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: The Star Wars Christmas Special
Television’s darkest, most misguided program becomes Tread Perilously‘s Christmas special as we watch The Star Wars Holiday Special.
While Han and Chewie try to get to Kashyyyk for Life Day, Chewie’s wife Mala tries to make Bantha Rump, his grandfather Itchy beats off to Diahann Carroll, and his son Lumpy watches a Star Wars cartoon pilot. Meanwhile, Darth Vader orders every household in the system to be searched for Rebel spies, and Art Carney raids another holiday special with his own brand of merriment. Bea Arthur sings “Goodnight, But Not Goodbye,” and Harvey Korman kills comedy forever.
Erik praises Harrison Ford’s dedication to his character — even in this — and Bea Arthur’s performance. Justin uncovers horrors of the 1970s and ponders Itchy’s obsession with human women. He also denies that he is the Kwisatz Haderach. Period commercials are discussed as both discover unions could once afford airtime. The pair also meet Tobor the Robot and discover Whirpool knew about the world to come 38 years ago. Justin wants a stuffed Bantha for Christmas and leans the secret to braising is “Stir, whip, stir whip; whip, whip, stir.”