Tread Perilously

Tread Perilously makes its final trip to the worlds of Joss Whedon with the episode of Dollhouse known as "Instinct."

When Echo is uploaded with the memories of a recently deceased new mother, her maternal instinct goes into overdrive as she accuses the client of cheating on her and then fears for her life and the life of her son when she overhears the client saying "I want her gone." But it doesn't get any better when she's wiped of everything but the instinct. Meanwhile, Tahmoh Penikett tahmohs all over the Dollhouse, Alexis Denisof speaks with an American accent and other long-term mysteries are explored.

Tahmoh takes a beating from Erik and Justin while they also try to determine if the show was shot in Vancouver or Los Angeles. Dollhouse gets blamed for both cancelling Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles and getting a reprieve from the Browncoats. The pair also enjoy the Lifetime and horror movie aspects of the episode, leading to Erik deciding the central idea is sound. Justin declares Orphan Black a better version of Dollhouse and finds himself more on Whedon's side. He also compares the appeal of the series to The Room.

Wait, did Erik and Justin actually enjoy Dollhouse?

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Tread Perilously draws a line in the sand and courts controversy with its first -- and possibly only -- trip to Joss Whedon's Firefly.

When Captain Malcolm Reynolds agrees to steal an unspecified cargo from a mag-lev train on its way to Paradiso, he introduces his crew to the audience and reconsiders his moral flexibility when he learns the cargo is medicine for the townsfolk and sick orphans. Firefly was cancelled eight weeks later.

Erik immediately Godwins the Browncoats and discovers the core concept of the series is deeply troubling. Justin points out the lack of Alan Tudyk in the episode and the exposition anvil on display for much of its runtime. He also identifies the moment Firefly lost him. The presence of Creepy Foreigner stereotypes and the lack of Asian faces leads to a protracted discussion of the creeping segregation on television. Erik reveals his extended Dune-inspired philosophy. Noted political commentator Adam Baldwin gets name-checked and the loadstone of the show's Civil War allegory becomes an unavoidable truth about the show: it is poison.

Yeah, we're surprised by this revelation too.

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Tread Perilously faces Bai Ling once more in an episode of Angel known as "She."

When Cordelia gets an eye-popping vision of a man burned to death, Angel investigates the case of a "Bringer of Chaos and Destruction" whose only crime is being born a woman. When men from her dimension attempt to kidnap her and remove the source of her power, agency and sexuality, the whole of Team Angel aid her in defeating the dudebros and saving several more women who also escaped from their home reality.

Justin and Erik gets lost talking about their favorite of the Joss Whedon series. Erik recalls the importance of co-creator David Greenwalt and his previous series, Profit. He also double-checks the geography of Los Angeles in the episode. Justin posits that the heavy serialization of Angel was a key to its success. The strange cellphone subplot gets called into question; as does the very obvious metaphor in this week's story. Sean Gunn gets a namecheck and Erik negs Outback Steakhouse.

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Tread Perilously cracks open some homebrew beer to take a look at the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode known as "Beer Bad."

Following a one-night stand, Buffy Summers attempts to drown her sorrows with Black Frost beer and a new crowd of well-read frat guys. Meanwhile, Xander gets a job at the campus bar and Willow notes Oz is no longer his happy-go-lucky self. When it turns out the beer has been cursed by a warlock, Xander has to keep Buffy out of trouble while the frat boys -- now Cro-Magnons -- roam the UC Sunnydale campus.

Oh, and Willow catfishes Buffy's one night stand, who happens to look disturbingly like Jordan Catalano.

Justin defends the Buffy fight scenes from their primitive look and reveals why the episode exists at all. Erik admits his distaste for both Buffy Summers as a character and actress Sarah Michelle Gellar as a person. The two might be intertwined. Erik also envisions an Earth-36 where Bernie won, Joe Carnahan directed Suicide Squad and actor Adam Kaufman became the Joker. Justin notes the change in dating habits since 1999 and his own similarities to Xander. Both praise the comedic timing of Alyson Hannigan and Erik creates an unlikely Dwarvish proverb.

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