Tread Perilously
Tread Perilously -- Doctor Who: The Twin Dilemma

Tread Perilously returns to the Colin Baker era with "The Twin Dilemma."

The Doctor's recent regeneration seems to be failing and he decides to meditate in a cave on Titan III. But at the same time, his old mentor Azmael is also using Titan III for a different purpose. An evil purpose. He's kidnapped a pair of genius twins to aid in the master plan of Mestor, a giant gastropod with designs on the galaxy.

Erik and Justin try their best not to blame producer John Nathan-Turner for the excesses in the story, C. Baker's performance and the Sixth Doctor's clothes. Erik theorizes why some Timelords take on titles and other just use their names. Justin ranks Peri on the newly dubbed "Padbury Scale" and finds he likes the production design. Erik tries to explain his like for the Sixth Doctor while the character's first meeting with Peri inspires a visit from Sean Connery.

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Erik and Justin return to Doctor Who with the Peter Davison era episode "Snakedance" and wonder how the show survived with John Nathan-Turner in the producer's chair.

When the TARDIS arrives on Manussa, Tegan dreams of the Mara. Meanwhile a bored Joffrey Baratheon type gets ready for the local festival of the snake. When the Doctor analyzes the situation, he realizes the Mara survived their last encounter in Tegan's dreams and will use the snake festival to regenerate itself and rule the Manussan corner of the galaxy. Or something. There are caves. There are crystals. There is also a mystery man in the desert.

Justin and Erik find themselves critiquing the fashion choices of Davison's second season as both Tegan and Nyssa get new outfits. One is definitely more hideous than the other. Erik recalls the commercials for the 1980s Southern California electronics chain The Federated Group. Justin reconsiders his ranking of Davison and compares him to non-flavored ice milk.

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Tread Perilously opens the case files of the Special Review Unit to take a look at the "Rescue," a twelfth season episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in which Olivia Benson once again destroys a life. What begins as a case of revenge, leaked files and handsy paramedics turns into a personal situation for Benson as the mother of her foster-son returns. And while she might be something of a trainwreck, she is the boy's mother, something Benson expressly is not.

But it all works out as Benson adopts an infant a few seasons later.

Erik, Justin and special guest Louis Allred discuss the problems of the more character-focused SVU episodes, their preference for more episodic and insane episodes and actress Mariska Hargitay's ultimate victory over producer Dick Wolf. They also touch on what happens when a long-running network drama has to pivot and what SVU looks like in season 17.

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Category:Transmission -- posted at: 6:00am PDT

Tread Perilously -- Star Trek Voyager: Theshold

Tread Perilously returns to Starfleet with a look at the infamous Star Trek: Voyager episode "Threshold." Scumbag Tom Paris crosses the Warp 10 threshold and returns as a rapidly evolving lifeform who decides the infinite warp state needs women. But not before he grouses about his upbringing and his hope to leave a mark on the galaxy.

Then he mates with Captain Janeway while they're both super-evolved salamanders.

Erik reveals a long forgotten hatred of Tom Paris while Justin revels in the lunacy of the episode. It leads to a discussion about how much Star Trek needs serialization, Erik's tendency to crack jokes about Worf and Justin's recent look at the Original Series. They also suggest an alternate version of Voyager and their hopes for the 2017 series. And they promise to take a look at Enterprise.

Direct download: tp17.m4a
Category:Transmission -- posted at: 6:00am PDT