Tread Perilously — SeaQuest DSV: Knight of Shadows

Tread Perilously performs television necromancy by discussing the nearly forgotten SeaQuest DSV and its “haunted” episode “Knight of Shadows.”

Late one night, Captain Nathan Bridger recounts recent events to the hologram of his deceased wife. Seventy-two hours earlier, Bridger’s hologram machine receives a message containing coordinates. The heading indicates it may be the resting place of the George, a long-lost ship with a spitting resemblance to the RMS Titanic. The SeaQuest crew discover it has a bubble of air and a number of skeletons. And if that wasn’t eerie enough, Dr. Westphalen quickly becomes possessed by the spirit of a passenger named Lillian. But is the real secret behind this haunting horrifying or “heartwarming?”

Erik and Justin remind themselves of SeaQuest‘s premise while Justin suggests the episode writer may not have been familiar with haunted house stories. He also issues a disclaimer: his opinion of the character Jonathan Brandis plays in the episode does not reflect Justin’s opinion of Brandis himself. Erik can’t get over the fact the show just bold-face declares that ghosts are real. He also turns Jon Connington into the Red Robin of Westeros. Justin accuses actor Royce D. Applegate of being a landlubber and it’s probably not a huge leap to guess SeaQuest will return to Tread Perilously.

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Tread Perilously — Star Trek TOS: Wolf In The Fold

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Tread Perilously’s month of “haunted” television heads back to Star Trek with the original series episode “Wolf in the Fold.”

When the Enterprise arrives in orbit around Argelius II for “therapeutic shore leave,” the men aboard the ship beam down to enjoy the legendary pleasures and “generous” women the planet has to offer. Scotty, in particular, finds himself charmed by a belly dancer. But soon, she’s found dead and Scotty is spotted with the murder weapon. Such crimes are unheard of on Argelius II, but a tribunal of sorts is convened. Will Scotty prove to be a mad killer or is some other evil at work? And will it haunt the ship before too long?

Erik and Justin immediately identify Argelius II as a Gene Roddenberry sex planet. John De Lancie’s misadventures with the My Little Pony fandom comes up. Erik ends up reviewing the Jeff Goldblum episodes of Law & Order: Criminal Intent. Roddenberry’s screwed up sexual politics become an unavoidable topic. Justin cannot get past the fact guest actor John Fiedler is also the voice of Piglet. Erik once again sings the praises of Majel Barrett’s computer voice and the pair discover a concept more ridiculous than Jack the Ripper possessing the Enterprise.

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Tread Perilously — Quantum Leap: The Boogieman

Tread Perilously’s month of “haunted” episodes continues with Quantum Leap‘s peculiar “The Boogieman.” October 31st, 1964. Sam leaps into the body of middling horror writer Joshua Ray. He happens to live in a sleepy Maine town and is engaged to the organist at the local Presbyterian church. But when the town handyman is apparently killed by a goat only Sam can see and hear, it’s time for the Leaper to get serious about solving the eventual murder of the organist before it happens. Was it the town sheriff? The overly-eager novice writer Steve? Or is Sam destined to become a murderer himself? Erik and Justin immediately dub the spectral goat as “White Philip.” A truly horrific backstory for the character ensues. Justin digs into Quantum Leap‘s very long credit sequence. Erik determines Joshua Ray’s home is the same one used on Eight Is Enough. The pair marvel at the power they immediately gave to White Philip. They also try to find the right nickname for the shifty town sheriff. Another round of Manimal fan-casting occurs. Justin loses his mind over the show’s blasé attitude toward psychokinesis. He’s also convinced gray aliens love Bugles brand corn snacks. The regularly scheduled Star Wars content turns the Presbyterian Church into the Jedi Order and Erik once again rallies against the great storytelling sins. Click here or subscribe to Tread Perilously on iTunes.
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Tread Perilously — Angel: Rm w/a Vu

Tread Perilously begins a month of haunting television with the Angel episode called “Rm w/a Vu.”

When Cordelia’s apartment gets overrun with roaches and Doyle’s debts in the favor-based economy catch up with him, Angel offers to help the demon if he can find Cordy a new place to live. As it happens, Doyle knows a guy and she moves into a fab one-bedroom in the Hollywood Hills. It’s rent-controlled, too, but it does have one little catch: the ghost of the building’s original owner and her hatred of any woman who would come near her son, Dennis. Will Angel and Doyle figure out a way to exorcise the ghost or will Cordy figure out a way to deal with her apartment’s quirk?

