Tread Perilously Grab Bag: Lost – Stranger in a Strange Land

Tread Perilously is a weekly "worst of television" podcast hosted by Erik Amaya and writer Justin Robinson. They discuss poor decision making in the form of episodic television. Previously centered on the Lifetime limited series The Lizzie Borden Chronicles, lifelong Doctor Who fan Erik decided to subject Justin — a watcher of exactly two 2014 Peter Capaldi episodes — to some of the worst stories the show has to offer in its 52 year history.

Continuing their break from Doctor Who, Justin and Erik land on the Island of Lost fame and face what might be the single worst episode of the series — "Stranger in a Strange Land." Learn why Justin will always apologize to Erik when "Jack's tattoo" or "Bai Ling" are invoked. Marvel as an hour of the heavily serialized show fails to move the plot but for a step or two.

The discussion leads to the theory that Lost is a fulcrum point between 21st Century television and what it looked like in the previous century. Bottle shows, Battlestar Galactica and Babylon 5 also get a mention.