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Tread Perilously -- Doctor Who: The Dominators

Tread Perilously's Doctor Who adventure takes them to an irradiated island on planet Dulkis for the not-so-beloved Patrick Troughton story "The Dominators." When the Doctor, Jamie and Zoe arrive for a day at the beach, they get involved in an alien invasion. While the pacifist Dulcians want to understand what the Dominators want, the cruel invaders will not talk. With their robot Quarks, they attempt to destroy the entire planet.

Erik and Justin continue to enjoy Troughton's Doctor and the wonderful Zoe. They also map an potential Dalek sitcom, call out the occasional period sexism in the story and continue considering perils of six-part stories (even if this story is a five-parter). Erik mentions the Quarks were an attempt to replace the Daleks and did we mention that Zoe is awesome?

Oh, and Justin finally admits he would watch Doctor Who outside of the podcast.

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With only a handful of days remaining before the release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Erik takes the topic of the film off the Judy List. It leads to a discussion of tone, the Panel's feelings on director Zack Snyder, animated series based on cartoons and the perils of going grimdark. Host: Erik. Panel: Dawn, Clint

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Tread Perilously continues its return to Doctor Who as Erik and Justin face the First Doctor's six-part adventure "The Web Planet" and almost crack under the pressure. The Doctor, Barbara, Ian and Vicki arrive on Vortis, a planet overrun by the ant-like Zarbi. There is also an invading force of bee people known as the Menoptera, but who are the real rulers of the planet? And why does it take so long for anything to happen?

Justin and Erik discuss the problems of the six-part story, William Hartnell's extra-strength flubbing and the way everyone seem to let the show down during this story. It's an extra dose of difficult black & white Doctor Who that cannot transcend the era in which it was made.

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Tread Perilously -- Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor

Tread Perilously returns to Doctor Who! But to begin another set of episodes with the famous Time Lord, Erik presents Justin with the 50th anniversary special, "The Day of the Doctor." Intended as an example of treading safely, the special may not have been a complete success.

The Doctor must face his past (literally) when his incarnation from the Time War must make the ultimate choice to end the war and destroy his home planet. Also, David Tennant's Doctor joins in as he remembers that terrible day.

Justin and Erik discuss its suitability for new viewers, the presence of John Hurt as the War Doctor and the Tenth Doctor's ego. They also consider the problem of the Time Lords as a story concept, the nature of time travel and the strange predicament of regeneration. Christopher Eccleston and Paul McGann are missed.

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At long last, Erik experiences an episode of Justin's beloved Friday Night Lights. Unfortunately for him, it's the second season premiere, "Last Days of Summer," featuring Jesse Plemons as Beavis and Butthead, Kyle Chandler from Morning Edition and Adrianne Palicki from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

The plot revolves around Mark's attempts to get his quasi-girlfriend to come with him to a party and Jesse Plemons' attempts to get with Palicki. There's also a murder, two families in crisis, a baptism and a cameo by Tim Riggins.

Justin defends his love for the show and deciphers Erik's slanted opinion of the show from watching its worst episode. Photography, network meddling and the angelic grace of Palicki are discussed as well.

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Recorded live at Long Beach Comic Expo! The Panel of Experts convenes to talk about some of the best worst movies around. This time, they took a look at what happens when the director of a classic martial arts film, a Realtor, a guy who really wants to see his kid in the pictures and a cable channel stumble over their intents. The group also discusses the origin of the term "Yakmala" and what makes for a Yakmala moment in a terrible-yet-entertaining movie. The movies reviewed include Gymkata, Double Down, Time Master and Jodi Arias: Dirty Little Secret. Moderator: Erik. Panel: Louis, Sarah, Clint, Justin.

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Tread Perilously -- Star Trek TNG: Genesis

Tread Perilously responds to its first listener request! Back when Erik and Justin took on the second season Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The Royale," several Bleeding Cool readers suggested the late seventh season episode "Genesis." Boy, did it turn out to be a worthy episode for review.

Barclay's hypochondria leads to a virus on board the Enterprise which causes the crew to devolve. Data and Picard, safely off-ship when the outbreak occurred, must find a solution before a primitive Worf tries to mate with an amphibious Troi and Picard turns into a marmoset.

Erik and Justin revel in Worf's lack of basic competence in the first act and the extreme senioritis present throughout the episode. They also consider the lasting influence of Ronald D. Moore, Riker's sex-offender status, Troi's position as a bridge officer and the difficult time Gene Roddenberry had in introducing an executive officer character. Also, writer Brannon Braga may not have understood Star Trek.

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Tread Perilously makes its first foray into that stalwart series of the supernatural -- The X-Files. Erik and Justin take on the season seven episode "Fight Club," featuring two Kathy Griffins, Sergeant Michaels from 7th Heaven and the belief that wrestling is real. Mulder and Scully get called to Kansas City when two field agents and a couple of Mormons (or Jehova's Witnesses) inexplicably try to kill each other. It leads to ill-defined ideas about doppelgangers and fraternal siblings with psychic powers.

Erik and Justin recall what Fox looked like in its early years with its reliance on three good shows and many short-lived series featuring Paul Rudd. Both admit to being into the UFO phenomenon in their youths and while one likes The X-Files because of it, the other is rather lukewarm on the program.

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Tread Perilously -- 7th Heaven: ... And a Nice Chianti

Tread Perilously returns to Glen Oak, CA this week with another episode of 7th Heaven. In fact, it was Erik's first episode of the series when it aired in 1998; which he is all-too gleeful to mention. While Reverend Camden tries to help a woman who lost her son in an accident and a pregnant teen, Lucy, Simon and Ruthie decide to take the school bus. Matt's car if briefly stolen and menace is personified by mute Hispanic kids.

For Erik, it's an opportunity to explain his fascination with the series and its Jack Webb-esque world view. For Justin, it is a nostalgic trip to his Jr. High alma mater. And though he tries to wrap his head around the show, Justin continues to recoil in terror as the saccharine gets dumped in by the bagful.

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Tread Perilously -- Miami Vice: Tale of the Goat

The final part of Tread Perilously's Assignment: Miami sees Erik and Justin watching "Tale of the Goat," a season two episode of Miami Vice that explores voodoo -- or at least a mid-1980s understanding of it. Tubbs is amused when Crockett warns him about the voodoo believed by Haitian druglord Papa Legba and his followers. Even when Legba appears to rise from the dead, Tubbs continues to doubt until forced to become a zombie himself. Or something.

Erik and Justin discuss the unavoidable racism, their poor understanding of voodoo, loud clothing of the 1980s, Live and Let Die and Edward James Olmos's special style of acting. And despite Justin's well-known dislike of executive producer Michael Mann, he finds things to enjoy about the episode.

Also: We still need your suggestions for our upcoming Tread Who Perilously season. Send the titles of your least favorite Doctor Who episodes to treadperilously@gmail.com.

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