Tread Perilously is a podcast in which hosts Erik Amaya and author Justin Robinson watch the “worst” episodes of popular TV shows, attempting to determine if they would continue to watch the series based on the most off-key moments.
This Week: Star Trek: Discovery‘s “New Eden”
Tread Perilously takes its annual look at Star Trek: Discovery with the Season 2 episode, “New Eden.”
When a Red Angel signal sends the U.S.S Discovery to a planet in the Beta Quadrant, they discover a colony of humans resettled there in the midst of World War III. How they got half across the galaxy will lead Captain Christopher Pike, Commander Michael Burnham, and Lieutenant Joann Owosekun into a conflict of faith and science. Meanwhile, Commander Saru, Ensign Tilly, and the rest of the Discovery crew must stop one of the planet’s outer rings from raining radioactive dust on the planet and the away team.
Justin distracts Erik by pointing out his love for Captain Christopher Pike. But he gets distracted himself by a guest actor who offers a Mass Effect Andromeda-style performance. The behind-the-scenes staff changes become more apparent as Erik notes the Red Angel is clearly different from what it ultimately became. Justin admits he found the season-long plot less engaging. Thoughts inevitably turn to Star Wars. The Beta Quadrant gets examined as a poorly thought-out element of Star Trek’s universe. Erik realizes Taoism would’ve solved everything and praises the competent Discovery crew under Saru’s command. Also, Justin reminds Erik of A Song of Ice and Fire‘s Lord Manderly, and both celebrate the wealth of various sci-fi properties in various formats.