Tread Perilously — Alf: Consider Me Gone

Tread Perilously’s month of series finales continues with the final 21 minutes of Alf. An episode they had to call “Consider Me Gone.”

When Alf gets a message from Rhonda and Skip, he prepares to leave the Tanners and join his friends as they head for New Melmac. Meanwhile, the United States Air Force has intercepted the message and begins to hunt for the alien living among humans. Back at the Tanner home, the family throws the world’s saddest goodbye part for Alf. But soon it is time to make for Will Rogers State Park, where Alf will have a date with destiny. Will he escape the Earth or end up a lab experiment?

Erik begins to devise a better Alf impression while Justin searches for a way to sound like Max Wright. They also imagine Alf turned down the chance to be the Herald of Galactus when the planet-eater came for Melmac. The discussion quickly veers on to Cobra Kai and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. The “International Date Line” joke gets dissected. Justin turns Alf’s dream for New Melmac into a punishing plantation nightmare. Erik tries to explain the Alf Extended Television Universe and the pair reveal what it will take for them to finally watch Small Wonder.

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Tread Perilously — Gotham: In The Beginning…

Tread Perilously once again turns its attention to series finales, starting with Gotham; a show which just ended with last week’s “In the Beginning…”

Bruce Wayne returns to Gotham ten years after No Man’s Land to find it rebuilt, Jim Gordon still the police commissioner, Harvey Bullock a captain, Barbara Keen a real estate developer and Selina a cat burglar. But not all is shiny and bright in fair Gotham. The Penguin is getting out of prison and someone has broken the Riddler out of Arkham Asylum. Are they working together again or does someone else hold the cards? Also, reports of a new winged menace have crooks scared and Jim ready to retire. Will he walk away from Gotham after he meets the Bat-Man?

Erik and Justin declare a new hatred of Batman and a love for Bane, the champion of the people. They also discuss their distrust of J.J. Abrams and Ron Moore. Donal Logue gets named MVP, but Justin never cottons to Robin Lord Taylor’s Penguin. The Dark Knight gets a new critical trouncing. Justin recalls trying to watch the Gotham pilot while Erik compliments the show’s sense of madness. They also discover the Joker is a hard role to innovate and the startling truth about Jeremiah Valeska.

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Tread Perilously — Doctor Who: The Woman Who Fell To Earth

Tread Perilously closes out another anniversary Tread Safely month with the most recent Doctor’s debut in the Doctor Who episode “The Woman Who Fell To Earth.”

When the newly regenerated Doctor crashes into a Sheffield area commuter train, she interrupts an alien plot to abduct a hapless human. As the dust settles, she meets Grace, her husband Graham, her grandson Ryan and his friend Yaz — who also happens to be a member of the local constabulary. But the introductions are put on pause as The Doctor would like finish regenerating while determining why that hapless human was marked for destruction and who is actually pursuing him. The answers will lead The Doctor toward figuring herself out, and Grace’s ersatz family to their new destinies.

Justin and Erik get distracted by sonic screwdrivers and Star Wars. Justin admits he had a lukewarm reaction to Hot Fuzz. He also decides a radioactive spider would solve all of Ryan’s problems. Both discuss the merits of reporting an Elder God confection to the local police. Erik reveals his theoretical ending to A Song of Ice and Fire. He also recalls some of his time in Manchester. Justin declares a surprising favorite scene and Darth Bro makes his first appearance.

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Tread Perilously — Doctor Who: The Three Doctors

Tread Perilously’s anniversary tour with Doctor Who makes its way to “The Three Doctors,” itself a special Doctor Who occasion; celebrating ten years on the air.

When The (Third) Doctor is assailed by creatures that look like melted candies, he seeks out aid from the Time Lords. But as they are also under assault from a force outside conventional space, they send the only help they can: the Doctor himself. Pulling the Second and First Doctors from their timestreams, the three face the might of Omega, the Gallifreyan scientist who gave the Time Lords the energy required to travel through time. Will the three Doctors be able to talk some sense into the clearly mad Omega and save the universe?

