ends with an episode of Charmed called, appropriately enough, “Wrestling With Demons.”

When Phoebe’s premonition of a senseless murder leads Pru to protect the hapless potential victim, she discover the suspect is an old college boyfriend. Faced with a nearly impossible choice, she vows to recover his soul from a Demon Academy run by Ron Perlman. Meanwhile, Leo has lost Piper’s engagement ring; leading Phoebe to use a recovery spell she intended for Cole. Will it prove to be super effective? And will she be able to tell Pru that Cole is still alive?

Shannen Doherty immediately becomes a topic of discussion as Erik appreciates her “bad girl energy” while Justin disagrees with her politics. The pair also discuss the way the WB marketed Charmed back in the late 1990s and early 21st Century. Erik tries to warp Leo into Tuxedo Mask. Skeet Ulrich gets promoted from being “the back-up Johnny Depp.” An appearance by the Phantasm Ball complete derails the discussion. Justin reveals his appreciation for Alyssa Milano and shows some respect to actor Dennis Dun. Erik gets distracted by the fact the suspect is dressed like Angel. The pair try to figure out a dropped plot point from The Craft and start plotting a film version of Demon Academy.

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Tread Perilously — Hannibal: Shiizakana

Patreon Total Request Live Month continues with a second season episode of Hannibal called “Shiizakana.”

After Will Graham has an involved dream about killing Dr. Lecter, Jack assembles the team to investigate a killer who seemingly uses trained bears as murder weapons. Later that day, Will also meets Margot Verger, another one of Dr. Lecter’s clients. She wants to kill her brother, and Lecter’s prescription for her problem is to go through with it. When he sticks his nose into the case, he diagnoses the killer with “species dysphoria.” As it turns out, the suspect — who we’ll now call “Man-Bear” — built power armor based on a long-extinct cave bear. Will Dr. Lecter use him in his battle with Will?

Justin is convinced Erik hates Bryan Fuller, but Erik is not so convinced himself. Both reveal themselves to know entire too much about Thomas Harris’s books and the films based upon them. The mumblecore throughout the episode leaves Erik assuming Mason Verger’s sister is named Monica. Justin defends the position that Fuller actually finished Hannibal before its cancellation. Erik asserts cats kill to unlock achievements. Justin learns about “waifu.” Erik admits he cannot do a Mads Mikkelsen impression and Jim Pembry’s mustache gets a name-check. Also, the appearance of the real Scott Thompson leads to a digression about The Kids In The Hall.

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Tread Perilously — MacGyver: Walking Dead

It’s Patreon Total Request Live! Tread Perilously answers the first of the Patron requests with an episode of MacGyver called, oddly enough, “Walking Dead.”

When MacGyver finds the Hatian corner of his neighborhood is plagued by former members of the Tonton Macoute, he and Mama Lorraine infiltrate a ceremony intended to turn a community activist into a zombie. No, really! Well, the sort of actual zombification possible through drugs. Mama Lorraine has an amount of the antidote, but will she have to use it on MacGyver when he gets caught by Colonel Devraux, the man terrorizing the neighborhood?

Patron Jed’s unspecified request for a MacGyver episode leads to the worst rated episode on the IMDB list and, of course, racism! Erik offers some praise for Mass Effect: Andromeda even with its story issues and the lack of the Quarian Ark. Justin unveils his “Bane 2020” initiative. The episode’s fictional Little Haiti leads to another geography corner. Manimal‘s Black Partner — actor Michael D. Roberts — makes a surprise appearance. Justin and Erik debate whether or not zombies can be part of the Ninja Empire. They also describe the contents of a typical East L.A. liquor store and compliment MacGyver‘s fair play with a non-Christian religion … at least until the racism makes a most shocking debut.

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Tread Perilously — Tequila and Bonetti: Runt of the Litter

Tread Perilously returns to South Coast for another episode of Tequila and Bonetti. This time, it’s the episode called “Runt of the Litter.”

When Tequila runs into a girl from his past, Visiting Detective Nico Bonetti and Officer Garcia attempt to figure out why he’s attached to the young grifter. Meanwhile, a notorious felon escapes custody, killing his police escort in the process. Are the two story threads related? Will Bonetti learn the secret, tragic origin of Tequila, how he took a bullet, and become a deputized member of the South Coast Police? Also, will he shoot another child?

