Tread Perilously — Star Trek ENT: Twilight

Tread Perilously rounds out Star Trek month with an episode of Star Trek: Enterprise known as “Twilight.”

When Captain Johnathan Archer gets infected with time-space parasites, he loses the ability to form long term memories from the point of infection. Each day, he wakes up to the surprise that weeks, months, years, and decades have passed. 15-or-so years later, Doctor Phlox announces he may have a cure, but the marauding of the never-defeated Xindi may prevent Archer from undergoing the procedure. Oh, also, T’Pol spent all the years with Archer and formed “feelings” for him. It’s as icky as it sounds.

Erik also experiences memory lapses as he and Justin discuss the His Dark Materials novel series. Justin once again praises the charms of star Scott Bakula. But he also notes the lack of fan service otherwise in the episode. Erik points out the way Star Trek: The Next Generation overwhelmed people’s perception of Star Trek. Starfleet fashions once again get critiqued, as do the hairstyles in the future. Committing to a bit becomes important. Erik and Justin break down the Enterprise title theme again. The issue of the T’Pol/Archer thing leads Erik to notice an ugly theme in the episode. Dominic Keating gets recast as a villain when Justin and Erik reorder some of the actors and Doctor What makes a surprise appearance.

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Tread Perilously — Star Trek VOY: Blink of an Eye

Tread Perilously’s Star Trek month heads out to the Delta Quadrant with an episode of Star Trek: Voyager called “Blink of an Eye.”

When the Voyager encounters a planet with unusual gravometric anomalies, they get stuck in orbit around the developing world. On the surface, the primitive civilization notes the appearance of a new, bright star. Back on Voyager, Chakotay confirms the presence of civilized life, but because the surface is caught in a time distortion, they are watching it develop to its own industrial age in, ahem, a blink of an eye. Will the surface-dwellers advance fast enough to help Voyager escape the planet’s gravity? And will The Doctor live another life thanks to the time distortion?

Erik warns against trying to create a Space Renaissance. Justin explains why he and Erik continue to try to tread safely with Voyager. Nazgul jelly becomes a new product worth selling. They argue the usefulness of the Prime Directive in this particular situation and their continuing problem with Voyager‘s overall premise. Daniel Dae Kim quickly becomes the episode’s MVP while Justin finds a way to make its story really work. And in one of the most shocking moments to date, Erik and Tom Paris agree on something!

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Tread Perilously — Star Trek TNG: Angel One

Tread Perilously continues to celebrate Star Trek Month with an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation called “Angel One.”

When the Enterprise follows the path of an escape pod to the planet Angel One, they discover a matriarchy where men do not have the vote or a voice. Their main occupation: looking pretty for the women. But not all is idyllic on Angel One, as Counselor Troi and Commander Riker are about to find out. The Federation citizens who landed on the planet “took wives” and want to change the planet’s legal system. And as they are not bound by the Prime Directive, Troi is powerless to stop them. Riker, meanwhile, gets seduced by the planet’s Elected One, Mistress Beata. Will Riker’s raw sexual magnetism change life on Angel One?

Man Power Pills get reformulated as Erik and Justin dive into the deep end of a poorly thought metaphor. The discussion almost immediately gets derailed when Katie McGrath gets mentioned. The fashions of Angel One are critiqued. Erik once again declares his love for Christopher Pike and his fondness for Will Riker. Justin calls out some of the problems in the Angel One metaphor and the pair try to decide if Riker’s seduction scene should’ve been a moment of harassment. The pair figure out ways to make the episode better and find a place for Brenda Strong.

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Tread Perilously — Star Trek TOS: And The Children Shall Lead

Tread Perilously warps into Star Trek month with one of the least awesome episodes of the original series: “And the Children Shall Lead”

When the Enterprise arrives on Triacus, they discover all of adult colonists have killed themselves in some sort of murder/suicide pact. Their children, meanwhile, play “Ring Around the Rosie.” After experiencing a lack of confidence in a nearby cave, Captain Kirk beams the landing party and the children back to the ship. There, the children summon Gorgan (special guest star Melvin Belli), an ancient marauding spirit dedicated to finding his way to a planet filled with people. Will the children lead him to that world?

