Tread Perilously — The Wheel Of Time: The Eye Of The World

tp1400-1The Wheel turns as Tread Perilously wraps up its prestige fantasy month with The Wheel of Time‘s season one finale, “The Eye of the World.”

As Moiraine and Rand make the perilous trek to the Eye of the World, the Dark One tries to make contact with the Dragon Reborn. Also, back in Fal Dara, Egwene and Perrin discuss the best course of action and her love for Rand. In another room, Nynaeve and Lan almost admit their feelings despite their other devotions. Additionally, the Fal Dara leadership prepares for its own Battle of Helm’s Deep. But will it all be for naught when Rand confronts his own desires?

Justin reveals his previous fandom for showrunner Rafe Judkins. Erik discloses his utter distaste for the Dragon Reborn. He also tries to explain the premise of The Wheel of Time. The pair finally explore the origin of “Everything Will Be Fine If We Wake The Dragon.” They also discuss their favorite characters in the episode — none of which are Rand. The issue of pedigree gets aired. An attempt to recast Rand is made. The Andor talk continues, too. Erik accuses the Dark One of stealing his clothes and Justin’s knowledge of siege warfare comes in handy.

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Tread Perilously — The Sandman: The Doll’s House

tp1400-1Tread Perilously’s month of prestige fantasy series dreams of The Sandman and the episode called “The Doll’s House.”

While taking a census of the Dreaming, Lucienne hears tell of a Dream Vortex that could threaten the whole of the domain and the waking world. Morpheus is already aware of the problem and learns it is focused on a human woman named Rose Walker. For her part, Rose is grieving the recent death of her mother, looking for her estranged brother, and on a flight to England to meet Unity Kincaid, who has her own reasons for finding Rose and her brother. Will all these confluences matter or is it more of Desire’s petty scheming?

Erik and Justin immediately get lost talking about the original Watchmen and the Sandman comics. Erik recalls some of his comic book origins. An explanation of the Endless leads in strange directions. Accents are criticized. Justin finds fault with the actors playing Rose and Lyta. He also offers an odd alternative casting choice for Gilbert. John Galt turns out to be the truest nightmare. Yet more Andor discussion occurs. The pair introduce new rules for talking to certain writers. Philosophies are discussed and Gerd Shockley begins a startling transformation.

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Tread Perilously — House Of The Dragon: The Princess And The Queen

tp1400-1Tread Perilously’s month of prestige fantasy makes haste for Westeros and the House of the Dragon episode called “The Princess and the Queen.”

After giving birth to her third child, Princess Rhaenyra faces rumors and accusations about its father. The source of those whispers? Queen Alicent. The situation leads to tension between Rhaenyera and her husband, Prince Laenor, and a situation in the yard while their boys train with Alicent’s sons. Meanwhile in Pentos, Daemon and Laena consider an intriguing opportunity from the local aristocrats — but will Laena’s own pregnancy put the kibosh on whatever Daemon truly wants? Also, why is Larys Strong so interested in aiding Alicent?

Erik and Justin immediately resume their Ice and Fire nerdery, starting with a look into Game of Thrones‘s endgame and the other spinoff. Justin champions King Viserys’s long, lingering death. Erik once again offers his support to fanfic writers. He also briefly forgets the name of his “favorite” Ice and Fire character. Justin tries to piece together the political situation in King’s Landing based on a single episode of House of the Dragon. The architectural design of Harrenhal comes into question. Erik dives into the dynamic between Alicent and Larys Strong and some Star Wars talk happens.

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Tread Perilously: LOTR The Rings of Power: The Eye

tp1400-1Tread Perilously begins a month of prestige fantasy series with an episode of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power entitled “The Eye.”

In the wake of Orodruin’s eruption, Galadriel, Theo, Queen Regent Míriel, and Elendil attempt to make their way back to the Númenórean encampment on the edge of the Southlands. Will they find loved ones waiting for them there? Meanwhile in Khazad-Dûm, Durin and Elrond make one last impassioned plea to the king so the Elves can receive shipments of mithril. But when it falls on deaf ears, the prince takes matters into his own hands.

