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Tread Perilously – ‘Swamp Thing: A Jury of His Fears’

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: Swamp Thing‘s “A Jury of His Fears”

Horror Month brings Tread Perilously to the USA Network’s 1990s Swamp Thing series and an episode called “A Jury of His Fears.”

When Anton Arcane is electrocuted following Swamp Thing’s latest dismantling of his underwater lab, he finds himself in an in-between state. Unfortunately for Arcane, that place between living and dying presents itself as a courtroom — and he’s the defendant! A jury of his previous victims convenes to decide if the ends justified Arcane’s means. Will Anton atone for crimes at least one part of his soul is willing to admit he committed? Will the program itself atone for the hate crime it commits? And will anyone learn the lesson of the Swamp Thing?

Noted slashfic author Alan Moore gets referenced once or twice, as does Len Wein. Justin reveals why so many conspiracy theories are believable while Erik decides to believe Quincy Jones’ answer to the Kennedy assassination. The films of Edgar Wright get examined.The pair recall the various phases of the USA Network. Justin praises Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger for its translation of superhero costumes. Anton Arcane receives the full Fashion Police treatment. Erik recalls the working film studio at Universal Studios Florida, and the hostilities toward Denmark resume.

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