Erik and Justin once again face the heart of madness as they see dry runs for both Baywatch and Prison Break within the episode. Special guest star Robert Knepper (aka T-Bag) leads them down a dark path. Justin notes the problem with Bonetti’s attempts to roust a sex worker. Erik immediately gets lost in one of his geography corners and credits for Allison Pregler for important beach terminology. Paul Kersey-isms return while Justin becomes the host of “KPFK Crackhouse.” Bonetti’s obsession with making pasta comes into question. Erik ends up revealing his favorite Christopher Nolan film and Justin keeps forgetting when Comic-Con happens. And on an unrelated note, Alan Moore returns.

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Tread Perilously — Law & Order SVU: Abuse

Tread Perilously once again opens the case files of the Special Review Unit with an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit they had to call “Abuse.”

When Manhattan SVU detectives are called to the scene of a child killed by a car, they discover he is the adopted son of rock stars Ricki Austin and Jared Black. Ricki believes he ran out in pursuit of the man who allegedly abused him, his former computer teacher. But while visiting the family home, Detective Olivia Benson meets Ricki’s daughter, Ashley, who becomes immediately and profoundly attached to the detective; suggesting a case of extreme parental neglect. Soon, Benson finds herself fielding constant phone calls from Ashley and trying to use the system to get the kid some help. But will everyone from Ashley’s parents to Captain Cragen see this as Benson’s attempt to steal a child?

Erik, Justin, and Assistant District Attorney Louis Allred attempt to remember Corbin, the child who begins this strange journey. Justin outlines Benson’s side-business as a sex swing manufacturer. Erik tries to recall the British au pair scandal from the 1990s. Swamp Thing makes a brief appearance to ruin a New Yorker’s life. Justin makes it 18 minutes before making a “Bicycle Man” reference. Carlo Masucci makes his debut while Louis tries out “Paul Lynde, Mob Hit Man.” Erik explains the importance of the 27th Precinct and the Special Review Unit crew attempts to figure out the best way to cook artisanal rat.

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Tread Perilously — Supertrain: Superstar

Tread Perilously’s Grab Bag month gets derailed by one of the worst episodes of Supertrain ever aired by the National Broadcasting Company. An episode they had to call “Superstar.”

When Hollywood con-man Jack Hogarth (Dennis Dugan) gets in bed with a mafioso-turned-producer, he boards Supertrain to convince his ex-wife, a bankable star, to appear in his production of “The Lady Was a Cop.” Along the way, we meet street urchins, an impressive set of comedy goons, a former hairstylist sleeping his way into Hollywood, and an adorable old lady with a passion for mysteries played by Sylvia Sidney. But will Hogarth find himself thrown of the train by paid assassins or sharing a drink with them in the bar car?

Erik vows to come back to Dugan’s TV series, Richie Brockelman, Private Eye. He and Justin discuss the merits of working with Adam Sandler. Erik declares Jack Hogarth to be the worst Supertrain protagonist he’s seen so far. Justin declares Sylvia Sydney the MVP of the episode, even if he goes on and on about the deadfaced comedy goon played by Timothy Carey. He also asks to do an episode Mrs. Columbo. Erik offers a geography corner segment about the former MGM studio lot. Justin gets confused when Erik tells him Archie Andrews was mauled by a bear and the secret history of Bo Hopkins’ character is revealed.

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Tread Perilously — Manimal: Scrimshaw

As the Grab Bag month continues, Tread Perilously returns to Manimal for an episode that could only be called “Scrimshaw.”

When Manimal, Police Woman, and Corky (special guest star Meeno Peluce) go for a day trip to nearby islands, they discover a scrimshaw with curious details. Corky’s grandfather Sea Dog (special guest star Keenan Wynn) realizes it is the key to a lost treasure, but others also know about the scrimshaw and will stop at nothing to retrieve it. The adventure takes Manimal to a bar by the docks where plays pirate, a north Atlantic island filled with sinkholes, and the depths of Sea Dog’s shaggy sea stories.

Erik and Justin determines that Jason Todd sucks. They get their from a discussion about Corky. Erik offers a brief review of Dark Phoenix; suggesting Onslaught would’ve been a better story to adapt. Justin discusses the difficult in writing flirting for television. He also learns a surprising truth about Meeno Peluce. His specialization in aquatic life allows him to get a good “Well, actually…” on Erik. The YouTube algorithm serves up some questionable videos. Erik’s dislike of Adrian Brody comes to the surface once again. The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra returns and the pair suspect Corky and Sea Dog were meant to get their own television series.

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