Erik and Justin break the “three year rule” to talk about the current golden age of fantasy television. They also try to outnerd themselves with role playing game experience and other knowledge. Opinions of sixties British rock are aired. Erik recalls a story from San Diego Comic-Con about Galadriel’s armor. Justin makes an interesting assessment of the show’s title theme. He also finds some great nicknames for the characters. Erik offers a few key corrections about the story. The pair debate how much the show wants to echo The Lord of the Rings films in terms of casting. Erik makes room for Glorfindel and Justin makes an attempt to find Sauron.

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Tread Perilously — Supernatural: It’s The Great Pumpkin, Sam Winchester

tp1400-1Tread Perilously wraps up Halloween month with its annual visit to Supernatural. This year’s episode: ” It’s the Great Pumpkin, Sam Winchester.”

When a loving family man is killed via mysterious razor blades hidden in a piece of candy, Sam and Dean follow up and discover a witch’s hex bag as the root cause. Suspects immediately become apparent via the family babysitter and her skeevy art teacher. But when Castiel (finally) and Uriel (Robert Wisdom!) arrive, it becomes clear the Halloween hex is related to the seals and the angels’ mission from Heaven. Will they eradicate the town to stop Samhain from rising or is there more to their orders?

Erik is happy to see Castiel appear in an episode. Justin outlines his problems with later seasons of Supernatural. The pair also finally confront the show’s myth-arc and debate the pronunciation of “Samhain.” History Corner crosses the Rubicon and Andor gets a mention or two. The team also discusses Halloween Ends and any number of other horror movies. They also attempt to work out if Damien Thorn would’ve had a different life with another name. Justin tries to find more roles for Robert Sheehan. The connection between Mexicans and the Irish is reaffirmed and a surprise comic book writer discussion breaks out.

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Tread Perilously — Degrassi TNG: The Curse Of Degrassi

tp1400-1Tread Perilously’s Halloween month crosses the border into Canada for a special internet-only episode of Degrassi: The Next Generation, “The Curse of Degrassi.”

When the ghost of Rick Murray awakens before the Harvest Dance, he possesses Holly J to get his revenge on Spinner and some of the other kids. Will it bring Mia and Jane closer together after drifting apart? Will it prevent other teens from making out in a supply closet? And will it allow Spinner to realize he’s an actor in a non-continuity Halloween special of a Canadian teen drama?

Erik and Justin brace themselves for the 2000s nostalgia wave, even as they still have problems with a lot of turn-of-the-century styles. Erik reveals his dislike of fashions from Georgian period England. Justin reveals the episode writer/director’s connection to Degrassi Junior High. The pair discuss the premise of nearly all Degrassi shows. Justin also goes on a Friday Night Lights tear thanks to the slightest provocation. Erik also tries to figure out how the special was produced for a website. He also attempts a Nina Dobrev impression. Justin provides a more accurate account of what happened to Rick and a new contender to play Doom enters the arena.

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Tread Perilously — 30 Rock: Stone Mountain

tp1400-1Tread Perilously’s month of Halloween TV continues with the 30 Rock episode “Stone Mountain.”

When Jack becomes displeased with Liz Lemon’s attempts to find a new cast member, a folksy encounter with Kenneth the Page leads him to Stone Mountain, Georgia for “real American” humor. Liz is with him, of course, but a bad sandwich leaves her in the grips of Peppy Bizmilk. Will Jack’s chosen local talent, a ventriloquist, be what TGS needs? Or will he learn some sort of lesson about his assumptions of the South? Meanwhile, Toofer, Frank, and Lutz try to sneak into Gay Halloween and Tracy becomes obsessed with the Rule of Threes.

Justin is determined to get cancelled. He also freely admits there are problematic elements to Tina Fey’s comedy. It leads to a discussion of the Fantasy genre’s love affair with monarchy. Erik also discusses the problem with “the redneck voice.” Justin recalls the comedy of the 2000s. Despite not being in the episode, James Marsden gets a shoutout. The pair also, once again, praise Jane Krakowski. They also compare the chuckle in various parts of the country and try to imagine Tituss Burgess as a Star Trek character. Also, unkind things about Jimmy Fallon may be said.

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