Tread Perilously — Manimal: Female of the Species

Tread Perilously once again returns to its examination of NBC’s short-lived series Manimal with its fourth episode, “Female of the Species.”

When a young woman raised by wolves escapes from confinement, Manimal takes on the case. He’s convinced she had a human identity at one time and works to help her access it. Meanwhile, goons on behalf a mysterious businessman try to kill her. Is she the long-lost daughter of a well-to-do Manhattanite? Was the seemingly accidental destruction of her family’s boat more intentional than anyone thought? And will Manimal return her amorous advances once she decides he’s a worthy mate?

Erik and Justin dissect some of the inadvertent racist stereotypes on display during a film of Wolf Girl’s capture. Erik tries to determine the exact level of sleaziness in one of the supporting characters. Justin makes a bold stance on doggy-style jokes (for the duration of the episode). A group of goons become William H. Macy at various stages of his career. Justin spots Titanic‘s Gloria Stuart as a bag lady in one scene. Erik’s knowledge of Los Angeles geography trips him up as Manimal takes place in New York. Manimal’s home gets reviewed and Justin derails everything with “Johnson’s Johnson.”

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About Erik

Erik Amaya is the host of Tread Perilously and the former Head Film/TV writer at Bleeding Cool. He has also contributed to sites like CBR, Comics Alliance and Fanbase Press. He is also the voice of Puppet Tommy on "The Room Responds."
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