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Tripping the Rift (S1)
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11.01.2005 By: Jason Coleman
Tripping the Rift (S1) order
Director:
Bernie Denk

Actors:
Stephen Root
Gina Gershon
John Melendez

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A CGI animated series about a group of starship traveling misfits and their space adventures. It‘s from the Sci-Fi Channel, so there’s plenty of sex, sleaze, and saucy dialogue to go around.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
There is nothing wrong with a good dose of raunchy humor. Howard Stern has made an entire career of it and remains, in my opinion, funny to this day. But it takes a knack to pull off because it requires having the right sensibility. TRIPPING THE RIFT has a great voice cast (even includes ex-Stern show regular “Stuttering” John Melendez as the ship's computer) and the right angle on the sci-fi genre, but it’s missing one major thing – it’s not funny! (And one to two mild chuckles per episode don’t count!) I was rooting for this show to be great, but it comes off like a two bit FUTURAMA, but not nearly as funny or quick. There is plenty of sexual innuendo and lots of spicy language, but just being low brow isn’t enough to make this show funny. Cheesy dialogue gags like using the name “Harry Ballsack” and “Lord of the Nipple Rings” smell of someone who’s an amateur, desperate for a laugh, any laugh. (And is it just me or does CGI animation blow?)

The great voice talents here are completely wasted, from genius Stephen Root (who played the legendary Milton in OFFICE SPACE and does other great voices on KING OF THE HILL) playing the ship's leader Chode, to the sensuously talented Gina Gershon, playing a sex slave cyborg named Six. They even manage to take Melendez, who doesn’t say that much in most of the episodes, and make him duller then dirt. It seems so easy to do this kind of comedy, as people like Stern, Mike Judge, and SOUTH PARK creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, always make it look simple. But there is, even though most don’t like to admit it, a real talent needed to pull off bottom feeding material. You either have it or you don’t. Don’t get me wrong, I’m no prude. I don’t need my toilet humor to be clean; I just need it to be funny.
THE EXTRAS
The "bonus extras", if you can even call them that, require a lot of button pushing, so be prepared to do some finger work here.

Character Gallery: A group of some rough sketches and full CGI finished stills of various characters.

Artwork Gallery: A group of background CGI visuals.

Teleplays (DVD-ROM): This feature, available for DVD-ROM only, allows you to view the teleplays for all the episodes.

It feels like the people involved with this series either didn’t care or just didn’t like the show. The lack of features here (no commentary, featurettes or even behind the scenes stills!) is a rip off to anyone who is a fan. The only saving grace here is the DVD packaging itself, which at least stores this unfunny show in style. But if this series did have any fans, I think they just lost a bunch!
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Sci-Fi Channel seems to have its raunchy heart in the right place. They wanted to make a GCI animated series that was controversial by having lots of action, filth, and sexual depravity. Well, they’ve definitely succeeded. Now, they just need to add the humor, and they may have something worth watching. (aka No Funny + No Extras = No Buy!)
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