Tuesday, 16 May, 2006
Tripping the Rift Season 1
A friend let me borrow the Tripping the Rift Season 1 DVD set. This TV show is an outgrowth of the Tripping the Rift animated short that made a big splash on the Internet back in 1998 or so. That animated short was well done. Not only was it a funny (albeit somewhat crude) story, but the animation was very good and the rendering was nothing short of fantastic. In 1998, Tripping the Rift was about as good as computer animation got using affordable PCs.
Debra and I have watched two episodes from the show's first season. I found them incredibly boring. The stories were somewhat amusing, but the humor was flat rather than over the top as in the original short. The animation attempts to be too realistic, which only shows its shortcomings. This is especially true of the human characters. And Gus the android moves too fluidly for the way he is constructed.
All in all, I find Tripping the Rift dull. It's not funny like The Simpsons, or even crude and offensive like South Park. It's just mildly funny, mildly crude, mildly offensive, and a huge waste of time. Another forgettable offering in the vast wasteland of mediocre TV shows. Yawn. I might watch a few more episodes to see if the series got any better with time, but I'm not holding out much hope.