Tread Perilously’s annual Star Trek month concludes with the Star Trek: Strange New Worlds episode “The Elysian Kingdom” — the lowest rated hour according to IMDb.
While analyzing a nebula, the Enterprise becomes stuck and its crew re-assembled as characters from a fairy tale Dr. M’Benga reads to his daughter. Recast as the King from the story — but still cognizant of who he really is — M’Benga soon encounters Captain Pike as the cowardly chamberlain, Spock as an evil Wizard, Lt. Ortegas as the faithful knight, Lt. Noonien-Singh as the flighty, but friendly princess of a nearby realm, and Cadet Uhura as the wicked queen. Will M’Benga sort out why this is happening and why Chief Engineer Hemmer also maintains his sense of self?
Erik ends up high on a vaccine reaction while Justin takes advantage of the situation via a joke well past its freshness date. Both also gush about the series, their favorite of modern Star Trek. A Sons of Anarchy detour also occurs. Erik learns a new term and works very hard to remember the name “Lawrence Tierney.” Geography Corner turns into an inspection of LA-area revival theater restrooms. Pike’s would-be smugness and excitement to be in space are examined. The problem of prestige TV comes up and the pair weep once more for Boromir.