Tread Perilously

Tread Perilously submits to God's Plan and takes on one of the worst episodes of the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica, "Black Market"

When the new commander of the Battlestar Pegasus turns up dead, Admiral Adama assigns the investigation to his son Lee -- emerging aristocracy much? -- leading him to an odyssey across the fleet and into his own mind to understand the necessity of black markets in quasi-capitalists societies. Also, Lee hooks up with a sex worker, gets into arguments with Zarek, Baltar, and Colonel Tigh, and remembers a heretofore unrevealed fiancee on Caprica.

Yeah, there's a reason even executive producer Ronald D. Moore considers this a terrible epsiode.

Erik is convinced that Bill Duke has no time for your moral quandaries while Justin wants to talk about Lost and Babylon 5. Doc Cottle gets praise, flashbacks get dissected and the pair consider if the show should've continued with a crimelord version of Lee Adama. Justin attempts to purge his soul of his hatred for Helo and Erik declares "33" one of the most perfect episodes of television ever. Meanwhile, Marion Cotillard waits in the shadows.

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Tread Perilously straps in for a visit with Knight Rider and its first season episode, "Trust Doesn't Rust."

Michael Knight (a young loner) learns about a prototype version of his trusty car, KITT, known as the Knight Automated Roving Robot -- KARR, if you prefer. When KARR is reactivated by a couple of hobos, he goes on a crime spree as he attempts to evade "the slammer." While Michael and KITT fail to track down the rogue robot car, one of the hobos kidnaps KITT's cyber-technician Bonnie, leading to a laser fight and a tense game of chicken.

Justin discovers the world of the Knight Rider for the first time and finds himself confused by "a man who does not exist." KARR immediately becomes the Libertarian presidential candidate for 2020 with Charles Bronson as his running mate. Erik tries to explain creator Glen A. Larson's fascination with catty computers and gay robots. The dynamic between a carousing oaf and a talking car is explored. Chicken becomes an important test in KARR-era masculinity. Erik determines that self-preservation is a bad thing to program into artificial intelligence and also laments his inability to do a Paul Frees impression.

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Tread Perilously makes its way to Starling City for a visit with Arrow and the Huntress.

While Oliver Queen is still getting used to dating a police officer, the Huntress returns to kill her mob boss father once and for all. Meanwhile, Thea tries to prop up the most useless man in the DC Universe: Roy Harper. Tommy Merlyn (aka, The Worst) grouses about keeping Ollie's secret from Laurel (also The Worst). Laurel attempts to get her father listen to her mother's belief that Sarah is still alive. And back on Lian Yu, Slade and Ollie plan to take out a missile installation.

Erik and Justin immediately get lost in their enthusiasm for DC Comics. Erik welcomes dissenting opinions on his belief that Roy Harper is useless. Justin reveals his Jim Lee/Brian Azzarello sketch. He also revels in his love of Slade Wilson and actor Manu Bennett. Roy's parkour skills get scrutinized. Justin considers the caliber of actor worthy to portray Amanda Waller. Erik laughs through every scene featuring Tommy and both discuss how far The CW's DC Universe has come in five years. 

Erik also makes a prediction regarding Prometheus' identity.

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Tread Perilously boards the Enterprise bound for Space Scotland for an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation called "Sub Rosa."

On the occasion of her grandmother's death, Dr. Beverly Crusher visits Space Scotland where the weather modification system is on the blink and Dr. Crusher encounters a strange young man. Her grandmother's journals also make reference to a young man named Ronin -- note the spelling -- who brought her great pleasure. Now, he has his sights on Bev, the latest member of Clan Howard that he hopes to seduce.

But what does all of this has to do with the sudden appearance of fog on the bridge of the Enterprise?

Erik and Justin trot out their terrible Scottish accents and consider how difficult it is to place a Gothic romance (or is it horror) into the 24th Century of Star Trek. Erik reveals his ambivalence toward Rogue One: A Star Wars Story while Justin praises it. Erik declares that official Star Trek cannot do eroticism (even if Star Trek fans can) and Justin lodges a complaint against the term "lover." Both also want Deanna Troi to get a better job.

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