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 Man from U.N.C.L.E.’s “The My Friend The Gorilla Affair”
Tread Perilously returns to ’60s spy shows with the worst episode of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. — “The My Friend The Gorilla Affair.”
Somewhere in Africa, Illya Kuryakin aids President Kufu in tracking down a rogue scientist. The unnamed professor has a super serum, but needs to exercise his Imperial privilege to test it. When Kuryakin goes missing, Napoleon Solo sets out to aid his friend. But even that goes awry when Solo encounters a flat tire, a wild jungle girl known only as “Girl,” and Baby, her pet gorilla. Maybe the watsui can help him out. Meanwhile, back at the Elephant’s Graveyard, the Professor offers Kufu the chance to become King of Africa. Can Girl marshal friendly forces before it’s too late?
Erik reveals his ancient astronaut theory, as both he and Justin enter another uncomfortable hour of vintage racist stereotypes. Erik quantifies types of White and forgets to mention the ivory trade. Justin characterizes Baby as an uptight roommate. The Flash once again invades the discussion. Robert Vaughn gets compared to Robert Mitchum and Larry Hagman. He also gets high marks for his appearance in Superman III. Justin declares The Man from U.N.C.L.E. as the opposite end of the TV spectrum from Parks and Recreation, and Baby receives the voice of Charleston Heston.