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: Wizards and Warriors‘ “Skies of Death”
Tread Perilously‘s Total Request Live 4 continues with an episode of the short-lived 1980s fantasy series, Wizards and Warriors called “Skies of Death.”
With the war a stalemate, evil wizard Vector devises the largest cannon ever built and promises dastardly Prince Dirk Blackpool he can magic the ammunition so it delivers the neutron effect. Not in so many words, mind you, but the intention is clear. When brave Prince Erik Greystone catches wind of the device, he sets out alone to the Cliffs of Death to destroy the cannon. Will his trusty ally Marco defy Greystone’s orders to help him at the cliffs? And will the prince’s cowardly brother, Justin, assist the duo when the hour of darkness seems nigh?
Erik and Justin theorize about the intention behind this week’s Patron request — characters named “Erik” and “Justin” cannot be a coincidence. Erik takes a deep-dive into star Jeff Conaway’s unfortunate later life struggles. Justin quickly compares the writing of Wizards and Warriors to the work of a shady Dungeon Master at the local game store. He also tries to determine why Duncan Regehr didn’t have a better career. Geography Corner takes on a musical dimension. Erik defends George Lucas’ choice to reshoot the Emperor’s scene in The Empire Strikes Back with Ian McDiarmid. And in what might be the most obvious digression of the episode, Justin recalls Werewolf: The Apocalypse.