Tread Perilously — RuPaul’s Drag Race: ShakesQueer

tp1400-1Tread Perilously begins Total Request Live 4 — a month of requests from the top tier Patreon subscribers — with the challenge of a competition reality show! The program: RuPaul’s Drag Race. The episode: “ShakesQueer”

When the contestants are tasked to stage Drag-ified productions of Shakespeare plays, it becomes obvious one team is better suited to the job than the other. Will a decision made because of friendship sink Kennedy Davenport’s prospects of winning the whole season? Will the revised version of Macbeth, “MacBitch,” prove not to be the slam-dunk it should be? And will a truly remarkable gown be enough to prevent one contestant from being eliminated?

Erik wishes he could be more catty like the contestants. Justin is surprised by Erik’s choice of weekly savior. It leads to a discussion of Natalie Portman. Both reveal the reality shows they actually watch and how it informs their appreciation of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Erik senses a sinister undercurrent in the editing of a certain team’s story. He also admits he does not know how the kids feel about Shakespeare. Justin recalls the use of Franco Zeffirelli’s Romeo and Juliet in Southern California literature education. Erik discusses his dislike of Baz Luhrmann’s filmography. And, somehow, a Star Wars digression occurs.

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Tequila And Bonetti: Tale Of The Dragon

tp1400-1Tread Perilously’s month of guest stars and Grab Bag episodes concludes with the next installment of the Tequila and Bonetti deep dive, “Tale of the Dragon.”

When a local fortune teller comes to the squad room to report a murder, Visiting Detective Nico Bonetti is forced into a conflict with the apparent supernatural. It also puts him on the trail of a sniper who is killing surfer dudes all over South Coast. Will the fortune teller’s visions prove correct? Will Bonetti die among unfinished salmon rolls? And will the fortune teller ever realize the mysterious voice she hears is Tequila?

Special Review Unit Captain Charlie Wright joins Erik and Justin for a show that is not SVU, but still features Mariska Hargitay. She surprises them both by having a memory of watching Tequila and Bonetti when it aired! Justin finds a surprising lack of typical Tequila and Bonetti content in the episode. Geography Corner once again happens early, but occurs throughout. The group determines that Tequila must outrank Officer Nunzo. The program’s questionable content also gets examined, as does Erick Avari’s cameo. Charlie admits she’s never seen Death Bed: The Bed That Eats. Erik and Charlie offer some opinions of Law & Order: Organized Crime. Mickey Hargitay Plants gets another shout-out and Charlie reacts to the show’s decision to name a character “Captain Midian Knight.”

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Tread Perilously — The Facts Of Life Goes To Paris

tp1400-1Tread Perilously’s Guest Star Grab Bag month continues with The Facts of Life‘s first TV movie: The Facts of Life Goes to Paris.

When the girls and Mrs. Garrett make arrangements for summer classes in France, most of their time there is uneventful. But with only five days left, the girls escape from their boarding school to see the sights of Paris. Well, Natalie and Tootie are committed to being tourists, anyway. Blair looks for romance while Jo happens upon one while trying to get to Le Mans. Mrs. Garrett, meanwhile, seems to find love as an adjunct to her main objective: impressing a snooty French chef.

Paul and Corey Cross the Streams co-host Paul Pakler joins Erik and Justin for an episode five or six years in the making. The trio immediately examines why the film needed six writers to complete the script. A Quentin Tarantino discussion breaks out. Paul notes the premise of The Facts of Life changes every season. Justin’s Mrs. Garrett impression gets a workout. He and Paul debate whether or not Marty McFly’s truck is a bourgeois prize of 1980s cinema. Paul defends the French schoolmarm tasked with wrangling the girls. Erik pitches Revenge of the Red Baron to Paul. Frank Bonner proves to be the movie’s MVP and literary fiction gets skewered again.

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Tread Perilously — Baywatch: Home Cort

tp1400-1Tread Perilousy’s month of Special Guest Grab Bag leads back to Baywatch and the first John D. Cort episode, “Home Cort.”

John D. Cort returns to Baywatch for his obligatory ten-days of work to remain certified. But he’s also in town to help Jack Burton (not that one) rescue some illicit computer parts from the nearby ocean. Cort brings his usual joie de vivre with him, much to Mitch’s amusement. Unfortunately, trouble has also followed Cort back to Southern California. Will it lead him to stay in town or will Cort end up in a more “permanent” retirement?

