Tread Perilously

Tread Perilously returns to cop shows with the great early-aughts The Shield. Unfortunately, it means watching the second season episode "Co-Pilot."

Detective Vic Mackey angles to get himself and his partner on the new anti-gang Strike Team in the soon-to-open substation in the Farmington District of Los Angeles. He hopes to make a difference with the added freedom of the task force, but the stations new commanding officer, Captain David Aceveda, has different ideas. Meanwhile, sycophantic detective Dutch Wagenbach hopes to partner up with a legendary detective ready who is ready to retire.

Special guest Sarah Madden joins Erik and Justin to parse an episode that is baffling in its attempt to be a pilot while still requiring a surprising amount of knowledge about the show in order to understand it.  Justin and Erik recall some of their favorite moments from the series while Erik once again calls for Ronnie Gardocki to get his freedom.

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Tread Perilously -- Star Trek: The Motion Picture

With Justin and Erik away at Comic-Con, we present a special episode featuring a film -- which started as a television pilot -- Justin has been avoiding for decades ... Star Trek: The Motion Picture!

When an alien force of unbelievable destructive power threatens the Earth, Admiral James T. Kirk takes his sweet time getting a refit U.S.S. Enterprise out of dry dock to combat the new menace. His attempt to get the old crew together is successful when Spock joins them en route. But Commander Willard Decker chafes at being demoted to executive officer when Kirk takes the center seat. Will they solve the mystery of the alien death cloud before the Earth is sterilized? Will anyone look comfortable in those costumes?

Justin faces the endless special effects sequences and slow start of the film while Erik tries his best to defend a beautiful looking but poorly placed film. Justin learns that he has seen Persis Khambatta in at least two other films. The two also discuss the difficulties in converting a TV pilot script into a feature film. And while you might think a twelve-minute sequence in which the Enterprise leisurely tours the alien death cloud is excessive, it's right at home in Star Trek: The Motion Picture.

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Tread Perilously makes its first trip into the wild world of Aaron Sorkin with an episode he had to call "Oh Shenandoah." To be honest, we're not completely sure why he did that.

While Will sits in the clink and refuses to give up his source, Charlie Skinner continues the relentless march toward Twitter integration on the network. Sloan has words with the new app guy while Don tries to convince a rape victim not to confront her attacker on air. Meanwhile in Russian, Jim and Maggie play at being Jim and Pam from The Office while trying to catch an interview with Edward Snowden.

Erik discovers a new level of disdain for Sorkin with this, his second complete unit of Sorkin's writing after The Social Network. He and Justin discuss the surprising work of Olivia Munn and Sam Waterston -- once Erik learns why their characters seem to be respectively under and over-performed. Also, Justin dismisses Jim and Maggie as toxic people.

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Tread Perilously -- Special Review Unit: Hothouse

Tread Perilously returns to the case files of the Special Review Unit for an episode that warns against an education method more extreme than the common core.

When the SVU detectives dredge the body of a 14 and 1/2 year-old girl out of the river, they immediately assume she had a case of Angry Pimp Syndrome. But when the medical examiner discovers she was in the Ukraine recently, they assume she must've been part of a human trafficking operation. When the local Ukrainian trafficker spots her in a Ukrainian newspaper for her accomplishments in physics, they turn their attention to Morewood Academy, where the brightest youths in Manhattan complete for scholarships, top marks and chess commendations. You might think something sinister was happening at the school, and you'd be partially correct ... but there's at least two more blind alleys before Stabler and Benson find the real killer.

Erik and Justin welcome special guest Charlie Wright to talk about the episode, some key lines of dialogue, and a portion of an episode she actually likes. Erik and Charlie tell Justin about the show's worst ADA, Kim Greylek, and all three discover Captain Cragen can appear in a puff of smoke to fire people.

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