Tread Perilously — Star Trek ENT: Azati Prime

tp1400-1Tread Perilously’s annual Star Trek month winds down with the Star Trek: Enterprise episode called “Azati Prime.”

While using one of the Insectoid pods they recently captured, Enterprise discovers a sphere being built under the ocean of a world in Xindi-controlled space. All agree a suicide run is in order to destroy the sphere, but Captain Archer insists on doing the mission himself. Even a quick jaunt to Enterprise-J will not divert his plan. It, of course, goes poorly and the now-captured captain tries to talk to one of the Xindi leaders about peace. Back on the ship, T’Pol’s attraction(?) to Archer leads her to make some bad decisions.

Erik openly doubts Enterprise will be featured in next year’s Star Trek month. Justin doubts “Azati Prime” had a beginning or end. Both doubt this is really the third best episode of the series, as voted on by users of IMDb. The 9/11 or War in Afghanistan parallel in Enterprise‘s third season comes off as ill-advised. It leads, of course, to a History Corner. Land of the Lost gets added to the list of shows and Justin offers a behind-the-scenes look at The Full Peril. Erik’s war on Tom Paris continues. He also makes a reference to Star Trek Day. The pair feel for Jolene Blalock’s tough circumstances on Enterprise and Connor Trinneer once again proves to be the MVP.

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Tread Perilously — Star Trek VOY: Message In A Bottle

tp1400-1Tread Perilously’s annual Star Trek month returns to Star Trek: Voyager for an episode called “Message in a Bottle.”

When Seven of Nine discovers a seemingly disused communication system which stretches back into the Alpha Quadrant, she spots an experimental Starfleet vessel. Because a holographic message will not degrade across the vast network, the Doctor is sent along to the U.S.S. Prometheus. Unfortunately for the Doctor, the ship has been commandeered by Romulan agents and his only help is a “Mark II” version of the Emergency Medical Hologram who happens to look an awful lot like 1990s comedian Andy Dick.

Erik and Justin disclaim the presence of Andy Dick. Erik notes stronger Voyager episodes seem to revolve around the Doctor. Justin admits the episode’s premise is stronger than the final product. Erik is convinced the Prometheus bridge is the Enterprise-A bridge redressed within an inch of its life. B’Elanna Torres turns out to be a big Frasier fan. A discussion of the Marvel Cinematic Method breaks out because of course. Erik completely fails in an attempt to plug an upcoming book. Tom Paris’s subplot gets dissected and Justin determines the secret history of the two Defiant class ships featured late in the story.

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Tread Perilously — Star Trek DS9: Let He Who Is Without Sin…

tp1400-1Tread Perilously’s annual Star Trek month continues with a rare visit to Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Unfortunately, it’s for one of the program’s worst hours: “Let He Who Is Without Sin…”

Dax and Worf’s vacation to pleasure planet Risa is disrupted by Bashir, Leeta, and Quark deciding to come along, Worf’s bad attitude, and the extremist Essentialist Movement who believe places like Risa are making the Federation “soft.” When Worf reads one of their pamphlets, he conflates his current personal problems with Dax as an element of the phantom menace proposed by the Essentialists. Will he help them cause ecological harm to the galaxy-famous vacation world?

Erik is stunned to discover Gerd Shockley is, indeed, in the episode as the leader of the Essentialists. A scene of The Emissary and Odo chatting at the Replimat leads to a surprisingly long digression. The Duras Sisters start an OnlyFans page. The Warriors gets praised while its unfortunate Director’s Cut gets panned. Worf’s behavior leads to a discussion about jealousy and negative emotions. Lloyd Dobler’s Disease gets outlined and Justin once again lauds Cobra Kai. He also reveals one of the reasons for this DS9 episode failing while still holding his favorite Star Trek TV writers accountable. Gerd’s opinion of Bajor becomes clear and Erik declares Ross from Friends is the only other character who could screw things up as badly as Worf does here.

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Tread Perilously — Star Trek TNG: Man Of The People

tp1400-1Tread Perilously’s month of Star Trek continues with the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode called “Man of the People.”

