Tread Perilously

The Panel of Experts reconvenes for a Danish Xmas featuring Adam Driver, the guy who bought the Remington Electric Shaver company and Charo. Louis returns to goad Erik into a discussion of Tiny House Hunters. An attempt to talk about Danish anarchists ends up focusing on Holland's Zwarte Piet tradition. It's as uncomfortable as it sounds. The Yulemala movie this year is Thomas Kinkade's The Christmas Cottage, but Clint, Dawn and Rob want to sound off about Star Wars.

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It's Christmastime on Tread Perilously! Which means Erik subjected Justin to the family drama classic 7th Heaven. The third season Christmas episode, "Here Comes Santa Claus," sees Matt Camden as a Mall Santa, Mary bringing home a handsome drifter with perfect teeth, Lucy freaking about her boyfriend's Christmas gift, Simon trying to string Christmas lights and Ruthie trying to be funny. Oh, also, Reverend Camden and his wife re-enact the Gift of the Magi. Justin learns about Erik's history with the show, the way the characters evolved after the Christmas episode and why Jessica Biel emerged from the show with a career. Justin also blames Baby Jesus for the lack of creativity when TV writers are confronted with holiday episodes. 

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Justin and Erik divert back to the 24th Century to look at "The Royale," an Star Trek: The Next Generation that apologizes for itself at every turn. Riker, Data and Worf beam down to a world of giant ammonia storms, where a small bubble of breathable air maintains a chintzy Las Vegas hotel with many sordid goings on. But what does this have to do with the corpse of a 21st Century astronaut? Erik and Justin discuss the perils of trying to be intentionally bad and the ease with which noir can go wrong. They also talk about that most infamous of cosplayers from the film Trekkies who claimed his look was inspired by this episode.

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Tread Perilously Grab Bag: K9 and Company

Taking a break from a series and returning to the land of Doctor Who, Justin gets introduced to Elisabeth Sladen and Sara Jane Smith with the lesser light pilot of K9 and Company, "A Girl's Best Friend." Sarah arrives from an assignment abroad to her Aunt Lavina's house in a small British village. Lavina's made tracks for the US, but there are plenty of odd townsfolk to have tea and chat with. Sarah also picks up Lavina's ward Brendan at the train station. It gets murkier from there as the pair discover K9 Mark III back at the house and some local pagans attempt to rough up Brendan. Erik and Justin discuss the origins of K9, Sladen's numerous returns to the series and Doctor Who superfan Ian Levine.

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