Sarah Madden returns as Erik and Justin get lost talking about John D. Cort and actor John Allen Nelson. Erik recalls the film Navy SEALs. Sarah determines the premise of Baywatch — although she has previously seen the show. Character actor Mickey Jones gets a shout-out. Justin associates magical powers with John D. Cort and gets mad when he discovers Nelson was never on Red Shoe Diaries. Erik credits Allison Pregler with a number of key Baywatch facts and terms. Justin accidentally creates The Cooler Chair. The group tries to determine if naming a character “Jack Burton” is a reference to Big Trouble in Little China or not. Speedos proves to be unpopular (unless worn by John Allen Nelson) and Justin once again stumps for She’s All That.

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Tread Perilously — Automan: Staying Alive While Running A High Flashdance Fever

tp1400-1Tread Perilously continues its special guest Grab Bag month with a return to Automan for its second episode, “Staying Alive While Running a High Flashdance Fever.”

When Walter and Automan chase a suspect to the palatial estate of a well-respected judge, Walter decides to track down any lead that will implicate him. But he also sets Automan a task to become more socially attuned via watching the films Saturday Night Fever, Flashdance, and Staying Alive. Will it make Automan a better asset when circumstances send him and Walter to Las Vegas in search of a leggy brunette? Will the captain and Lt. Curtis learn the truth about Automan? And will we ever learn why a casino in 1983 would still have a disco?

The Fanbase Weekly‘s Drew Siragusa joins Erik and Justin for a lively discussion of the early 1980s, the Automan premise, and the Emergency Medical Hologram. Erik’s obsession with Staying Alive becomes part of the conversation, as does Glen A. Larson’s alleged need for milk. Drew also weighs in on whether or not Erik sabotaged Barbra Dillon’s first Doctor Who experience. Erik becomes convinced this episode was shot before the Automan pilot. The trio attempt to figure out why the mob is trying to buy a Las Vegas hotel and casino in 1983 and why it is called “HotelCasino Las Vegas.” The cloud of cigarette smoke in the Luxor gets properly lampooned. Also, Erik reveals to Justin and Drew who shot J.R. on Dallas.

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Tread Perilously — Doctor Who: Hide

Tread Perilously begins a Grab Bag month (featuring special guests) with a Doctor Who episode called “Hide.”

When The Doctor and Clara land near a spooky house somewhere in England during the 1970s, they befriend Emma, a medium, and Alec, a would-be ghost hunter enchanted with the local legend. Will their investigation prove to be an actual haunting or will The Doctor science all the romance out of the seeming paranormal phenomenon? Also, will Emma’s words about him to Clara prove to be correct? And, for that matter, will Clara’s words about Alec also prove to be the truth? And just why did The Doctor bring his new companion to this event?

Fanbase Press Editor-in-Chief Barbra Dillon joins Erik and Justin for her first ever episode of Doctor Who. She has thoughts and feelings about the program. A mystery starts to grow around Erik’s decision to show her this particular episode. Questions about Doctor Who‘s premise abound. Erik quickly announces his appreciation of Jessica Raine despite her work seemingly being limited to period pieces. Justin finally gets to answer “Time War” to a question. Erik recalls the “best” episode of House Hunters International. Barbra offers the term “shmackting” to the pair. The Eleventh Doctor’s creepster vibe gets examined, as does Loki‘s similarities to Doctor Who, and Erik ruins everyone’s day with his Bad Batch theory.

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Tread Perilously — Lois & Clark The New Adventures Of Superman: When Irish Eyes Are Killing

tp1400-1Tread Perilously rounds out SuperJune with a look at Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman and its third season episode, “When Irish Eyes Are Killing.”

After Clark decides he loves Lois too much to date her, their sniping is overheard by Lois’s old flame, Patrick Sullivan. As it happens, he’s come to Metropolis to deal with some old family business. Meanwhile, a string of antique robberies and ritual killings might be related. But do their Irish connections have anything to do with Sullivan, who is also looking to rekindle his affair with Lois? Also, will Clark realize he’s being stupid?

Erik and Justin immediately launch into Geography Corner. They also rate the Superman actors of television. Dean Cain gets raked over the coals for his acting and his acting only. The sniping between Lois and Clark proves grating. The “will they/won’t they” aspect of the show gets examined, as does the Ron Silver quality of this week’s villain. The “Oirish” accent gets a workout. The pair get lost talking what sort of sub-compact Clark Kent would’ve drove in the 1990s, the Post-Crisis Superman, and Superman III‘s “Bad Superman.” Also, Justin rallies against the notion of ritual killing in a Superman show.

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