The Enterprise gets involved in a diplomatic mission when the ship carrying Ambassador Alkar gets attacked. Now aboard the Federation flagship, he immediately attracts the attention of Counselor Troi. But Alkar’s mother warns her off, saying she’ll regret any association with him. Soon, the mother turns up dead and Alkar bonds with Troi during a supposed funerary right. But is it more than he says? Does it have anything to do with Troi’s rapid aging and unusual behavior? And once Picard gets involved, will he be swayed to Alkar’s grim calculus?

The Alternative Factor gets a new host despite a very similar voice to the previous one. Geography Corner takes on a surprising form as Erik and Justin discuss the places where 1980s TV directors could have bought houses. The presence of Ensign Janeway leads to an understandable tangent. The pair also diagnose a worthy Star Trek question buried in the failings of “Man of the People.” Justin questions the value of freelance diplomats. Erik creates a post-realization to explain why the Enterprise isn’t a purely exploratory vessel. Riker turns out to be the episode MVP and Justin inadvertently creates the Mansplaining Ghost.

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Tread Perilously — Star Trek TOS: The Alternative Factor

Tread Perilously’s annual Star Trek month begins with an underwhelming episode of TOS called “The Alternative Factor.”

During a routine patrol, the Enterprise encounters a “blink” in space localized to the planet it currently orbits. Unimpressed with Spock’s assessment of the situation, Kirk beams down to the planet. There, he encounters Lazarus, a self-professed time traveler locked in battle with an invisible enemy. But when that foe turns out to be Lazarus from another universe, Kirk must way the alternatives and chose which Lazarus to believe.

Erik and Justin fail to hide their disappointment in what may be the most mediocre episode of TOS. But they use the episode title and the name of its director to create the Federation’s #1 subspace chat show — “The Alternative Factor.” Captain Kirk turns out to support chicken independence. Lt. Charlene Masters and guest actor Janet MacLachlan easily earn episode MVP. The distinction between He Who Remains and Kang is emphasized. DeForest Kelley gets praise even as Dr. McCoy gets worse. The bad wrestling and psychedelic imagery get called out. The look of dilithium crystals gets described and Erik suggests Lee Majors as Kirk.

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Tread Perilously — The Fall Guy: That’s Right, We’re Bad

tp1400-1Tread Perilously’s Total Request Live 4 concludes with an episode of The Fall Guy called “That’s Right, We’re Bad.”

Colt Seavers and Howie go undercover in a desert prison to find Animal, the only person who can clear the name of a parole-jumping man back in LA. Of course, things go sideways as the warden — the only man who knows Colt and Howie aren’t convicts — ends up in a coma and his second-in-command turns out to be a real Buford T. Justice type. Soon, Colt teams up with Animal to stage a prison break and head back to LA to find Red Eye, the man who helped Animal with the original heist. Will Colt be able save the man who put him in this predicament? Do you even remember who that is?

Erik and Justin try to determine if Howie is off-brand Bruce Boxleitner or off-brand Duncan Regehr. They also get into the weeds with The Fall Guy‘s premise, Heather Thomas, and Starcrash. Justin acknowledged Burn Notice owes a lot to shows like The Fall Guy. Erik works the phrase “the unknown stuntman” into the discussion more than once. The pair decide Dengar is the Star Wars bounty hunter who spends a lot of credits at the strip club. Richard Kiel gets praised and, of course, a Geography Corner breaks out.

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Tread Perilously — House: You Don’t Want To Know

tp1400-1Tread Perilously’s Total Request Live 4 finally brings Erik and Justin to an episode of House — and it’s an episode titled “You Don’t Want To Know.” No, really!

When Doctors Kutner and Cole go to a magic show, they witness the magician fail at one of his tricks and bleed from the mouth. Kutner admits him to the hospital and tries to get House to take the case. But House, clearly inspired by an episode of Survivor, issues his candidates a new challenge: obtain Dr. Cuddy’s thong. The winner will be safe from elimination and will be allowed to nominate two of the other doctors for the upcoming cut. Will it stop everyone from noticing this week’s medical mystery?

Justin attempts to determine the premise of House and tries to figure out why HR never reprimands the title character. He and Erik nominate Dr. House as the Third Doctor What. They also have a hard time remembering names for once. Justin is surprised to see Olivia Wilde on the show. Erik names Jon Favreau as the next Richard Donner. The Talented Mr. Ripley gets heaped with praise. Justin reveals his love of close-up magic and his aversion to scenes of surgery. A digression about The Rolling Stones breaks out and, occasionally, the pair talks about House.

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