The haunting at Tread Perilously starts early as Justin and Erik have to re-record the first 20 minutes of the podcast. Doyle’s plot drives them both batty as well. Other elements of Angel‘s early reality create issues for Justin. Erik declares “socially-awkward Angel” as his favorite take on the character. The probability of an exorcist setting up shop in Koreatown leads to one of the better Geography Corner segments. Erik respects actor Beth Grant’s commitment to Sparkle Motion and Tommy Wiseau somehow ends up mattering to the proceedings.

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Tread Perilously — Star Trek ENT: United

Tread Perilously’s annual Star Trek month concludes with an episode of Star Trek: Enterprise called “United.”

With Trip and Reed stuck on the Romulan droneship, Archer must convince Shran and the Tellarite ambassadors to work together. It might sound simple, but in the previous episode, one of the Tellarites aboard Enterprise shot Shran’s life-mate. And once she succumbs to her wounds, the hot-tempered Andorian demands satisfaction. Will Hoshi and Mayweather figure out Andorian customs in time for Archer to intervene or will the Tellatire ambassador taste the cold steel of Shran’s ice-axe? And will Trip and Reed figure out a way to take control of the drone?

Erik and Justin are stunned to see Captain Archer make a positive change. They shower Shran — and guest star Jeffrey Combs — with praise. Fellow guest star Brian Thompson also wins high marks as a Romulan commander. Erik even praises the new Star Trek: Lower Decks! The appearance of Remans proves successful. The early Star Trek: Deep Space Nine uniforms get critiqued. Justin envisions “Trip-Hulk.” The pair examine the Andorian blood-challenge and the species’ cold-weather gear. Does it all add up to an episode of Enterprise Erik and Justin actually like?

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Tread Perilously — Star Trek VOY: Timeless

Tread Perilously’s Star Trek month continues with an episode of Star Trek: Voyager called “Timeless.”

Fifteen years after the U.S.S. Voyager crashed on Planet Hoth, Harry Kim and Chakotay steal Borg technology to prevent the accident which took the lives of their shipmates. Meanwhile, fifteen years in the past, Harry prepares to test a new quantum slipstream drive. If successful, the Voyager will return to the Alpha Quadrant within moments. Will Harry be able to transmit badly need math to his past self? Will Starfleet arrest the him for high crimes against the Federation? Will Chakotay sell out his ethics to collaborate again? And will Captain Geordi LaForge see honor in what the Voyager survivors intended to do?

Justin learns why Harry gets so few feature stories. Erik immediately gets frustrated by another Voyager episode in which time travel negates catastrophe. Alex Kurtzman’s stewardship of the brand leads to an examination of Federation/Romulan relations. The pair debate whether or not the episode’s cold open is good. They also try to figure out how a modernized Harry Kim would work. It somehow leads to a discussion of Wil Wheaton’s teeny-bopper moment. Erik recasts Neelix as the true Vulcan Kolinahr test and Justin calls out Starfleet for its lack of sexual harassment guidelines.

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Tread Perilously — Star Trek TNG: The Child

Tread Perilously’s Star Trek month continues with Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s Season 2 premiere, “The Child.”

While transferring the new chief medical officer, Doctor Katherine Pulaski, to the Enterprise, an energy form crosses paths with the ship and decides to become human. Embedding itself in Counselor Troi, she soon experiences a heavily accelerated pregnancy. Meanwhile, an outbreak of plasma plague forces Captain Picard to allow a cargo of dangerous virus samples aboard. Will Troi’s alien child disturb the samples? And will it ever admit its reasons for becoming a real boy?

Erik and Justin immediately launch into a discussion of KISS as Erik’s impression of Ace Frehley becomes an unlikely guest. The episode’s origins as a script written for Star Trek: Phase II get discussed while Dr. Beverly Crusher’s absence does not go unnoticed. Geordi’s promotion is declared one of the show’s smartest decisions. Justin recalls the time he visited the Next Generation set. He also marvels at how an episode ostensibly about Counselor Troi isn’t actually about Counselor Troi. Erik both praises and criticizes Brent Spiner’s performance in one scene and the pair try to determine what sort of New Wave band Troi’s child, Ian Andrew, would front.

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