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: Misfits of Science‘s “Against All Oz”
Tread Perilously‘s summer Patreon request month comes to its conclusion with the Misfits of Science episode called “Against All Oz.”
When Hayes wakes up from a dream, he finds the lab has changed and that El is now in charge of the project — building a better nuclear bomb! But as Hayes roams the facility telling people about their role in his dream, it becomes clear this is all a framing device for a way-too-soon clip show. Will it prove Misfits of Science deserved a second season, or will it underscore a rare correct choice from NBC? Also, will Hayes learn which reality is the dream?
Justin quickly notes that the episode features two of the worst aspects of 1980s television. Erik adds that it features one of the worst tropes in genre television: What if the premise isn’t the premise? Justin recalls the reason his family disliked Courtney Cox in the late ’80s. 1990s animated superhero shows get surveyed. Miami Connection ends up highly recommended. Erik offers some surprising praise to Skyfall. The problem of telekinesis on television is explored. Alf makes a surprise appearance. Erik recasts The Flash with two WarGames actors, and the pair suggest a different ending for Twin Peaks.