Erik and Justin discuss the pronunciation of “Omega.” They are also completely convinced an experimental Soviet aircraft crash-landed in Roswell in 1946. Jo’s fashions choices once again receive high marks. They also determine how to best harvest fur from Muppets. A discussion of the Third Doctor’s various cars leads to an argument about Han Solo tricking out a swoop bike. Erik gets winded while trying to imitate Dom DeLuise while Justin notes the terrible military tactics of Sergeant Benton.

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Tread Perilously — Doctor Who: The Doctor’s Wife

Tread Perilously continues its fourth anniversary celebration with another Doctor Who story. This week: “The Doctor’s Wife.”

The Doctor, Amy and Rory follow a distress signal out of the conventional universe into a strange pocket realm housing an asteroid. There, they find discarded TARDISes, patchwork people, and a woman named Idris. She seems to know the Doctor, but all of her responses are in the wrong order. Meanwhile, an entity known as House invades the TARDIS. Can Amy and Rory stop him from stealing his way into the normal universe? Is Idris the soul of the TARDIS made flesh? And did she steal the Doctor all those years ago?

Justin immediately gets lost in details of the Time War, but swears his allegiance to Karen Gillan should she ever become queen of Scotland. Erik learns about a truly tough D&D monster. He also learns about the four Terry Pratchett novels he needs to read. The pair try to figure why Hugh Laurie has not been a Doctor Who villain yet. The discussion naturally leads to Legends of Tomorrow. Justin decides how he’d want his TARDIS console room to look and the only water in the forest is the river.

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Tread Perilously — Doctor Who: Remembrance of the Daleks

Tread Perilously celebrates its fourth anniversary with a month of good Doctor Who stories! To begin, Justin finds himself reunited with the Seventh Doctor and Ace in “Remembrance of the Daleks.”

London, 1963. A British Army detachment discovers mysterious radio transmissions centered at the Coal Hill Secondary School and the I.M. Foreman junkyard at 76 Totter’s Lane. The signals also seem to attract the attention of the Doctor, who returns to the site of his first Earthly visit to finish a long-delayed skirmish with the Daleks. But much to his surprise, there are two Dalek factions searching for the Gallifreyan weapon he left behind during his first visit. Will one of the factions harness its awesome energy and become counterfeit Time Lords?

Justin maintains his belief that the Seventh Doctor and Ace make a bad story watchable and good stories great. Erik reveals his love for the Special Weapons Dalek. Both try to determine Ace’s socioeconomic status. Justin refuses to believe there is such a place as Pease Pottage. The discussion inevitably veers toward the Daleks as a metaphor for fascism. Justin discovers he can do a second British accent and two put upon scientist characters, Rachel and Alison, become the MVPs of the story.

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Tread Perilously: Special Review Unit — Cage

Tread Perilously once again opens the case files of the Special Review Unit to look back at the Elliot Stabler years of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit with an episode called “Cage.”

When Manhattan SVU detectives are called to the scene in which two children survived their van crashing into the river, they discover the kids have severe reactive detachment disorder. The boy stabs Detective Elliot Stabler with a pen, but Detective Dani Beck finds herself bonding with the little girl (special guest star Elle Fanning). Soon, they discover the seedy underworld of private adoption agencies, large foster care homes, and the terrifying notion of a rebirthing ceremony. Will Dani be able to help the little girl or will she be caught up in the child’s nightmare?

Captain Charlie Wright returns to discuss an episode she’s never seen. She, along with Erik and Justin, consider the ravages of time and the acting of a young Elle Fanning. Justin tries to convince the others that the Ohio accent is the other “neutral” American accent. The group discusses the benefit of swaddling for children, pets and adults. Justin’s infatuation with Christopher Meloni goes into overdrive. Erik’s speech impediments get the better of him when he tries to say “Detective Dani Beck” and Charlie learns about the Snowbank Killer.

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