Erik and Justin determine this is the episode everyone but Shatner did unwillingly. Justin also develops a theory behind great episodes of Star Trek and terrible ones. The pair’s fascination with Brian Cox’s portrayal of Melvin Belli in Zodiac fails them as Belli’s part turns out to be quite small. They nonetheless imagine what his podcast would’ve been like. Erik’s Spock impression disappears entirely into his Kirk impression. The sad UFP flag gets a shoutout. Space knives turn out to be less impressive than hoped for and DeForest Kelley becomes a minor villain in Justin’s world.

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Tread Perilously — Baywatch: Point of Attack

Tread Perilously offers a bonus grab bag episode as it heads back to the beach with the Baywatch episode “Point of Attack.”

John D. Cort waltzes back into town in time to save Eddie from a bunch of “vatos.” But instead of sending the kids off the jail, Eddie and Mitch get them enrolled in the L.A. County Lifeguards’ W.A.T.E.R. Program; which introduces disadvantaged youths to beach activities like windsurfing. Unfortunately, one of the kids, Memo, tries to evade joining the program. Does it have anything to do with his father (guest star Danny Trejo)? Will Eddie be able to get through to them both? Will Cort steal the show from the regular Baywatch cast?

Justin professes his love for actor John Allen Nelson while Erik eventually explains his character, John D. Cort. Both recall when people dressed like the “vatos” in this week’s episode. Justin glimpses a better version of Baywatch. The fight between Nelson and Trejo ends up a highlight even if Eddie (star Billy Warlock) is meant to be the lead character. A theory forms around David Hasselhoff’s absence from the episode. Justin critiques the presentation of CPR chest compressions on television and Erik finds a new thesis project.

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Tread Perilously — Charmed: Wrestling With Demons

Tread Perilously’s first Patreon Total Request Live Month ends with an episode of Charmed called, appropriately enough, “Wrestling With Demons.”

When Phoebe’s premonition of a senseless murder leads Pru to protect the hapless potential victim, she discover the suspect is an old college boyfriend. Faced with a nearly impossible choice, she vows to recover his soul from a Demon Academy run by Ron Perlman. Meanwhile, Leo has lost Piper’s engagement ring; leading Phoebe to use a recovery spell she intended for Cole. Will it prove to be super effective? And will she be able to tell Pru that Cole is still alive?

Shannen Doherty immediately becomes a topic of discussion as Erik appreciates her “bad girl energy” while Justin disagrees with her politics. The pair also discuss the way the WB marketed Charmed back in the late 1990s and early 21st Century. Erik tries to warp Leo into Tuxedo Mask. Skeet Ulrich gets promoted from being “the back-up Johnny Depp.” An appearance by the Phantasm Ball complete derails the discussion. Justin reveals his appreciation for Alyssa Milano and shows some respect to actor Dennis Dun. Erik gets distracted by the fact the suspect is dressed like Angel. The pair try to figure out a dropped plot point from The Craft and start plotting a film version of Demon Academy.

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Tread Perilously — Hannibal: Shiizakana

Patreon Total Request Live Month continues with a second season episode of Hannibal called “Shiizakana.”

After Will Graham has an involved dream about killing Dr. Lecter, Jack assembles the team to investigate a killer who seemingly uses trained bears as murder weapons. Later that day, Will also meets Margot Verger, another one of Dr. Lecter’s clients. She wants to kill her brother, and Lecter’s prescription for her problem is to go through with it. When he sticks his nose into the case, he diagnoses the killer with “species dysphoria.” As it turns out, the suspect — who we’ll now call “Man-Bear” — built power armor based on a long-extinct cave bear. Will Dr. Lecter use him in his battle with Will?

Justin is convinced Erik hates Bryan Fuller, but Erik is not so convinced himself. Both reveal themselves to know entire too much about Thomas Harris’s books and the films based upon them. The mumblecore throughout the episode leaves Erik assuming Mason Verger’s sister is named Monica. Justin defends the position that Fuller actually finished Hannibal before its cancellation. Erik asserts cats kill to unlock achievements. Justin learns about “waifu.” Erik admits he cannot do a Mads Mikkelsen impression and Jim Pembry’s mustache gets a name-check. Also, the appearance of the real Scott Thompson leads to a digression about The Kids In The Hall.

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