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: Manimal‘s “Illusion”
Tread Perilously continues its grab bag month by returning to Manimal with an episode they had to call “Illusion.”
When Lt. Rivera, Police Woman and Manimal’s attempt to arrest Bulgarian crime boss Zoltan Gregory (Richard Lynch) fails thanks to his diplomatic immunity, Manimal follows him to a meeting with a Siegfried-and-Roy-style magic act. Taking in the show, Manimal and Police Woman are present when the Roy analogue turns up dead: apparently mauled by his prized white tiger. With the animal’s life on the line, Manimal works his darndest to prove the tiger is innocent. The action leads to the magicians’ warehouse, where Manimal and Police Woman learn about Gregory’s connection to fur smuggling.
Erik and Justin fancast a Manimal reboot and create a Cinematic Universe with spinoffs like Manphibian, Man-atee, and Shehorse. They also recall the times Rambo and James Bond helped the Mujahideen fight the Soviets. Erik has strong reactions to Police Woman’s fashion choices. Justin warns against living with tigers and gets caught up with The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl. Both are sad to see Manimal’s partner, Tyrone, has been recast with The Ice Pirates‘s Michael D. Roberts. They also give getting lost in the weeds a new name: “diplomatic immunity.”