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Tread Perilously

Feb 18, 2016

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.